The President's Message

*Hellooo!!! Is anybody out there?

Greetings my friends!

Last month I asked for feedback of what might be keeping us from driving our Metropolitans.  This is kind of embarrassing, but I received only one response.  One member, who I first met in 2015 and then again in 2018, sent me an email.  And not because he has any issues with his car, but just to say “Hello!” and to let me know that reading my message instilled a little more confidence in his Metropolitan, and in himself.  His response made my day, and that member is David Pryde.  

I met Dave at the 2015 International in Tacoma, at the LeMay Car Museum.  We toured the museum that day and wandered the show field the next day, talking and talking.  I then ran into Dave again at the 2018 Can-Am in Port Townsend, and we spent a lot of time together that weekend too, just talking and laughing and solving all of the world’s problems. 

Dave owns a late model convertible named QTPie that he restored himself.  He and his wife Jan also had a 43’ sailboat named Baraka, and on that sailboat they circumnavigated the globe from 2006 – 2014.  Living eight years on a 43’ sailboat, sailing westward around the globe, stopping at places I didn’t even know existed, what an adventure and what stories he has to tell! 

More on the Baraka and their journey can be found here:

Thank you Dave for your reply, and I hope to see you at a club meeting once we can hold them again.  

Speaking of club meetings, the Federal Way Senior Center is still closed, so no July face-to-face meeting.  

But I would like to try having a Zoom meeting on July 5th at 1:00 PM.  Zoom is a free conferencing application which is being used a lot during this shelter at home time.  School teachers are using it to connect with their students, small businesses use it, other car clubs are using it to hold their meetings, and my 5 y.o. granddaughter uses it to visit with her daycare buddies.  So I am hoping I can figure it out and use it to hold the July club meeting. 

Zoom offers audio and video, so if you have a webcam on your laptop or an external camera for your desktop, we can see your smiling face.  But if you are having a bad hair day, you do not have to join the video, you can choose to only join the audio.  You are in control of what you do.  You can join and just listen if you want, but we would really like to hear from you, hear how you are doing and hear about what you’ve been up to.  You know, just like we used to do back when we had meetings.  Androids and iPhones can also be used to join the Zoom meeting.  

An email will be coming out soon with more detail on the Zoom meeting and how to join it, and all that detail stuff that you will need to know.  But first, I need to call my granddaughter so she can walk me through how to use it.  

Speaking of meetings and gatherings, I have heard some concern about organizing Met get-togethers.  Phase two guidelines state, “outdoor recreation involving five or fewer people outside your household" and "gather with no more than five people outside your household per week.”  Now it depends on your definition of “outdoor recreation” and “gather.”  I have two opinions on this.  First, a drive is not an outdoor activity, nor is it a gathering, it is a function of an automobile and quite often a necessary means of transportation.  Second, what you choose to do in your spare time is your business, not the clubs, and your private activities are not sanctioned by the club, which relieves the club of any responsibility or liability for your actions.  Now if you circled the Mets and gathered inside the circle for a BBQ, that would be an outdoor activity, and a gathering, and also quite fun!  So don’t do that.

If you want to call up a few friends for a scenic drive around town or a curb-side burger run, that is fine.  Also keep in mind that not everyone has email addresses for everyone else, and they also don’t know who would be interested in these activities.  So if you did not get invited to something, reach out to the organizer and let them know you would like to be included next time.  

If we did have a gathering of Metropolitans, what would that be called?  A few weeks ago I referred to them as a “gaggle”, but a gaggle is a group of geese, not Mets.  We have a pride of lions, an army of ants, a scold of jays, a murder of crows, a congress of baboons, and a _______ of Metropolitans.  

Let’s have a “Fill-in-the-blank” contest.  Send me your suggestion, email or text, only one per person please, for what a gathering of Metropolitans should be called.  Entries will be judged by an independent panel of capable adults (if I can find at least two) and the winning entry will be awarded something special, like a trophy made out of Met parts (yet to be constructed).  So put your thinking caps on and give it some serious thought and send me your idea. 

I was thinking, “a Money-Pit of Metropolitans”.  And now I cannot be on the judging panel. 

Summer is officially here and the weather is sure getting nice, and nothing brings on a smile like seeing a _______ of Metropolitans cruisin’ down the road.  So let’s do our part to make this challenging time in everyone’s life a little more enjoyable.  Let’s get the Mets out and let’s bring smiles to people’s faces. 

Send me your idea for a name of a group of Mets, watch for the Zoom email, stay safe, stay healthy, and I hope to see you soon.  And please let me know what issues you might be having that are preventing you from driving your Met.  Fix-a-Met didn’t happen this year and I really want to know if there is something you need help with.  All responses will remain anonymous. 

Gary Roberts 

360-701-1051 (cell) 

Posted : July 3rd, 2020