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We're Going to Fort Tejon!
Posted 7.13.21 - - By Mike "MGM" Ramirez, XNGH
Good News! The registration pages for "Rumble on the Ridge Route III," our Fall 2021 Clampout, Thursday September 16th through Sunday the 19th, are now on line. Click the Doin's links to find them and if you can't, here's a hint. (They're in the links box on the left side of this page).
Once you're in, you'll find everything you need to sign-up, whether you want to do it by mail or on-line. Or you can just stay home. But if you choose to come, your rub will be due by September 2nd because this is a prepaid only event limited to 75 attendees. No walk-ins accepted! So you'd better hurry up. Fort Tejon is a popular place, the Brethren have been cooped up way too long, and everybody is due for a good Clamp.
In the meantime, I continue to rehab the website and hope to have a new Clog up later this week, explaining some of the thing that have transpired since Covid forced us to the sidelines. -- MGM
Posted 7.8.21 - - By Mike "MGM" Ramirez, XNGH
Hello, Brothers! This is just a place holder until I can get the website out of mothballs, hopefully by the end of the weekend. But just to let you in on the buzz, PXL will be Clamping at Ft. Tejon starting Thursday, September 16th through the 19th. New park rules limit capacity so we can only guarantee admission to the first 75 prepays, with priority given to any brother who bring one or more PBCs strapped to the hood of his car. So make sure to check back soon, and get ready to sign-up pronto.
Posted 5.19.20 - - From Kevn "No Eye" Horton, PXL Hawker Exraordinaire.
Hey Brothers! The Clamping has been a bit thin lately, but that doesn't mean we gotta be strangers. The store sure misses you, but you can unmiss both of us by taking advantage of my special offer. Love and kisses.--No Eye
Posted 3.26.20 - - From ECV, Inc.
Fellow Clampers, this year's Grand Council encampment has been postponed until May 2021, though provisions have been made for Grand Council business to continue as required by law. Click on the image below to read a larger version of this proclamations which you can also download in PDF format. Continue reading into the CLOG to see our Humbug's announcement about the state of our own Spring Doin's. --MGM
Posted 3.21.20 - - By Mark "Pokey" Crawford, XNGH
Due to the Coronavirus and the State Order to "Stay At Home" during these trying times it has left me with no alternative, except to act on the side of caution and reschedule our Spring Doin's at Camp Hamilton Veterans Memorial Park.
Therefore, the Spring Doin's scheduled for 30 April to 3 May has been cancelled.
I have been in contact with Master Gunnery Sergeant Glenn Denton, USMC Retired, owner/founder of Camp Hamilton Veterans Memorial Park and he along with their Board of Directors agree that this is the best course of action at this time.
In hopes that the COVID-19 will be under control or defeated in the next two and a half months we have rescheduled the Spring Doin's to 11 June to 14 June 2020. If need be, plans have been set in place to cancel that date as well if this virus continues to spread.
The Plaque for Camp Hamilton has been ordered and I plan to dedicate it on Saturday, 2 May either on site or most likely by Email. That's right, Email, sound absurd? Why not, it fits our motto, "CREDO QUIA ABSURDUM."
I am disappointed in having to make this decision, but I hope you all, including my PXL Officers and Functionaries will join with me in adhering to the orders and directions of our health experts and Federal, State and Local Governments as we fight to defeat this Virus.
As for those Brothers who have paid for the Doin's already, no problem. Your gold dust will be carried over to the Fall Doin's or to our 2021 Spring Doin's' whichever comes first.
Lastly, I'd like to thank X Noble Grand Humbugs Mike "MGM" Ramirez and Dale "Top" Turner for assisting in getting my message out to all our members through our website, Facebook and mass emailing.
Let us all stand together as one. Clamp On My Brothers!
Posted 3.8.20 - - By Mark "Pokey" Crawford, XNGH
To all my thirsty Brethren, our Spring Doin's will be held April 30 through May 3-5, 2019, at Camp Hamilton Memorial Park in sunny Bakersfield, CA, and you're invited! As a matter of fact, you can sign-up now by going to our Spring Doin's page and get all the information you'll need to join us for a great time.
Our Clampout starts on Thursday, at 12 noon for those of us who don't work, can call in sick, or just want to play hooky. I'm sure you will enjoy this unique oasis dedicated to Military Veterans and their families.
Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Glenn Denton, USMC, established the park on his own land to remember the members of Golf Company 2/7,who perished in late August 1969, during the Battle of Khe Sanh, but it has since grown as a way to commemorate "Those who gave all," in the service of our country. Master Guns Glenn Denton is also a PXL Clamper, having been taken in by Peter Lebeck some 25+ years ago. So let's hear it for Glenn, "HU-rah!"
And don't let the name of the place fool you. It's Clamper friendly whether you have an RV or tent. It even has "The CROW Bar," named for Leland "Crow" Crawford, the 9th Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps, which will give our ECV brothers a place to gather and socialize.
You'll also want to join the Brethren on Friday on or about 5:03 PM for my "Humbug's Meet and Greet," where you'll get to rub elbows with the whole bunch before dinner.
REMEMBER, PXL's Doin's are free to active members of our armed services. Just show your active duty ID.
I also have something new for this Clampout. You are invited to compete in a BBQ/Chili/Anything Cook Off, Friday night, with $100.00 as the prize. So don't leave me with this Benjamin burning a hole in my pocket because someone is going to get away with it.
Your fixin's will be judged by all fellow Clampers in attendance, so the more who can sample your fare, the more who'll be able to vote for your dish. I'll provide each Clamper with a "Pokey Chip," so they can cast their ballot, and anyone can compete, just bring your specialty to enter and share.
Remember, our famous feedbag goes on Friday night, and continues through Saturday, ending with a continental breakfast on Sunday. For those arriving before then, you are on your own for CHOW until the official fooding begins on Friday.
Our Clampchef, Kenton "Airdale" Miller, has promised us a great meal on Friday night, and for Saturday Dinner you will have a choice of Steak or Chicken. So be sure to mark your choice on your Registration Form.
So what do we ask of you who aren't active military? $65 American. Unless you're a PBC, in which case it would be $75, and a bargain at twice the price. So mail your rub by April 24th, or use our website's PayPal link. You can even register online, but either way your dust must be in our hands by April 24th or you'll pay $15 more and be bringing up the rear at the chow line.
All PBCs must be preregistered, so if you have a Poor Blind Candidate, be sure to get his name in early and download the PBC Handbook from the PXL Website. Get it to him right away so he -- and you -- can prepare. It's the sponsor's responsibility to make sure his PBC is ready for his "murder boards" and has a good bribe that will make his sponsor look good. A smart Redshirt would let his PBC know immediately that the Humbug is fond of Canadian Club and Seagram's 7, because entry to our Order is greased in mysterious ways.
See y'all at the Doin's!
Posted 3.1.20 - - By Mike "MGM" Ramirez, XNGH
PXL Brother Mike "12-Volt" Mazzetti, has been honored for his over 25 years of public service by the Santa Clarita City Council. Below I've posted an an excerpt from the web page honoring Mike. You can also click this link to read the entire page and to see the video that played during the tribute. Satisfactory!
"The Santa Clarita City Council members recognized longtime SCVTV, the city of Santa Clarita and local school volunteer Mike Mazzetti during Tuesday's City council meeting. This video [click the link above to see it] was played during the award recognition.
"As stated by Councilmember Laurene Weste, 'When the city decided to live-stream the Saugus Strong vigil so the entire community could participate, we called on SCVTV because we knew Mike Mazzetti would be able to handle the technical side of things. Mike is a professional Hollywood sound engineer who has donated his time and talents to make SCVTV operable for the last quarter-century, and he has been a vital component of our communications network for almost the entire time we've been a city. He worked with Adele MacPherson to set up the city's first emergency communications network right before the 1994 Northridge earthquake. I can't imagine how we'd have handled the earthquake without it. From setting up sound systems for the Cowboy Festival to teaching audio and video production skills to school kids at the SCVTV studio, Mike has always been there for us.' "
Posted 2.12.20 - - By Mike "MGM" Ramirez, XNGH
Hail Cloggites! If you haven't been checking the CLOG on a regular basis, you may have missed important chapter news, so once you've read this post make sure to read down the page, especially our post from January 4, 20120. You might even pick up a few tips to make your smile brighter and you Clamping a whole lot funner. Our grammar may even improve! So here we go.
Our Widders' Ball this past January 25th was a most satisfactory event. We dumped our new Humbug, Mark "Pokey" Crawford, into the Osterizer, and he should expect a good hard whirl starting right away and ending next January.
