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In Reply to: RE: My first big audio show posted by pictureguy on June 06, 2017 at 17:44:07
We agree on all that you mentioned. However, a big stumbling block (for this show....and I heard it from numerous attendees including exhibitors) was the location. "LAX?? Really??" was the universal comment. Traffic on the 405 and the 105 is ridiculous at certain times of the day, and makes the decision of attending (for local residents) one for second-guessing. Many felt this was the reason for what appeared to be lower attendance.
I have no doubt that some declined. Orange County has been a much better bet. The San Fernando Valley would be another possibility, although it's rather far from much of Southern California.
For me, at about 100 miles Each Way, I'm looking at 2 hours each way, traveling at some ridiculous times. I'm closest of all SD residents.
With real conditions? I'm certain that 6 to 7 hours realistic would be more like it. I worked in El Segundo many years ago and would go to work on Monday to arrive by 0730 and stay until Friday and start home about 1430 or so. Miss your 'window' and spend an extra hour on the road. OOOPS! It was easy driving to work from the hotel about 5 miles each way. I was right next to the Matel Corporate Store. HOT WHEELS!
I gave myself 3+ hours TO work and about the same on return.
The 5 / 405 split is EPIC. Even at 0530 on a Monday.
I briefly considering FLYING up from Carlsbad to LAX. I did that 20 years ago to catch a flight to Europe. Now? No commercial makes that short hop. But OH! the time saving. Get dropped off at the airport and an hour later, hop out of the plane @LAX. Turbo Prop is like that! Hotel Shuttle from airport to show.
I EVEN considered taking the TRAIN. Public Bus from Union Station to the hotel. Or even hop off the train in Anaheim and take the shuttle from Disneyland to LAX than the hotel shuttle. I could hardly imagine unwinding THAT trip later that night. I'm too old to Sleep in a Train Station!
I went to the Getty Center years ago with my Neice. We took my S-2000. I figured I was only 2 turns away from outrunning ANYTHING else on the road. Nearly. Joke on ME. On the 405 NORTH of the Airport? Traffic was UnImaginable. Took forever go get home. Location was even north of Brentwood.
Too much is never enough
....the traffic is horrendous, almost everywhere, unless you're driving in the wee hours. For me, driving to and from Phoenix, I choose late evenings. If I don't leave L.A., or Long Beach, or Irvine by 2 p.m. I drive right into a parking lot on the 60 East or 91 East. That takes (at least) 2 to 2 1/2 hours just to get to Riverside! Leaving after 8 p.m. usually avoids that bottleneck.
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