We finished up the Knoxville RV Show on Sunday afternoon after presenting two last seminars. We didn't get final numbers, but it certainly looked like the wintry weather Friday & Saturday kept the crowds down. Sunday was much warmer and all the snow melted by day's end.
As we were leaving the show, we met Mark Boggess who is the current President of Good Sam Enterprises and President of GS Media & Events. GS Media & Events bought four of the first five shows we are attending this year and hired the prior promoter, Rob Lynch. It will be interesting to see how our role changes, if at all. At this one, nothing had changed other than the name on our check.
Late Sunday, Linda began feeling ill. She had a full-blown cold by Monday morning, and we simply concentrated on getting her well and rested. By Wednesday, there was a little improvement, but she was still lackluster. Other than a quick run for medication and food, we stayed in our little cabin all day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We had hoped to get out and tour the area and check on damage from the recent fires, but she just wasn't up to it.
Sevierville, where the Rally will be held, was spared - that we do know. It's hard to get a grip on how much of the National Park was affected. Some 17,000 acres burned but roads are open and many of the more popular spots were not affected.
While hanging out at the cabin, I did manage to get all of our full-time RV living expenses posted for 2016, although I still have several financial-related pages to update.
We also made some headway toward getting a Fall Rally scheduled. I was hoping to have everything finalized by the time I posted this, but it may be another day or two. Tentatively, we are looking at River Plantation RV Resort in Sevierville, from September 25 - October 1, 2017. Keep those dates in mind and we hope to complete the contract shortly.
Thursday morning, Linda was feeling better and, knock on wood, I haven't caught her bug. We drove back to the Knoxville airport as the temperature rose to the low 60s. The flights from Knoxville to Atlanta and Atlanta to Chicago were uneventful.
For the Greater Chicago Schaumburg RV Show, we are staying at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Hotel which is attached to the convention center where the show is taking place. We opted for convenience, but since the hotel is expensive we aren't getting a rental car and our stay will be the shortest of our three January shows.
We got settled in, walked over to the convention center to find our seminar room (it'll be on the second floor but it wasn't set up yet), and we had an early dinner.
Back in our room, we returned emails and took it easy. We'll have a leisurely morning tomorrow as our seminars don't start until 2:00 p.m. This will be the first time this particular show is being held, so we'll see how it goes. Come see us if you are in the area. Here is a link to our seminar schedule. Have a great weekend.