In this thread tdn describes what he calls the “best minute of the year” for him. It is a defining moment in his life that he looks forward to annually above everything else. His “reason for being” as it were.
I was wondering what events, places, or times other dopers have as thier “best minute of the year”. What one annual or periodic thing (Event, time, or place) do you look forward to above all else? What event do you absolutely live for?
I have two such events:
Every year on Dec 24, my dad, brother and I have always met for lunch at Coney Island Hotdogs in Kalamazoo, MI for Christmas Eve lunch. This tradition started out as a way for my dad to get us boys out of the house so mom could get presents wrapped. Dad would take us to a sporting goods store where a friend of his worked. We would hang out there and then go to lunch at Coney Island Hotdogs. As the years passed by, the sporting goods store closed down and my brother and I have grown up, but we still go to lunch every Christmas Eve at Coney Island Hotdogs. It is my absolute most favorite time of the year.
The second event is Abbott’s Magic Get-Together in Colon, MI. I was introduced to this event by a good friend of mine 10 years ago and I have never missed it since. This is a 4 day convention put on by Abbott’s Magic Company the first full week in August, but the whole town of Colon hosts the event. I camp out for the week there. It is literally a 4 day non-stop party, only with magic shows every night, dealers selling some amazing stuff, lectures, street vendors, and other events that the town puts on. I have friends that I only see at this convention (and never see any other time of the year). We have such a good time that when the convention is over and we are striking camp, everyone is quite somber because they know it will be another year before they come back. I’ve been to other great magic conventions, but this one convention… I absolutely LIVE for.