It's our Tenth Year and We Could Use Some Additional Help...

This is our tenth anniversary. In fact as I write this, it was about ten years ago this coming Saturday that we stood out there and froze our naughty bits in the damp cold air. What a day that was!

We want to celebrate with a party this year, but to do that, we’re going to need your help. We need more volunteers. While we still have the same robust core as usual, we need more people, not just to help us on Saturday mornings, but we’d love to find a group who knows how to throw a great party sometime later in the season. We’re thinking early July so we have the very best chance of a nice day around here.

We have our first volunteer meeting on February 17 and you can attend that, or we’ll have another soon after just for the new folks who are looking for something to do this summer. It’s a great way to make friends, have some laughs, and have a good excuse to get out of the house with less paperwork.

We’re behind the scenes here working on the website, getting it all looking fresh for the new season as there is a lot to do between now and opening day on April 6. Of course, this depends on the weather. Last year we were a month behind. Sort of like rent in college.

See you all soon!

If You Show Up on Saturday...

You will be a little disappointed. Where exotics once stood, you will see just about the same cars you saw at work on Friday. About the only exotic thing you will are possibly some pink windshield wipers or some wheels that we’re not exactly factory. Even then, the mall doesn’t open until later so chances are the lot will just be empty. The produce delivery guy will be dancing for joy, but that’s about it. In case you missed the memo, we’re done for the season.

Still, some will show up and be standing there thinking, “where the heck is everyone?” (you know you wouldn’t use the word ‘heck’) The answer is we called our season ender last week you illiterate fool. This gives our volunteers one nice weekend off before the rains hit…or so they show in the forecast. Most will head to Leavenworth (not the prison) for some beer and polkas. You need beer for polkas. As Gary Larson once so insightfully illustrated, in heaven they hand out harps. In hell it’s accordions.

I see they are forecasting a mild winter. In all my years living out here in Washington State, they never got it right even once. The weather folks mis-forecast our Saturdays a few times and that was just 48 hours before the event. There is about as much chance of them getting it right as there is Beyonce rocking a tuba.

The Farmers Almanac says it will be a teeth-chattering dare I say, nut-hugging cold winter. So we’ll see who’s right. I’ll bet on the Almanac.

We’re already planning our 10th anniversary celebration. We still can’t get an aircraft carrier up Mill Creek, but we tried. Can you believe we made it ten years? I still can’t get over it. We thought we’d survive a couple of seasons, have a few laughs and that would be it. We’re now the oldest weekly event in the US. That says a lot.

We're all done folks! But...

Well, that’s it for the season everyone! What a great turnout on our last day. We managed to squeeze 342 cars into our space and we still turned away twenty or more, not to mention those who drove by that couldn’t get it. Sorry, but we can only take on so many BMWs before others have an aneurysm, given that our first priority is exotic and rare cars.

As usual, there were a few, dare I say, ass-hats on departure, given it was our last day. The gal in the yellow Porsche who fishtailed her way past me is not welcome back. She was already warned, but nope, she thinks her fun should come at the expense of everyone else. Talk about self-absorbed!

By the way, in case you don’t know what an ass-hat is exactly, it’s sometimes referred to as an ass-gasket, or in some places, simply a free cowboy hat. It’s that toilet protector you see in bathrooms that looks far more dangerous than the toilet itself. I’d rather poop in a field, but that’s just me. Some will be offended by reading this, probably because they really thought it was a free cowboy hat.

Most of the ass-hats were driving up and down Bear Creek who didn’t get in, but felt the need to just race around Redmond, which isn’t all that thrilling for the rest of us. We have better things to do with our time.

So, we will keep posting here all winter. We always have something to say about something. Our opening day for 2019 will be April 6. It will be our 10th anniversary! We are planning to do something for it, so it will be big. Thank you all for a wonderful season. It was a terrific last day and one of our very best! Thank you all!

Come out, come out, come out!

Okay, get up out of bed Saturday morning and come down for our last E@RTC of the season. Come and say hello and good-bye all in one shot. It’s going to be a beautiful Saturday morning of fun and great people and cars. This is really it, our last Saturday of the season and then we set in for a long winter. We’re not going to have our opening day until, Saturday April 6! That’s 24 Saturdays away! That’s almost six months! Some of you could have kids by then!

Our last day is always a great turnout so don’t miss it. Okay, miss it if you have typhoid, but otherwise don’t miss it.

Saturday, October 13 is our last chance to hang out for the season...

