I can totally understand this perspective
and my view is with a grain of salt since I don't compete any longer seriously.
but I like Naram BECAUSE its a week. I could never justify a trip to arizona or colorado etc.. for a 3 day event.
the "week" is not the bulk of my cost usually the TRAVEL is (except for local naram's)
so shortening the event would only save me a few hundred bucks in an otherwise $1500 plus trip.
Naram is "my time" for me. its me time. its a WHOLE week of going someplace new and doing nothing but rockets and pictures for a whole week even if lately I can't afford to do much flying.
I save up what I can the whole year bust my butt the whole year "for that week" I hardly even have time for local launches (though I did make it to a GSSS launch this season)
but I am also fortunate to work a family business. so taking time off is not as big an issue for me for singular large events.
I understand that IS a big issue for many
I hope the economy improves so a week long event is no longer a "problem" for people but I imagine its going to stay nasty for quite some time still :-(
> > I think we could crunch NARAM down to three days.
> Oh, if only there was popular support for such a move. I might be able to participate again, and I know of others who feel the same.
> NARAM is a great deal of fun, but a week-long investment of time is simply out of the question for what is essentially a (very nice) social event.
> P.S. to Ryan: this should be good for an additional 30-40 posts!
> James Duffy