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Derek_Alvarez
12-18-2007, 12:08 PM
Derek Alvarez

Linda_Gregory
12-18-2007, 01:07 PM
You are. :p

Linda_Gregory
12-18-2007, 01:08 PM
I am. :D :cool:

Jack_Reznicki
12-18-2007, 01:12 PM
Ah. what the heck! I'll show up. :D

PhotogCraig
12-18-2007, 01:12 PM
I will be there prior, but a slight possibility to hook up Derek, I am attending the DWF event there in Tampa that overlaps or is right up to the PPA event start.

ChontelleBrown
12-18-2007, 02:28 PM
I'm going...Sunday through Tuesday. Staying at the Embassy.

Cheri_MacCallum
12-18-2007, 02:31 PM
Drew and I will be there Mon-Wed.

Andrea_Chapelo
12-18-2007, 02:32 PM
I'm coming too!:D

Derek_Alvarez
12-18-2007, 02:40 PM
Derek Alvarez
Linda Gregory
Jack Reznicki
Craig Willes
ChontelleBrown
Cheri MacCallum (oh and Drew):D
Andrea Chapelo

Stephanie_Millner
12-18-2007, 02:44 PM
Count me in too! (And RSVPing for Liz Vance who's been too busy to check forums.)

Derek_Alvarez
12-18-2007, 02:58 PM
Derek Alvarez
Linda Gregory
Jack Reznicki
Craig Willes
ChontelleBrown
Cheri MacCallum (oh and Drew)
Andrea Chapelo
Stephanie Millner

JohnHeckler
12-18-2007, 03:47 PM
I'll be there as well ... hope to meet you all.

Mark_Levesque
12-18-2007, 04:17 PM
My wife and I will be there.

Karen_Linsley
12-18-2007, 04:50 PM
Add me to the list!

Marc_Benjamin
12-18-2007, 05:27 PM
I've got to show up.... Might as well take a portrait with Prez Jack while I'm there.

Joe_Galioto
12-18-2007, 05:36 PM
i'll be there
joe

Jane_Lydick_Staid
12-18-2007, 06:30 PM
Im going! Can I have my pic taken with the prez too?

Derek_Alvarez
12-18-2007, 07:22 PM
Derek Alvarez
Linda Gregory
Jack Reznicki
Craig Willes
ChontelleBrown
Cheri MacCallum (oh and Drew)
Andrea Chapelo
Stephanie Millner
JohnHeckler
Mark Levesque
Karen Linsley
Marc Benjamin
Joe Galioto
Jane Lydick Staid

Dirk_Witt
12-18-2007, 07:29 PM
My first PPA event since they had it in Nashville, like 1998 or something.

Derek Alvarez
Linda Gregory
Jack Reznicki
Craig Willes
ChontelleBrown
Cheri MacCallum (oh and Drew)
Andrea Chapelo
Stephanie Millner
JohnHeckler
Mark Levesque
Karen Linsley
Marc Benjamin
Joe Galioto
Jane Lydick Staid
Dirk Witt

Michael_Gan
12-18-2007, 07:51 PM
I've got to show up.... Might as well take a portrait with Prez Jack while I'm there. You better! You need a blue ribbon around your neck ;)

Leslie and I will be there! Then 7 days in Disney World....Yippee!

Jack_Reznicki
12-18-2007, 07:55 PM
Im going! Can I have my pic taken with the prez too?

No problem.

Jack_Reznicki
12-18-2007, 07:56 PM
Derek,

This'll be a long list. We're expecting like 8K+ at Imaging.

Drew_MacCallum
12-18-2007, 08:51 PM
I have not been since it was in New Orleans in (2005?) I dont think there were close to 8k people there...how things must have changed...

Ron_Jackson
12-18-2007, 09:20 PM
I might as well go too. I am sure that if the word gets out I'm coming, then there might be some late cancelations. Sorry. My bad.