Jayne Hotchkiss Price was named 2020 Noble Grand Widder for her contributions to the chapter - - like letting us Clamp on her ranch for free a bunch of times - - as well as her work bringing us closer to local history buffs. In fact Jayne is a recent past president of the Kern County Historical Society with whom we'll be plaquing the Noriega Hotel later this year. Plus Jayne's a really nice lady and puts up with The Quack on a regular basis.
Carlos Lemus stepped in to spin his tunes for us (Thanks, Spinner!), but the dancing ended up competing with what turned into a Las Vegas Night, Clamper style. The guys found three professional grade card dealers, proving that you can find almost anything in Bakersfield. Every Widder got $500 in bogus PLX Bucks, cards were dealt, and at the end of a very animated three hours, three prizes were handed out for three days and two nights in Vegas, Reno or Laughlin. Dancing continued until one in the morning, and a good time was had by all.
And if you don't believe me, you can see for yourself because the photos from the Widders' Ball are up on our picture page thanks to Max "The Flash" Felser. Max worked hard to document this weekend event, including Thursday night's private get-together at Jim Bailey's "Broken Yolk" in Bakersfield. Thanks to Max and Jim for their generosity.
In case you missed it, Pokey has announced his schedule of events for 2020, so read down into the CLOG to fill in your calendar. But at the top of the list should be Pokey's first event -- a joint plaquing and watering hole dedication with Platrix #2, starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 22nd, in Acton, California.
Even though we'll be venturing into L.A. County, make no mistake that both Platrix and PXL will be putting our imprimaturs on a beautiful stone monument memorializing the pioneer cemetery at Acton. Afterword we'll be moseying on over to the nearby '49er Saloon for lunch and libations, so bring a little extra dust as well as your Widder, Orphans and friends because this is a family friendly event. If you have a male friend interested in ECV, this a good time to invite him and his Widder.
See the post below from February 5th for direction to Acton, and see you at the Doin's! - - MGM
Posted 2.5.20 - - By Mike "MGM" Ramirez, XNGH
Please join Peter Lebeck Chapter #1866 and Platrix Chapter #2 as we combine to plaque the pioneer cemetery at Acton, California. This is a family event so bring the Widder and Orphans Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Your finest Clamper regalia are appreciated as is your seemly decorum. Those in attendance will receive a patch of the day.
Following this most auspicious unveiling, you are also invited to the designation of the nearby '49er Saloon as an ECV Watering Hole. This is a family friendly venue with a full menu so plan on getting your fill. Just be prepared to leave your service animal at the door because only seeing-eye horses are allowed in the building!
To get there take Highway 14 to Crown Valley Road exit 24. From Bakersfield take Highway 99 south to Interstate 5, then take Highway 14 north toward Santa Clarita. Crown Valley Road is approximately 26 miles east of Santa Clarita. (If you have to ask why you're traveling east when you're supposed to be going north, don't ask me, ask the Humbug). Exit at Crown Valley Road, turn right on to Crown Valley Road, and then turn right again onto Aliso Street. Look for the cemetery. You've gone too far if you pass the Acton Church on the left.
If you are coming from L.A. follow the same directions, but the trip to Bakersfield is optional. Then if you can't figure out how to get to Highway 14 and Santa Clarita, take an Uber.
Following the ceremony at the cemetery, head for the '49er Saloon. Go back to Crown Valley Road and head towards Acton. The '49er is at 31908 Crown Valley RD. It will be on your left. If you come to a stop sign, you've passed the saloon. See you there!
Posted 1.30.20 - - By Kevn "No Eye" Horton, PXL Hawker and VNGH
Hey everyone! No Eye, here. Hawker extraordinaire.
The PXL store has a few new cool belt buckles in limited quantities. From past experience, they'll likely be gone before our Spring Doin's . . . so if you're interested let me know. You can email me at at "Kevn Horton," The PXLstore@yahoo.com. That's K-e-v-n, without an eye. Get it?
Pictured top right, I have a few versions of the rectangular shaped "Miner and Jackass," some with less color and some with no color at all. They are priced from $35.00 to $60.00. These are very nice, heavy buckles.
Pictured top left, I also have oval shaped "Miner and Jackass" buckles for $40.00. These are also very nice, heavy buckles.
For you Charles Topping Fans and collectors I also have two custom designs, both handmade.
Bottom left, the PXL buckle with the grizzly and Lebeck Oak, is all brass and sells for $65.00. This is a limited edition and I have only two left.
Bottom center, I also have only two left of the round, limited edition ECV "basket weave." Like all of Charles's work they are solid brass. These go for $60.00.
Lastly, bottom right, I have one rectangle "miner panning for gold." It's made of brass but is lighter than the other buckles. I'll let that one go for $30.00.
- - - Kevn "No Eye" Horton
Posted 1.28.20 - - By Dale "Top" Turner, XNGH
Pull out your red shirt and join us at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge for a libation, a Hot Dog and a Clamper tale or two.
· Location: Santa Clarita Elks Lodge #2379 located at 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country 91351
· Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
· Time: 1200 ( 12 Noon) until you have to go home and do "Honey Do's"
Hope to see you there!
- - - Dale "Top" Turner, XNGH
Posted 1.04.20 - - By Al "The Quack" Price, NGH and Mike "MGM" Ramirez, XNGH
Well my Brothers, it ain't really a "swan song," 'cuz I ain't goin' no wheres --- jez' changin' hats. Instead of being your Humbug, I'll be your Clampatriarch and Gold Dust Receiver for 2020. I certainly enjoyed my year, 2019 (6024) as your Humbug, and what a busy, and hopefully fruitful, year it was:
January, the widder and I tried to make the 2019 Widder's Ball more focused on the widders. And from the feedback - it must have worked!
February, XXNGH Charles "Al IV" Topping and I tried to rejuvenate the Clampers marching in the Whiskey Flat Days parade in Kernville.
March, we plaqued "The Joint" in Randsburg, CA as an official ECV Watering Hole.
April, we plaqued local historian, writer, history professor, and PXL Clamper, Dr. William Harland Boyd at Bakersfield College.
May, we held "Cuatro de Mayo", the Spring Doins' at our ranch up in the Walker Basin (May 2 - 5), then attended Grand Council up in Sonora, CA.
June, Not really Clamper stuff, but June 20 - 23rd, I attended a ceremony up in Placerville, CA, at the request of our Clampstorian - Emeritus, XNGH Chris Brewer, Great-Great Grandson of Col. Thomas Baker (for whom Bakers' Field was named in 1868). Chris is a close friend of my widder and myself, and was to receive an award from the California Committee of Historical Societies for "Historical Preservation." He couldn't make it, so he asked me to go up and accept it for him. He also had me take up $6,000 worth of books he wanted to donate to the award ceremony attendees.
July, while at the CCHS conference last month for Chris, I met XNGH Gary Bancroft, from Billy Holcomb Chapter #1069, who invited me to represent PXL at a plaquing on the 4th of July, for Camp Cajon Motor Park at the top of the Cajon Pass. I did attend, and there were several ECV Chapters there.Gary was also the TREK leader for the TRASH TREK at Warner Springs, CA. so I saw him there when I attended July 18 thru 21.
August, Something must be wrong --- Didn't have any ECV events in August --- Except working with the Printer to get booklets and pamphlets made for the September Fall Doin's Clampout and the September plaquing.
September, thanks to a lot of redshirts, but especially the Hawker/GNR/ Asst. GDR, Kevn "No Eye" Horton, we had a very successful Fall Doin's Clampout at Indian Hill Ranch in Tehachapi --- where, coincidentally we plaqued at Nuwa/Kawaiisu Indian Village Site in the Golden Hills Community section of Tehachapi.
October, rest for the weary, no ECV events attended this month.
November, Annual PXL Business Meeting in Frazier Park.
December, continued working with my Vice, and PXL Humbug Erectus, Mark "Pokey" Crawford, to get things ready for his big day next month at the Widder's Ball. It'll be my big day too ---- I will become the most recent PXL-XNGH & the Clampatriarch and Gold Dust Receiver for 2020.
I would like to thank all my Brothers and their Widders for all their help in 2019. Every officer and functionary have specific things that they are required to do during the year, but several have gone "over and above" what was expected, and there will be a small recognition portion dedicated to them at the 2020 Widder's Ball. It ain't much, but I do want you and everyone in attendance to know that it was not only noticed, but VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! See you at the Ball, Saturday, January 25, 2020 (6025)! - - - Al "The Quack" Price PXL - NGH, 2019
MGM Continues the CLOG . . .
