This is how I felt at my first NAME Convention.
I almost did not go because I did not have anyone to go along. It was in Indiana, about 6 hours from where I live. OK I decided to step outside my comfort zone, and go there myself. No one told me 3:00 was the check in at the Hotel when I registered 6 months in advance. I got up at 4AM and off I went. The adrenaline was souring me onto Indiana. Arrived about 11:00. No room ready until 3:00 My car somehow found the greatest shopping strips area in the world. Michael's, Hobby Lobby, party stores and Joanne Fabrics.When I went back to the hotel the rooms still not ready. BUTT! a very understanding young man at the counter said He would make me an offer I couldn't refuse. He would upgrade my room to a suite since I was staying all week at no extra cost!
The room had 2 king size beds, in a separate little room. I had a dining room, sitting room, microwave, sink, refrigerator and 3 TVs, one is the bath, bedroom and sitting room. I had a desk, computer table and office space, a couch, lounge chair and coffee table. The bath had not only a marble shower, but a Jacuzzi. I could have lived in this room forever. I went to the store to stock my refrigerator with breakfast and lunch things so I could save money for other items, like miniatures at the show.
It seems rather odd now, but every class I wanted to take I got, Pretty great stuff when you consider over 500 people signed up to come to the Convention. I met people from all over the world, and enjoyed talking and sharing with them ideas and learning about their clubs activities .
I made a set of 3 Stooges Dolls to donate for the raffle to help with Name expenses. The person who won them was so elated. A couple of months later I found out why. I received an E mail from
Moe Howard's daughter Thanking me for the dolls. She has a small museum in her home and was giving them a place of honor there. The person who won them was friends with Moe's daughter.! It is a small world isn't it!
I also won a couple prizes, the food was great, and met some wonderful people. I was never alone unless I wanted to be. I went with a carful, but came home with a packed car. It was a great vacation!