Andrea_Chapelo
12-18-2007, 09:22 PM
I might as well go too. I am sure that if the word gets out I'm coming, then there might be some late cancelations. Sorry. My bad.

Ron, If I don't get to meet you I will be very upset! I have to know if you are as funny in person as you are here! You better run into me at some point.

Michael_Gan
12-18-2007, 09:28 PM
Uh Oh. Pressures on Ron :D

Debra_Collins
12-18-2007, 09:29 PM
Some of us rookies will be lurking around too. :)

John_Stein
12-18-2007, 10:25 PM
I'll be there.

George_Hawkins
12-18-2007, 10:35 PM
Derek,

This'll be a long list. We're expecting like 8K+ at Imaging.

GREAT, wasn't it about 5K last year? You folks are doing something right!

For Jane LS and other degree recipients, I have an image of a hand shake with Bill Stevenson, when I was Cr recipients. Jack, isn't it on the agenda?

I'll be at Embassy Suites from Saturday to Wednesday, and starting Saturday 29th just south of Sarasota.

George

Michael_Gan
12-18-2007, 10:41 PM
5K in New Orleans, about 7K in Austin and San Antonio.

George_Hawkins
12-18-2007, 10:52 PM
Got my badge; thanks to Al and staff no wait in line for that!
I'll find an image of me & change avatar.

Ron_Jackson
12-18-2007, 11:19 PM
Andrea I would go if you were the only one showing up just to meet you. Funny? I didn't realize I ever said anything humous on the forum to give that illusion. Maybe I need to go back a read through all 4000 of my posts to see what I said. I know I said some things I wish I hadn't, but funny? Me?
See you there Andrea. I will be easy to spot. Tall gray haired guy wearing plaid shorts, cowboy boots and a bright orange mesh tank top.

Jack_Reznicki
12-18-2007, 11:24 PM
about 7K in Austin and San Antonio.

A little over 7K in San Antonio with a ice storm that cancelled a lot of people coming in. We expect, unless Florida gets an ice storm, to break our record attendance in San Antonio.

Cheri_MacCallum
12-18-2007, 11:32 PM
I will be easy to spot. Tall gray haired guy wearing plaid shorts, cowboy boots and a bright orange mesh tank top.

Why did the song YMCA just pop into my head???

Derek_Alvarez
12-19-2007, 12:46 AM
Cause HE was in the Band!

Sam_Sarkis
12-19-2007, 01:18 AM
I am going, I have my ticket and the hotel, staying at the hayatt, I will be there from Sunday to Friday

Cindi_K_McDaniel
12-19-2007, 01:22 AM
I'll be there!

Jane_Lydick_Staid
12-19-2007, 01:39 AM
Hi George!

Yes, I know I will be having my pic taken with Jack.

Just thought it might give him a thrill, I am wearing red you know.

Tracy_McGee
12-19-2007, 02:15 AM
Wow! I'm the odd man out!!! :( I'll be joining the party in 2009 though. I promise. :)

Sandra_Pearce
12-19-2007, 02:27 AM
I am only 2 or so hours from Tampa. I will be there Saturday, it's my birthday.
What a way to celebrate.

Sandra Pearce

Nate_Weatherly
12-19-2007, 07:43 AM
I'll be there from Thursday night to Wednesday morning. First time! Staying at the Marriot. Do we have an official get together yet?

Andrea_Chapelo
12-19-2007, 11:36 AM
See you there Andrea. I will be easy to spot. Tall gray haired guy wearing plaid shorts, cowboy boots and a bright orange mesh tank top.

I guess I will have no trouble finding you in the crowd of 8,000!:D See in Tampa!

Lori_Clapp
12-19-2007, 12:59 PM
I guess I will have no trouble finding you in the crowd of 8,000!:D See in Tampa!

Andrea, I hope you don't get Ron and I mixed up. I had planned to wear that exact outfit.

JE_Hedges_Photography
12-19-2007, 01:48 PM
You know I'll be there!

Mike_Fulton
12-19-2007, 02:51 PM
I will be there from the 3rd through the 9th

And gladly not a lot to do but hang out and learn and meet new and old friends!

