This past Sunday, Jimmy, Clif and I made a quick fun “Hail Mary” to VA Beach to the “Warbirds Over The Beach” show. Was it amazing? Hellcat yes! The photos sure will not disappoint. And sadly, for you and I, this is a thing that I have no idea about. I never had the dream to fly. But, it is cool, and that sometimes is all that matters.
I did learn some things though that may help us in the boat world. And no its not stuff to do, but more of a mind set. There I was, a geek of sorts amongst other geeks. We are all geeks of something. Some more than others.
There is an odd feeling that the uniform means something, its not just clothing. But maybe in a way its art to folks. Living art now. And with saying that was the insight.
To new people coming to your show, or meeting you at the dock, they are in awe of your boat and passion. but scared to death of it, and its intimidating. That’s how I felt for sure. It was their universe and I was a spectator. I never felt invited in. Mind you that’s in my head, and the volunteers couldn’t have been more helpful. It was a very welcoming crowd. Sound familiar? Sometimes we forget how it’s all kinda overwhelming to new folks!
I found myself saying things like. Man that’s cool, but ouch its expensive. Or what does it take to restore one of those. All the same things folks say when they meet us. Honestly, if someone in a Spitfire had said. Come on, lets go.
And then told me how fun it all is.. Maybe there would be a Canvas Flyer website. mmmmm. NO!
The entire day was filled with the wonderful roar of those massive engines!
Regardless, of how welcoming we may all be, no matter what is said to new folks in the hobby or wanting to get into the hobby, it can be a tough and courageous leap to getting into classic boating without someone reaching out there hand and saying, COME ON IN, THE WATER IS GREAT!