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Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« on: March 31, 2020, 09:58:44 AM »
This year is supposed to be the 18th annual Forestry Forum Pigroast. The date would be July 31st for the prepig cookout and August 1st for the roast. Also Tammy and my 40th wedding anniversary is that day. We found a voicemail this morning from our deer friend the @fat olde elf inquiring so I thought I would try to have us all address is here.

We are in turmoil of course on what to do. Should we just cancel? Could things get better before then and make it possible? would people even be willing to come after what we are being put through? Would people NEED to come after what we are all being put through?  I know if I was to say right now, it is cancelled, Tammy and I would have far less on our minds in planning and approaching this summer, but would that be replaced by regret for letting down our members? Probably. Miracles happen and one could happen between now and then but I'm thinking hope for better times and hopes for a miracle are two different things chasms apart. I'm not sure trying to bring people together from all over the continent this summer is an appropriate thing to even attempt that soon.
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2020, 10:07:36 AM »
Hi Jeff
I think this thing will be over by then and people will be more than ready for a gathering like this. I wouldn't be thinking of cancelling it until at least sometime in June.
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2020, 10:30:16 AM »
What is the latest that you can place an order for Porky Pig?
We had every intention on attending as we have already made campground reservations for 7/31 & 8/1.
Hopefully this scourge will be over soon.
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2020, 11:28:06 AM »
We would need to make our decision near or around June 1st to make sure a pig and porta potties are spoken for. Anything after that and the county fairs all around us cause havoc trying to get those things.
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2020, 11:33:15 AM »
I'd wait for a bit before cancelling.  Give it another month or six weeks and see where we're at.
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2020, 11:42:50 AM »
*DanG! I wish I was closer. I could even supply a pig!
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2020, 11:44:13 AM »
Jeff, you said a couple of years ago, that one reason to attend the PR may not happen one day.  This might be the year. 

If it is cancelled, I think FF members will understand.  I feel this virus is going to be with us for several more months and will not be over until a drug is developed to cure it.

Give it a couple weeks and see how it looks. 

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2020, 12:06:52 PM »




I was lucky enough to be able to attend last year and had a great time. I was impressed how Jeff and his family went all out to make it possible, and if there is another one I would gladly try to attend. Everyone is hoping and praying this "storm" blows over sooner than later, I suggest maybe hold off on the official decision for a few weeks. It is your party Jeff, and you decide whatever you think is best.
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2020, 01:29:21 PM »
I have yet to attend my first roast, but with the growth rate of death during March, this thing has just gotten it's running start. 

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2020, 02:59:12 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2020, 03:32:15 PM »
Wait two months and then do what you think is best. I will be disappointed  if I don't get to see you this year, but I will get over it.
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2020, 04:12:37 PM »
Whatever you think, Jeff.
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2020, 05:00:18 PM »
It is 4 months away.  i will be fine with what ever decision.  we will come if we can, and not if we cannot.  So do not hold yourselves to any other standard.  you guys do what you feel is best for you.  We are behind you no matter what! :)
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2020, 05:14:51 PM »
Would it be possible to be a bit flexible with the date this year and may be push it to the Labor Day weekend IF required or another date? Just thinking out loud.  
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2020, 06:06:35 PM »
While I would certainly like to attend (my first time), I can understand why you might want to cancel. I agree with others who said you should wait to see how things look closer to the end of May when you have to place an order for the hog and porta-potties. If things are not looking up by then, probably won't improve much by August and you can cancel. If things have improved enough, you can drive on. Fingers crossed.

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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2020, 06:48:33 PM »
I had 3 important dates on my summer schedule. The 85th International Convention of AA was scheduled in Detroit July 2,3,4,and 5. This event is held every 5 years and this year AA is 85 years on June 10th.  I attended the 80th in Atlanta along with 58,000 recovering drunks. A real BFD....
This summer I was planning to attend the 65th Anniversary of my graduation from Napoleon Rural Agricultural High School.    48 graduated and 29 are still alive.....

Both of these events have already been cancelled  !!

My son Patrick worked many years as a board certified Respiratory Therapist in Charlotte. He was twice honored as  Employee of the year.  He was also certified as a pulmonary equipment technician. Because of his background and his concern for his 80 year (plus) parents he has strongly suggested that we should not leave our home. No time frame was suggested.  

I have attended every Pig Roast except the first one.  I treasure the friends I have because of the Forum especially Pat D.,Wildflower, and Tami. Sorry guys... I appreciate the wealth of knowledge and inspiration The Forum has given me over the years. Unless a true medical miracle happens quickly I can see no chance that I can attend  this years Pig Roast.  The health risk is severe and is forecast to become even greater. Stay safe....   Paul Randolph aka Fat Olde Elf     
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2020, 05:52:45 AM »
I have a bit of personal insight into the immense volume of research that is currently underway to defeat this virus and my insight is also strongly recommending that being in the over 75 age group we (wife and I) stay home for the present. Having said that, I also recognize that what would have been considered a medical miracle just a few years ago is now becoming routine. So I have no doubt this COVID-19 virus will be defeated and it is just a matter of time.
Since we are only about 15 days into this effort, I say it's too early to cancel. The next few weeks will tell us more and certainly by June we will know if the promising new and older drug treatments will be effective. Even the ever cautious Dr. Fauci today gave some indication that if early stages of the vaccine trials showed promise that his one year timeline could be shortened.
So while it good to discuss your options now, take some more time to make your decision.
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2020, 08:01:35 AM »
Jeff I agree with those that say wait until the go/no go date to decide. 

I doubt we will be back to normal by August. 
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Re: Pigroast uncertainty What are your thoughts?
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2020, 12:03:28 PM »
From what I saw when we were there a couple of years ago, and photos of the events since then, it appeared that many of those at the pig roast would fall into the over 60 or other higher risk categories (I check 3 of those boxes).  Of course, there may be some attending who will have already contracted CV19 and survived it, presenting no danger to the group.  Apparently, most of the population will contract the disease unless they can avoid exposure until an effective vaccine is distributed (15-18 months?).

The good news is, if you do have it, you'll be able to get by with a much smaller pig. :)
Perhaps this would be a year to focus on celebrating your 40th anniversary.
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« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2020, 06:08:51 PM »
*DanG! I wish I was closer. I could even supply a pig!
Same here, iv got a 275 lb corn fed, pen raised feral hog i need to butcher. Couldnt think of a better way and donating it. 
Plus my son is graduating usmc boot camp on or around that date and i plan on attending that. 
As for the pig, if someone close (100-200 miles) was attending, i could harvest him, pack him on ice and meet half way the distance and do a hand off. 
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