Linda_Gregory
12-19-2007, 03:23 PM
Andrea, I hope you don't get Ron and I mixed up. I had planned to wear that exact outfit.

Lori,

YOU are such a doll, you don't need a getup like that to be noticed. Ron, on the other hand...well, all we know is of his avatar!

Me? just check out MY avatar. HORNS!

Heather_L._Smith
12-19-2007, 04:10 PM
Andrea, I hope you don't get Ron and I mixed up. I had planned to wear that exact outfit.

yes, but Ron's boots will probably be pink.

I'll be there with my father-in-law/business partner in tow! He just moved to Georgia (literally, like yesterday), never been on the east coast.

Ron_Jackson
12-19-2007, 05:03 PM
It may be too warm for the boots so I might just wear the black socks and sandals.

Heather the nice thing about coming to Florida is you can be on the East coast then the West coast in an hour and a half.

Heather_L._Smith
12-19-2007, 06:06 PM
Ooh, baby... black socks and sandals. I feel like I'm back in Oregon.

I've heard that Clearwater is beautiful... is that true? Also, what kind of weather should we expect that time of year (not that there will be much time to be galavanting around town!)

Ron_Jackson
12-19-2007, 07:00 PM
Clearwater is beautiful. Great beaches. Tampa this time of year should typically see highs in the mid to upper 70s possibly low 80s unless one of those cold fronts comes down from up north. If that happens, probably would see temps in the mid to low 60s for the high. Rarely lower. This is the prime season in Florida where we get mostly beautiful clear sky days and little chance for rain. Doesn't mean it will be that way for sure, just that this is the best time of year here. Definitely plan on bringing your shorts nad of course the thong swimwear. Not you Derek, the girls. You leave your thong at home please.

Andrea_Chapelo
12-19-2007, 07:06 PM
Ron, will it really be that warm? Warm enough to skip a couple of classes and lay by the pool or are you kidding. I never can tell with you!:p

Derek_Alvarez
12-19-2007, 08:14 PM
It's 73 here today and I'm 100 mile north of tampa
but andrea if you skip classes to Lay out by the Pool in a thong I'm skipping too:D and I'm sure I won't be alone

Michael_Gan
12-19-2007, 08:16 PM
Why is everyone going gaga over flip flops? :D

Liz_Vance
12-19-2007, 10:03 PM
I'm going! I'll be there! And I'm not bringing a computer. Or a camera. (I will, of course, have my cell phone.) I'm going to be electronically naked.

When I went to IUSA in New Orleans, I dragged my camera with me everywhere, and I rarely used it. It just became one more thing I had to haul around from session to session. And I'm actually looking forward to not being on the computer for a few days. Anyone else starting to have permanently blurry vision from too much computer time?

I'm really looking forward to going. I was overwhelmed with how much I learned the last time I went. I can't wait to do it again.

-e

Derek_Alvarez
12-19-2007, 10:30 PM
Why is everyone going gaga over flip flops? :D


Michael What's John Kerry and Mike Huckabee have to do with this?:D

Karen_Linsley
12-20-2007, 04:09 AM
Ron, will it really be that warm? Warm enough to skip a couple of classes and lay by the pool or are you kidding. I never can tell with you!:p

Andrea, I've been known to play hookey to get some poolside time.

Daniel_Colvin
12-20-2007, 06:20 AM
i'll be there from the 5th through the 9th...taking just one precon class, the urban concepts (i think that's what it's called) one.


this is my first time, so i'll probably be taking my laptop and camera to record the experience. next time(s) through I'll travel light :)

Don_Nealious
12-21-2007, 05:32 AM
Kathy and I will be there the 5th through the 9th. See ya at Urban Concepts Daniel.

