Rum n’ Rootbeer 2014,
The Big Derzypolski
"Dude, The Big
on images for larger view.) If you stayed away
from this event because you thought the weather
would turn bad, you made a big mistake. Of all
the RnRs Bill and I have done, the weather for
this was perfect. No rain and the skies were
overcast enough to ensure the temperature on
the beach stayed pleasant. With the number of
dudes we had on the beach, the full power of
Dudeism kept things so that we could all abide.
Though the costumes were few, they were wonderfully
done and very creative. We had folks dress up
like the Dude, we had the Big Lebowski himself,
a Nihlist, a Dudette, a tumbleweed, and a human
parts exhibit of a severed ear and toe.
The swag this year was a hat with WHELP! emblazoned
across the front, a bowling pin sipping bottle,
and the scarf from the Blazing Harnesses Rum
n’ Rootbeer 2013. The three first place
prizes for the costume winners were Polish White
Russians, a gift bag with a Natural Light, small
bottle of Kalua, bottle of Vodka, and container
of half and half. The best Derz imitator with
his imitation of WHELP! won a battle of
the bands CD pitting Creedence Clearwater Revival
vs. Jimmy Sturr’s Orchestra. The root
beer chug winner received a copy of the Big
The games included: Rug carry, shoe toss, ringer
throw, cup carry, throwing Donny’s ashes,
and bowling on the sidewalk. These were all
team events with, surprisingly, the Nihlists
coming in first, Treehorn’s Thugs seconds,
and Maude’s Henchmen last. Prizes were
handed out to everyone.
After bringing to life Viva Shell Point, 1 Million
Years BC, Camullet, Blazing Harnesses, and the
the executive committee of the Rum n’
Rootbeer foundation have resigned. Do not believe
the rumors about financial irregularities because
we regularly screwed up the financials. XO Bill
had done a Rum n’ Rootbeer prior to collaborating
with BobbyG. We are not quitting due to artistic
differences since we couldn’t claim anything
we did had any artistic merit to begin with!
The club needs someone else to come up with
ideas for the next Rum n’ Rootbeer, if
there is to be one, so get those thoughts flowing
and let the board know you are willing to do
A big THANK YOU to all those who came out and
made it a success. Some came to participate,
some just to watch, but all were appreciated
and appeared to have fun. With so many dudes
on the beach, Dudeism kept the rain away. We
had three people come to the event who had been
at lessons this year. Hopefully some of them
will return. For more event photos, go to SPSC
Some more fear and loathing in Fiesta Key…
The first sign that the twisted meter was about
to pop was when my mixologist had taken the last
of the gravy from Avon Park and smeared his hair
into a fin-like wedge atop his head, hitched his
drawers to his armpits and started to speak Canadian,
I must say.
Of course I blamed it on the psychotropic effects
of conch chowder from Mrs Macs Kitchen liberally
dosed with Busha Brown’s sherry peppers.
Now you have to get the good stuff, the conch
chowder, I hear that up in Miami they cut it hard
with the entrails of some kind of giant invading
African land snail, the huge ones that pop car
tires and dissolve slow-moving children.
I saw two guys going to Sunset Point wielding
spatulas and wearing white shirts, at first I
thought they were the help that worked over at
the bar and grill by the pool, but I quickly realized
that they kept saying “no Coke, Pepsi”
over and over again and probably weren’t
bright enough to hold full time jobs, so I grabbed
a cafeteria tray and joined right in.
Arrival at the point quickly resulted in one of
those Captain Kirk moments when a curvaceous green
wench with a slanted coiffure and smoking a big
stogy was getting an attitude. It was the stogy
that got my attention, Gumby. Apparently she was
worried enough about temptation and moral turpitude
that she had her own clergy in tow, one Father
Speedo Squiducci, or something like that, who
kept on and on about “murracals” and
blessing people. Padre, you shouldn’t be
expecting anything murraculous when you run with
that green crowd….
July Club Meeting Minutes 2014
Déjà vu all over again as we
started with about 14 people attending, mostly
current members.. Meeting called to order again
by Commodore Marl Powell at 7:40.
The minutes were approved quickly because of
the outstanding job being done by our stand
in scribe, Bob Graves.
Mark gave thanks to Bob G. for also running
last month’s meeting, a man of many talents
is Bob. The commodore also gave copious thanks
to Paul Hansard for the History of the NIMBY
presentation and accolades to WCF for this year’s
Wright arrived he gave a blow-by-blow of the
nautical nightmare that ensued from the 3 hour
delay for thunderstorms which had a domino effect
leading to lowering tide bottom contact and
a motorized slog back to the hotel as only Joe
S. had the right boat for the conditions. There
were 36 registrants and a few miscreants in
attendance; a good time was had by all. Punch,
if you were there no others words are needed.
Rum ‘n Rootbeer budget request of $750
was respectfully presented to the membership
attending ( this is why you should go to the
meetings, important stuff happens that can change
the course of history). The budget motion carried
The purser indicated the club is still solvent.
We have paid our insurance bill for the year.
We have plateaued at 64 club memberships, let’s
drum up some new ones! And in that vein, 2014
membership cards are now available.
Bob G. reports that training is proceeding like
gang busters (it’s that Bob G. guy again,
have his tentacles extended to every aspect
of the club?) and there have been a few really
light wind days. Scheduled classes are about
full, Bob G. has decided that people who reserve
classes and just don’t show up are BANNED!
Wright has picked up a few more training equipment
items from Sandy Point at bargain prices, thanks
WCF. Wright reported that Steve Gottlieb, proprietor
of SPPS said longboarding was on an upswing
recently, formula and dangling were on the down
side and SUP is riding the crest of board type
The option of having a Kona class fleet with
charters available for the Endless Summer Sailboard
Classic was presented.
The presentation this month was by the Commodore
himself, Dr. Mark Powell. The relationship between
hurricanes and windsurfing, at least as Mark
saw it from the 13 hurricane missions he flew
in the NOAA aircraft was quite impressive, particularly
the difference between what you get with a tropical
storm versus a hurricane. Thanks Dr. Powell.
Meeting adjourned at 8:51.