March 13, 2008
Hi from Kansas City, where it is day four of the Advantages Roadshow though it feels like day 8, 895.
You’ll all be happy to know that Kansas City has been a blast and today’s attendance at the show was 199 — suppliers are freaking ecstatic. “The quality of the attendees has been really good across the board,” says Tom Ngo, director of sales and marketing for Key-Bak and the person who has been my handler on this trip. Tom has also been the bartender extraordinaire on the bus — he is like “Isaac the bartender” on The Love Boat.
Last night, the Merry Band of Misfit Ramblers went out to Jack’s Stackhouse and tore up the town. I have to say, no one does barbecue like the folks in Kansas City. (See photos below.)
Now, as will happen when a large group of people with varying personalities get together there has been some off-the-charts wackiness. E, Tom Ngo and I are definitely the ringleaders, though Dan Burke from Avaline has had some of the best lines ever. Should you wonder what our highbrow conversation is like on this trip, Dan regaled us with his assessment of which town’s have the best strip bars. The worst, according to Dan? “Cleveland by far. The strippers all had C-section scars and gun-shot wounds,” he said jokingly.
There has been much discussion about which ASI person suppliers would most like to see do a roadshow and travel on the electric acid-colored party bus — someone with a great capacity for fun. Tim Andrews, if you’re reading, your presence is now officially requested… ; )
And for those of you who are wondering how I’m hanging in there, the word “haggard” leaps to mind…
More tomorrow from St. Louis!!!
PS: Some of you have asked how to become part of the roadshow party. E-mail Nick DiNicola at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cruise director will be happy to hook you up!!!