I think you "awoke a sleeping giant" with your post down memory lane.
I rarely post on this site anymore but just happened to stumble onto your post and was going to be the first one to reply. It was very lengthy but when I tried to send it, it went away. Just now getting back to it.
I think we should mention Pat & Nancy Gallagher. As I recall they ramrodded both "The Ralley in the Valley" and the "Y2K rally". I am sure you know that Pat has passed on and I haven't heard from Nancy in a few years. I hope she is still with us.
I was a very active member of the "RV America Chat Room" until they shut it down. That group is still alive and well and very active on another site that I understand I can not mention. Lots of the original gang are still active and the group grows nightly starting around 8:30 PM Central time. We have many VERY close friends on that site. We have many rallies in the past and our group has hung together through births, deaths, marriages, divorces and even a murder. We are truly a close family.
Nancy & Pat invited us (chatters) to join the above mentioned rallies which many of us did and they both were great times.
You reminded me of a not so happy ending to the "Rally In The Valley". When we left there we got just a few miles South of Kingsville when my old motor home died. Oh yes.............the infamous Ford fuel pump in the tank. Before I even called for a tow I called the Ford dealer in Kingsville to see if they had a pump in stock. The didn't but said they could go to Corpus Christi and get one. I told them to get going! I got towed in at 4:30 on a Friday evening. The wrecker couldn't get it in the shop so about 15 of us literally pushed it inside. About that time the guy walked in the door with the fuel pump in hand and a tech was standing by.
6:30 Friday night I was back on the road. I had just created a major miracle!
About 2 miles away from the shop there was a cross street that had been cut down about 12" for a resurface and no warning signs. It was getting dark and the first warning I had was when the car in front of me took a major dip. The second warning was when I saw on my monitor my truck crashing into the rear of the motor home. The tow bar had popped off the ball. (I will never have another ball hitch!)
The tow bar hit the ground and flew up and wiped out the hood and bumper of my toad then impaled itself into my closet.
$4000 and 6 weeks later all was well again.
Those were fun times. I miss Norm's regular posting on his web site. Hope he gets back to it and looking forward to you doing the same.
Looks like you may get some more FEMA work soon. We passed near by you a few weeks ago on the way to work a hail storm in McAllen on the way back from our usual winter in Yuma.