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Spring Conference 2012 Longview, WA
October 13, 2011
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It’s trial by fire as we try out Longview as a possible NWBA home base, for at least one conference a year. The theme of the conference is “Just Hit It”, and with the creation of a “first forging station” we will be encouraging all new members, and current members who have never forged, to get in the fire and hit some hot iron.

Our demonstrators are Gordon Williams from Arizona, and our own Elijah Burnett. It’s going to be a great conference, don’t miss it!

On site camping available.

Grip the cold end. Hit the hot end.

October 15, 2011
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Keeriminy!! Long View Washington is damn near as far away from me as Mt. Vernon!!:furious: Will cost me around $ 300 dollars in gas!!! What’s wrong with Stevenson??? Oh well, love the conferences… Was really unhappy cause I had to miss the Western States at Mt. Hood.:(

October 15, 2011
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Lynn by the time you cut off 205 in Portland and go down the gorge to Stevenson I think you could be real close to Longview. I really like the idea of Longview as a permanent home for the organization myself (but then that’s just me).

October 15, 2011
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Mt Vernon, near where I live, is 189 miles from Longview, so, to some of us anyway, they are not exactly the same distance away…

In fact, its only 150 miles from Junction City to Longview, so personally, I think Lynn is the one gettting the better deal in this move.

My Honda gets 32 Mpg, so for me, round trip, thats only about $45-$50 to Longview and back.

Its not the distance so much as the traffic thru Seattle and Tacoma that will make me hesitate, but I will come if I can.

October 16, 2011
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Bill and Ries: Thanks for your comments… My motorhome gets around 8 mpg… Hope to meet you both at the conference!!! Cost cannot keep me from coming… I’d mortgage the house to be able to be there!!!:running:

October 16, 2011
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Kingston to Longview or anywhere else @ ~11mpg in the truck. Until Government camp I’ve always slept in a small tent. The 1968 Alaskan is replacing the tent.

Dad said “You can get where you need to when you want to. Write when you get there. Call when you get work”

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October 17, 2011
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Lynn Gledhill;12584 wrote: Keeriminy!! Long View Washington is damn near as far away from me as Mt. Vernon!!:furious: Will cost me around $ 300 dollars in gas!!! What’s wrong with Stevenson??? Oh well, love the conferences… Was really unhappy cause I had to miss the Western States at Mt. Hood.:(

I was curious how far it really is, so:
From your location Google maps says Longview 158 mi. Stevenson 155 miles. Mt. Vernon 344 miles. Gas is $3.79 today, so to Longview vs Stevenson is about the cost of a cup of coffee….unless you take the scenic route. Save the coffee money for the difference in gas and I’ll buy you a cup when you get there. Hate to see a good man miss the conference because of the cost of a cup-O-joe![Image Can Not Be Found]

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October 17, 2011
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J Wilson;12615 wrote: I was curious how far it really is, so:
From your location Google maps says Longview 158 mi. Stevenson 155 miles. Mt. Vernon 344 miles. Gas is $3.79 today, so to Longview vs Stevenson is about the cost of a cup of coffee….unless you take the scenic route. Save the coffee money for the difference in gas and I’ll buy you a cup when you get there. Hate to see a good man miss the conference because of the cost of a cup-O-joe![Image Can Not Be Found]

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October 17, 2011
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Just wondering why Longview instead of Stevenson?? I LOVE the camping situation at Stevenson and the really friendly atmosphere of the place.Wake up in the morning next to the lake. Walk up the street to the friendliest espresso stand in the World.Everybody in that little town really seems to appreciate our presence.???? Am I the only one asking this question???