Nate_Weatherly
12-21-2007, 06:19 AM
I'll look for you at the Urban Concepts meeting Daniel. Will you be wearing the Aviator Sunglasses? ; )

Daniel_Colvin
12-22-2007, 05:26 AM
I'll look for you at the Urban Concepts meeting Daniel. Will you be wearing the Aviator Sunglasses? ; )

haha perhaps! When i'm out of class I just might have some kind of shades on, now that I think about it. :)


Actually I'll probably look for you too, I have several questions about Hallmark (if that's cool with you). I'll be the skinny young-ish guy with the curly hair.

Jerry_W._Kelley
12-27-2007, 09:56 AM
I wanna go if I can work out some arrangments, the last time I went to a PPA convention was 1971, has it changed much since then?

Jerry

George_Hawkins
12-27-2007, 12:39 PM
I wanna go if I can work out some arrangments, the last time I went to a PPA convention was 1971, has it changed much since then?

Jerry

OH yes, changes. They expect over 8K attendees.
You can download the schedule.

Jeff_Dachowski
12-27-2007, 01:56 PM
Derek,
Carolle and I will be there. See you soon.
Jeff

Rick_Massarini
12-27-2007, 05:56 PM
I'll definitely be there - I'll be setting up and taking down the print exhibit.

Hey, I heard a RUMOR that they may be planning on bringing the convention back to New Orleans again soon. The rumor I heard is that it may be in Nashville in 2010 and back in New Orleans again in 2011. By that time FEMA may be just starting to fix something...

let's see...
7K in San Antonio in 2007
8K in Tampa in 2008 so does that mean
9K in Phoenix in 2009
10K in Nashville in 2010
11K in New Orleans in 2011 - WOW - we need to build some more hotels !!!

Maybe we can get Jack to confirm or deny this one...

Rick_Massarini
12-27-2007, 05:59 PM
"April 08 From Hanging Drywall to Hanging wall portraits PPA Super Monday- NH"

Hey Jeff, maybe i can help you with your program. I'm hanging drywall today in my new studio (putting up walls) by February I should be an expert on that aspect... You can do the hanging portraits and I can teach them how to tape and float sheetrock...

Chris_Wanamaker
12-27-2007, 08:29 PM
We'll be there as well. First time for us ... so we are really looking forward to it!

Cheri_MacCallum
12-27-2007, 08:30 PM
Hey, I heard a RUMOR that they may be planning on bringing the convention back to New Orleans again soon.

I know of at least a dozen vendors who said they would not come back if it was ever in NO again because of the problems they had with the convention center!!!

Chris_Wanamaker
12-27-2007, 08:32 PM
I know of at least a dozen vendors who said they would not come back if it was ever in NO again because of the problems they had with the convention center!!!

Were the problem prior or after Katrina?

Rick_Massarini
12-27-2007, 09:37 PM
The problems had to be before Katrina - It's been a The Convention was down here about 7 or 8 years ago and - Katrina was only a couple of years ago. The NO Convention Center has been repaired from the damage it received by Katrina (and it's use as a shelter) and has been pretty busy lately. Also - the French Quarter and surrounding area received minimal flooding damage, so visitors there should see little or no change from what they saw pre-K.

Ron_Jackson
12-27-2007, 10:44 PM
Rick nobody want New Orleans to recover more than I do. I spent many years traveling down there for R&R. I love that city and I hated seeing it come apart. My family all lives in Baton Rouge and every time I went home to visit, I would find time to get into N.O. However, they really need to get the crime down or I won't come back even just to hit some of my favorite eating places there. It's really sad to see that city in so much trouble.

Well, time will tell. I know they are working on it.

Cheri_MacCallum
12-27-2007, 11:06 PM
Were the problem prior or after Katrina?

It was because of worse than usually union nonsense at the convention center, not the center itself!!

Ron_Jackson
12-27-2007, 11:20 PM
Those can be very tough situations. I was chased running out of the convention center in Detroit a few years ago by a union boss with a crow bar. We never did that convention again.

