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Re: [Killietalk] Virtual Events
lee Van Hyfte wrote:
That's actually not true. The fact is that cheap hotels usually provide
free wi-fi. Good ones often don't. I have stayed at hotel costing
hundreds of dollars a night that charge for wireless access. Many
provide free access only in the lobby area. That is the case at the
DoubleTree. We would have to pay a fee to have wireless access in the
MOST hotels even the nasty ones generally have FREE guest wifi available. So as long as the computer has a wireless card you are in good shape. ALMOST ALL newer laptops do.
This idea of remote bidding comes up regularly in relation to
conventions. I agree with Matt that it is easy to speculate on but very
difficult to implement in the rapid fire situation of a convention
auction. As he also suggests, if you attend you can see the fish and
make a decision on what you are willing to pay for that particular pair.
The members of the host clubs already have their hands full carrying out
the tasks inherent in a convention. Asking them to take on this role
would be impossible. About the only workable alternative, if you cannot
attend, is to have a friend bid on your behalf.
I also am not so certain that remote bidding would not impact negatively
on attendance. I think it would. As for the concept of free conventions,
we can't do that until someone comes up with the concept of free hotels.
You have to realize that there is a significant investment in putting on
a convention. That money has to be recouped and, frankly, that depends
on people registering and attending.
Much of the reason for having a national convention is to provide the
opportunity for members from various parts of the country to get
together "face to face". The social aspect of the convention is
extremely important and we have gone to great lengths this year to
provide such opportunities. The one other thing that is important to the
members is the opportunity to acquire fish. That depends on having fish
in the show and, hence, the auction. I very much hope that many of you
will attend and bring fish for both the show and the sale. For those who
can't attend, I hope that you will send fish as mail-ins. There can be
mailed directly to the hotel and will be cared for by one of our
experienced members, Patrick Coleman, on site. We are working on getting
an account with UPS to allow shipping of fish using that service. We'll
announce the information as soon as it is firmed up. lease see the
convention pages on aka.org for more information about mail-ins and the
convention as a whole, for that matter.
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