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Winnipeg RustFest II
(February 7, 1997)

Your Host - Kenny Sultan Hoeppner

Pre-Fest Notice

The Fest Call was put out by Kenny Sultan Hoeppner....


On Friday evening (Feb.7th) there is going to be a get together of local Winnipeg Rusties in the lounge at the Keg Steakhouse and Bar. (1295 Pembina Hwy.) The special guest speaker for the evening will be none other than Lost Dog (Mike Currie), who we are flying in from Vancouver at no expense to us at all. Festivities should start around 7 pm. If any other Rusties are in the neighbourhood come on down and join us.

Sultan (khoeppne@City.Winnipeg.MB.CA)

(MORE BARN! Colors Will Be Worn)

Lost Dog's Notification

Lost Dog is returning to the birthplace of Rust ...
Thanks to the power of Rust, within two hours of my plane landing, I will be doing one of my favourite activities - drinking beer with Rusties.

This will be my second trip to the Motherland. On the first I toured the local Neil Young points of interest. I felt the spirit at the old Grosvenor Street home and on the steps at the schoolyard. Who knows, we may be back on the steps at the schoolyard at about midnight tonight!

By my good fortune, it seems to be only slightly below freezing in Winnipeg now. Won't need the furry underthings at all. Will make sure the antifreeze (as you said EN!) stays topped up!

Cheers to you all, we'll be toasting you in about 6 hours! Will have a report in a few days!

Lost Dog

And to quote from the good book:

When I was a young boy
My Mama said to me
Your Daddy's leavin' home today,
Guess he's gone to stay.
We packed up all our bags
And drove out to Winnipeg.

Fest Report

Minutes of Mini Winnipeg RustFest:

The attendees:

  1. Kurt Braun
  2. Steve Pind
  3. Mike Lost Dog Currie
  4. Me (Kenny Sultan Hoeppner)
Actually it should be the reading of the hours not "the minutes" of the RustFest soiree... Here's a brief recap of the evening near as I can remember. I'll leave it to others to fill in the blanks.

The evening started out with me picking up fellow Rusties Kurt Braun and Steve Pind and heading off to the Keg Steakhouse and Barn. (We changed the Bar into the Barn for this night.) We arrived around 7 pm and ordered a round of ales. Only a couple of minutes later Lost Dog (Mike Currie) arrived and joined us. He was wearing his Neil and Booker T shirt under his flannel, Kurt and Steve were wearing their flannels sans T-shirts, and I was wearing my flannel with the MORE BARN! shirt. Yes the hoser Neil meeting was in session.

It was great evening of talking about the man and his music. The only trouble was that it went by so fast. I remember everybody introducing themselves and the next thing I recall was the waitress saying last call. We talked about everything from tours we had seen, tape trading, RustFests, people we have met on Rust. You name it we talked about it.

We also talked about other artists. I was the only one who hadn't bought the last Wilco cd and was told to pick it up which will be done this week. Sometime during the evening we decided that Bryan Addams was no longer qualified to wear his flannel anymore, and that Oasis is the Anti-Rust.

We left the bar sometime after 1 AM, and bid our goodbyes. While driving Steve and Kurt home we decided that we should get together next month and rent Dead Man for a Rust Movie Fest.

All in all it was a great evening of Rust talk and it was great to finally meet Lost Dog. But I'm glad I didn't have to be at a conference at 8 am the next morning like Mike!


Lost Dog's Report

The Sultan did a good job of preparing the meeting minutes (hours?). I made it safely back to Vancouver and thought I'd add a few comments.

It was great to meet Kenny, Kurt and Steve with whom I'd only communicated a bit by e-mail before. It is amazing that I can walk into a bar, sit down with three guys I had never met before and enjoy a non-stop conversation (except for trips to the loo of course) for over six hours. Our common interest in Neil Young's music was obviously the catalyst. The time was most enjoyable, and passed far too quickly.

Winnipeg is now the seventh city in which I have drank beer with other rusties. Hope to make it double digits in 1997. Any of you who haven't done this before really should give it a try.

After consuming a good number of brews at the fest, I only got about 5 hours sleep before being rudely awakened by the alarm clock. To put it mildly, I wasn't exactly on the ball at my meetings until after about 10 coffees and a pitcher of water!

The plane ride home was kind of interesting. As I settled into my seat, I noticed a great big (I mean BIG) man was behind me. Unfortunately he had a bad cold and couldn't master the art of using kleenex. Therefore he sniffed, snorted, hacked and coughed about every three minutes all the way home. Fortunately, I was able to put on my walkman and load the tapes of the Winnipeg '96 show that Kenny gave me and crank it up so that I couldn't hear this rude dude! How do you spell relief? I felt sorry for all the other people around who had to listen to that noise.

Another of life's little adventures. I wonder what lies around the next curve? Another ditch perhaps?

Lost Dog

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