Hi Bill D,
Sorry to be getting back to you so late.
The best way to meet with the guys is to drop by on Wed Jul 16 between
noon and 6:00 PM. You will have to pay the $10.00 to park. You enter
the parking lot from West St. There is a separate exhibitors parking
lot entrance. You don't need a badge or anything, just tell them that
you are an exhibitor at the Train Show. They will tell you where to
park. They can also direct you to the exhibitor's entrance. Once
inside, locate one of the two sites where Z scale will be set up. You
will be welcomed with open arms.
On Wednesday the Convention Center closes at 6:00 pm. It is a Union
Shop so they don't linger. There should be a large contingent of Z
scale attendees from out of the city and out of state. They will be
looking for someplace to eat dinner. I can't speak for the Hotel
restaurants but there are several within walking distance along
Katilla Blvd. and they are designed for families with kids. McDonalds
is up Harbor Blvd toward the freeway.
On Thursday, be there by 8:00 am. Sometimes a food concession is open
for business. You might want to stop somewhere before you arrive at
the Convention Center and buy a sandwich or two and some drinks. If
you drive out of the parking lot, you will have to pay another $10.00
to get back in. Another solution is to walk to one of the nearby
hotels and eat there.
By the end of the day, Thursday, we must have everything up and
running. Some of the guys don't like to leave their valuable train
stuff overnight at the show. They have a lot of security in the
convention center and there are many valuable show items that are left
over night. During our two + years of exhibiting, I have never heard
anyone complain of overnight theft. I would be aware of light
fingered people during the show. Not the kids, the adults.
Again, there will be a lot of out of towners who will be looking for a
place to eat on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
On Friday, be there before 8:00 am. Eat breakfast before arrival.
The doors to the show will be opened for the NMRA Conventioneers at
9:00 am. From then on to 6:00 pm will be SHOW TIME. Many times the
guys are so busy talking to people that they don't even get a chance
Saturday and Sunday you can't get in 'till 9:00 am. The crowds start
at 10:00. On Saturday it closes at 6:30 and John Duino is planning on
a massive dinner. Pizza, Pizza. (As much as some of you want Fillet
Mignon I don't think that John will find a place unless he guarantees
a lot of money. Who is volunteering their charge card?) Anaheim is a
World convention center. The Angels of Los Angeles will be hosting
the Boston Red Soxs 7/18 to 7/20 and they are only a few blocks away.
And the unforgettable Disneyland is just across the street.
If you are bringing family to visit Disneyland, get to the park early.
In the Summer, Disneyland fills up before Noon and even if you have
"Annual Passes" you can't get in. California Adventures usually does
not fill up everyday but this year could be different. The high cost
of oil is rising the prices on traveling. On top of that we will have
a lot of Europeans visiting Southern California because our dollar has
fallen so much. For them, $800.00 for the whole family for four days
at Disneyland is "cheap". On top of that add the cost of the hotels.
I've seen it happen before. Families from France, Canada and Ireland
with a whole slew of kids saying that they are so happy that the cheap
dollar has made their trip to Disneyland cheap. They didn't use the
word affordable, they said cheap.
If you have never been to a NTS or if you have but you did not belong
to any exhibitor group, this visit will be different. Having a "home
base" at the show makes it a lot easier. We should have seats and a
place to store your extra "stuff". You will meet a lot of guys and
gals who will share all of their Z scale knowledge with you. Don't be
afraid to say hello. Even the nastiest looking guys can be charming.
I hope that this helps. And also, what is this "may have time to help
with the setup" stuff.
El Toro, CA
--- In email@example.com, "W.R.Dixon" <WRDixon@...> wrote:
> Bill Hoshiko wrote:
> > Hi all,
> Is there going to be a meeting area for Z heads before the National
> Train show?
> I was wondering as my wife and I will be there for the convention and
> may have time to help with the setup.
> Bill Dixon