Technically, I'm not local anymore, but I did spend the first 26 years of my life in NW Indiana. I grew ups a Cubs/Sox/Bears/Bulls/Hawks fan. The Cubbies broke my heart in '69, and again in '84 and '03.

I still have a lot of friends and family in the Chicago area. I try to get back as often as I can, which is not nearly as often as I'd like to.

I'll be in Rockford Thursday evening through Sunday morning. In addition to the Speed Dating session Ted mentioned, I'll be giving three pesentations on Saturday: one on backpacking and traveling with large format equipment, one on modifying, assembling and buliding large format camera with JB Harlin, and a general equipment selection Q&A with Gordon Hutchings and Kirk Gittings.

I hope to see many of you there. I've enjoyed the past conferences and am looking forward to this one.