Another great rally! We went back to Gillette, WY for this one. And here’s the schedule of seminars we gave:
The Windows 8 seminar was a first for us, and the Movie Maker seminar is one we’ve only given once and the computer didn’t work so well. This time we used a different computer for the Movie Maker and we made sure to practice the Windows 8 seminar – so they both went well. If you attended a seminar when we ran out of handouts, or you weren’t able to attend, all of our seminar handouts can be downloaded from our website.
We LOVE doing this! So many people came up to us to say thank you! Some said they felt SO smart now because they learned so much from our seminars. Others told us they needed some down time because their brains were overflowing with all the information we presented.
The most popular class was the smartphone overview. WoW. The only picture I snapped was this panorama with my Droid phone. I apparently didn’t hold the camera well cuz it’s a bit blurry, but you get the idea – it was a packed house! Teaching smartphones is just sooo much fun, the main comment we hear as people leave is, “I had no idea they could do so much!” We especially like showing Google Translate. As long as you have your phone, and an internet connection, you will be able to speak the language of whatever country you’re visiting – or your phone will at least. And, it’s free! Just unbelievable. We also show a video clip from NBCNews that explains the amazing medical uses of smartphones.
Our Windows 8 seminar had a respectable turnout also:
And Jim got to show off his Windows 8 Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet/computer. We met a couple other people at the rally who had the Surface Pro and they loved theirs just as much!
When we weren’t teaching a seminar we were at our booth in the exhibit hall. It was great getting to see our friend Phil May, of TechnoRV – our booths were right next to each other so we took down the barriers to make a TechnoGeek booth!
The Verizon booth was nearby and I think I recognized most of the people buying phones because they attended our smartphone class – then had to buy one! Too bad we don’t make any commission eh? Just kidding, we don’t want any commission. That’s why people trust our information so much – we don’t make anything from it. Our sole source of income is from our members who learn from us.
It was a busy, busy week, but we still found time for some fun as well. Here’s our parking space, and we were right next to Nick and Terry Russell of Gypsy Journal fame. We spent a couple of evenings just swapping tales – it was nice to catch up with them, although my sides did hurt afterwards from laughing at Nick’s stories!
On Tuesday night, Jim was told his presence was requested at the evening entertainment. ???? Uh-Oh, we were also told it involved him wearing a wig! It was a hoot, here’s a little video that I put together using Movie Maker:
We also found time to get together for dinner with new friends, Don and Kim from HarvestHosts.com. They have this cool business where they find Wineries, Farms, and other unique places where the owners agree to let RVs park overnight, then they promote those locations to people who pay a small fee to become members of Harvest Hosts. There is no fee for the stay, just buy some wine! We can do that . We joined their membership recently and look forward to staying at a couple of wineries as we travel thru Idaho and Oregon. But, we really enjoyed spending some time with them. I thought we were well-traveled, but they put us to shame! They’ve RVd thru Europe, Africa, Central and South America, and I think New Zealand and Australia too. Talking to them added way too many things to my own bucket list!
We look forward to meeting up with you again Don and Kim!
There’s still one more day of the rally – they’ve planned a banquet, birthday party, and fireworks display. We’d love to attend, but today is a very special day for us – our 15th Anniversary – and we are so close to Thermopolis, which is a wonderful hot springs where we spent our first anniversary on the road! We gotta go!
Have a great Birthday bash Escapade!
Thank You to Bob and Molly Pinner – the directors of the Escapade, and Cathie Carr – the President of Escapees. We had a great time!