Michael_Gan
12-27-2007, 11:41 PM
Just figured out our Imaging USA Schedule:

Sunday -
11:00 Taufer's Program
12:30 Trade Show
5:30 Yervant
Opening Party

Monday -
6:00 Am PPA Council Meeting
11:00 John Hartman
12:30 - 5:30 Print Exhibition
1:30 Print Mentoring
7:00 Kodak Gallery Awards Reception
8:30 ASP Banquet

Tuesday -
8:00 - 1:00 Trade Show
1:00 Simones
3:00 Pictures with Mr. Jack
4:30 Awards Rehersal
6:45 Awards Reception
9:00 Closing Party

Earlier programs if I can get my hiney out of bed, but on west coast time, doubt it. Otherwise, David Jay, Kalen Henderson or David Trust would be good to listen to.

Chris_Wanamaker
12-27-2007, 11:48 PM
I know this is a bit off topic ... but being a noob ... I wasn't exactly sure about the answer to this question. Our badges say SEPCON on them ... does that prevent us from attending anything PPA related?

Rick_Massarini
12-28-2007, 03:45 AM
I registered, but never received my badges - has anyone else pre-registered and not received their badges or is mine a victim of the dreaded "Post-Katrina Postal Syndrome"???

D._Craig_Flory
12-28-2007, 03:09 PM
Those can be very tough situations. I was chased running out of the convention center in Detroit a few years ago by a union boss with a crow bar. We never did that convention again.

Hi Ron;

When I served on our Pa. state assn. board of governors we had a convention in Philly. The union was so powerful that a no one was allowed to plug something in at their trade show booths ! Needless to say, we never went back to Philly for a convention. It's pretty bad when you can't even plug something into an outlet. :mad:

Elizabeth_Pokela
12-30-2007, 09:59 PM
Late to respond, but I'll be there. I was planning on being there Friday to Wednesday, but I broke my foot and sprained my ankle a few days ago and am not sure I can handle that many days on my feet. I'll at least be there Sunday through Wednesday--with a big black ski boot cast and a crutch or two--I hope I run into some of you all. I thought of cancelling, but last year was so amazingly awesome I don't want to miss out.

Elizabeth Pokela

Keely_Deuschle
12-31-2007, 03:51 AM
I will be there. Getting there Saturday morning and helping to hang prints. I have several speakers I really want to see but all will depend on what schedule they have for me for speaker support team.

This is my first time attending IUSA and I'm very excited! :)

Rick_Massarini
12-31-2007, 04:49 AM
I will be there. Getting there Saturday morning and helping to hang prints. :)

For the Print Crew, I want to THANK YOU VERY MUCH for helping. We can always use the help. Maybe while we're hanging the prints I can talk you into volunteering to help with the print handling at the national judging in Daytona in July, especially since you're from Florida - (I'm always trying to encourage members to volunteer to help with the judging).

Linda_Gregory
01-03-2008, 09:28 AM
Got back yesterday around 7 from Europe. I'll still be there, just not sure what shape. Jetlag is hard but we both got sick while there and although it was an expensive way to stay in bed, we did. Now my problem is my ears (left one specifically) that are not happy about the air pressure changes going up and down. Everything still sounds muffled and if you see me there and I'm listing, please assume it's the ear problem and prop me up and NOT assume it was some beverage or other!!!

I'll also be there to help hang prints. Volunteered and got my email from Jim. Didn't realize I'd get a service merit. Woo!! Let's just see how straight I hang 'em!

Rick_Massarini
01-04-2008, 02:37 AM
Linda,
Just don't harass me too much at the hanging 'cause Ding probably will! Putting the corners on will probably take a bit longer than it did last year because when I packed them in the crates in Daytona, I was thinking left to right looking at the prints from the right - not from the left - so the prints are in order, but we have to pull them out lof the crate to see the name. If I had put them in the opposite way, we would be able to read teh name on teh print before we pulled it out of the case - my fault! When I packed them in the crates, I was thinking backwards (it was a looong last day...). It'll all make sense to you when we get there.

