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Re: [T3] 2006 Invasion

On 3 Jan 2005 at 23:00, John Jaranson wrote:

> Brain Fye and I have been chatting a little about the 2006 Invasion out 
> in Oregon.  I have offered to host and create the website again.  I 
> would appreciate some feedback on the site for the 2004 Invasion.
> What did you like about it?

The trip out and back (both the scenery and the company) meeting all the people 
that we never get to see face-to-face otherwise.

> What parts were most helpful?

I especially liked the magnetic Invasion stickers. (Still got some, John?) I 
actually like them a LOT more than the little brass plaques that are much more 
common. Name tags were a real plus for those of us with name-memory deficits.

> What was missing?

Type 34s, west coaster cars, people, other than Shawn Albertin & Piglet, who 
didn't want to bring their less-than-pristine cars, people from any real 
distance.... Maybe you've actually got a LIFE out there, but perhaps you could 
also make us part of it. ;-)  

I'd have to say that the weekend was fine, just as a type 3 event. I would not 
try to organize a lot of unrelated stuff just to see the local sights. I 
realize that Hershey had lots of other things to offer, but in a way, Parma was 
actually better because there were fewer distractions. 

The Hershey schedule added an extra day (friday) for those who could arrive 
early. That was a plus. After all, if you're going to take 2 weeks off to do 
something like this, you might as well spend 3 days AT the event instead of 
just 2. Personally, I'd make it 4, but that might be stretching it a bit.

I also liked the fact that at Parma most of us were in the same motel, so we 
got to socialize with each other more.

Still, I had a blast at Hershey, from the scenic early morning drive out on the 
way home, to John's clutch replacement "seminar" at the motel that one night.

In the end, as Steve Ayres has often pointed out, some of us just really love 
to drive, and to us, a long trip will appear not as an ordeal, but as a 

After this next Invasion, however, we really have to do one somewhere more 
central in the US, just to let some other participate and perhaps to get people 
from BOTH coasts at the same time. How about somewhere in the Great Lakes 
region. I could even look into getting dorm rooms here at the UW. There would 
be no better place to pull this off.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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