The Quack's recap says a lot for his spirit and how seriously he's taken the job of Humbug this past year. We owe him a big thank you for everything he did, and especially that he gave us a reason to get together as often as we did this past year. It says a lot for his dedication and that of his Widder, Jayne. In fact both of them have been an asset to our chapter even before we took in the Quack as a PBC. Both he and Jayne are well grounded in local history, and both are active in several Kern based historical societies which has helped us become more solidly connected with folks who share a common interest. As a thanks to Jayne for her very lively support of our chapter, she will be recognized as our Noble Grand Widder for 2020.
So mark your calendar, or better yet, just go make your reservations for Saturday January 25, 2020, at the Homewood Suites in Bakersfield, for our at our 59th Annual Widders' Ball. Just follow this link to our Doin's page to get started. It's a great way to thank your Widder for putting up with your shenanigans.
But the fun needn't be limited to Saturday. According to XNGH Dale "Top" Turner, If you are interested in "arriving at the Homewood Suites on Friday, the 24th, you are invited to join your fellow Clampers for dinner at the Broken Yolk Café, owned and operated by XNGH Jim Baily. The restaurant is located about 7 minutes from the Homewood Suites.
"[W]e have been offered their private dining room for the evening, where a buffet dinner will be in order along with a full "No Host" bar. The cost for the meal will be approximately $20.00 per person and we need at least 20 people to attend. Dress will be casual Clamper/Widder attire."
The doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner to be served around six. If you are interested, let Top know as soon as you can, meal selection will depend on the number of guests. Call or email, Dale "Top" Turner, XNGH, firstname.lastname@example.org, (661) 714-7203.
This year, in a very short ceremony, we plan to unceremoniously dump our Quackster-in-Chief out of the barrel to make room for Humbug Erectus Mark "Pokey" Crawford. Pokey has already planned a lively schedule of events for next year, including some where you'll want to bring your Widder. But before I go on about that, I would like to mark a few milestones.
Chapter Member Milestones
We lost two of our regulars this year. We also lost an XNGH. All of them passed on to the Golden Hills way before their temples were gray.
Scott "Curly" Gow was taken in by PXL at Sh*t Howdy Ranch at our Spring 2014 Doin's. Using his high voice, Scott's imitation of Curly from the Three Stooges was spot on.
Mark Garner came to us by way of Platrix, but could play the dozens with the best of them and do it in his native Welsh accent. Both of these guys left us in stiches, and both of them left us suddenly and too soon.
XNGH Pat "I-Man" McGhee, was PXL Humbug in 1999, and helped shepherd our erection in Havilah to the "Last Stage Robbery in Kern County" in 1896. He was a U.S. Army veteran. I-Man struggled against Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma for several years until it finally got the best of him. He will be missed.
We hope that all three of our friends found XNGH Kenny "Cookie" Young waiting for them on the other side with a bowl of his beans and that sarcastic look he often shot my way that said, "What the heck are you doing here?" Yeah, Cookie, we sadly agree.
Three of our members lost their Widders to the Golden Hills this year.
XNGH Gary Julian lost his wife Wendy in October. For forty-five years Wendy not only kept Gary company, but they raised a family together. Wendy also instinctively understood that a good way to keep a man sane was to push him out the door on occasion and to make him go Clamping.
The same month Tony Weaver lost Susan, Tony's wife of 27 years. At Clampouts Tony always would make sure I took his picture so he could show Susan he really was where he was supposed to be. After all, how much trouble could he possibly get into by hanging out with a bunch of Clampers?
Earlier in the year, David Nicholson lost his wife, Shirley. You'll remember Shirley and David as a quiet and respectful couple who never missed our Widders' Ball. Her company will be missed.
On a cheerier note, Judi Hall and XXNGH Timbo Gillespie, tied the knot in October down behind the Orange curtain. While getting hitched is serious stuff, the ceremony was done in the rhyming style of Dr. Seuss. "If you want him in your bunk, I shall put him in your trunk. And when you get him home, make sure an' take away his phone. . . 'Cuz he won't need it."
Well it wasn't exactly like that, but a good time was had by family and a few close friends. Judi's four brothers came down to give away the bride. XNGH Keith Fraser was best man, and he brought along his dog Peaches to serve as ring bearer.
Now for some chapter business.
We had our annual year end business meeting on November 16, 2019. Aside from ratifying the Quack's selection of Mark "Pokey" Crawford as incoming Humbug, Pokey presented his slate of functionaries and planned activities for the year, but that's not the end of it.
Due to a quirk in our bylaws, PXL's year must officially end in January, and that includes the passing of the Staff of Relief to our new Humbug. But the big first draft of out upcoming work is presented at our November meeting along with a review of how we did in the concluding year. Our January meeting, just before the Widders' Ball, is legally necessary, but it generally serves as a way to tie up loose ends and to make sure we are ready for the new Clampyear.
There is an old joke in Clamping that, "It wasn't like that when I was Humbug!" But what has impressed me the most over the last eight years since I first sat in the barrel, is that our incoming leaders have consistently been better and better prepared by our November meeting to present both a slate and a plan for their year as Humbug -- our friend the Quack being the latest example of a Humbug who's done a selfless and praiseworthy job. All of these Brothers have had their own strengths and weaknesses, but all have "done good" and we owe them our thanks, as well as a good ribbing in Clamper style.
There's nothing in the rules that keeps anyone from serving more than once as Humbug, or even serving consecutive terms, but one and done is how we traditionally do it, and there's good reasons for that. Being Humbug is expensive, both in terms of money and time. Aside from the out of pocket costs associated with travel, scouting venues, visiting other chapters and local organizations; there's also the matter of planning for and building at least one, hopefully two historical plaques or monuments.
I don't say that to discourage others from setting their sights on leading the chapter, but to highlight the fact that no Humbug can successfully complete his year without help from his Brothers. Just showing up when the chapter needs help, is a good place to start. Bu we always need guys to help with the heavy lifting, and that is where you can distinguish yourself for future leadership.
For example, one upcoming guy worth mentioning is our Hawker, Kevn "No Eye" Horton. Pokey has nominated Kevn to be his Vice Noble Grand Humbug, but No Eye has been our Hawker for several years, serves as Assistant Gold Dust Receiver this year, and his goal has been to raise enough money Hawking to underwrite all of our plaques.
While I'm not suggesting that any of you step in to replace our Hawker, volunteering to help No Eye once or twice a year as he visits other chapters is a good way to distinguish yourself amongst our Brothers and to widen your Clamping experience. No Eye's also looking for regular help, if you're game. You can also step up and volunteer to become a PXL functionary. It's a good way to begin to learn the chapter and to express your desire to go up the chairs.
So here's Pokey's muy-good-o, Clampfabulous plan for 2020.
Pokey has two Clampouts, a family dinner, two plaquings and a joint Doin's with Platrix scheduled for 2020, along with the usual trip to Grand Counsel.
First on the calendar is a joint Doin's with Platrix on Saturday, February 22nd, when we'll plaque the old Acton Community Cemetery, followed by a watering hole dedication for the nearby '49er Saloon. Acton lies within Los Angeles County, so this get together is part of another friendly invite from our Brothers at Platrix to celebrate a little history within their territory.
The Acton Cemetery was established sometime after 1870, and is considered a pioneer cemetery even though it remains open as a burial ground for residents of that desert community. Acton Community Cemetery is located on the 13900 Block of Aliso Street, Acton, California 93510.
The 49er Saloon, isn't far from the cemetery. This soon to be christened ECV Watering Hole dates back to 1889. Despite its name, the 49er is a family friendly venue with a full menu, so bring the Widder and orphans and make a day of it. There's even a place out front to tie up your horses. The address is 31908 Crown Valley Rd, in Acton, (661) 562-4414. We'll announce the times as soon as we have them available.
The Spring Clampout will be at Camp Hamilton Veterans' Memorial Park in Bakersfield, and will be a four day affair from Thursday April 30th through May 3rd. Camp Hamilton was established by a Vietnam Era Marine to honor members of his company who fell in battle in 1969. Each tree he planted represented the life of a deceased comrade. Over the years this park has continued to grow with lawns and additional trees planted in the names of others who have served our country and who have gone on to the Golden Hills.
Camp Hamilton is a beautiful place to have a Clampout. It's both secluded and accessible, and both tents and RVs are welcome. Our date is locked-in, so make sure to set these days aside. We'll have a plaquing on Sunday, May 3rd to honor the work of Glenn Denton and the Camp Hamilton Association.
While the date is not firm yet, the next likely thing on the calendar will be plaquing the Noriega Hotel, followed by a dinner open to all our members and their families. If you've been to the Noriega then you know that to call it a hotel is a misnomer. Established in 1893 as a Basque boarding house, Noriega's has survived to this day as a restaurant serving traditional Basque courses, family style, meaning everyone sits together and everyone eats the same fare. The dining room seats about 120, and the price is set by Noriega's. Expect to pay about $20 for dinner, which includes wine. Adult beverages are available at the bar before dinner. More details later.
