Forget the postal carrier's creed of rain, sleet, snow... whatever. When it comes to braving the weather no matter what Mother Nature can dish out, nothing beats the log home faithful. And I witnessed it first hand at our Log & Timber Home Show
in Louisville, Kentucky, a little more than a week ago. On Sunday, the last day of the 3-day event, Hurricane Ike came barreling through the Midwest, making a beeline for Louisville. And yes, when it hit the town that's home to the Derby, it was still at Cat 1 hurricane, with insane driving winds, sideways rain and flailing debris. We lost power three times - never to return on the last occurrence. But still you came, dim auxiliary lighting, winds that could blow you down and all. Exhibitors made the best of it, one of whom joked, "K-Mart has a blue-light special; we have no-light special." Despite the, let's say, less than optimal conditions, the folks who attended felt good about the information they received and the personalized attention they got from the log home companies, suppliers and furniture companies in attendance. There's nothing like a situation like this to bring people together and make them more "real." The mental shields we put up on a daily basis are dropped and there's a sense of "we're all in this together" camaraderie that's heartwarming.
My next show will be in Milwaukee on October 10-12
, and I certainly hope nothing catastrophic happens. But whether it does or doesn't, one thing is for sure, the log home show will go on, and I'll have a front row seat. There's no place I'd rather be.