Great Lakes Discussion, Big Midwest Meet! Des Moines, Iowa -- May 18-19 2007 -- Porky's Diner -- Track Time! in Cadillac Clubs, Local Chapters and Regional Forums; Not sure if I can pull it off, that is 326 miles or so from home and have to see ...
Call me crazy, but I'm actually thinking about coming. I checked the enrollment for the eight-week advertising class I start in February, and I've got 11 students. My pay depends on enrollment, so if I have more than 10 students, I'll get an extra ~$700. So that would pretty much pay for the trip.
My main concern—besides taking a 16-year-old car with 223,000 miles on a 3,700-mile road trip—is the amount of vacation time it will require. At best, it will be four days each way on the road. And since I'm planning to drive Betty back to Phoenix in November for my old Impala club's regional convention, I need to conserve my vacation days (I get three weeks).
Of course, I could fly, and I may decide to do that, but I enjoy road trips, and I'd like to show up with my Caddy. Plus, I can't bring Hoover if I fly.
So put me down as a tentative. If enrollment in my class drops below 11 before it starts, I won't get the extra money, so it would be less likely for me to come.
JRau, the Super 8 is fine with me as long as they allow pets. If not, I can just go to Motel 6, which I know does. As for restaurants, I like to go to local places rather than chains when I travel. Dives are fine so long as the food is good.
Now, let's see if we can get some of the Ohio guys (Florian, Illumina, Robert CTS, Pimpin88) to make the drive. Hell, I'd love to meet Sandy, Danbuc DopeStar (and Ms. DopeStar) if they came over from Jersey (somehow I doubt Sandy would subject his pampered Sixty Special to a cross-country road trip). Think we can get Sal or any other Florida people to come?
The more I think about it, the more I want to do it.
Awesome Gary, very happy to hear you might be headin out east to join us! It's like all of the CF people on my AIM buddy list will be here! Gary, Jesda, Brian, Ben and more!
Jesda, I'll split the room costs with you, but don't do anything funny, like ordering the honeymoon suite or you'll be paying for it all. I'm serious.
Let's see if we can get the Ohio group to come...Florian, Illumina, Pimpin88, that would be pretty cool. Maybe even ETC97 from Pennsylvania and his gf, whether she's in PA or IL, it's not too far of a drive either way. I'd surely like to meet Dopestar and his woman, and of course the god of Cadillac knowledge..Sandy, but I think he said something at some point about how he doesn't like road trips and I don't think he'd bring his 9300 mile Sixty Special even if he did.
Hell, maybe we can get some Floridians to come too....Boombotz, Rick, and the others!
Our first national meet? I sure hope so!
We should exchange phone numbers and stuff starting now, just to get this more arranged, with rooms and whatnot. I'll either PM you about it, or ask you on AIM if I have your screenname.
Oh, and you can bet I'll be bringing my digital camera and a large tolerance for "adult beverages", this'll be an event I'll never forget!
Today I put in my request for the days off! I might have an issue asking for vacation days though, as the company policy is "5 vacation days after your 1 year anniversary" and my one year anniversary isn't until 7/11/07. My manager is a real cool guy and he said he'd see what he could do.