Our Fall Clampout will likely take place once again at Indian Hill Campground in Tehachapi, probably near the end of September. If you attended last fall's Clampout, then you know what a choice spot this is. There is plenty of room, shade, flush potties, lush lawns, some electrical connections and two ponds with rumors of fish in them. We did a good job of respecting the property and the word is that we are welcomed back. What the property owners are looking for is a responsible group that can lock-in a given weekend every year, and that may be us. I'll keep you posted. For now the plan is to stage a four day Clampout in the fall, especially if that means Indian Hill.
Next to last, and if anybody is still reading, we were able to put something away in the kitty for the year. The general fund is up and we should have a more complete accounting, including the store account, by the time of the January 25th meeting. You'll want to be there on the morning of the Widders' Ball in Bakersfield to help us tie up the loose ends and settle the books.
Lastly, if you haven't attended Dale "Top" Turner's unofficial "Saturday Clamper Getaway," at the Elk's Lodge in Santa Clarita, you really should drop by if you can. It's an informal gathering, usually at noon on the first Saturday of each month. Brothers who live in the area from multiple chapters drop by to have a beer and a dog, swap lies and to celebrate the Brotherhood. If you have a likely PBC prospect this is a good place to bring him so we can get a whiff of him and he can give us the once over. We meet at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge #2379, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country 91351. The whole thing starts at noon and last until it's time to go home and mow the lawn.
See you at the Widders' Ball.
Posted 12.24.19 - - By MGM, XNGH
It's Chrsitmas Eve, the third night of Hanukkah and New Year's Day is just around the corner. So season's greetings to all from your Brothers here at Peter Lebeck! A new CLOG should be up shortly, but in the meantime, our Widders' Ball sign-up pages are up. Just click on this link to read about it, get the flyer, and use PayPal to pay and sign-up if you're afraid of the mailman. Just don't be shy about showing up because we hope to see you in Bakersfield on Janaury 25, 2020, for PXL's 59th Annual Widders' Ball! -- MGM
Posted 10.8.19 - - By Al "The Quack" Price, NGH
Greetings My Brothers,
If you missed the September Doins', you really missed a lot! We all owe a special THANKS to Brother Kevn "No-Eye" Horton, not only for finding a local campground for us, but then following up with all the necessary contacts with the owners/caretakers of the "Indian Hill Ranch" Campground in Tehachapi (No Eye just lives a couple of miles away from this great new Clampsite).
When we wrapped up our Spring Doin's at Sh*t Howdy Ranch last Cinco de Mayo weekend, we also left all the ECV directional signs that were out on the local roadways. I picked them up and stored them in our barn. Kevn came by several weeks ago, and in addition to being our contact with the campground folks, put the signs up just before the gates opened on Sept. 20th.
As you all ought to know, "No Eye" is also our Hawker, our Grand Noble Recorder, and our assistant Gold Dust Receiver. I've never had the pleasure of dealing with anyone who made so few complaints and who did such a wonderful job for us! And thanks also to Brother Gary Julian, who went out and did a walk-thru of the Clampsite with No Eye.
Another great asset for this Doin's was your Vice Humbug, Mark "Pokey" Crawford, who helped organize all the on-site activities, and helped to get everything set up -- running errands, directing volunteer brothers, and keeping me advised of anything needing attention. He even handled a couple of internal issues as they arose and took charge of securing the great raffle items for our Doin's.
But we can't mention Pokey, without also complimenting his brother Scott "Staples" Crawford who is always there to lend Pokey or any of us a hand if we need help with anything. We will be seeing more of Scott, as he has volunteered to become next year's Clamps Thespian and will keep our HOCO and PBC equipment organized. He stuck real close to our current Clamps Thespian, Dave "Boulder" Staley, who has served as our Clamps Thespian for the last six years, and just needs a little break. Thank you, Dave, for taking Scott under your wing this last weekend. You know brothers, it is sometimes pretty hard to fill in each speaking part during the HOCO, and Dave usually does at least one of the speaking parts himself each Doin's. This Doin's he got Scott to do one of them, and Dave did two of the parts by himself. THANK YOU, DAVID, FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND VALUABLE ASSISTANCE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS!
Dave won't be missed. He's been one of our Circus Masters for several years now, and he'll still be around working to pack up our kit along with Fred "Flintsone" Fenski. Dave is just taking a little time off from this double duty due to his work schedule. Passing on the task of Clamps Thespian will give him a well deserved break and a chance to come on up and enjoy himself.
There was so much help this weekend, I know that I'm forgetting to mention someone, but these brothers really worked their tails off for us. As for the rest of you, thanks for all your help! It was a great Doin's.
Those who weren't able to make the plaque dedication also missed a great event! We had 45 to 55 Redshirted Brothers and our two hard working PBCs join us for our plaque dedication at Golden Hills Nature Walk in honor of the Nüwa/Kawaiisu Indian Village Site. We had representatives from the Tehachapi Heritage League (the local Historical Society), the Cemetery Interest Group, and the President and several of his staff members from the Golden Hills Community Services District in attendance. It was a most satisfactory time.
The Historical Marker Database at HNdb.org has already listed our plaque on the internet for the entire world to see. You can read about our plaque by clicking on this link https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?MarkerID=139925. You can also click on the plaque on the right to read it, and THANK YOU "Uncle Mikey" Halloran for letting us know that our erection was posted by Monday, Sept. 23rd.
I haven't heard anything but positive comments about our Fall Doin's, and there are raves about the great new campsite at Indian Hill Ranch. We even had several other chapters represented out there this weekend who wanted the contact information for this campsite! THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL WHO CHIPPED IN AND MADE THIS SUCH A SUCCESSFUL DOINS' AND PLAQUING THIS LAST WEEKEND!
What an honor it is to be your Humbug!
Posted 9.19.19 - - By MGM, XNGH
A few final notes about our Fall Doin's at Indian Hill Ranch Campground. The weather forecast for Tehachapi is as reported by Dickhead Weather Central in our last home page post, and it's looking real good. The flyer and directions can be found, as usual on our Doin's Page.
Humbug Al "The Quack" Price reports that the caretakers at Indian Hill will allow burn barrels so long as they are not placed on the green grassy areas. Don't disrespect this request. Our reputation is important to us and we want to be welcomed back to this venue. Also no cars or other vehicles on any green grassy area, but there will be plenty of green if you have a tent. We will not be lighting the barbeque until Saturday so don't forget that you are on your own for Friday night dinner. Gates are now set to open at 10 a.m. instead of 2:00 in the afternoon.
Waggin' Master Guy "Guido" Cornell, Hostrix Rick Veiga, and the intrepid trailer crew will be up with our kit ahead of Circus Masters, Fred "Flintstone" Fenski and Dave "Boulder" Staley, who won't be there until 3 p.m., but don't worry Fred and Dave, we promise not to make too big a mess unpacking the kit.
Brother Kevn "No Eye" Horton, reports that the Clampsite looks awesome. The lake is full of water and may even have fish in it, so if you're one to dangle your angle, go ahead, you're welcome. The grass is green everywhere around the lake, and there's even a 100 foot grassy circle fit for a great HOCO. There's also a fire ring, so if you have some wood (the literal kind) please bring it.
Water is available on site, but no "hook-ups" in the portion of the park where we'll be Clamping. We'll have electricity for the cook shack but if you want light, bring a flashlight. We call that "Clamping."
All snark aside, more than 70 guys have signed-up for this one, and it's going to be a great way to end the summer. When you get there, don't forget that all y'all owe me a cold one. But better yet, just show up to the Humbug's Meet 'n' Greet at 5 p.m. I'll be there. See you at the Doin's.
Posted 9.14.19 - - By MGM, XNGH
Snail Mail registration closed yesterday, but if you really, really, really want to come to the PXL Fall Doin's in Tehachapi. I may be able to sneak you in - - provided you go right away to the our Fall Doin's Page and sign-up over the internet right now. In fact, I'll give you until this Monday at 6 am, September 16, 2019 - - to get it done, but no more! It will also cost you $80 whether you pay now or pay at the door so don't look shocked when we see you.
This is shaping up to be quite a party, with over 70 guys signed-up so far, including Brothers we haven't seen for a while and some who are venturing out to one of our Doin's for the first time.
Our Hawker, Kevn "No Eye" Horton, also wanted me to let you know that he is still willing to sell you an event shirt if you order it now, and he won't even jack up the price! These puppies are made to order by Brother Paul Gleim, short or long sleeve, in regular or extended sizes. Order and pay on line, then pick yours up from the PXL Store at our Doin's. Just go to our link at Rfocus Company to order yours now.
