Everyone here keeps asking me how things are going for us, since we are now entering our third day of Alumapalooza. I have been replying that his has been the easiest and best year yet. Many of the troublesome issues from years past have been worked out, and we have an absolutely awesome team of “orange shirts” who have just nailed every problem that crops up, even before I know about them. As a result, we’re having a pretty good time.
This is good because we are already thinking hard about the challenges of next February’s Alumaflamingo, to be held in Sarasota FL. We’re going to be have to be at the top of our game to make that event meet our standards the first year out, especially with (likely) 200-300 trailers on the field. Normally it takes about 12-18 months to plan a new event, and at this point we have just nine months left, so it’s definitely on my mind, and Brett’s.
But we’ll talk about that later. You want to read about Alumapalooza, right? What can I say—it has been great. The weather has been excellent since the early sprinkles ended mid-day Tuesday. We’re expecting lots of sunshine and temps in 70s and 80s through Friday, then probably a few thunderstorms will roll through. That’s typical.
The events have been well-received. I’m not going to go through a list of everything we’ve held, because it’s all in the online schedule, but suffice to say the attendees have been kept completely occupied, from Yoga at 7:30 through the Roving Happy Hours in the evening. Yesterday a lot of people missed half of Marty’s talk about “Running a Business On The Road” because they were trying to chow down a little lunch between activities. We may have programmed the day a little too tight because we had so many things we wanted to present.
Well, that’s just a warm-up because today’s schedule has a lot more on it. We’ve got seven seminars and activities for today, plus towing “test drives”, plus the Aluminum Gong Show (Eleanor and I will be doing an act in it), plus a Pool Party, two factory tours, door prizes, Open Grill, and this evening’s Jam Session. Eleanor and I went through today’s schedule at 6:30 just to plan what we were going to do. She and Emma are starting their day with Yoga at 7:30.
We are taking care to pace ourselves so that we aren’t burnt out by Saturday. I’m trying to get to sleep around 10 p.m. but it doesn’t always work out. Regardless, I have to be up at 6:30 or so to get ahead of the day, take care of email, slather up on sunscreen, and check in with everyone. (By the way, “Sammy The Solar Squirrel” gets on the staff radio channel every day to remind the staff to take care. Today he is going to be joined by “Harry The Hydrated Hippo,” to remind them to drink the cold water we keep in a cooler by the main stage. We have fun with our radios …)
The new Internet system is working very well. Instead of the marginal and occasionally slow Internet I normally get while at Airstream, my system is flying along at good 4G speeds all the time. I’m getting a consistent -73 dBm. Brett has a similar system with a different antenna and he’s also getting awesome performance and a better dBm rating (-59 dBM) so I think his antenna is a better one. I may switch later. Colin Hyde has one too, and he’s very happy. Alex is next door to Colin and finding poor reception so I suspect he’s the next one to upgrade.
Gotta go — the day has already started! For more about what’s coming, check the Alumapalooza Facebook page.
Frank DiBona says
What systems do you, Bret, & Colin have to boost wifi reception?
Rich Luhr says
Hi Frank. We don’t have systems to boost wifi reception. Our systems are all designed for cellular. See my blog entries from early May for more info.