"We're going to party for Bastille Day [French Independence Day], and I have a date for you!" said Herman. I wasn't too hot on the idea, and I thought my wife, Lisa, would not dig it either. Herman stated there was a girl in the little village called Loupia in the South of France. She really wants to meet an American from California. I asked Herman what she looked like, and Herman told me she is petite and cute, and her name is Antionette. So with some hesitation, I agreed to escort her to the party.
This photo above is the first building you see as you enter Loupia, which has a total population of 120 people. Because the party was a big deal for the area, it was attended by 200 people, including a couple from Russia I chatted with. The Russian woman's mother works at the Svetlana tube factory in St. Petersburg. Talk about a coincidence!
This is my new girlfriend, Antionette. She is petite, she is cute, and she is a firecracker. She is also turning 80 years old in October, and I have to tell you, what a hoot!
She cupped my face between her hands, looked at me straight in the eyes, and said, "Kevin, tell me that you love me! Say 'I love you Antionette!' Say it!!" I obliged her, and she swooned. Herman got quite a kick out of this, as you can see in this picture, we were both wearing wigs at this point in the party. What a riot! She waltzed me around to all the other guests and introduced me as her boyfriend from Hollywood.
This is (from left to right) Dominique, Herman wearing the red, white, and blue wig, Dominique's sister Marie, Antionette, and I think that is Anna Nicole Smith on the right, but that is not confirmed. One thing that was confirmed is everyone in this pic was a bit tipsy.
This is the Ah! factory and units being readied to have the tube output stage and other modifications installed. Sadly, the factory was on European vacation (standard for this time of year), so I could not get pictures of workers in progress. The facility is ISO 9001 certified and does alot of high tech assembly.
This is me (right) standing next to Marcel at De Hifiwinkel in Eindhoven, Holland. Marcel works for Herman, the owner of Durob Audio, the Winkel chain of stores, and the Ah! product line. Marcel is a super cool guy, and an absolute hoot to hang with, as are many of the Dutch. Please note, we did not smoke any pot. Very few Dutch people actually do.
Standing next to Sonus Faber Cremonas, the Ah! Njoe Tjoeb 4000 (with upsampler installed), and a new super secret weapon in its prototype form. See if you can guess what I have my hand on!