Last but not least, a couple of reminders. The gates open no earlier than 2 p.m. on Friday, September 20th. You'll be on your own for lunch and dinner on Friday, but you'll want to make time for "Our Humbug's Afternoon Meet and Greet," at 5:03 p.m., where you'll enjoy the camaraderie of ECV's one and only "Tittie Bar."
Dickhead Weather Central is predicting daytime highs in the low to mid 70's and nighttime lows in mid 40's. We expect to be out of the wind, but this is Tehachapi, so don't be surprised if it gets breezy.
Sorry, no burn barrels this trip due to dry conditions, but you are welcome to bring a propane heater and a well behaved dog to keep you warm, just make sure you can crate the little flea bag to keep her out of mischief.
See you at the Doin's. --MGM
Posted 8.31.19 - - By MGM, XNGH
Happy Labor Day Weekend, Brethren! It's your friendly Cyberrecorder here, and seeing as how this weekend marks the waining of summer, and your last best chance to ruin a perfectly good piece of dead meat, you may want to consider putting down the wood chips for about ten more minutes and signing up for PXL's 58th Annual Fall Doin's at Indian Hill Ranch Campground in Tehchapi. To attend you'll have to register by September 13th, so time is running out! We'll even let you pay at the door, but you have to be on our registration list because walk-ins will be turned away. DO IT NOW, and I'll even let you call me "Webber" for the rest of the day. Just go to our Fall 2019 Doin's Page to sign-up electronically or to download the flyer for the snail mail version.
And just to entice you further, I just put up the webpage about Tehachapi and Indian Hill Ranch that's supposed to convince you that hanging out with us the weekend of Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd is that life changing event you've been waiting for - - or not.
But you won't know if you don't go. So see you there! --MGM
Posted 9.1.19 - - Special - - By MGM, XNGH
A memorial service for Brother Mark Garner which was to be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019, 2 pm at the Elks Lodge in Canoga Park has been cancelled. When a new venue is secured all will be welcomed, and Clamper finery will be in order. Mark was self-employed and had no insurance. A friend has begun a "Go Fund Me" page to help Mark's family cover his final expenses.
Michael Flood, who is organizing the fund raiser, wrote the following:
"As many of you know, Mark Garner passed away on Sunday, [July 28, 2019] at the age of 54. He will be missed by all. Louise, Abby & Nick have lost a husband, father and best friend. Mark and Louise have known each other since high school and just celebrated their wedding anniversary last week.
"Our lives were and are all a little brighter and our hearts are a little fuller having known him. He never seemed to meet a stranger, just another friend in waiting. He always had a great joke to tell or a book to pass on that he thought we would enjoy. It was rare you spoke to him without him telling you what he was reading. He loved his rugby and formula 1.
"I think that the best way that we can honor his memory is to take a little time to help his family through this tragedy. Whether it's prayers or sending a note or messages over the next few days, weeks and months.
"We have opened this GoFundMe for anyone that would like to help the family financially.
"Thank you all for helping to care for such an amazing family as they mourn the loss of a great man and a part of their world."
Michael's assessment of how Mark affected us all is spot on, and let's not forget that he was one of us. At his viewing on Tuesday, August 6th, Mark was laid out in his red shirt as many of us will remember him, so if you can help out, whatever you care to give will surely be appreciated.
Posted 8.19.19 (Amended 8.22.19) - - By Al "The Quack" Price, NGH
My Brothers, Join us for our 2019 Fall Doin's and I promise you a real treat. This may be the first time we'll be Clamped out at Indian Hill Ranch in Tehachapi, but it's not likely to be the last. Yes, it's pretty near Brite Lake, and you probably remember how windy that was when we were there in 2018. But Tehachapi has this great option, and Indian Hill Ranch Campground is much more sheltered, plus it has that rarity of rarities at ECV Clampouts - running water! Come to our Fall Doin's and there will be bathrooms and showers, electricity, a fire ring, a dump station and trash bins. There are also two lakes on the property, though we can't promise you this late in the season that they'll have any water, or that the fish won't give you the finger if you try to fry them up.
It's $65 for you and $75 for your PBC when you register by September 13, 2019, and proffer your gold dust accordingly! Register by the deadline and we'll gladly accept your dust as late as the day of the Doin's -- but it will cost you an extra 15 BUCKS if you don't get it in on time.
Remember! Pre-registration is mandatory for this event, and both walk-ins and retreads will be turned away at the door unless they have my special dispensation.
Our Hawker, Brother "No Eye," has put together a nifty Doin's shirt of the day. But to get one you must preorder and prepay by September 13, 2019, and the sooner the better. Just click on the link below to go to our web account at the Rfocus Company where you can pick out what you want, pay online, and then pick it up at the Doin's from the PXL Store. If there is something you missed, Brother Paul Gleim can whip one up for you special - - short or long sleeve, regular or extended sizes. Check out No Eye's current design at https://www.rfocuscompany.com/sr/1568464.
So if you missed the last one, cheer up, 'cuz we want everyone to have an awesome time! Just go to our sign up page to sign up. The Indian Hill Ranch Campground is 15 minutes off Highway 58, and close to town, with easy access for you and your rig, even if your rig is a tent. Join us on Friday afternoon for the Humbug's meet 'n' greet, then for Saturday morning's Graybeards' Potluck Breakfast. Saturday Dinner includes your choice of Ribeye Steak or the chicken that couldn't get away.
BUT WHATEVER YOU DO! Don't forget to join the circus! Petey's Flying Circus Masters Dave "Boulder" Staley and Fred "Flintstone" Fenski will be on hand when our kit arrives on Friday to supervise the set-up of our cook shack and kit. Everyone on hand is invited to join in. It's a great way to get reacquainted with the guys and a good way to put your PBC to work -- since unless he sticks around on Sunday Morning to put it all back in the trailer, he may not get his sheep skin.
And who the heck wants to do it all over again? Uh, never mind. Did I say, "No Retreads!"
See you soon up at Indian Hill Ranch Campground!
Interim Post 5.25.19 (as amended 5.27.19) -- By MGM, XNGH
A peaceful and thoughtful Memorial Day to you, Cloggites. Please take some time today to honor those who have sarificed for our country -- men and women -- in more ways than we can imagine. If you've been trying to get in to see the latest photos from the Boyd Plaquing and all you were geting was an error message, not to worry. The privacy door that protects our photos on Peter's Picture Pages is working again. I've also posted the photos from the Spring Doin's, so please, have at it.
Due to "server side" changes by our web provider, Lunarpages, the door's PHP coding had to be updated to agree with the new syntax required by PHP 7.2. Since I don't know any coders, I reached out to Lunarpages' for help, but their bid to fix the door was $750.
Well I figured that the original coding donated by Brother Mel Bergman some 10 years ago was still solid, it just needed some spiffifying to meet the new standards. I don't code, but including research time it took me about four hours to figure it out and probably would have taken an experienced coder less than 30 minutes to do the job from start to finish. I'll let you do the math. Some other parts of the website still need to be looked over to make sure they're up to date, but Bro's, I'm in the wrong friggin' business!
Posted 5.19.19 (amended) -- By MGM, XNGH
Hello, Brothers. The mucky-mucks, muck-lucks and diehards of the chapter are up at Grand Council this weekend to kowtow before the powers that be, so check back soon for a report from Humbug Al "The Quack" Price. As for everyone else, thanks to those who attended our Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration up at Sh*t Howdy Ranch and our plaquing in honor of Dr. Boyd at Bakersfield College on April 27th. While just a few of us made it up to BC for the plaquing, this memorial event was most welcomed by Dr. Boyd's family and well received by the college. As for our Doin's up in the Sierras, Jayne isn't making The Quack sleep in the bushes as far as we know, so we must have done OK.
Seriously, the weather and camaraderie up at Sh*t Howdy Ranch was most satisfactory, so many thanks again to the Prices for their hospitality. We never quite get as big a turnout when off the beaten path, but if you made it up to visit this trip was well worth it. I'm working on the photos now as well as doing some major remodeling on the website to get us ready for the fall, so bear with me as is our usual routine.
As for the photos from the BC erection, they are posted to Peter's Picture Pages. Unfortunately due to an upgrade made by our internet company, our privacy door no longer works because of obsolete coding that is well over 10 years old. I'm waiting for Lunar Pages to give us their estimate to fix the problem. In the meantime, if you know someone fluent in PHP 7.2, please let me know. I am determined not to start putting all of our photos on Facebook, but I have no idea what this is going to cost us. Either way, much thanks to Max "The Flash" Felser and Tom Gelder for taking those photos for us. The Wm. Harland Boyd Plaque is affixed in a prominent place at the entrance to the Humanities Building at Bakersfield College. It is an excellent example of what we do and adds to our reputation as a local civic organization. Click on the Icon to see a larger, readable photo of the plaque. - Huzzah!
