We are the least superstitious group anywhere, believe me! (with apologies to POTUS for stealing his inimitable syntax) so there was no need to call it the “14th Annual STLACS Picnic”. Because it was the 13th. All the other adjectives pertain.
Also mild, convivial, delicious, and ducky. And, for the record, it was on July 8th.
Hosts Joe and Brenda Ackerman managed to pick a not-too-hot day for the big event that fell between two too-hot days. Never mind how, they did. Good on ya, Ackermans (Ackermen?)! And though 30-odd chemists, SOs, SO-chemists, and kids turned out, there was way too much food. And — do I hear myself saying this? — too much beer. Highlights:
- Two long lost members, who had been very active in the section years ago but drifted away, drifted back and were heartily welcomed: Sue Dudek and Tom Layloff.
- Vic Lewchenko, who had relinquished the Treasurer’s mantle, forgot not to come, and brought his camera. So once again, we benefit from his photo-journalistic expertise. Some of his work is below, and the rest is visible on his photostream.
- There were some serious washers players.
- And ducks: brazen, hungry ducks. Which is to be expected, I suppose, when picnicking by the lake in Tilles Park.