Linda_Gregory
01-04-2008, 02:59 AM
Not near as big, but I worked print crew at HOA last year. I still need instruction, mind you but I get the big picture. :)

Dea_Bell
01-04-2008, 08:52 PM
I'm going! I've never been on a plane....but no fear! I have xanax. Hahaa.

Last minute decision...that way I can't chicken out like the last 2 times I've tried to go.

Michael_Gan
01-04-2008, 08:57 PM
Yeah Dea! You go girl!

D._Craig_Flory
01-04-2008, 08:59 PM
Hi Dea;

I hope you are taking a bodyguard along. With your looks, I think you will need one. Have lots of fun down there in Florida ... while the rest of us shiver up north.

Michael_Gan
01-04-2008, 09:01 PM
What? You're not going, D.C.? <Shamey fingers>

Andrea_Chapelo
01-04-2008, 09:10 PM
Yay Dea! Come to the Sat. gathering.:) Hope I get to meet you.

D._Craig_Flory
01-04-2008, 09:16 PM
What? You're not going, D.C.? <Shamey fingers>

Hi Michael;

I've been to 2 PPA conventions but never our Regional. So I'm hoping to make it to the Mid-East Regional in March.

Ron_Jackson
01-04-2008, 09:45 PM
Dea I am so happy to know you are going. Yeah! Please don't miss the receptions for the forum members. 1st one is tomorrow night 5 PM to 5AM!

Lori_Clapp
01-04-2008, 11:22 PM
Okay I'm here and I can't find ANYBODY!!! Well, there's lots of bodys, but no body I know! Someone find me. Oh, I'm at the Embassy. I'm in the bar, all by myself, if you don't see me, look on the floor in case I fell off the stool by that time.

Lori_Clapp
01-04-2008, 11:23 PM
Ron, are you here?

Marc_Benjamin
01-04-2008, 11:26 PM
Okay I'm here and I can't find ANYBODY!!!

Hahaha, they're all hiding from you!

How about showing a little more leg next time you go down the lobby. Then, I'm sure "friends" will start poping out of the woodwork! ;)

DianeDavis
01-04-2008, 11:29 PM
Zack is there in room #1219. If anyone there has a charger for a Motorola Razor he could borrow - evidently his charger posed a security threat at SFO and was confiscated along with his Ipod charger.

SOOOO Jealous!

Lori_Clapp
01-04-2008, 11:30 PM
Lol thanks for the advice Marc, but I think I'll make more friends if I keep myself fully clothed! Are you coming? Are you here yet?

Marc_Benjamin
01-04-2008, 11:34 PM
Zack is there in room #1219.

Gosh I wish my mom would advertise my hotel room number! Instead I had to do some crazy shenanigan's like this:

http://www.kickstep.com/ppa/imaging07/DesparatePlea.jpg

Lori, not yet tomorrow evening!

Lori_Clapp
01-04-2008, 11:35 PM
Zack is there in room #1219. If anyone there has a charger for a Motorola Razor he could borrow - evidently his charger posed a security threat at SFO and was confiscated along with his Ipod charger.

SOOOO Jealous!

Zack must look more scary than I do - I got through with all my stuff! I have an ipod charger he can borrow, but I think the razor's have weird chargers, so I can't help him there. I will look for him. Would he be at the bar? Hmmmm, I'll go start looking.

Lori_Clapp
01-04-2008, 11:37 PM
What the heck I signed up for killer sports pics and I could have learned strip lighting?!?!

Ron_Jackson
01-04-2008, 11:41 PM
Lori we are all over at the Mariott on the top floor the revolving bar. Amazing view and tonight is Ladies drink free night. There are maybe 20 of us sitting at the bar watching the bay and the lights. Everyone is pressed up against the windows with their cameras taking pictures. I thought Derek told you. He said he would. We are all leaving in a few minutes to go over to the cruise ship for dinner. Another deal but few know about it. When the ship is in port as it is tonight, you can go on board for dinner and have anything on the menu for twenty bucks wine and any desert included! You should come with us if you can find us quick enough. Okay. Now I've had my fun with you. I am kidding. I am not in Tampa yet and neither is Derek. I have no idea who is there so you are on your own. Have fun and we will be there tomorrow. I should be around by 3:30 or 4 tomorrow afternoon getting our place set up for the reception.
See you then. Have fun!