Well, we’re down to one more Saturday. Pull out the tissue. Get ready to start raking!

I ran some stats. We had a total of 28 available Saturdays this season. Of those, we were “rained out” 41% of the time. This is a record for us. “Rained out” includes all days when we called it because the chance of rain was 30% or higher. Some of those Saturdays saw no rain at all, so blame the folks in the weather cave. We typically average around 20-22 decent Saturdays, but this year we only had just 16 events. It’s hard to believe, but that’s how it all worked out.

Traditionally, when we’ve been able to call it for our last Saturday, it’s been one of our biggest days of the season, so next week if it doesn’t rain, we will see a lot of cars. You won’t want to miss it!

Again, there is America’s Car Museum to get you through the winter. They have a lot of cool stuff going on all winter so make the drive down!

Don’t forget to shop at Redmond Town Center! Hot Yoga and a movie! Not in that order, but you get the idea. Please come and support Redmond Town Center for all their support of us all season. Do all your Christmas shopping there, even if it means buying gram-gram a set of drums. It will give her something to do other than watch Oprah reruns. Lots of good food there too! No need to starve!

See you all next week unless it rains.

We're On For Our First Saturday Encore!

Wow! We’re on two weeks in a row and it’s October! How cool is that? Let’s call it our first encore.

Just so we’re clear, and so we don’t get everyone’s chronically unemployed uncle writing us for clarification, I’ll repeat it again. If it rains next Saturday the 13th, we’re done for the season. If it doesn’t rain it will be our last Saturday of the season and everyone can just go home and rake. This means, there is all the possibility that this will be our last Saturday. Now, watch how many write me to explain what I just said…wrote.

This is a great time of year to go for a drive and take in the fall colors. It’s fun to get that last drive in around the North Cascades over to Winthrop, then down to Leavenworth (not the prison) and home. It’s that time when the squirrels are busy gathering up the nuts, irony is that cold does the same thing… moving on.

We then move into Thanksgiving, and holiday parties. You win that ugly sweater competition you didn’t know you entered. It’s sort of a free shot at your every-day wardrobe. Before we know it, it’s going to be spring again. We’ll all show up fatter, again, again.

Don’t forget the museum! I’m talking about America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. It’s a great place to go and hang out, see your friends, and talk cars, all while staying warm and dry! The food in the cafe is very good. Seriously, it’s surprisingly good! It’s not the same prison-quality stuff you get on the ferry either.

This could be it folks! It could be your last Saturday to come see us, hang with us, talk about your spouse, car or doctor, or all three, or those yodeling lessons you won at the auction. Come out say you goodbyes, find a winter snuggle buddy or something. There is someone there for everyone. See you Saturday!

We're not yet done for the season! But, we're damn close...

This is that funky weather time when it’s kathunkulous* to call it and the mornings start to get a lot colder and less pleasant to stand around and talk about cars, or your latest cleansing that kicked in at work. We don’t like rain or extremely cold mornings. We tried it and it sucked. Everyone sort of hops around trying to warm up and it looks like a rave with crappy music. This past Saturday was a perfect morning for E@RTC. It was cool but not cold, cloudy but not dark and we were so full we had to start parking cars in center lines. It was a fun time!

Still, as we get closer to the end of our season, we don’t want to forget all those who make this happen. Let’s start with Redmond Town Center and Jessica Morgan for putting up with us all year. There mere mention of our names gives her a nervous tick, but she has all winter to recover. Just the word, “Nick” and she crushes whatever is in her hand. Thank you Jessica!

We can’t end the season without thanking our amazing volunteers, the beloved Thugs who make it all happen and do a lot behind the scenes to keep it all together. What a great group of people. Yes, I know, I know… none of them are welcome at any typical petting zoo, but the flip sides is they all did an amazing job as they do every year! (Let’s just say when our volunteers go to a petting zoo, the animals wash their hands.) Halloween is coming up and it’s the one day they all get to sort of, “blend in.”

Still, in spite of these shortcomings, and a list I can’t mention here, they are wonderful people and some of the most generous people I know. They do it because they love to see everyone have a great time. That, and it knocks weeks off the parole card. I’m thrilled that they come out and do what they do so please thank them when you see them in one of our last Saturdays, if we get decent weather. Thanks to all of you! We are going to do something on their behalf.

We also have to thank those who bring out their stupendous cars to show every week. We can’t exist without your participation. We also have to thank those who tried to get a yard pass and couldn’t and we’re relegated back to the basement to paint something. We know you tried, you did your damnedest and have the sore jaw to prove it. We know we will see you someday!

