Hello from warm and sunny Long Beach! I landed in Los Angeles yesterday morning and got through set-up day unscathed. Long Beach opens to dealers for a dealer-only set up day on Wednesday afternoon. In addition to dealer set-up, the show hosts what is affectionately referred to as the “West Coast Beer-fest” The show treats the dealers to southwestern appetizers and beer. This, of course, is the only reason I get to Long Beach early on Wednesday! All kidding aside, as a retail dealer there isn’t much business consummated during dealer set-up. The show truly begins for me when the public opening occurs on Thursday morning at 10am.
At the end of the day, I headed out to eat at the Green Onion, a Mexican restaurant just outside Long Beach with our good friends Dennis Hengeveld of VOC Numismatics and Lynn and Cheryl Ourso of New Orleans Rare Coins. We had a wonderful dinner, excellent food and great conversation. The first day in Long Beach is, well, long. Having been up since 4 in the morning to catch my flight West and then a busy set-up day and dinner, I arrived at the hotel around 9pm (or midnight east coast time) and finally head to pillow around 1030, nearly 22 hours after my day began. Needless to say, I slept very well indeed!
In addition to the blog I’ll update again tomorrow, I’ll be tweeting from the bourse this trip. Follow us here: Twitter for the latest news from the Long Beach Expo!