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Old November 29th, 2009, 12:50   #231
cmitchell
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Join Date: Jun 2002
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If the fest were earlier in the summer I would certainly be to every single one. I'm a member of another organization (ALPCA) that has a convention each year in late June or July and I've been to each one since I joined in 1997. I've been to Niagara Falls twice, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Providence, Rhode Island, Peoria, Illinois, & Huntsville, Alabama to name a few. In fact I drove to the convention in Erie, Pennsylvania in June 2009, and I'll be heading to Arlington, Texas in July 2010. My wife and I are both school teachers so Labor Day weekend is the worst possible weekend for us to do any traveling. School always starts the Tuesday after, so we usually spend a good part of the weekend at school getting ready. The Portland Fest is likely the only one I will be able to attend until I retire. I CAN handle a 5.5 hour drive. So... it's not that I don't WANT to attend fests in other parts of the country... I DO... and I would! It just isn't possible for me on Labor Day weekend. I thoroughly enjoy the eastern USA... especially New England. In fact Wife & I nearly moved to Bennington, Vermont a few years ago. We decided we couldn't handle the pay cut... plus the winters are a bit exteme for us. So please come on out if you can. I'm sure you'll have a great time in PDX.
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