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Title : Rubberstamp Show-and-Tell: Past Conventions, Workshops, Retreats, etc.
Description : I usually kept the badges from various shows that I attended. I haven't done one in years but this bag probably spans the timeframe from 1987-2012 or so. Most of the shows were from the time I started Stampscapes but the ones before 1994 was when I worked for A Stamp In the Hand Co. These badges aren't only shows but from a few of the workshops that I did (there were hundreds more of those where I didn't keep my name tag) and also a few retreats. I haven't ever looked through these until now and, in doing so, it sure brought back some fond memories of the specific shows but also the eras. Some were so long ago that I can call them "eras". That's scary!

As Stampscapes, we did various shows around the country at different times but the pattern we got into was doing Carson CA 3 times/year since it was local, San Jose CA, Grapevine TX, Puyallup WA, W Springfield MA, Akron OH, and Cincinnati OH. Other shows, at various times, included Del Mar CA, San Mateo CA, Denver CO, Riverside CA, Scottsdale AZ, Seattle WA, Portland OR, Orlando FL, Las Vegas NV as well as a few others.

As far as workshops went, I traveled all over the place domestically. I had been asked if I could travel internationally but it was always a matter of time where I couldn't take off for very long. My pattern was to fly out on a Friday morning and teach classes at a store on Friday afternoon and evening, drive to another city on Saturday and teach 3 classes, then drive to another city to teach 3 classes on Sunday and I'd catch a flight back on Sunday night. Retreats were my favorite teaching assignments as the routine would usually be to teach in the same location on a Friday afternoon, Saturday all day, and Sunday morning before everyone disbanded with evenings having some kind of open stamping time. I enjoyed teaching everywhere but with retreats I liked the fact that I didn't have to take down my elaborate workshop set up every night as it usually took an hour to set up and another hour to take down.

It was a lot of travel and a lot of fun back then. I loved everything about all of the events but I learned to hate flying to locations if that was required. I think, at one time, I had 6 trips in a row where I experienced flight delays where I missed connections with no alternative flights available or where there were down right cancellations of connections. I never missed a workshop or convention but sometimes we were arriving in a city at 7am with the show starting at 9am where we had one hour to set up the booth that usually took 2.5 hours. I wondered if I was "convention flight cursed" but then I flew out to a scenic stamping retreat which was just for fun/no teaching weekend and a connecting flight got cancelled and by the time I got out there I missed most of the first day of stamping. Then, because the airline put me on an alternative connecting arrival flight, they cancelled my return flight reservations for some reason. I got on an alternative flight home but instead of 5 hours it turned into 10 hours and being on standby for a couple flights. All of these flights were United so looking back maybe I wasn't cursed and it was the carrier? I used to love flying, airports, etc. before all this too. The notion of the Star Trek transporters always used to pop up in my head where I would think to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice if....". lol

Anyway, if you were someone that visited our booth at a show or maybe sat in with us for a demonstration or make-and-take, or took a workshop with me in the past, thanks so much! I met a lot of awesome people through stamping. I have always thought that rubber stampers, as a group, are some of the best people in the world.

As a side note: The notion of "it's a small world" came to mind a couple times at shows. I was doing a demonstration for someone and, over the course of doing a card, they asked what my name was which lead to where I was from and if, by chance I had a sister by the name of Colleen. Turns out she was one of my sisters best childhood friends that I happened to remember from probably 20 years previous. Another time (at the Puyallup WA show), under the same circumstance of stamping a scene out for someone, this stamper was someone who was a teacher in the same elementary school that my uncle was teaching at (on a US military base in Germany!) probably 30 years previous. This stamper lived in Olympia WA and my uncle lived in Seattle so, after that, they had a reunion of sorts as did my sister and her friend. It's rubber stamps -they have a tendency of bringing people together! Okay, I'll end here. As you can see, this bag of badges stirred some memories.

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