We also want to thank all of our enthusiastic spectators who come out to see these machines! We love it that you love it! We all love the same thing! Cool cars, interesting people, lots of laughs, a couple of gripes about something, and just some great times.

We hope to see you all next week!

*I made that word up but it sounds about right.

We're on for Saturday!

This could be it! Our final E@RTC. We may be able to squeak one more in if we get a nice Saturday but next week isn’t looking so good and October is usually not great. It also starts to get damn cold in the morning so there is that too.

We will not have an official Classic and Collector car day but some may still come out. We’re in the same side lots as always. Come out and see your friends while you can. Come see us! Apply for that yard pass right now. Do what you have to win that pass, even if you have to clean the basement or have dinner with the in-laws.

Damn it! Rained out AGAIN!

Can you believe it? We’re rained out for the third week in a row! Don’t worry, we won’t forget your names or what you drive. We take a long winter off and still remember each other in spring, so it’s not like our memories are so bad we’re hiding our own Easter eggs.

We only have about three more Saturdays to go before we call it off for the season, so when we are back on, and I’m assuming one of these remaining Saturdays will be nice, we will have a massive turnout, and one almost at big as opening day. Everyone gets to say goodbye for the winter, shed a tear or two. (not really) This isn’t like Dorthy climbing into the balloon basket for the flight back to Kansas or anything. It’s just the last time we meet in a parking lot until spring. We crank up the music again on April 6…which will be our tenth anniversary party!

Still, once again when spring shows up, we’re all fatter, like it or not. We all say stuff like “Oh, it’s great to see you…” when we’re really thinking, you should lay off the Ben & Jerry’s. As usual, some will have new cars, new spouses, new relationships, new restraining orders from the last one and so on. It’s alway fun hearing about that rash you got rid of from that trip to Vietnam. Yup, we can’t wait for that.

It will be a nice Saturday to stay home and think about that new rake you’re going to need in a few weeks. See you next Saturday we hope!

Rained out again! Damn!

Yes, we’re rained out again. Not Carolinas-rained-out, but rained out. This leaves only about four or five possible Saturdays in our tenth season remaining. It also means a lot more people will show up next Saturday because we’ve been rained out two Saturdays in a row. Some of you can’t go that long without E@RTC and not get that nervous tick.

This Saturday was looking bad since last week and next Saturday is looking decent so far so we think if it holds up, it will bring out a lot of cars. You will want to be there for sure. Do the paperwork with your significant other right now so you’re free next weekend.

We’re already thinking about the opening day party for next season because it will be our ten year anniversary. It will probably be in the garage or something so it can be a rain or shine event. We’re still thinking about it.

We're Rained-Out for Saturday, but Before You Get Your Undies in a Bunch...

This was a tough call this morning. I'm sitting here in the Poodle Dog Cafe in Tacoma looking at all the weather forecasts, six different to be exact, and they average over 30% chance of rain. Yeah, we know some show only 20% chance of rain, but they have all be trending up every six hours. I even climbed the peak of Mt. Rainier in the middle of the night to consult with the shivering emaciated guru who wasn't wearing enough clothes and he told me to go away, he was concentrating, but I got the message. I could see my house from there.

It seems like if you call yourself the Poodle anything, it's kind of obvious you're talking about a dog isn't it? The sign said, "Good Food" so that was reason enough to stop here. I don't know of a poodle cow. Poodle is kind of a unique name to a dog and I don't need "dog" as a qualifier. I don't exactly get it, but okay. The food's not bad actually... so far. Ask me in a few hours. It's very clean, I will say that!

The good news is that tomorrow morning you get to stay in bed with that special someone. You can think back to that crustacean you once almost married, or did... or are.

We are on for Saturday and Other Stuff

Well the auction sure was fun. We got to see the back of Greg's head a lot, which wasn't going to auction. His car, in case you were stuck deep underground all week in a mine with nothing to eat but a Twinkie, did well. A few people were bidding it up while you were standing there in that cave with your mouth open trying to catch that drip from the ceiling, wondering what the final price was that night. The car sold for $48,405,000! 

Think about that for a moment. If he had that many Twinkies and put them end to end, that would stretch 2,979.4 miles, which in a straight line, would stretch from about Redmond Town Center to the Bahamas somewhere. It would be the dumbest thing to do with Twinkies ever, and it would take a very long time. Nobody would be impressed either. Some would even be mad about the line of Twinkies going through their yard.

