Texas hospitality was in full swing at ASIS17 kickoff party at Gilley's. ASIS members and their guests played putt-putt golf, dressed up with western hats and scarves for commemorative pictures, showed off pool playing skills, and competed in Bull Riding activities to raise money for the ASIS Foundation. ASIS Board Member Chuck Andrews (Friends of Chuck) raised the stakes between Chapters, pushing them to raise money while getting thrown off a mechanical bull. The area around was packed with onlookers recording the rides on their phones. We are in the age of social media; our beloved drugstore cowboys come with a smartphone.
In between cold beer and barbecue sliders were Armadillo Races. Participants got on the floor and blew on the armadillo's back and tail end, encouraging the Texas mascot to be the first one shuffling to the finish line. If your grey-colored, armor-shelled, pointy-nosed mammal was first, you won a can of armadillo milk. Listen to this Texas gal, I wouldn't put that milk in your coffee, but it's a great story to tell. And aren't celebrations just that? Creating stories to tell? Hope you have many more this week.