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Author Topic: KTAI Show (111 Photos)  (Read 10517 times)
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« Reply #30 on: January 27, 2012, 09:07 AM »

Your enthusiasm is GREAT nice job. It gave me a little different perspective on the show .Thank you

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« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2012, 04:29 PM »

These are great shots John Smiley
Sharp and crisps.Now i know what KTAI looks like.
Do you know the guy beside the delta kite on picture 40?
This picture?  Chris Schultz of hq usa

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« Reply #32 on: January 28, 2012, 01:55 PM »

Mistah Gomberg also has some great introspect on the KTAI trade show on his updates site too....


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« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2012, 05:03 PM »

Mermaid front photo added by request.

1 Don't talk price or schedule with anyone.
2 Don't talk to vendors while they are with customers.
3 Ask permission before taking any photos.
4 Ask if any products are not to be photographed.
5 Don't show any wholesale pricing (I knew this one from last year)
6 If asked to leave, do so politely.
7 Avoid a certain individual (no names so don't ask).

Jeez, back in the day it wasn't this even this "tight". 
Pretty soon they're going to make you sign a waiver, do a FBI back ground check, do a credit check, come to your house to see where you store your kites, and talk to friends and family  just to look, take photos (if you asked for permission of course) and ask questions about a kite.
It's JUST KITES for God sakes, not stealth technology, or U.S. military secrets.

And, asked to leave?
Unless you're acting like an a$$hole, why would they?
Because you broke one of their 7 golden rules?
And what's up with #7?
Kite politics at it's best. Amazing, nothing has changed after 26 years of being in this "sport".

BTW, thanks John, I really enjoyed flying your baby last night. That's "old school", my kind of


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« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2012, 07:14 PM »

David G! Thanks so much for posting the video. The narration added so much... both to your own video and to John's photos. It was so much fun to see everything and gave me a much greater perspective of the whole. Kudos: it could have so easily turned into a self-promoting commercial, but your appreciation for what your friends/competitors are doing shines through.

Let's seeeeee....... I want one of those flying sharks, a rubberband gun, and three white Ghosts.


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