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1.>pick second choices...I didn't do that this year and this is the first
year I didn't get my first choices so I lost out on other workshops given
at the same time. This dodo brain won't do THAT again, fur sure!
2.>remember that you have to take home....>everything you pick up when it
comes time to pack.
Amen. I "collected" so much junk and when I went to pack, had to downsize
quite a bit. Oh....but it looks so GOOD when they're handing out all that
free stuff, hummm?
Also....when you make samples in a workshop, think "packing" strategies.
Silly me made this big coreboard Picasso-like structure and it was smashed
by the time I re-discovered the California hills in the plane window Sunday
Even though I go with a friend, we don't see each other for most of the
day. It's more fun going single to all the workshops and getting what YOU
want to learn. It's hard to meet up with friends too because there is so
MUCH offered, time limits, and so MANY durn humans wandering around.
Plan on long elevator waits. Many times they were 20 people-deep. This was
my favorite time to meet new people.
Eat at odd hours. You'll get better service. Pack munchies in your suitcase
like crackers, cheese. Often rooms will come equipped with fridges but the
stuff they sell in them are out-of-sight costly...like a can of Coke for
Be 15 minutes early to your workshops if possible. You can get to know the
presenter, talk one-on-one, sometimes get freebies, first to get handouts,
and a definite front row seat. Offer your services to hand out supplies
while they are setting up, and you get first pick of the supplies. It's
Take your camera for everything. Don't waste your time taking pictures of
things presented on an overhead screen. Not one of my pictures came out
with anything but a white screen. I wasted so much film this way.
I like the night workshops the best too. Less crowded because it's usually
peopled with the diehards who have the stamina to keep listenin' til 11:30
Take a quick tour through the vendor's show just before/as they are packing
up the last day. I've gotten several great posters, books, once a video,
and extra valuable freebies doing just this. Toodles.......
Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526