I decided to leave early on Friday; as for me it was a 4-hour drive to the show. I had booked a room at the Double Tree hotel in Anaheim, California, where the show is held. When I arrived I noted that the hotel was undergoing some major renovations. The lobby area was completely closed off but the hotel did a nice job even so. I got my cookie (thanks for blowing my diet Double Tree) and went up to the room to relax for an hour. The view was great and the room was very nicely appointed. My only complaint was the old TV set. Let’s get with the times guys. Of course I think this room was yet to get the renovated look, so next year it may look a bit different.
When I got downstairs I was right on time for the vendor setup, but alas the hotel was running a bit late with some of the preparations. I walked up to Dave Kennedy and tried to explain who I was, he looked at me rather quizzically and asked me to be patient. As Barry King had been nice enough to offer us a table at the show I was eager to get setup and put out all my new toys. So after running back and forth to my car to get all the stuff for our table, I finally was able to track Barry down and let him know I was there. He graciously carved out a space for the Armorama table and I went to work. Dave was still giving me quizzical looks though. In retrospect it was all rather funny, but you had to be there.
As I was setting up all the vendors were carting in their wares. I saw Mike Bishop of Monroe Perdue almost immediately but didn’t recognize many of the others right away. There seemed to be more vendors for 2005 than the 2004 show. I noted this as a good sign. With our table setup I started to walk around a bit to see some of the early entries. The tables at the SCAHMS show are really nice. Many of them are on elevated PVC legs that put the pieces at chest level and make them much easier to view and photograph. The red tablecloths also lend a very luxurious look to the show.
The doors opened to the general public at 6pm and it was time to “man the table”. In a very short time Chuck Shanley (crs) arrived to help. It was great to meet him in person and his being there allowed me precious time to get out and scout the show. I want to thank him again publicly for doing that. There were quite a few Armorama regulars who attended the show and I would like to thank them all for stopping in and saying hello (and wearing your name badges!).
It was a pleasure to meet many new faces at the show, as well as some I had met last year. I rather bungled my introduction to Bill Horan by asking him if his laptop was working on the hotels wireless system (which it wasn’t). I was so eager to get my laptop working on the internet that I’m sure I made a poor first impression. Sorry Bill! :)