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Highlander

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About Highlander

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  • FirstName
    David
  • LastName
    Downs
  • IPMS Number
    33423
  • Local Chapter
    Zia Scale Modelers
  • City
    Albuquerque
  • State
    NM
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  1. I have a Chess event at the Rio in September. Today I received a mailing that explains their specific requirements, in detail, about wearing masks. The event organizers have prominently posted that players will not be allowed to bring their own boards and pieces ... they will be provided by the tournament. I expect they will be wiped down after every match. Social distancing will be observed in the placement of tables. All in all, I know what to expect in September; I don't know what to expect in July. And that is my issue.
  2. I've updated my investigation on current and projected Wuhan restrictions in San Marcos. They remain, as I read them, as a limit of 50% capacity on nearly all businesses and events. I asked earlier how the Nats plans to operate within the ES with this restriction. I still don't know. I am scheduled for another major hobby event in September. This event has published, in a prominent way, exactly the precautions and requirements that will be enforced for the attendees. My current thinking is that I will not attend. Based upon the lack of information on what I may expect. I'm will
  3. I have not decided if I will attend. My immediate concern is lack of detail on the measures that will be taken and the actions that will be required to make the Nats "safer". To date, all I've seen is that the San Marcos requirements will be followed. At last check, San Marcos allows 50% capacity for events and facilities. How will that work at a Nats?
  4. Dave Doyle, thanks for the quote on your force majeure clause. In general, force majeure applies if forces or events beyond the control of one or both parties cause one or both parties to be unable to fullfill their contractual obligation. One line of logic is that, if the Embassy Suites is open and local regulations permit the Embassy Suites full exercise of their contractual obligations, then IPMS would have to show that it is unable to fulfill its contractual obligations. That is doubtful. But it depends upon the specific wording of the clause and whether IPMS wants to hire lawyers. I
  5. The 2020 Astronomical League Convention (ALCON) was also to be held in Albuquerque this summer. It has been moved to 2021. But that was relatively easy. First, there had been no bidder for a 2021 convention, so the Astronomical League was very happy to fill that gap. Second, the Embassy Suites was cooperative, especially in light of the force majeure clause in the contract. Our exposure was $76K, but the exposure was the League's, not the local club's. And third, our financial analysis indicated that we would loose our shirt, pants, and cowboy hats if we pressed on. Registrations had
  6. Actually, you have to be able to explain your choice to someone ... the head category judge, for example. I offer that no two models are equal and that an experienced judge can note and cite differences between them. I have yet to see the perfect model. The challenge is not, IMHO, when discriminating between two very good models, but between 2 or 3 or 4 models with multiple problems. The best of best is relatively easy, the best of the worst is tough.
  7. Well, I guess this settles it. I suppose one could discern these traits from the models they constructed.
  8. The more things change..... I've followed this toxic topic for, literally, decades. It have seen the same voices voice the same opinions with something between the same vitriol and the same calm, reasoned discourse. I came to the conclusion, years ago, that IPMS is not now nor ever will be in the least interested in a GSB system because (1) NIH, (2) it's the way we've always done it, and (3) the "real" IPMS long-time modelers don't want it. Some who have supported it have been told, on the predecessor forum, in writing, "If you can't compete with the very best (us and/or me), then don
  9. No kidding. While most are crystal clear, some can get quite convoluted ... and arbitrary. While judging at the last Nats, we had several discussions which boiled down to, "Why was that entry moved? And why wasn't that one?" With no real consensus.
  10. Off to a roaring start. The links are up on the Nats website and the link for the Mariott results in a message that the block has no rooms available. A phone call to the hotel results in information that, since the Nats are next year, reservations cannot be made on-line. P.S. A subsequent phone call indicated that the hotel cannot tell me if the room block is sold out. The Marriot web site indicates the room block is sold out. I was advised to call back tomorrow as Mariott reservations are closed for the night. They thought. Maybe.
  11. I really appreciate the transparency. Much better than keeping the dates for hotel registration close held, and then finding out that the block is sold out before one even knows that registration has opened.
  12. Round here, an employee must unlock the cabinet and take it up to the register ... in some stores. In others, the shelves are open and you can handle the can yourself. It is all about tagging combined with shoplifting.
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