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California Expo was a great sucess!!

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Thanks to all that made the first CA Expo a huge sucess. We had a lot more people than we expected. We are in the planning stages for another one for next year. We are hoping to maybe have it in the Southern or coast area this time. If anyone has suggestions for a good place to have it please let us know.

We are also planning to have a BBQ in September in Stockton as well.

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Oh that would be cool to have one near southern california.

P.S. This is will who was showing you the push teqnique in the welding class (iam 16)

-Will

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Oh that would be cool to have one near southern california.

P.S. This is will who was showing you the push teqnique in the welding class (iam 16)

-Will

I remember Will. I have been using that now I have been using gas, it works great!!!

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How about the Santa Maria, Pismo Beach area. The weather's great there this time of year and it would be centrally located.

Greg

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I remember Will. I have been using that now I have been using gas, it works great!!!

Ya, i love using gas it is allot easier and nicer welds (before you clean them) normally when i weld i dont even where long sleve shirts (i should because of the uv...but) and i dont get hit with any slag so i like gas allot more.

-Will

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Ya, i love using gas it is allot easier and nicer welds (before you clean them) normally when i weld i dont even where long sleve shirts (i should because of the uv...but) and i dont get hit with any slag so i like gas allot more.

-Will

Dude wear long sleeves!!! I had a friend that was a welder {worked for the railroad} & he never wore sleeves either.Needless to say he got skin cancer from it & died a slow painful death.Save yourself & your family unneeded pain & heartache :(

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How about the Santa Maria, Pismo Beach area. The weather's great there this time of year and it would be centrally located.

Greg

That would be great Greg. What we are hoping for is some people from around there give us ideas on where might be some good spots that have what we need e.g. class rooms, main ball room for displays and vendors, etc.

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That would be great Greg. What we are hoping for is some people from around there give us ideas on where might be some good spots that have what we need e.g. class rooms, main ball room for displays and vendors, etc.

Hey Barry,

Santa Maria, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay . . . That's my neck of the woods. Just tell me what we need and/or are looking for. Happy to do the leg work for us. The Central Coast is a great location. Halfway between the Bay Area and LA/OC, and just a couple hours from the Valley. Since we are primarily a tourist destination, there are lots of hotels, motels, campgrounds and restaurants. Plus it's beautiful here! But then again, I'm a little prejudiced.

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Hey Barry,

Santa Maria, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay . . . That's my neck of the woods. Just tell me what we need and/or are looking for. Happy to do the leg work for us. The Central Coast is a great location. Halfway between the Bay Area and LA/OC, and just a couple hours from the Valley. Since we are primarily a tourist destination, there are lots of hotels, motels, campgrounds and restaurants. Plus it's beautiful here! But then again, I'm a little prejudiced.

That is exactly what we need, some people to do a bit of leg work for us, then we can come down and look things over.

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That is exactly what we need, some people to do a bit of leg work for us, then we can come down and look things over.

Sounds great, I will send you a private email to you Barry and Howard and we can continue the planning process for next year :) Keep in mind we need a major airport location so we can make access easier for the out of state visitors too :)

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Sounds great, I will send you a private email to you Barry and Howard and we can continue the planning process for next year :) Keep in mind we need a major airport location so we can make access easier for the out of state visitors too :)

Sorry Mike - Lyman won't come ;-P

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