Thursday, May 13, 2010
Hamvention, Day 1
Dayton itself is best described as sub-rural (as opposed to sub-urban) and spread out. It reminds me of areas I've been in Eastern Tennessee.
Hara Arena, the traditional site of the Dayton Hamvention, is...interesting. It's a very outdated facility with old linoleum walls, water-damaged ceiling tiles, and a smell of age. I wonder really how much use it gets outside of Hamvention, because apparently Sierra Radio Systems had the same booth last year (#406) and a plug-strip they accidentally left behind was still here. I've worked a lot of tradeshows in a lot of places, but this is the most unusual.
Staying at a hotel downtown. Nice enough, but they rented the adjoining room to a bunch of teenagers. I had to call hotel security at 12:15am to complain, and an hour later they're still making a ton of noise. So much for their much-touted "Executive Floor". Management and I will be having a chat tomorrow morning.
Strange Sightings: They have a bank here called "Fifth Third Bank" -- we're not sure what that means.