October 17, 2011
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Well, I for one didn’t know about Stevenson until we tried it. Same for all of the other sites. I’d guess we’re trying Longview to see how it fits. Access is a bit easier as it is directly off of I-5. (Hope we can’t hear I-5, but didn’t care much for all of the trains going by in Mt. Vernon or Stevenson either) You are the FIRST to ask the question. Maybe others have thought it and will speak up now. Maybe a board member will respond to your question…

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October 17, 2011
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Pretty much up to the conference chair. We don’t tend to ask “why” just “why not”. Actually, spring has been Mt. Vernon, but that had gotten very expensive by comparison. Guideline for the chair is mostly close to the I-5 corridor. Longview offered us a great deal and we’ll never know if we don’t try it. Pretty central location.

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October 17, 2011
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Well: Longview may be great.It is accessible for sure. I’m pretty easy and damn sure don’t want to get involved in the behind the scenes politics involved. HOWEVER- Do not collect my dues to ANY organization and then tell me that a reasonable question labeled “WHY” is frowned upon.

October 17, 2011
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Eric Sprado;12620 wrote: Well: Longview may be great.It is accessible for sure. I’m pretty easy and damn sure don’t want to get involved in the behind the scenes politics involved. HOWEVER- Do not collect my dues to ANY organization and then tell me that a reasonable question labeled “WHY” is frowned upon.

Well Eric, that was only meant in the very narrow context of the location a conference chair chooses. Meaning that we will not second guess their choice if there are no serious objections.

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October 17, 2011
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I think I’m going to reserve my comments until after the Longview event. We will know better once we know the attendance and use the facility.

October 17, 2011
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J Wilson;12615 wrote: I was curious how far it really is, so:
From your location Google maps says Longview 158 mi. Stevenson 155 miles. Mt. Vernon 344 miles. Gas is $3.79 today, so to Longview vs Stevenson is about the cost of a cup of coffee….unless you take the scenic route. Save the coffee money for the difference in gas and I’ll buy you a cup when you get there. Hate to see a good man miss the conference because of the cost of a cup-O-joe![Image Can Not Be Found]

Thanks for doing the math!!!:inlove: My math skills are right up there with my computer and reading skills. I like to save the math skills for calculating such things as how much radius do I bend in 2 inches to get a 24″ diameter ring.:hot: And other rocket science things like that. I’ll take you up on the cup a joe!

Grant:mstickle::mstickle::mstickle:

October 17, 2011
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I didn’t do any math, just Googled the locations. Google maps shows the route and total mileage and travel time, excluding coffee stops. Look me up, the coffee’s on me!

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October 17, 2011
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It is my understanding (and I don’t understand much) that Longview is being viewed as a permanent home for the NWBA. I hear they have made the organization some very attractive offers. This organization needs a location that can be called “home” so some tools could be stored, events, hammer-ins etc. can be organized, and put on easier than they currently are. Having to haul (after you find them) all the tools alone from site to site for conferences is a truly major effort.
Personally I would love to see this group have a “home” and Longview to me is a good choice. I am a little familiar with the fairgrounds there and they are nice.

October 18, 2011
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So… who do I talk to about volunteering to help? I’m close enough to Longview that I can arrive early. I have a heavy duty dolly and a moderately strong back. I can follow instructions given in English or in Pointandgrunt.

No matter where you go... there you are.

October 18, 2011
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Bill Cottrell;12632 wrote: It is my understanding (and I don’t understand much) that Longview is being viewed as a permanent home for the NWBA. I hear they have made the organization some very attractive offers. This organization needs a location that can be called “home” so some tools could be stored, events, hammer-ins etc. can be organized, and put on easier than they currently are. Having to haul (after you find them) all the tools alone from site to site for conferences is a truly major effort.
Personally I would love to see this group have a “home” and Longview to me is a good choice. I am a little familiar with the fairgrounds there and they are nice.

I recall that Stevenson offered us a “permanent” home. What happened with that??

October 18, 2011
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Well I am in charge of the fall 2012 conference and after seeing this thread and taking into careful consideration of whats been said…. I’m leaning towards Kodiak AK for the fall…

Just kidding…… I hope Longview turns out to be a good spot… We tend to forget that nothing is easy for everyone.. We do our best to try and make it as painless as possible for as many people to get to at least one a year…

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