Another wonderful weekend - for me, it's almost better than Christmas. It's become more like a reunion every year instead of a guitar factory outing. I'm always amazed at how many people remember and recognize me. I had so many people come up and introduce themselves that I can't even begin to remember everyone's name, so please don't feel offended when I forget you.
JD, my hollowbody hunting friend - please PM your address. I have something for you that's much better served in your hands than mine.
The PRS folks - you guys always treat us so well. It was great to meet Rocki in person and be able to talk to her and not have a problem I wanted solved. Len, who has always been great to me and even reintroduced me to his wife. (Maybe I should have made that trade we talked about - at least I can work a t-shirt correctly!) And Shawn - can't say enough, my friend.
The whole HGI gang - thanks for accepting me in the group. I still feel like an interloper much of the time, but that's my perception, and totally unrelated to how you guys treat me. Even if I did get kicked to the kiddie table at dinner (but our table was much cooler anyway). Huge apologies for getting names wrong all weekend (Bryan - I'm looking at you in shame) - out of the first four people I saw, I got one name right. One. Pathetic. And that's why I'm not naming names here.
I got to spend more time with quite a few guys that I didn't before. The conversation was always fun, the topics wide-ranging.
Wayne - thanks to the invite to the amp museum. Another great hang, and something I'm glad I got to experience. Sorry I missed you on the way out - I was looking for you and Robin but couldn't find you.
To everyone else - David, BobbyD, BillSAS513 and everyone else I'm forgetting, thanks for taking a couple minutes to say hey and make me feel like a part of the community here.
Vaughn, John and themike - I feel like a total putz for not picking your metal brains over the weekend. I think I only crossed paths with Mike for a second, but I had plenty of time with Vaughn and John and the light bulb never went on.
Brian (of 's Guitars) - thanks for what you've done with the travelling guitar, and for helping me get what is, for the moment, my 50th birthday guitar (there's a sort of holy grail guitar out there that may become that guitar, but for now...). And for not smacking me and chasing me away from the table for coming back and asking about prices 132 times.
Sergio and Rob - maybe next time we decide to just chat for hours, chairs. And not blocking the sidewalk so the annoyed women have to detour into the rain. I can annoy women in so many better ways!
I'm already looking forward to next year. Thank you all for making it such a wonderful time.