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So impressed by so many people over this past weekend.
They all deserve their own encomium, and maybe I’ll get to those.
Here is one snippet…
Hugh, who stupidly agreed to oversee getting video results in the arena, and did so with aplomb, was counting on getting dedicated stands for the monitors, provided at minimal cost. The provider balked, and they would have come to $3,500. Two weeks before the event. So, what does he do? He just engineers and builds the TOP (TowerOfPower)—from scratch. Just one engineering marvel of many from the NAOC2012 TechTeam.
For Tom, the accolades must be endless. A few highlights…
The matrix, mapping out the four days, down to the minute. The NAOC course setting binder. I mean, really—a binder? The marching orders and choreography to do the set-up, takedown, and set-up of two races in 30 minutes each. I have never seen anything more organized, and there is no one else I know who could have pulled this off. His willpower, preparation, and drive for excellence were singularly responsible for flawless technical achievement. The smile he allowed himself when it was over was priceless.
“You can be my wingman any time”. And hopefully, you feel the same.
Ed and Eddie (aka E&E Enterprises.) Their ingenuity, their enthusiasm, and willingness to keep plugging away, despite long odds, and towering challenges. Their capabilities are astounding, and frankly frightening. Luckily, their skills are being committed to the pursuit of honor and righteousness, and orienteering happiness. In a more totalitarian nation, these gentlemen would be taken off the grid in the interest of national security.
Ed’s infectious smile, but ferocious finish face. Eddie’s cute hat.
Sam is a college kid. He breaks his finger playing football, has surgery on Thursday in Ithaca, and is at PEEC (thanks to Fred!) Thursday night. No need to allow a “flesh wound” imperil the orienteering cacophony of the sprint on Sunday. A lot of people were surprised that a junior designed such awesome courses for a WRE and North American Championships. He got it done, with a whole lot of style.