Yeah, that makes sense. I started thinking of all the model railroad shows I've gone too, and stayed overnight to stay the whole weekend, so I guess it's whatever floats your boat, and where you're at. Drumming, to me, is more a hobby than anything, so wandering for a hour or two is all I really need. I did enjoy meeting Kenny Aronoff last year, and seeing Saraphine.I can't speak for anyone else, but it seems silly to drive from Pittsburgh to Chicago for the show and not stay for two days. I'll catch some clinics and usually a master class or two. I have several friends in the area that I try to catch up with and this year I'm going to swing down to "The Launching Pad" restaurant on Rt. 66 in nearby Wilmington Delaware. It is a landmark now owned by a drummer named Tully Garrett and his girlfriend Holly Barker. They just reopened it after a fourteen month renovation. As for the show itself, something cool always goes home with me. My shopping budget this year is around $1000-$1200. I'm sure that something fun will follow me home.