So, the first trip since moving to Reno turned out to be The Great Southern Exposure Pageant in Charlotte, NC. Charlotte is fun, because it is smaller city. A 20 minute bus ride from the airport to the downtown area where this years hotel is. You can see some of the outlying areas, and marvel at $2.00 for a gallon of gas. The Pageant has a get together Friday night, and a full on marathon show on Saturday. Friday use to be a show as well, but like so many other cities, venues are dissappearing right before our eyes, and a recent closure threw a wrench in that plan. They did have their annual "hat draw" set list ceremony, which is a fun and fair way of avoiding favoritism in a competition. I drew 6th position, which is not my personal preference, but that's how the rubber ducky floats.