The International Custom Rod Building Exposition tends to spread me a bit thin. Anything and everything that takes place there either starts or winds up in my lap. Thus, it’s difficult for me to be able to spend as much time as I’d like to with each subscriber, attendee or exhibitor. I’d love to be able to sit down and talk rod building with each person there, but with 2500+ people involved, it’s just not possible.


Often I worry that the guy whose hand I just shook and exchanged a few quick pleasantries sees my hastiness to move on as a snub. I can assure you, it’s not. The thing is, there is just so much to do and so many people to acknowledge that it’s rare for me to have more than a few quick moments for any particular individual.


So if the best I can do is shake your hand and thank you for coming, please be aware that while I may not say much, I do indeed mean what I say. If I can’t accept your kind offer for dinner or a beer, it’s because a hundred more have already asked and I just can’t accommodate everyone. I do however, sincerely appreciate every person that exhibits and attends the Expo. My only regret is that I just don’t have as much time as I’d like to spend with each one of them.


Tom Kirkman