I’d just like to take a moment here to thank Wayne publicly. A few years ago, I realized that we need some off-seasons in Texas - or out-this-away, in general. I didn’t have a clue as to how to go about it so I started traveling. I contacted the folks at IRI and asked about it and they said, ‘come on up here and see for yourself!’ I contacted Arefin Bari at Mission Mayhem in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and he said, ‘come on over here and see for yourself!’ I contacted Mr. C at Brunswick Eruption out in New Jersey, and he said, ‘come on out here and help us make Evil Sundaes… mwahahahaha.’ Ok, I’m exaggerating a little bit, he only said, ‘mwahahaha.’
On top of that, Wayne talked to me via private messages and gave me an overview for a one day event and shared some of the information regarding lay-out, side events like the Evil Sundae competition, fees, volunteers, the technical aspects and the field stuff - things like that. That was after BE6, I think, and I attended BE7 this past fall. It was wonderful.
The IRI guys, Chris Fultz and Andy Baker, were very helpful as well, and they also directed me to the information they have posted and continue to update here in Chief Delphi. Mission Mayhem is another wonderful event and is one of the off-seasons in Florida that showcases the power and talent in the Floridian teams.
All of these event planners have been outstanding in offering support and in sharing wisdom and experience in this area. Mr. C, however, is the only mentor who offered to let me just dig in up to my elbows in goo. It was great.
Texas is, indeed, planning an off-season this summer and NI is hosting it during NI Week here in Austin. I’m happy about it and am available to help in any way I can. I wouldn’t feel this confidence in offering help and support if I had not traveled and learned from the best. I’m not finished yet, I plan to travel to many more off-seasons and learn more, experience more, and have a blast.