30, 2006 – Oh my, are you still with
me? I can't remember the last time since I missed a weekly installment. I'll
explain why, later.
The 2006 Great Dane National in Topeka, hosted by the Mid-West Division,
was truly superb. The venue was outstanding (once you finally got there) and
the committees made sure everything ran smoothly. They should
all be applauded.
Hospitality Committee deserves special recognition for providing the most robust
and delectable "spread" I've seen at any National. Everybody was raving
about the endless abundance of wonderful food. The Hospitality Room took care
of me during my hurried lunch breaks. (Otherwise, I might have starved to death!)
I am beyond grateful.
Char Knowlton was in charge
of the Hospitality Room and she herself did most of the actual baking. Unless
you were there, you can't begin to imagine the wide range of extraordinary delectables
that were provided, free of charge, to the hungry masses.
Rumor has it that over
a four month period Char stockpiled FOUR ENTIRE FREEZERS full of
cakes and bundts, and
I believe it. Even more astonishing is the fact that Char's cakes contained
no sugar, plus they were low fat. Char told me that as a diabetic she
was committed to providing tasty, low sugar foods at the National — and she
I would love to see a collection of Char's recipes offered as a fundraiser for
the Mid-West division to offset some of their Hospitality expenses. (They must
have spent a fortune.) I think most of us would line up to obtain
a cook book featuring those delicious cakes. If a cookbook is offered, I'll
be more than happy to promote it right here on DaDane of DaWeek.
All my days (and many of my evenings) at the National were spent behind the camera.
I wanted to photograph as many of the participants as possible. I was shooting
in raw format with the 12.3 megapixel Canon 5D. By the time I left Topeka,
I had accumulated over 8,000 high-resolution photographs on 100+ gigabytes
of storage. Along with my photos and luggage, I brought something else back with
me — a horrid respiratory virus. It really knocked the stuffing out of
me. I am only now getting back on my feet. And that, my friends, is why you've
seen so few pictures lately.
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