Well, we're another year closer to the turn of the century, and the new millennium! Whether you feel the year 2000 is the ending point or the starting point of the new era, we hope you're gearing up for a big celebration. Isn't it an exciting prospect to think that our lives will cross such a threshold on the timeline of history ?
And speaking of history, the December 15 deadline for sending your club's show dates and information for the 1998 Steam & Gas Engine Show Directory has most likely become history at about the time you're reading this. If you're the contact for your organization and haven't sent those directory listing forms back to us, get on the stick! Once production begins on this book, we don't waste any time getting it to the printer, so we'll need to hear from you very soon if you want to be included.
As I write this message to you, late on a mid-November afternoon, I'm hearing comments around the office about how dark it is outside for being so early in the day. We're also experiencing the cold, drizzly rain of our first official 'winter storm.' No snow for us this time seems like we're always right on the line between snow and rain, in that belt of what they call 'mixed precipitation,' which can be loosely translated as 'a big sloppy mess.' The coming months will probably be filled with days like this, providing plenty of time to stay indoors and enjoy working on hobbies. Not wishing you bad weather, but sometimes it's nice to be forced indoors to play, with no guilt about letting outdoor chores go. Hope you find plenty of time to work on your old iron, getting it all shined up for those spring gas-ups! While you're at it in your workshops, don't forget to take plenty of pictures of these restorations, and write up a story to share with your fellow GEM readers!
All the best to all of you from all of us!!