I had the good fortune to attend the HAPL South Texas Social Thursday night (March 21, 2013), and I must admit that I had a great time (along with about 200 others). I’ve never been to Armadillo Palace, but it was a great venue. You’ll know you’ve found Armadillo Palace when you see the HUGE armadillo outside the building. The South Texas Social Committee, headed up by Joe Dichiara, did a great job. The process of getting a name tag and armband at the door was quick and painless, and they even had door prizes (yours truly won one!). I tried to win a pair of custom boots in the raffle, but the stars didn’t align quite properly.
As with all the HAPL social events that I’ve attended, beer, wine and house liquor were flowing freely and I’m sure that helps attendance. Before they began serving dinner there were servers walking around with appetizers, and while I never seemed to get any of them I was told that they were pretty good. For dinner they had two buffet style BBQ setups with servers carving meat to order for us, there was plenty of food to go around and I think everyone got as much as they wanted.
As for entertainment, Kevin Black provided some great country music that mixed well with the crowd. He has some great music, and it was played a volume where you could hear it — but also have a conversation. I actually won one of his CDs as a door prize! I think the most ‘entertaining’ song of the night was “Let’s Get Naked”. Thankfully no one did.
I can’t possibly name all the current (and future) friends that I met up with, but I am continually amazed by the friendliness of the folks that attend these socials. I had the opportunity to meet people young and old, inexperienced and experienced, and from several different professions. There were landmen, attorneys, right-of-way agents and probably a few other vocations that I missed.
I just realized that there is no way I could list all the sponsors of the event, and I didn’t think to take a picture of the banner showing all of them. I would like to thank everyone who did sponsor the event though, and encourage companies to help sponsor future events. Even a small donation of $250 or less would be pretty helpful, and people notice companies that give back to our community.
All in all, as I mentioned, this was a great event and I enjoyed it immensely. If you are in Houston, or visit Houston often, you should be a member of the HAPL. They put on a great party.
Were you at the social? What your favorite part? Tell us about your time in the comments below!