Posted 5.2.19 -- By MGM, XNGH
Peter Lebeck's Cinco de Mayo Celebration is here. So read on for a few last minute notes of hysterical interest.
Número uno. You need a free CalFire permit for ANYTHING that runs on combustibles. Burn barrels, space heaters, gas stoves, BBQs and even Coleman lanterns ALL require permits, but it only takes about 15 minutes to get one, and you can get it on your computer or phone. Just go to http://www.preventwildfireca.org/ watch the video, answer a few questions and it's all yours. Just make sure you have it with you when you come up to the ranch for our Cinco de Mayo Celebration because there is no cell service in Walker Basin.
You'll find the last reliable cell signals around Caliente and Bodfish. In case of Emergency ONLY, you or your Next of Kin may access the land line at the Ranch House which is 661-867-2414. But be polite! Our host is Jayne Price, who, given her high station in life, will kick the Humbug's donkey if you try to order pizza. Speaking of which, the closest market is 25 miles away so bring what you need for the weekend.
Weather is looking good for Thursday through Sunday. Burn barrels are OK, but watch for low to moderate winds. Dickhead Weather Central is predicting highs in the mid-70's and lows in the mid-40's with no chance of precipitation. Sorry. If you were hoping for snow you'll have to head to Mammoth. As a consolation prize make sure you show up to the Humbug's Meet 'n' Greet on Friday afternoon where Pancho Villa's ghost is expected to drop by for a cold one, and you may also find a margarita with your name on it.
Lastly don't forget you can download the flyer with directions from our Spring Doin's page. Just don't forget to close the gates behind because no one wants to see their cows go on vacation. See you at the Doin's!
Posted 4.23.19 -- By MGM, XNGH
Hey Cloggites! Here are some important announcements so read on!
First up, this coming Saturday is PXL's Spring Plaque dedication at Bakersfield College at 11 a.m., where we'll be unveiling our tribute to the late history professor and PXL Brother, Wm. Harland Boyd. Then join us for an informal lunch at Ethel's Old Corral. This event is open to all and families are welcome. The details, including a map, are posted below. Just read down into the CLOG.
Second, the prepay window for our Spring Doin's is closed, but you can still sign-up, just expect to pay the gate tax for you and your PBC. Sorry, only PBCs who have been preregistered are allowed and no retreading is permitted without special dispensation. That sed, we'll still take your dust, either on PayPal or at the door, but please preregister if you can. The closest market is 25 miles away on mountain roads and no one wants to hunt their own squirrels for dinner.
Lastly, CalFire and the BLM have informed us that individual campsite fire permits are mandatory if you want to use any device that uses combustibles. Burn barrels, space heaters, gas stoves, BBQs and even Coleman lanterns ALL require fire permits. Leave your permit at home and our fire marshal will have to hose your establishment. And who wants to be left out in the cold and in the dark?
Fortunately, permits are free on line at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/ All that's required is that you take a 15 minute fire safety course. Answer a few questions successfully and you can print the permit right from your computer. Just make sure you have it with you when you come up to the ranch for our Cinco de Mayo Celebration because there is no cell service in Walker Basin.
Posted 3.24.19 -- By MGM, XNGH
Hello Cloggites! It looks like our Humbug, Al "The Quack" Price, is on a roll coming off of last weekend's Watering Hole Invasion at Randsburg. We had about 50 Clampers and their significant others show up for this celebration, and a good time was had by all.
Next up for our Quackster-in-chief is PXL's Spring Plaque dedication at Bakersfield College, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27th, where we will unveil our tribute to the late professor of history and PXL Brother, Wm. Harland Boyd. Please join us at the patio entrance to the Humanities Building, in seemly decorum and in full Clamper Regalia, where we will explain to the public the significance of the man in the manner of ECV. Parking is free and you are most welcome to bring your friends so they can celebrate with us, and see what we do.
Following the ceremony we will retire to nearby Ethel's Old Corral to continue our satisfactory camaraderie and for suitable nourishment and libations. A map and directions can be downloaded by clicking the map icon on the right. --->
Dr. Wm. Harland Boyd passed away in 2002, at the age of 90, after a life of civic contributions to the Kern County community which he served with distinction. He taught history at Bakersfield College for 27 years until his retirement in 1992, and is remembered fondly by those of our members who studied under him at B.C.
Harland was one of the volunteers who founded the Kern County Historical Society in 1931. He edited the Society's quarterly magazine for over 40 years, as well as several books published by the society and its members. He was also an author in his own right, having published books on stagecoach travel, trains, and the folk histories of Kern County, among other subjects. The Beale Library also houses 60 binders of Dr. Boyd's personal notes concerning local historical topics.
Harland also sang in his church choir for 50 years, gave his time to no less than 12 other civic organizations, and the Brother still had time to go CLAMPING!
So please, no excuses, join us for this short celebration in honor of Dr. Wm. Harland Boyd, all around good guy and faithful Brother 'til the end. See you there!
Posted 3.20.19 -- By MGM, XNGH
Thanks to All who invaded ''The Joint'' in Randsburg this past weekend. Check out the photos posted on Peter's Picture Pages to see yourself or just see what you missed. Next up is our dedication of the W. Harland Boyd Plaque at Bakersfield College on April 27th, followed by an informal get together at Ethel's Old Corral. Complete details will be up shortly, so check back soon!
Posted 3.3.19 (Amended 3.5.19) -- By MGM, XNGH
Greetings Cloggites! We have stuff to do so let's get you caught up. We have an upcoming "invasion" in Randsburg, plus news about our Spring Doin's, Clamper Get-Aways, Store innovations and a report back from the Whiskey Flat Parade. We've also added this event shirt link for the Randsburg Invasion, as discussed below, so read on!
In less than two weeks PXL will be invading "The Joint," a small but sufficiently moist establishment in Randsburg, California where on March 16th, we will be declaring it to be an ECV Watering Hole. "The Joint" is located at 165 Butte Avenue. Hydration begins at 1 p.m., and Lunch is available for purchase nearby for those with an appetite.
This is an "adults only" event because, after all, this is a "joint." But other than that, all are welcome. So bring the Widder and your friends, and your Widder's friends, and their friends' friends on up to this historic mining burg and let's make a day of it. Neil and Hollie Shotwell, who run "The Joint," have hinted that they won't eject us until the place has been well christened, and Randsburg itself is a picturesque town worth some sightseeing in its own right. Much thanks to Rick "Hardluck" Veiga for his work on this one. To get the flyer including directions, click here.
For those of you not familiar with its history, Randsburg dates back to 1895, and is one of two towns created to support the famous "Yellow Aster" mine, which proved to be one of the most productive gold strikes in California History. It all happened here in Kern County, and it has a remarkable back story.
Randsburg is sometimes described as a "ghost town," but since its founding it's never been without people though in many ways it does seem frozen in time. Clampers have also been known to wander these parts. Our monument from 1989's "4-Way Clampout" stands at the entrance to the center of town. Jim Adams was PLX Humbug at the time. We have a page dedicated to the Randsburg plaquing where you can read about this town's remarkable history by clicking here.
Sign-up for our Spring Doin's has officially begun. Just use the Spring Doin's Link where you can download the flyer, register electronically and even pay using PayPal. We'll even take your rub and registration the old fashioned way - by Snail Mail. In fact sending your dust by mail saves us about $2 in PayPal fees, but either way, it's time to start licking.
This time we're going to Sh*t Howdy Ranch for an extended Cinco de Mayo weekend, May 2-5, 2019. If you want to know why, the Humbug will explain it all to you, just read the flyer to find out. You'll also discover that you'll be able to purchase an event shirt for this Doin's if you so by April 12th. It's also not too late to order a PXL Name Badge. For one low price you also get the event hanger to go with. Pre-Pay deadline for both the name badge and the Doin's is April 19th. So what else can you expect, you ask?
At 3400 feet Sh*t Howdy Ranch is a gem. Located in Walker Basin, a mountain valley in the Sierras above Caliente, it's spectacularly green in the spring, and especially beautiful when the wild flowers are in bloom. Best of all, it's a great place for Peter Lebeck to hold our 2019 Spring Doin's, and you, our Brother, are invited!
Starting Thursday, May 2nd, we'll be the guests of Humbug Al "The Quack" Price and his Widder Jayne who have offered up their ranch for our semi-annual conclave. The accommodations are rustic, but what they lack in indoor plumbing, they make up for in atmosphere. We'll have the use of a grassy, oak studded meadow with plenty of room for RVs, tents and lots of PXL shenanigans.
