As you’re reading your morning fare, I’ll be somewhere over the United States, winging my way to Orlando for the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show.
It’s the 60th anniversary of the show and for all the jokes I make about my age in this little corner of GNN, I must admit that the show has a few years on me.
It has, however, been a regular annual trip for me and a highlight of the calendar each year. The Orange County Convention Centre is so familiar to me now, compared to when I had fewer wrinkles and more hair on my first visit.
For sure, I’ve got several meetings lined up and many events to attend, but it never gets old. The show has changed over the years, decreased in size and magnitude. Many of the companies that once exhibited don’t even exist anymore.
So, like me, the show has its signs of wear and tear, but the show has a way of energizing you. Go ahead, say it’s the Florida weather that lifts the spirits and while there may be some truth to that, I remember some cold weather in the Sunshine State.
Admittedly, business has met pleasure so often in Orlando.
Over the years, I went to a press conference at Cape Canaveral, played several sweet golf courses, including a few holes with Annika Sorenstam, and had lunch with Alice Cooper, who I’ve played with a few times. I also heard Alice in concert in O-Town.
This year’s show promises to be more subdued, as they have been in the past, and that may be a good thing for somebody of my advanced years, even if they are fewer than the show’s.
The thing is that I get a chance to see friends and acquaintances from both Canada and the United States between meetings on the show floor, in the lunch room or at the PGA of Canada’s soiree on Friday evening, when its award-winners will be officially recognized.
Yes, I’ll be working too. Be sure to keep an eye on GNN later this week for reports from the show — if I get back in time to write.