NMRA -- the National Model Railroad Association -- is holding its 77th National Convention here in downtown Grand Rapids MI Right Now! It's been going on all week, 29 July - 4 August 2012.
Why did I not know about this? Well, I haven't done any active model railroading in years, though I occasionally buy some N-scale Canadian Pacific and Canadian National rolling stock. Haven't been in Ryder's or other local hobby shops in years. Been a long time since I bought an issue of Model Railroader, never was a member of the NMRA and Bob Scherzer retired from the Physics Dept. at WMU, so my local connection is gone.
And then there's the damned Grand Rapids Press. Ever since they went to three days a week home delivery, they've gotten bad about keeping up with things. The article on their daily email feed about the event showed up today, with only a day and a half left.
Sigh. Not that I had time this week to go. But it would have been fun.