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Alloo Pie, Peanut Punch and Preliminaries

My First Pilgrimage to the Mecca of Pan - Entry 12

Posted by Eric Mannweiler on February 15, 2011

Trinidad & Tobago

Eric

Hello everyone,

Panorama 2011Ok, I have some awesome things to talk about! I'm not sure what order to discuss them in, so bear with me if I am less than organized and coherent with this one... Yesterday I had my first Alloo Pie and Peanut Punch, from a place in Woodbrook which had a bunch of pan pictures on the wall. I'm told the person making the pies was once or is currently a captain of Phase II... I want to go back just to talk pan (well, ok the pies and punch were great too!) 

It seems like time is going warp speed! Finals are almost here and I feel like I've only been here 3 weeks!! I actually found myself brainstorming how I'll get back here next year (and after that). There is still so much more I want to see and do... I am making it official right here and now: I'm coming back soon. I don't know if I'll be able to make next year happen, but I have to come back to Trinidad and pick up where I'll be leaving off in March.

Liam came back, the band got a bunch of new players, and the architecture of the racks has taken shape, and it's really exciting to watch the band shape up!

Also last night Liam called me aside during practice when he was talking to a man who looked vaguely familiar. I met Rudy Two Left Smith last night, and will be hopefully meeting up with him to talk soon! Definitely looking forward to talking history and whatnot with the man...

I met with Joe Lendore this morning, who is living right by me... Talked pan history and about the future of pan all morning! I also played my first Invader style lead pan this morning... I am proud to say it made more sense to me than I expected it would. It always looked so daunting in the layout outlines. Looking forward to going back soon.

My pan teacher and one of my fellow co-founders of the Indiana Steel Pan Association are flying in tonight, and I can't wait to share this experience with them!

I'm sure there is something I am forgetting, but as prelims are this afternoon, I have to leave it at this for now, and get myself to the panyard!

Life for Pan,

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