Vanning is a compulsion, an obsession, an occupation, an affliction, a fascination, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it, must. Those who don't, think it's a waste of time. For me it is a calling.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Arrived in Manti on Sunday ready to go to work. I was the first one there,and got right to work.

there were a number of projects to finish for the show and auction. I made Ilene a Rat Fink version of the corn hole game. I call Pie Hole. Judith made some pie shaped bean bags. It was a hit.
next day was spent painting. I re cleared Rusty's tailgate. He in turn resealed the leak in my van's rear end.
LOOK! I FOUND MAGOO!!! Here Magoo is showing his magical technique...

Gary from Las Vegas, brought his latest project,the Bubble Ray Vette...way cool We did a screen printing demo/ seminar on Friday.. It was a huge success. there were several other things going on friday. We all had a blast painting togeather. Jeff De Grandis was there again.(here he is Moe!!).I'm not sure who is crazier, Him or Kenny.... Late fri.nite, we went to Ephraim to get an ice cream

How do the girls of Ephriam have fun on a friday???
HEY MAGOO.. YOUR RIDES HERE!!!! Saturday brought the car show and parade. there was a big turnout. Each artist gave out his award,and there was an auction of the other art we painted over the weekend. All the procedes go to the city to improve the park. There is a new restroom that has been built by what we've raised over the past few years.GOOD JOB GUYS,AND GALLS!!!..After a visit to Freds for a milk shake, we went back to Ilene's and painted some more. Kenny got out the airbrush and whipped out some cool, old skool, airbrush fink shirts. After a fabulous potluck dinner we spent the rest of the evening painting on various things,and yuckin it up with everyone.... STUPID CAR! Then a trip to Funk Funk, and Fink. The week went so fast. It was a great time. we're already making plans for next year. don't miss it!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009


It's That time of year again. Time for the Rat Fink reunion. The last couple years I have driven out to Utah instead of flying. With all the stuff I needed to take I decided to do it again. Judith my vanning friend from Florida, just happened to be in the area and decided to go along. It was nice to have a rider for the long trip.Makes it easier having a back up driver. Judith being the consummate traveler had us going to a number of sights along the way. Took an extra day, but it was cool to see all the Americana. Stopped in Abilene, Kansas so Judith could do some geocaching. We were in a cemetery and found a memorial to all the service men and women that came from the area. found a number back to the civil war.and their most famous service man Dwight Eisenhower. very cool.

down the road in Victoria, there is the "Cathedral of the plains" A beautiful structure from stone built in 1910, by the parishioners. Beautiful!.you find the wildest vehicles in the most out of the way places..
On westward, after a stop at Judiths brother in Eagle Colorado. we went on through the canyon where the highway follows the Colorado river, to me this is the best part of the ride..

The trip took us to the Arches park. I have never been there before. what an absolutely beautiful place! We did more hiking the next 2 days than I ever have.

Sunday found us on the way to the Rat Fink Reunion. I'll get to that next post.......

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Yes, it's been a long time since I last posted. The good news is there is a lot to put up. May always means van-in time. My club puts on its annual event every year at the fairgrounds in Mt Vernon Ohio.The week before we got together to print shirts,dash plaques, and trophies.

Did the shirts first, then the metal. Turned out pretty nice if I don't say so myself...a The next week was the event and we had a great turnout. before that I had a couple vans to work on.Our van-in was a success again this year, attendance was up and the weather was better than normal. The show was great! The judges were busy. the food was good. Mike learned how to pull a wheelie with the golf cart...
and as usual some people should have stayed in
I'll have more tomorrow.