We only have about six E@RTC Saturdays left so come on out! Don't miss this chance to see all the cool cars! This is your opportunity to make friends for the winter. Besides, you need someone to meet up with at Starbucks to hear you complain about getting fat, or how much you look forward to this winter and your promise to take up the luge. 

Next Saturday, the 8th, in case you're from Fresno, is Classic Car Day! We have the Classic Car Club coming out, and we will see lots of interesting rolling sheet metal as we did last year. The folks from America's Car Museum and Club Auto are also coming up from Tacoma with some stuff so you don't want to miss that Saturday either.

Greg did get some other cool stuff over the last few weeks so he will be bringing out some cars none of you have seen before. Fair warning!

By the way, did you know that people who make up stats are 50% more likely to be wrong?

Trust me, nobody from Fresno got that one.

See you all Saturday!

How To Watch The Auction Tonight Without Harming Yourself!

For those of you interested in watching the highest value car to ever go up for auction, and are in danger of wetting yourself with excitement, it will be live here at 5:30. On the page, off on the right side, you will see a link to watch live. For those of you who have Apple TV, we suggest using it as a separate display on the Apple Play tab on your browser's navigation. This way you can have the catalog open on one page and the auction on your Apple TV. How cool is that? This way you can personally fowl yourself from excitement in the privacy of your own home. For those of you on Windows machines, open two windows, sift one to a second monitor, or your TV if it has that feature. Greg's 250 GTO is #247 so it will take a while to get there. I'm guessing 90 minutes in, but don't bet on that.

Last night most of the cars were going for below the estimated range. Let's hope Greg's car is the big surprise of the night by going far above the expected range. We're cheering you on Greg!

We're off this Saturday, August 25!

I'm saying it again, we're off this Saturday, August 25. A lot of car people head down to Monterey for car week. Some of us, have to go auction off our $50 million dollar car. Others stay home and clean up the garage and put little screws in jars or calk the tub. Whatever.  For a few of us, we're going to get out and play and do something other than E@RTC on this Saturday morning. We will all be back next week, some with harrowing stories to tell about Monterey or their mom.

We see that we're about to come into a weather pattern of guessing what it's going to do once again. We can't wait for all that mail. This will be fun. We sometimes think they use a dartboard somewhere in the calculation. I picture a guy with piles of data screaming, "F***-IT!" and throwing a dart so he can go have lunch.

The folks at America's Car Museum will be joining us for upcoming Classic Car Day and more on that as we get closer. They have their big annual Gala that same night. You get to dust off that nice suit and go hang with some interesting people.

We don't yet have a link to RM's life auction or we'd put it here, but look around on YouTube at around 5:00 PM tonight and the same should be tomorrow night. Greg's car goes on the block tomorrow sometime after 5:30. Bidding will only last about five minutes. We don't expect a lot of yelling.

There is no E@RTC on the 25th! Read on...

We traditionally take the weekend of the Pebble Beach Classic off so that some of our volunteers can attend Monterey Car Week. We have a lot of people out as of Saturday and it gives our volunteers a badly needed weekend off while the weather is nice... but then again, it could be raining this coming Saturday anyway for all we know. It's too far off to tell, but either way, lets just called it rained out so those who are grumpy don't write us to complain. This also gives our volunteers the chance to catch up on their tweezing.

We still have people who use the old entrance so we're going to start sending you around the block. Do it twice and we're going to send you home to start all over again. You don't want Sean pinching your ear and telling you to knock it off either. So, be good and just go around the block like a decent human who has manners and stuff. We can tell the pros from the rookies from the entrance they use. Look like a pro. Make mom proud.

Oh, don't forget this coming Saturday is when Greg's 250 GTO goes up for auction in Monterey. The auction starts at 5:30 PM and we'll post where you can watch it online. We believe you can see it on YouTube live. We'll get the word out as soon as we know. If you know who will televise it, let us know. If you don't know, don't write us to tell us you don't know like you do about the weather sometimes. I've talked Greg into buying us all gum if it crosses $100 million.

See you all on September 1!

Put Off the Liposuction

We're expecting another great Saturday and it's the week before the big migration down to Monterey for Car Week. For many E@RTC is the gathering point before driving down. Some are then driving along the coast while others head inland into scorched earth and black lung and a chance to run for their lives from a fire. Such fun!