Sh*t Howdy Ranch offers space that will easily accommodate 100 Redshirts and their PBCs. It's a place for relaxing camaraderie, especially when you're hanging out at PXL's centrally located libation center, our infamous "Tittie Bar." It's the only one of its kind in all of Clamperdom, you'll find it a great place to share what you brought, swap lies and make new friends. You might even find a Margarita or two there on Friday afternoon, though it's best to deny you had them. And why shouldn't you? After all, it's Cinco de Mayo Weekend, and you're encouraged to play into the weekend's theme so long as you do so with respect. Just leave your other Margarita at home.
Our gates open at noon on Thursday, May 2nd, for our set-up crew, the high flying "PXL Flying Circus," and those inclined to help out. Just keep in mind that we're about 25 miles from the nearest Piggly-Wiggly, so if you're coming up early, plan accordingly. You'll have a place to pee, but you'll be on your own food wise until Friday dinner. Also make sure to check the weather. You'll be traveling on well-maintained mountain roads, quite passable for RVs, but you'll want to wave at the cows, not wear them.
In early May the days in Walker Basin are typically pleasant. As for the evenings, it does get nippy so you'll want to bring your warm jammies and your burn barrel if you're so inclined. Just check the flyer for our fire rules because we're not Clamping on bare ground and Smokey Bear's our hero. He's also a Clamper, and we don't want to make him grouchy.
Clamping starts on Friday for Brothers not joining the Circus. If you've brought a PBC, you'll need to turn him over to our Hangman when you get into camp because we may want to put him to work, especially in the kitchen. Our Clampchef, Kenton "Airdale" Miller has promised a special Mexican themed dinner for our first official day of Clamping.
At PXL we are known for our food, and this Clampout will be no exception. Our Doin's are BYOB, but your rub always includes four full, hot meals starting Friday night, plus a continental breakfast on Sunday. Saturday's epicurean highlights include our Graybeards' Potluck Breakfast - - we have eggs, you bring meat, tortillas, etc. - - everybody wins. Then you get more meat for lunch. And if that isn't enough, for dinner you'll get your choice of a large rib eye steak, a quarter chicken or vegetarian roadkill, each served with all the fixxin's. And we never forget the BEANS! (Well. . . maybe once, but that's a long story).
Stuffed in the middle of this meat sandwich you'll find one of the best PBC interrogations and HOCOs in all of Clamperdom - - lubricated by the victims themselves. Just make sure that if you are bringing a PBC - - and we do encourage that very much - - that your sucker comes prepared! Make sure he gets a copy of our PBC Handbook ahead of time. You can download it from our Registration Page. Then make sure your would-be Brother brings us a bribe that will suitably impress all of us, and that he have a five minute hysterical presentation. You know the drill. If you do your part, by the end of the ritual we'll all be laughing our butts off and shouting "Satisfactory!" to the high Sierras.
So what are you waiting for? At PXL camaraderie comes first. We'd be honored to have you join us, and you'll be glad you did. To find out more, just go back to our Spring 2019 Doin's Page where you can get a copy of our infallible fillable flyer, sign-up electronically, and grab additional details, including directions. And whatever you do - DON'T LET THE COWS OUT!
Now about those event shirts. . . .
Until now PXL had almost always found event shirts to be too expensive to produce, but that also meant that someone wanting to show that they had been to PXL couldn't show off by wearing our shirts. Vendors doing screen printing required set up fees - one for each color. Art work provided to the vendor had to separate colors into layers, and in order to spread the cost, our chapter store had to buy dozens of shirts, carry surplus inventory and hope that the shirts would eventually sell out. As a small chapter, three or four dozen event shirts was never going to be worth it.
The advent of "dye sublimation printing" is changing that. The equipment and materials are still costly, but the advantage is that it's now possible to print multicolored graphics on a single shirt as cheaply as on twelve dozen; ten colors as cheaply as one. And that's where Paul Gleim our "T-Shirt Man" comes in.
When we took Paul in, Top knew Paul had a printing and embroidery business. In fact "T-Shirt" prints shirts for a number of non-profits, including veterans' organizations. Top figured we could buy from Paul and tap the brother for a discount.
No Eye has proposed taking that one step further. By using a special link, our members will soon be able to order what they need directly from Paul, pay for it through his site and then pick up the goods from our store at our next Doin's. That also means that because Paul does dye sublimation printing, they'll be no limit to how many event shirts we'll be able to do in the future. We'll even be able to store old designs and designs from past events for those who missed out.
Paul also does embroidery; so personalized hats, jackets and similar items are also possible, all without the store having to carrying gobs of inventory. The transaction remains at "arm's length." Paul negotiates the price, PXL gets a fixed amount from the purchase, and the Store makes sure that only Clampers get the merchandise. Elegant.
We're going to be trying this out for "The Joint" Invasion, and here's the link if you'd like to buy an event shirt fot this one.
XNGH Dale "Top" Turner, and the PXL Brother members of the Elks Lodge in Santa Clarita, continue to host the "Saturday Clamper Get-Away" most first Saturday's of the month. It's open to any Clamper and any prospect you wish to introduce to the Brethren, and we typically have Brothers from several chapters show up. This past Saturday's Get-away had about 25 guys magically appear to share a brew and a hot dog or two. Top sends out an email notice to those he thinks may be interested. I'm going to try and keep up with him and post reminders here and on Facebook, so keep an eye out if you'd like to come. Get-Aways usually start at noon and end by three, so plan to spend a little time if you can. Santa Clarita Elks Lodge #2379, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country 91351.
Lastly, our intrepid little group really wowed them at the Whiskey Flat Days Parade up in Kernville on February 16th. I'd show you pictures but everyone's hands were too cold to whip out a camera. The good news was that it didn't rain and the snow level didn't drop. For those of us fortunate enough to attend, Charles Topping and his Widder Pat hosted a neat little barbeque, complete with a little suds. Thanks to the Toppings for that one, and to everyone who marched in the annual parade.
Posted 2.3.19 -- By Al "The Quack" Price, NGH
PROCLAMATIONS FROM YOUR NOBLE GRAND HUMBUG!
O'yez, O'yez, O'yez ----- A legal term (sorry Mikey), meaning: attention please, or please come to order, (and that's the last legal stuff you'll hear from me!)
Thank you for your vote of confidence in choosing me as your Humbug for the next year, 6024 (2019). (Yeah, right you say. We weren't even asked!) OK, OK, well then, you're stuck with me for the next year anyway. DOC is going to be a hard act to follow.
I remember reading that E Clampus Vitus was started as a joke but quickly gained in popularity. Why? I think it was because it was a way to get away from the norm and have some fun --- and my Brothers and Widders, THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO THIS YEAR ---- LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!
I think we started off in the right direction --- The Widders' Ball was really for the Widders this year, and it sure looked like they had a great time --- I hope so. Sharron Wallace won our Widder of the Year award. Thanks for putting up with us, Sharron. You can have Doc back now, mostly.
My Widder Jayne and I have already heard many compliments from many of the other Redshirts and Widders in attendance. We gave out money prizes this year rather than cheese or wine baskets. Plus, Brother, and XNGH Jim Bailey who was again kind enough to loan us his place for the ball, donated $100 worth of gift coupons for his Broken Yolk Cafés. You've really missed something if you haven't been to either one of Bailey's Broken Yolks, and believe me when I say, you better be hungry when you go there --- the portions are very generous, and very good!
Here are a few things that I have planned for us over the next 12 months.
First, it has been a long time, well, several years anyway, since we have marched in the Whiskey Flat Days parade. So here's the FLYER! A couple of our greybeards approached me early last year and asked if maybe we could get involved in that event again in 2019. Little did they know, but I had already started planning on doing just that. Do you remember the stories about the old Clampers during the Gold Rush Days, who made fun of the other groups who were marching in the parades back then? The Masons, Odd Fellows, or other such groups would march, in step, all decked out in their suits and jewels of their particular station --- and the Clampers followed along behind them, out of step, wearing their red long johns, and decked out with their home made "badges of tin"? Well, we'd probably get arrested if we came to the parade in only our long johns, but, let's have some fun this year. The Whiskey Flat (NOT Whisky Flats) parade is always held on the Saturday of President's Day weekend, and in 2019 that will be on Saturday, February 16th. XNGH Don "Sawdust" Johnson has offered to make his truck available to drive the Widder's around during the parade. In the past the Widders dressed up in period costume, and that's what we'd like to see again, but even if you don't want to dress up like that, PLEASE COME ANYWAY! Another thing I'd like to do is put some more fun back into this event. Years ago, the PXL had a Clamper Band. We haven't had one for many years. Like I said, let's have some fun! I bought 20 metal KAZOO'S, and want to start up another PXL "Band" ---- but, with a couple of requirements:
1. You can't know how to read or play a note of music! And,
2. NO PRACTICING!
My Widder Jayne and I are ready for this, ARE YOU? I've already submitted the paperwork for joining this parade. Last year's paperwork says "Do NOT get there before 8 a.m. 'cuz we won't be there, but pre-parade judging will take place at 9:30 am SHARP. We plan to assemble along "Mountain 99" just at the end of the street, the other side of the bridge on the east side of Kernville. The parade starts at 10 am.
