I also want to Thank the Bendick Family for allowing us to hold this Get Together at their home. For those that were not able to attend, yes, it was a cloudy, chilly day. Not a Great Day for a BBQ as was first planned. But we all sure had a GREAT TIME. We never did end up going to Applebees. Everybody was enjoying themselves right at the house so we stayed there.
First we had the hot dogs, chips, soda, potatoe salad and we shared our stories among each other. Later we decided to get a few pizzas and John Jr (FDNY member also) made the trip to pick them up. I don't think it could have went any better.
We had a group of people with all the same interest and what I consider to be very special and good friends. They represent the type of character that we can proudly claim to be a very good cross section of this web site. Quite honestly, the very best when it comes to the FDNY whether its somebody retired, active, or even a buff. There was a Dispatcher, a teacher, a former FDNY auxiliary, a former FDNY Fire Marshall, a Bank Manager, a Police Sgt., a photographer, a retired postal supervisor and music musician for many of the best singing groups of the 60s and 70s, FDNY members, a West Point Grad and Retired Army Col., and retired FDNY Officers. I know I'm proud to be a part of it, and I have the highest respect for the many others who are a part of it also. But no matter who are, we were all on the same page together. Just a really Great Group of people.
And don't let me forget another star. Tommy's young daughter Isabella. She told us all what Grandpa, Uncle John, and daddy does. "They are Firemen" ! ! !
Those that attended were: "svd385", "g-man", "mack", "johnd248", "bronx72", "mikeindabronx", "truck 4", "atlas" with his friend a Retired FDNY Fire Marshall, and his friend Patrick, Tommy (site owner) and John Bendick Jr, both members of the FDNY, and the one we all are most Thankful to: John Bendick Sr, Retired Captain, War Years Firefighter of the FDNY. Thanks very much John for all you did. We really appreciate it. We all had a Great time.
I also want to Thank Rob Palmer "Bronx72" and John Delmhorst "johnd248" for allowing me to ride down to Yonkers with them. Some good people. They got to be. They listen to my B/S for the entire 100 mile trip.
I rode home with Joe M "mack". He stayed at the Ole' Willy "D" Homestead and kept my three cats company. I warned him on the way up that the Ole' Willy "D" place is a "Collyers Mansion" and don't let that bother him. He got a couple winks of shut eye before he made his trip up to Boston, so I guess it was okay. And Thanks for the Breakfast Joe. It was Great. Thank You.
Thanks again. It was a GREAT DAY.
And finally about those hot dogs. If you think you were impressed with me eating a dozen or so at our gathering. Wait until you see me shine eating those hot dogs at the Coney Island Hot Dog eating contest coming up.