We got a good parking spot.
Not a good sign.
Kelly, Wlofie and I had
gone to the 45th Tropical Hamboree and
unlike previous years, we got an excellent parking spot near the front. And
no, we did not show up at 7:00 am for this—no, we ended up pulling into
the parking spot around 11:00 am. The parking lot was relatively empty this
Walking up to the main building, we saw something I hadn't seen before in
my years of attendance—an outdoor flea market. Nothing huge, but as a
sign goes, this could be good (way too many exhibitors inside) or bad (it's
so bad inside these people didn't want the hassle of obtaining a table).
But our fears were confirmed when we entered the main hall.
It was practically empty.
This was worse than the previous two times
(has it really been three years since the last trip? Wow …
). Worse, the number of booths dealing with cheap tools, crafts and
leatherworks easily outnumbered the booths about HAM radios, computers or
I'm beginning to think that the Miami
International Map Fair may be in order next year.
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