Lori_Clapp
01-04-2008, 11:43 PM
Okay, here I am, if anyone sees this....stop and say hi to me.

http://www.amomentintime2.com/public/11994937883343_0104081938.jpg

DianeDavis
01-04-2008, 11:43 PM
Marc-
Did you get out? The weather is so bad.

Marc_Benjamin
01-04-2008, 11:45 PM
What the heck I signed up for killer sports pics and I could have learned strip lighting?!?!

Hey I'm doing "privates" late Monday night!

Diane, I'm still in Fairfield, hopefully I don't get delayed tomorrow.

DianeDavis
01-04-2008, 11:56 PM
Sorry Marc- Didn't read the details. Blame it on driving into and out of SFO at 5 am- three hours there and four and a half back. Saw a lightning strike, Sonoma County is flooded, they closed the Richmond Bridge because of an accident- lots of power outages and yuck.

Hope Karen gets off the mountain before she gets stuck in the "Blizzard of the Century".

Is anyone else wondering if Imaging has some kind of a curse to do with weather??

Drew_MacCallum
01-05-2008, 12:20 AM
well no wonder they are not stopping...they cant recognize you....where are the star sunglasses?

Elizabeth_Pokela
01-05-2008, 12:33 AM
Lori:
Love the picture at the bar! I wouldn't have recognized you without it. I would love to join you, but I am at the Hyatt and immobile due to the crutches factor. Hope to see you tomorrow though.

Elizabeth

Michael_Gan
01-05-2008, 01:20 AM
Hey Lori! Was that taken with RAW or Jpg? :D

Our flight leaves 11:00 Saturday Morning, you still gonna be there? :D

JohnHeckler
01-05-2008, 02:04 AM
Okay, here I am, if anyone sees this....stop and say hi to me.



Hey, I think I might have seen you!!! Are you at Embassy? I am and was down at the Manager's reception, or whatever it was called, for free drinks :-) I was with my wife and 2 boys, father and mother in law.

There were a bunch of soccer coaches in the area where I was sitting ... apparently there is some big soccer coaching thing going on at Embassy as well

Andrea_Chapelo
01-05-2008, 02:32 AM
Dang Lori,
I won't be there til tomorrow night...save me some liqour woman!:D

ViktorNagornyy
01-05-2008, 03:05 AM
I'm already here hahaha =)
I'm SPS volunteer, if anyone needs any help we're here for you guys.

viktor

Marc_Benjamin
01-05-2008, 03:39 AM
I'm already here hahaha =)
I'm SPS volunteer, if anyone needs any help we're here for you guys.
viktor

Ey Victor,

Good for you, being an SPS volunteer (I was one of the early SPS volunteers from a whiles back) is quite the experience though I hope they put you guys (btw where did they put you guys, westin?) up at a nearby hotel rather than having to take the shuttle every day.

Take it easy and sport that orange shirt proud!

ViktorNagornyy
01-05-2008, 03:45 AM
They put us in China haha.
We're staying at Courtyard on Cass street.
I walked to convention center today and its about 10 min walk.

Always do, this is my 2nd IUSA as volunteer, I might have one more next year.

viktor

Lori_Clapp
01-05-2008, 11:22 AM
There are too many threads going on this convention stuff - I can't keep track of which ones I'm posting on! John, yes, I was at the free drinks place at the Embassy. but I don't know what you look like so maybe I saw you! I was with my husband sitting kinda' close to the bar.

Marc - that photo was taken with my very best camera - I use it for weddings all the time. Why - are you amazed by the quality??

Drew - you're right - I should have had the star glasses on - I will have them on today - too much to drink last night. Lol, just kidding!!