This is just a one-day event for us, and most, if not all of the local hotel rooms will be booked by parade goer's and/or vendors. Not many of the camp grounds will be open at that time of the year either. It takes an hour to get to Kernville from our ranch, but Jayne and I will make our land available for you if you'd like to bring a tent or a trailer up if you're tough enough. You'll be roughing it though, no running water, no restrooms or trash service. Pack it in, take it out. Because we're also Ham Radio Operators, my Widder and I keep track of daily temperatures, rain prospects, and snow possibilities. Our records show it was 51° during the day two years ago and 30° in the morning, then last year on parade day it was 67°at parade time and it was 31°in the early morning, so it will require some hearty souls. Hey, it'll take you an hour to get up to Kernville from Bakersfield, so what's the difference, except we aren't going to charge anything, and you probably won't be able to find a motel room close by. Ranch address: 20325 Redstone Ave., Caliente, CA 93518.
Our first Plaquing will happen a week ahead of our Spring Doin's. We will be honoring Dr. William Harland Boyd, at Bakersfield College on Saturday, April 27th, at 11 am at the entrance to the Humanities Bldg. Dr. Boyd was many things, a History professor at B.C. for 27 years, head of the History Dept., one of the co-founders of the Kern County Historical Society and Museum, and their newsletter editor for over 40 years. Plus, he authored or co-authored approximately 15 books on local Kern County history. Too busy to do anything else? Nope, Dr. Boyd sang in the Choir at his church for over 50 years, was a member of the retired teachers Assn, Kern County Division, the Sierra Club, The Writers of Kern County Assn., The Western History Assn., the Kern County Genealogical Society, Tulare County Historical Society, American Historical Assn., Friends of the Kern County Library, CA Alumni Assn., Friends of the Bancroft Library, AND OH YEAH, HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE PETER LEBECK CHAPTER 1866 OF E CLAMPUS VITUS (according to our Historian Emeritus, Chris Brewer)!
Dr. Boyd went by his middle name, Harland, or W. Harland Boyd) most of the time, probably so as not to be confused with the other Bill Boyd, Hopalong Cassidy! He was at least one of our XNGH's teacher at Bakersfield College (Wes "Preacher" Kutzner). Many of you know that I am also President of the Havilah Historical Society (H.H.S.), and that Havilah was the very first County Seat for the newly established Kern County 1866 - 1874. Well, Dr. Boyd's daughter, Barbara Boyd Voltmer, also a writer, is a friend, and member of the H.H.S. I met with members of the Board at Bakersfield and got their approval to let us install a wall plaque on the brick wall, just inside the doors to the Humanities Bldg. Again, the dedication to be held at 11 am, Saturday, April 27, 2019. BE THERE!
Our Spring Doin's will be back at our "Sh*t Houdy Ranch" in Walker Basin, 20325 Redstone Ave., Caliente, CA, May 3, 4, & 5, 2019. This is Cinco de Mayo weekend, so let's celebrate with a Mexican theme. We'll break out the Margarita's and the chips & Salsa. You break out the Sombrero's and/or anything else (within reason) you can think of that will help us with the celebration.
I'm told Grand Council will be held May 17th & 18th this year up in Sonora, CA. We had a very good turnout last year, and I hope we can have an even better one this year. But, as of Feb 2, 2019, the firm dates have not been posted on the Grand Council website.
Fall Doin's, Sept 20, 21 & 22, 2019: We will be plaquing an Indian Village site in the Golden Hills Community of Tehachapi. Two years ago, when Dale "Top" Turner was NGH, I went to the Golden Hills Community Services District Board Meeting, to get permission for "Top" to plaque Constable Thomas Godwin's grave at the Old Tehachapi/Shield's Cemetery, but at the same time asked them for "tentative approval" to plaque the ancient Kawaiisu/Nuwa Indian Village site, called Tehechita, (most likely the namesake of Tehachapi), it is only about a mile west from where the Godwin plaque was placed.
I was going to try to use the Brite Lake RV Campground again, but when I went to their office I was told, "We have a new District Manager and he doesn't allow group camping on the grass any longer. Each camper, RV, or tent must be in a numbered space." She also told me that their dump station and restrooms are out of service. No Eye has scouted out another campground near Brite Lake, but they say they are in a valley, and not bothered by as much wind, plus they have water, toilets, and trash receptacles already at the camp ground. GNR No-Eye Horton will do a walk-thru shortly, as they are currently closed for the season, and there is snow on the ground, the owners are on vacation. It sounds pretty good, so I'm looking forward to No-Eye checking it out for us.
Then of course, we will have our Annual Business Meeting November 16, 2019 at the La Sierra Mexican Restaurant & ECV Watering Hole in Frazier Park (next to another Watering Hole, Sue's Tavern).
Busy, but hopefully a really FUN YEAR! Please join in and have some fun with us!
Posted 1.2.19 -- By MGM
Happy New Year, Brothers, to you and to all of your friends and family! If you are on or mailing list you would have gotten the Procs and the Widders' Ball sign-up pages a few weeks ago. For those of you waiting for an internet update, wait no more because our internet postings are finally here with only a couple of weeks to spare.
So in case you haven't noticed, you are cordially invited to attend Peter Lebeck's 59th Annual Widders' Ball and Demote-A-Palooza Soirée -- which strictly speaking starts at 3 in the afternoon and parties on into the night. One low price covers everything except where you'll be sleeping - and we even have a great solution for that.
As usual, our pachanga is set for Saturday, the weekend before Superbowl. This year that means January 26, 2019, and while we will gladly accept drop-ins, your best bet is to sign-up by January 15th, which will allow you to custom order a PXL name tag for your Widder.
To read all about it, just go to our 2019 Widders' Ball Page, where you can download the flyer with directions, both on how to sign-up and how to get there. We also have a PayPal Page for the convenience of those who find themselves snowed in and unable plow their way to the mail box.
2019 is going to be a great year for our chapter, and the Widders' Ball is a great way to get it started. Here's to all of us and to seeing you all there.
Posted 12.17.18 (Amended 1.2.19) -- By Ptomaine Timbo, XXNGH
Greetings and salivations from HQ P.X.L. where those engaged in Humbuggery dictate to those of us who aren't. Here's some solid intel to get youse where you'll need to be this Clamper year. Humbug Incomingus AL "The Quack" Price and his 2019 corpses of officers wish one and all a very satisfactory Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you all at the various functions, debaucheries and bacchanals we have in store for 6024.
And what better way to start than with a little soiree' we like to call the Ball. Widder's Ball, that is. So bring your missus or favorite mule, whatever works, we don't judge. But be there! Herewith and so forth prodigiously proclaimed is our schedule -
01/26/19 - Widder's Ball at Homewood suites in Bakersfield.
02/16/19 - Whiskey Flats Parade in Kernville, followed by a BBQ at Charles Topping's.
04/26-28/19 Spring Doin's at Sh*t Howdy Ranch in Walker Basin.
05/17-19/19 Grand Council in Sonora, CA.
09/20-22/19 Fall Doin's in Tehachapi.
1//16/19 - Annual PXL end of year business meeting in Frazier Park.
So mark your calendars, since your mental health depends on getting away at least twice a year with your brethren. With new brothers and a new year, we know you will want to make Clamping a priority. Doc had a great year and we are looking forward to His Quackedness guiding us through what will surely be another excellent year of Brotherhood, History and Frivolity.
Speaking of brotherhood, in our chapter we value few things more highly. We also place a high value on helping those who may have had a little less luck at the diggings, and to that end we support the Bakersfield Women's Shelter. So be generous with all those little hotel shampoos you've swiped over the years. They really appreciate travel sizes of shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. It helps those less fortunate get back on their feet and regain some dignity. So please stop by your local store and grab a handful of these usually inexpensive items. Brother Don "Sawdust" Johnson and his wife Jeanie will see that they get to the right place.
Please join us for the Widder's Ball. Fun, renewing friendships, and kicking the old crew out are just some of the fun we'll have.
Timbo Gillespie, XXNGH -- "PXL Clamp Crier" ...and remember to Love us on Facebook
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