Now that I have caught up with my sleep (I never sleep well away from home) I think
I can give one pipemakers review of the New York pipe show kinda (As many of you know
its in Newark New Jersey.Yes one can say its not really New York but having family all in
the real estate business I can see why 10 miles and an unimaginable amount of money for venue space makes complete sense. I was Very apprehensive to return to New York after
last years horrible performance.I figured I'd have to escape from New York once again.
After a long ride Rhode Island I arrived and saw no one familiar (here we go again) Things
started looking better however at breakfast.People from the past started to appear and when I went to the showroom things had a different beat. You could feel it. Well organized
and the club members sponsoring the show were very attentive and helpful. I believe there
were some who commented last year that they would be voting with there feet if things
were not made better.It costs time and money to come to these shows and people were
concerned. What ever happened someone listened. Attendance was brisk as was sales
from what I could gather many happy people set up there tables and got to it.Lots of people
stopping ,talking, introducing themselves. I got a really better feel for the pipe market this year based on comments and concerns and had opportunity to talk to the business people
that affect my trade. We'll see if the show was a success in a few weeks but I was glad I went
than staying home but I still missed my bed.