The-Bar

Bombshelter Sports Bar & Grill

 

With 22 Corvettes on the edge of the runway and 47 hungry mouths to feed, COTV started another successful breakfast social, our 3rd in 2017. This was our second visit to the Bombshelter at Skydive Perris at the Perris Airport, but for some it was their first. Bill Stedfield, our retired Navy pilot, was in heaven with all the photos and planes on the ground and in the air! We bet he will be back, probably meeting up with Skip Hipp, who is the one who suggested this venue to Carol and Marilyn the first time around.

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The sky was very overcast and the temps pretty cool after our recent very warm weather. When Leonard spoke with the guys at Skydive Perris, they said that they were not sure the planes would be able to go up as the ceiling was too low. While the event had been described as “breakfast and a show”, the group was more than willing to focus on the food first with hopes of entertainment afterwards.

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The real early bird contingent consisted of Skip, John Meyer and Bruce the Bat, who got there before the staff even had time to clean up from last night’s party at the Bombshelter. As more early arrivals appeared, long tables were set and covered in red to celebrate our breakfast. Our newest member, Chuck Calagna, who joined at the last general meeting joined us for the meal. Some hungry members arrived solo for a hearty meal. We welcomed back the McIntoshes and Hans from their European travels and were glad to hear that their trips went well and that the weather generally held and they didn’t run into a terrorist event where and when they were there. Wayne York, who found us in an Internet search, brought along his soon-to-be wife, Janet, to see if we were enough fun for them. We hope that they will join.

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The drill at the Bombshelter is to stand in line by the menu board, place an order and pay and then listen for your number to be called and go pick up your loaded plates of food at the window. It works amazingly efficiently, although you might not feel that way if you were the last to get in the order line. As we all ate and chatted both the noise level and the cloud cover rose. By the time we were finished and the plates cleared, the plane had dropped streamers to determine the wind direction and then the Army plane was ready to take off with its first load. We got to see some more experienced jumpers and then some first-timers in their tandem jumps.

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Breakfast at the Bombshelter is a real experience, stick to your ribs food and lots to watch as well. Thanks again to Carol and Marilyn or Marilyn and Carol, and their other halves, for all their hard work and pre-eating to make sure we all have a good time.

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