I believe that I have recovered from the jet lag, although getting home at 8:30am yesterday and going right in to work for the day was quite a test. This morning I felt more like myself.
I must confess that each year in January as I am picking out my booth spot (which involves trying to avoid the drain that is always in the floor of my booth no matter what move I make) I ponder whether its important for SuperCub.Org to be at the show or not. Part of this for me is "fox and grapes" because I know that May is a busy month at my real job, Billy is still in school, and it would not work for us to spend an extra week or so up there at this time of year.
However, when I was reflecting on the weekend sitting and waiting for the red eye home on Sunday evening, I felt "full" - I had made and renewed many friendships, spoken with folks from all over the world, and had also seen some pretty cool products. My estimation is that the show traffic was down somewhat this year, but since I don't really sell anything at the show, it is just a guess. All of the booths were sold out, but it was not as "trafficy" as it sometimes is; Still, for me as hectic as the weekend was, it was also in a way relaxing and rejuvenating.
I've many to thank, but to try to list them all in one sitting would certainly involve me leaving someone important out. From members manning the booth as I got called away for a little consulting work in another booth, to custom knitted stocking caps, incredible dining experiences, set up and tear down help, new advertisers, member renewals, fantastic event sponsors, flexible accomodators, service minded catering operations, and just people who don't despise me for not remembering their name - even though we have met many times. I thank you all.
I was sorry that CloudDancer was unable to attend this year, he ads significant flair to the booth and his many fans stopped by and asked after him - it sort of felt like a scene from Ferris Bueller's day off I have to admit...
Mostly, I was sorry that Laura was not able to be there this year. The timing of things did not work out well for us, but she is on the list for next year. She is more than just a spare rib or right hand.I am always amazed at how well we compliment each other, OK, she compliments me really I doubt I do that much for her. She often keeps me from committing more great faux pas than I usually make, but sometimes there is just nothing you can do for me
Thanks again, everyone! Great to see you all and I hope you have a great weekend in Valdez!