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  1. One could make an argument for that. One could make a better argument if one dropped the adverb "VERY". One could make an excellent argument if one replaced "...in any form..." with " ... hardly at all...".
  2. My DW sets up a quilting factory in our room when she accompanies me to a con. Her sewing machine, ironing board, cutting mat, fabric layout, and other arcane paraphernalia occupy over half the room. She uses the pool for water aerobics and the gym for workouts. I think she enjoys the cons more than I do.
  3. A great Nats....yes, indeed. The walk was long ... but, much was on carpet and I got my mileage in every day. A buddy of mine told me he lost six pounds. A great Nats.
  4. Get a photo of a paved, divided road and work toward duplicating it. For example:
  5. The skin thru sheer fabric work is really nice.
  6. The juxtaposition of snipe and beach really catches my attention. IMHO, this is a great example of a vignette telling a story.
  7. The wall painting was impressive ... and realistic, if you've ever seen one.
  8. That is a obviously good idea. Wish I had come up with it.
  9. At the risk of sounding like I'm complaining, which I'm not, I was impressed by the registration. Not by how well it went, but how Vegas had a backup when something went wrong. I had pre-registered. I waited in the pre-registered line to learn that I had no registration packet. At all. I was sent across the foyer to another table. I was miffed. When I arrived, I discovered that I wasn't the only one. I was immediately attended to, had my package prepared within two minutes, and had to wait about five minutes for my badge to be printed. I was pleasantly surprised at the minimal impact when no packet was in hand for me. The positive attitudes and sense of urgency from the Vegas folks defused my irritation and provided insight into how well the Nats were organized. So, the Vegas folks should be pleased at several levels. They did well.
  10. Digitizing the raffle would be a solid "quality of life" step forward. And it could remove the need for a volunteer or two. HST, I was the registrar for a national convention (in another hobby). We decided to put up a screen above the registration desk ... with the current schedule, schedule change notifications, and items of interest related the schedule. It turned into a nightmare. First, when other players in the con learned about the info screen, they wanted all sorts of info from their areas included. There was no clear process for obtaining, confirming, and updating these new categories of info ... magic, I suppose. But there was a clear expectation that the Registrar would be responsible. Second, the mechanics of the data being fed to the screen were not trivial. And there was no guarantee, but an expectation, of timeliness. The "first come, first pick" method was what was picked ... it leaves the burden of selection to the winner. It is the simplest and it encourages early and multiple raffle ticket purchases. And, IMHO, if the winning ticket was tied to a specific kit, several winners would want to negotiate a change to another kit. Yup, can't please everyone. Actually, you're guaranteed to displease somebody.
  11. I think, but am not sure, that 2024 bids will be presented at the 2022 Nats.
  12. As far as I'm concerned, the big winners were the Vegas guys who put on a stellar Nationals under extremely difficult conditions. Everyone in the chapter is a winner.
  13. I was just looking for a simple answer. Which seems, as I read these, that there is or was a program, about three years ago, to recognize members with 25 years of continuous membership. Current status is unknown.
  14. I recall that, some time ago, an announcement was made that IPMS members who had continuous membership for some number of years (20?) would be recognized by being given a pin or a plaque or a tattoo or an autographed picture of Darth Vader or some such. And, if I have recalled this correctly, how many of these recognition items have been awarded? Can someone with the correct information send me to a link or provide the information here? Thank you.
  15. Nah, you'd probably be hoisted on shoulders as a freedom fighter for oppressed peoples. Once, long ago, in Lebanon, while being driven in a leased car, we rounded a corner and spotted a roadblock about 150 meters down the road ... manned by folks looking much like you in your photo. We reversed and went elsewhere.
  16. And that's why we broke away from you. The UK offered order, logic, structure, efficiency, and tradition. Whereas we preferred mayhem, confusion, unpredictability, and discord. Which goes a long way in explaining the US.
  17. We're good. Come see me at the Figures Class area. I'm tall, white bearded, and incredibly good looking. I'd be interested in hearing about NYC water.
  18. You have been offended when no offense was intended. I was just riffing off of the idea that an IPMS Nats is unburdened by some of the woke demands that roil about other Cons in other hobbies. We are too aged to be targeted by the entitled demands from the youth that characterize the great majority of attendees at other Cons. The post was not directed at you ... it was intended to stand alone. The refreshment I felt in reading the thread was generated by the rather mundane chivalric desire to have one's DW comfortable ... rather than a demand, as in other venues, that the Con be restructured for the weak of heart. I no longer attend our local SF&F convention. Because, several years ago, a great panic seized the organizers who decided that some of the handouts and flyers scattered about the Con site were offensive, sexist, racist, homophobic, etc. Squads of volunteers hurtled through the Con venue, seizing suspect material, detaining it, and destroying it at the first opportunity. I had seen some of the "offensive" material ... which seemed vacuous to me. But a great victory was declared and the Con was deemed fit to continue. Now, I understand, all handouts must be vetted by a committee of the righteous and best informed. So, in short, no offense intended for your or your DW.
  19. You have no idea how refreshing this topic is. I'm off to another big convention in September and a hot topic is why the Con isn't providing a Quiet/Stress Room. It is apparently de rigueur at hobby conventions nowadays to provide a safe space where attendees can relax and de-stress from the hostile and dangerous environment that the Con generates. I suppose such rooms contain fainting couches and scented handkerchiefs ... like the Victorians ... who knew how to put on a Con. I can just see iPMSers inside a Quiet Room.
  20. I really, really hate wearing masks. HST, I will be wearing one during the entire Nats. Except in my room. Unless things change. And I will have masks available for my judging class. A great group I was once a member of had a saying, "Improvise, Adapt, Overcome." See you in Vegas.
  21. Highlander


    Nice recovery achieving nice results.
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