Sept 27-28, 2019, Chicago, IL: This year's Aquashella-Chicago event was a blast. Two full days of aquatic-ness, for freshwater people, saltwater people and even reptile owners. Kids got their faces painted and had a designated area for them to play, there was a Great White shark for them to attempt to conquer, and plenty of vivid things to see. The art is my favorite part, and this year there were two rooms full of colorful pieces for saltwater as well as freshwater. The music was hopping, the vendors filled the building in every room, and thousands milled about.
Las Vegas has brought in sights from around the world to one location. Here's a shopping center that resembles the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Yet look at the different shapes standing around it. The conflict of straight versus rounded versus angular really works.
I had the opportunity to attend MACNA's 15th annual conference in in Louisville Kentucky. LMAS was the hosting club. This was my second time, as I attended the one in Ft Worth last year as well, hosted by DFWMAS (my local club).
September 1, 2007: I decided to drive down to Austin to visit some of the gorgeous reef tanks I've only seen online. With the help of the Austin Reef Club, we were able to make it a Tank Tour for the day. Fortunately the weather cooperated.
November 13, 2010: Last weekend, our club had it's semi-annual frag swap. This one is open to members and guests. One thing that I've noticed over the years is how progressive these events are becoming. The first few that I attended, you had corals in about a cup's worth of water in a ziplock bag lying on a table. If you were lucky, the name and price was written on the bag with a Sharpie. A couple of people would go to a lot of trouble to bag their corals up in a professional manner, floating their corals upside down affixed to styrofoam blocks.
Saturday, April 2, 2011 - Irving Tx - DFWMAS had its spring Frag Swap at the Irving Bible Church. It's a beautiful venue that is quite spacious, but once you add a bunch of tables, frag tanks, corals and people, it can quickly feel crowded. Part of the reason for this is the excitement of finding that next coral to add to your personal collection.
April 18 - 19, 2008: The Board of Directors from the Cleveland Saltwater Enthusiasts Association contacted me to come out and speak to their club... While I was there, I had the opportunity to visit a couple of fish stores and see a member's tank.
Last weekend, I was invited to URSNY to speak. I took a bunch of pictures...