Most pen shows begin semi-officially on Thursdays, when there are trading rooms, traders, buyers, but nothing is official. The atmosphere is loose and casual, more like a club meeting than what will emerge by Saturday.
For those who have not attended the DC show, it is one of the two largest in the World and by Saturday this room, the small one, will be packed, as will the larger room.
Thursday morning, as the images show, began slowly, but built. For my part I did not set anything up, but cruised, schmoozed and bought a few things.
By the late afternoon, when I returned from the gym (the best on the pen circuit, by the way) things were much more active, but the camera was in the room and I was getting ready to have dinner with Gerry Berg, his wife Vikki, Vikki’s mom, Ruth Bravo, and Bill Hong at Shamshany, the pleasant Iranian restaurant just behind the hotel. This is the third year in a row we have done this, so it must be a tradition.