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  1. I've come full circle on this. I was at the meeting where Las Vegas was announced, and my first response was disappointment and considering not attending. Thinking more about it, I think it is very reasonable to try. I go to lots of professional meetings for work, where the trip is the meeting, and I don't do anything else in the city (airport to meeting to airport to home). My reflection on this NRG meeting was much the same. I was there for both the meeting and workshop, and did not go on the tour. It was a great meeting, and my experience had nothing to do with the choice of city. I went for the meeting content, and spent most of the time at the hotel. Ease of getting in and out was important, and if I need to travel more than a few hours, good flights and cost are key. I think I would have had the same excellent experience regardless of city. I understand the need to accommodate west coast members, and going two time zones way preferred to three for me. For this meeting, the only non-meeting things I did were going out to eat, getting together with relatives, and going to the Salvador Dali museum, which was awesome. It was also completely non model ship related (maybe The Persistence of Memory as a stern decoration on a Swan class ship?). Bottom line - I think NRG can have a great meeting regardless of city, but only if we can get people there. Cost and travel time are important. Dave
  2. David and Greg - Awesome workshop - many thanks! Michael - tremendously impressive (and fast) work on completing the head detail. Looks amazing! Dave
  3. I'm impressed by everyone's work, and looking forward to the NRG meeting and workshop. I got some time in over the weekend, and have the upper and lower rails shaped and installed. Hope there aren't any grades being given on the homework assignment - mine got caught up behind a bunch of other priorities, and it shows. I did learn that I don't like cleaning laser char off of wood - I would go crazy building a laser cut kit. Dave