Participants are given the choice of 60, 30 or 15 mile straight up rides or the 10 mile mystery ride. Each year my intention is to sign up for at least the 15 mile ride (which, given the lack of elevation changes, is not a big deal). But each year the mystery ride sounds so entertaining that my good intentions go by the wayside. This year was no exception.
|Mayor Freeland with Inspector Tompkins|
As is customary in murder investigations, the footage from the interrogations was made available to the public. (Click here to view the most hilarious of Bruce's videos. You might notice that only one of the suspects retained counsel.)
|Me, Chief, Janice and Dorrit|
At the appointed hour, the suspects were lined up along with some Conquistadors there to maintain control of the situation. Modern day police were also on hand to take custody of the offending party. After much ado, Bruce announced that the responsible party was --- drum roll, please -- City Manager Howard Kunik. Really? I, for one, was very surprised -- and more than a bit dismayed that both Janice and I had voted for the wrong scoundrel.
|The guilty party: City Manager Howard Kunik|
Once again, it was a fun day Punta Gorda style. I give a lot of credit not only to Bruce and Dorrit for scheming this whole thing up, but also to each of the "Fat Point Four" for participating with such gusto. And, of course, to the volunteers from TEAM Punta Gorda and the Isles Yacht Club who made the whole event happen. I'm already looking forward to next year.