Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:38 AM
We enjoyed an afternoon of frienship and koi. All of the koi were for sale, and although there were no koi in from Japan this year, many beautiful koi were on display in both fish houses. As Shirley was anxious to find homes for the koi as soon as possible, many were auctioned off as well.
Saturday was an even nicer day than Friday - many wore shorts, as the temps hit 70 and the sun was shining. The day was spent much like Friday, with lots of koi talk and reminiscing about the many years we have all enjoyed with Ray here and round about the country. So many folks came to be a part of this special weekend.
I wish I could name them all, but we were so happy to see Jack Chang, who flew in from California, Tom and Jennifer Walker and their friends Tom and Carol, from Texas, Mat McCann who somehow was able to pull himself free from Neisei Koi Farm to come and play. The venerable Chuck Poppe and Doris, our good friend Clark, who made the long trip from Canada, and who has made a wonderful 30 minlute tribute to Ray that soon can be seen on U Tube (I hope someone will give us a link) Henry Culpepper of course, and MIke Frady, who donned the rubber suit and joined in the mud. Roger was there as always - I don't think there was a year when we didn't see Roger there, and he always got there early, to pick the pretty ones!) Larry and Pat Christensen made the long flight from Portland. Larry acted as our auctioneer, and was largely responsible for helping to organize this wonderful weekend. Many more of our friends and longtime customers of Rays came to celebrate this special weekend.
On Saturday nite, when the work was done, many of us gathered outside the fish house, where we so often have gathered over the years, to talk more koi, pass around some 'special stuff' to sip, made many toasts to our friend and teacher Ray, and took turns telling our favorite "Ray Stories". This went on into the night, as the evening got cooler. We moved closer to the old fire barrel, kept stoked with wood, and continued telling stories under the stars.