If you were thinking about liposuction, put that off until winter when there is nothing better to do.   Wait until it's dark and rainy out when nobody can see what you had done.

We still see new cars every week and it's always astonished us by how many cool cars are in this region. We have cars come from as far away as Montana to the east, and up from California and down from Canada. There are always surprises, even to us Parking Thugs who sometimes think we've seen just about everything. Once in a while we get someone from Fresno but they never have any idea where they are.

We also once again want to thank Redmond Town Center for putting up with us every Saturday. They are always wonderful in a wonderful sort of way. Thanks Jessica! We also want to thank our sponsors who ride along with us every season and also help get the cars out. And, we have to keep thanking our participants, spectators and our volunteers who all pitch in to make this a special thing every week. This is the very spirit of a real community event. It's the happiness the event brings to so many that has us doing it again and again.

We're Rained-out for Saturday! Time to Make a Casserole!

We'll, that time of year is on us when the weather begins to change... or so we think today. We're rained out for Saturday. For those of you new to E@RTC, we call it if the chance of rain is 30% or higher. It's higher. Nobody likes to stand in the rain, and regardless of what you read in the personals, nobody likes to walk in the rain either. Go try it and see who's there. Nobody! Those you see running have issues. Don't make eye contact.

They also predict scattered thunderstorms for Saturday. Getting struck by lightning isn't fun. It's a bit like getting tased except you smolder. It's not the lightning strike so much, it's everyone else laughing that's kind of hard to take, especially from the medics. Especially when it's the second time.

The good news is now you have time to make a casserole for someone. I remember that nasty tuna medley my gram-gram would make. I still remember it like it was yesterday or the day before. It wasn't yesterday. It was a long time ago and I still remember that God-awful smell as that bubbling blob of tuna and celery and potato chips came out of the oven. I was afraid to ever ask what was in it. Probably a lot of stuff on sale.

They serve casseroles at funerals because everyone is already upset and it's a chance to clean out the fridge. I see half the serving dishes empty and I'm reminded that people will eat just about anything. Someone could be gnawing on a chicken foot and I'm thinking, that's nothing, I survived a nasty tuna casserole once.

When was the last time you went into a nice restaurant and they said, "Tonight's casserole is..."? I remember that never happened. How hungry did you have to be to try someone's mystery casserole? Most people have to be fairly drunk or very desperate to borrow money from whoever made it.

We only have a possible ten remaining Saturdays until our season comes to an end. It's hard to believe how fast the season goes by before everyone goes off to hibernate for the winter, always to return fatter at E@RTC the next season. They always pretend like they look the same, but nope, all I see is how fat they look compared to the year before.

Last week's British Car Day was very fun and one of our bigger spectator car days of the season. People seemed to come from everywhere and we think it was a lot of vacationers from somewhere else, like Yelm. As usual, everyone was extremely nice. We always have that one or two who come in with some sense of entitlement, but overall, it was the usual great group and we love hosting them. I got to chat with a lot of regulars for once. It's always good to get the feedback.

As always, our volunteers are stupendous and we can't thank them enough. Many come from a long way away and do it every Saturday and without them, it would be impossible to hold the event. They give up a lot to make all this happen and we're thrilled to be working with such outstanding humans. They are the best! Please thank them next week when we're back to our normal routine. 

We will see you all on the 18th!

Tonight is Cars and Cigars Night at America's Car Museum!

We forgot to mention that Tonight, Saturday, August 4 to be very specific, is Cars and Cigars Night at America's Car Museum in Tacoma. I've heard that a lot of tickets have already been sold however there are a few remaining, so if you're looking for something to do tonight this might be it. You can change the oil on the mower tomorrow. This is a good time to sneak out of the house and go have some fun.

It also helps support the museum so it's also a win there too. This has become an extremely popular event and so it's well worth it to head on down for some fun! Say "hi" to everyone for us while you're there.

Saturday, August 4 is British Car Day! (But all Nationalities are Welcome)

Saturday is our annual British Car Day, which is one of my personal favorites. I love it because the people are so nice and there is a such a huge variety of cars that show up. We sometimes forget all the cool stuff that comes out of the UK. Okay, so they don't have enough dentists, but that's a different topic.

Tomorrow we're going to see the new Rolls Royce Cullinan for the first time! This is that giant beast of an SUV that's not only gorgeous, it goes through mud, snow, rocks and stuff, yet flattens rodents with precision, all while riding in pure luxury.

This will be a day of amazing cars, people, and a lot of fun! Don't miss it. No excuses.