Hopefully I will find people today - I'm going to a Sepcon seminar today, IF I can find the Hyatt Regency that is!!

Mark_Levesque
01-05-2008, 11:45 AM
Find the shuttle instead. They will know the way. :)

Ron_Jackson
01-05-2008, 12:07 PM
Lori it's about a half mile away right downtown but the shuttle is the best way as Mark said.

I am leaving here by 9 so I will be in Tampa around 1 or 1:30. I plan on being over at the hotels by about 3 or just before to find out meeting place. Anyone who wants to meet up to help me, please just call my cell and let's start having fun!

D._Craig_Flory
01-05-2008, 12:20 PM
Lori it's about a half mile away right downtown but the shuttle is the best way as Mark said.

I am leaving here by 9 so I will be in Tampa around 1 or 1:30. I plan on being over at the hotels by about 3 or just before to find out meeting place. Anyone who wants to meet up to help me, please just call my cell and let's start having fun!

For anyone meeting Ron, you better be careful. He might retouch you in Photoshop, or paint you in Corel Painter, if you don't watch out. :D

Karen_Linsley
01-05-2008, 12:23 PM
Sorry Marc- Didn't read the details. Blame it on driving into and out of SFO at 5 am- three hours there and four and a half back. Saw a lightning strike, Sonoma County is flooded, they closed the Richmond Bridge because of an accident- lots of power outages and yuck.

Hope Karen gets off the mountain before she gets stuck in the "Blizzard of the Century".

Is anyone else wondering if Imaging has some kind of a curse to do with weather??

Well, I don't know if it's the blizzard of the century, but it was pretty spectacular. I left the mountain yesterday to come to Reno, my flight this morning was cancelled and I got on another one at noon, so I won't be arriving into Tampa till 9:30 tonight, probably won't be seeing you guys tonight by the time I get checked in and all that. But it took me two and half hours to drive from Tahoe to Carson City, that is normally a half hour trip. Some yahoo in a 4 wheel drive pickup who undoubtedly thought he was invincible spun out in the slushy mess and stopped traffic at the summit for 45 minutes. When I drove by him he was standing by the side of the road, looking forlornly at his big beautiful pickup on the tow truck getting ready to be towed to the garage. It was pretty messy up there, we had rain, then slush, before it started to snow, so driving in that is tricky, it's like driving in mud six inches deep! A part of me wanted to stay and take pictures for you all but I preservered and continued on to Reno. Down here last night the rain changed to snow as soon as it got dark and was snowing quite heavily, big white flakes the size of quarters. It was beautiful! Of course I went out and took some photos with my point and shoot. I am traveling cameraless this trip except for that.

Anyway, all seems calm outside now so I'm thinking I will get through and see all of you in Tampa!

Sandra_Pearce
01-05-2008, 01:22 PM
Karen,

I don't know you but worried about you last night anyway. The first thing I did this morning was to check the posts to see if you made it. Being in Florida we just have hurricanes. Glad you are fine and look forward to meeting you.
Stay safe.

Sandra Pearce

Karen_Linsley
01-05-2008, 03:49 PM
Thanks Sandra! It's nice to have someone worry about me...;) ! Although I am a mountain girl from way back....driving in the kind of weather I drove in yesterday is stuff I do all the time in winter (I'm up and down the mountain to and from Carson City at least twice a week, and also back and forth to Reno a lot), I have been doing it since I was old enough to drive, one just has to have proper tires and proper respect for the conditions. I was more worried about whether or not I would be able to leave in a plane! But I'm sitting in the airport now, waiting for my flight, and it is sunny outside, flight scheduled to leave on time. Now I'm getting excited about the convention!

Karen_Linsley
01-05-2008, 05:30 PM
travel update: my flight as been delayed by over an hour...I will miss my connection in Dallas and next flight to Tampa is not until tomorrow am...so will spend the night in Dallas tonight and arrive in Tampa tomorrow...hmph...

They did give me a hotel voucher though...and a meal voucher....