And as always, I had fun!
While the actual attendance was down from years past, 250 total, I have few issues with last weeks RPM.
I got to see my friends from across North America. That alone makes the trip worth it for me.
Joe D'Elia has chosen to not continue hosting the show, but rather hand those duties over to Mike Skibbe of the Modutrak group. I've already spoken to Mike about options for next year and we have plans for some stuff already. Sorry no preview yet.
There has been some online grumbling about some of the clinics not satisfying some attendees. For those I have a message:
I firmly believe that RPMs are contributor driven. If you're finding the quality of the presentations aren't up to your personal standards, step forward on do a clinic yourself. Or encourage someone you know to do one. We all have something to share, and all have stuff we can learn. Standing on the sidelines and kvetching accomplishes nothing.
Speaking of friends and sharing, here's a couple of my friends operating on Bill Darnaby's layout last Wednesday.
Just the day of operating with these guys made the 7 hour drive well worth it.
I'm constantly intrigued as to how this hobby relies so much on camaraderie amongst people who spend so much time alone in their respective basements.
As Bill says 'Onward!'