As I have never been able to justify (to my employer) attending any EELive events,(and too frugal to pay my own way), I'm especially looking forward to meeting "the gang" in the flesh and exploring the wonders of Hamvention and the Dayton area "cultural" offerings (fermentation IS a culture).
I spoke to my wife on this topic last night, and she agreed with me. She now expects all of you to bring her boxes of chocolates. She prefers Belgian chocolate, but will consider all other variations except for white ;)
As someone who was born addicted to chocolate, I would like to dispute the phrase "chocolate is chocolate". For example, Hershey's is very different from Guittard, the Burlingame, California chocolate that See's uses.
We have some gormet chocolate places around here that put most anything else to shame. I've also dabbled in hand making chocolates. It's actually quite the interesting process. There's a lot more to it than just melting stuff.
That being said, I still like the basic generic Hershey's bar.
Well, it's almost a year from now, so I certainly couldn't claim a lack of advanced planning time. Throw in a couple of good museums, and maybe a side trip to visit relatives in Minnesota, and it sounds like a jolly good adventure to me.
I can sympathize. My usual vacation planning horizon is measured in weeks, driven by the need to book airline tickets at least 3 weeks out to get the best fares. In this case, I'll be driving, so hotekls were the only issue for me. Once my buddy told me that it was almost too late to book rooms in Dayton, I hurried to do it last week! Feels really strange planning this far ahead..... BTW, what's your home base? I think you mentioned once you were barely hanging onto the Left Coast to keep from falling into the Pacific.
I just found this Minnesota Nice webpage that's very interesting. It says:
The cultural characteristics of Minnesota nice include a polite friendliness, an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out, emotional restraint, and self-deprecation.
I might make the other side of the country, but not the other side of the world I'm afraid. But I am still working on getting to EELive 2015. As the Gilroy Garlic Festival will take place immediately after EELive I will be in 7th heaven. Just be glad the garlic festival is not BEFORE EELive :-)
I'm hoping I will be able to be there. I usually spend the weekend with my father. He's the one who influenced my decision to get into engineering. I hope I'll be able to go once again. I might even be able to make time for ya'll :)
Max, you'll be happy to know that I already have ordered a new Hawaiian shirt (from Hawaii!) in preparation for the EET invasion of Dayton. I'll likely pick another locally (perhaps a bit less subdued) than the one on order.
I DO like the logo AND the button idea. That would make it easier to have it visible on our Hawaiian shirts! There is some sort of mystic significance in the similarity of the names D'Arsonval and D'Artagnan, so the "musketeers" connection is there! You could easily prototype this on a color printer on label stock and stick it on a "recycled" badge! Cheap and dirty is my motto....