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Title: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: Duke87 on August 14, 2019, 08:48:49 PM
Regarding the discussion about what time of year meets happen in... this is not necessarily a representative sample, but, since attending my first meet in 2009, here is the distribution of how many meets I have attended in each calendar month:

Jan   1
Feb   2
Mar   8
Apr   4
May   6
Jun   4
Jul   6
Aug   6
Sep   4
Oct   6
Nov   5
Dec   3

Topic split from 2020 Meets and subject changed - worthy new topic.  -sso
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: SSOWorld on August 14, 2019, 09:28:10 PM
SE PA was 2010 and IIRC focused on their traffic management center.  I skipped that, in part because it was also the "bill snafu meet" and highlighted the issues with having a large turnout and confusion on the lunch bill.

I did indeed host a DC meet in May, 2012, right before I transferred out.  This meet focused on the Beltway HO/T lanes and the new 11th Street Bridges.

State College was April, 2009.  I remember this well because it was Oscar's Prius that got bumped from behind and I was in the back seat.
It got "Denny Pine"'ed. 


Jeff, Bullshit!, Bullshit!

 :popcorn: :popcorn:
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: A.J. Bertin on August 14, 2019, 10:31:48 PM
Regarding the discussion about what time of year meets happen in... this is not necessarily a representative sample, but, since attending my first meet in 2009, here is the distribution of how many meets I have attended in each calendar month:

Jan   1
Feb   2
Mar   8
Apr   4
May   6
Jun   4
Jul   6
Aug   6
Sep   4
Oct   6
Nov   5
Dec   3


Very interesting! After seeing this breakdown of yours, I felt compelled to compile mine. I have attended 60 road meets since 2004:

January - 0
February - 0
March - 5
April - 9
May - 13
June - 4
July - 3
August - 4
September - 6
October - 7
November - 7
December - 2
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: froggie on August 15, 2019, 08:33:04 AM
I'm lucky to make it to 2 a year....Anthony's triple that...
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: jpi on August 15, 2019, 06:58:12 PM
I have been averaging about 4 road meets a year since 2008 when I started going to these on a regular basis. Some years I get to 6 then some years I am luck y to make 2 and the years I travel out west (odd numbered years) I tend to go to less road meets those years. One exception, 2015 when I went to the Denver area meet then nearly 2 months later travelled as far as the northwest.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: A.J. Bertin on August 15, 2019, 09:27:06 PM
I started attending road meets in 2004. Here's the breakdown of how many meets I've attended each year since then:

2004 - 3
2005 - 2
2006 - 1
2007 - 1
2008 - 2
2009 - 3
2010 - 5
2011 - 6
2012 - 4
2013 - 4
2014 - 6
2015 - 5
2016 - 6
2017 - 4
2018 - 4
2019 - 5 (after Milwaukee, and assuming there will be no other meets coming up this year that I'll be attending)
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: baugh17 on August 15, 2019, 10:01:59 PM
Regarding the discussion about what time of year meets happen in... this is not necessarily a representative sample, but, since attending my first meet in 2009, here is the distribution of how many meets I have attended in each calendar month:

Topic split from 2020 Meets and subject changed - worthy new topic.  -sso

38 meets attended since October 2001 (including impromptu meets)...And yes, I have kept a running tally...

January - 1 (Impromptu meet in Rochester the first weekend of 2004)
February - 1 (Impromptu meet in Utica in 2012)
March - 2 (Newark '11, Scranton '15)
April - 9 (Buffalo '04, State College '05, Albany '06, Hartford '08, Elmira-Corning '14, Utica '15, Tuxedo '16, York '16, Selinsgrove '18)
May - 1 (This year's Providence meet)
June - 6 (Cleveland '04, Boston '05, Rochester Impromptu '07, NYC '14, Toronto '16, Salamanca '18)
July - 2 (NYC and Glens Falls on consecutive weekends in 2017)
August - 2 (Rochester '04, Binghamton '13)
September - 6 (Syracuse Impromptu '02, Harrisburg '03, Elmira-Corning '06, Watertown '11, Albany '16, Mentor '18)
October - 6 (Elmira-Corning Impromptu '01, Utica '01, Elmira-Corning '02, Albany '03, Stamford '14, Kingston NY '18)
November - 2 (Bennington '11, Burlington '13)
December - 0
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on August 15, 2019, 11:45:22 PM
Sporadic would be my count.
2002 - 1 (Toledo)
2003 - 1 (Cincy)
2005 - 1 (Pikeville)
2010 - 1 (Akron-Canton)
2011 - 1 (Hosted Columbus)
2012 - 1 ([sort of] Hosted Dayton)
2013 - 2 (Huntington W.Va, Cincy)
2017 - 1 (Columbus)
2018 - 5 (Central PA, West Chicago suburbs, hosted Mentor-Ashtabula Ohio, NE Philly (Turnpike "golden spike"), Lafayette Ind)
2019 - 2 (Hosted Portsmouth Ohio, Pittsburgh)
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: Alps on August 16, 2019, 01:01:06 AM
I go to road meets based on it being a place I want to see, and secondarily for the people (if it's close enough). For example, I'm past due visiting my friend in Cincy, so that road meet works out. I may not actually go to the October meet in Newburyport because I've exhausted things to see in that area.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: Duke87 on August 16, 2019, 02:00:06 AM
So if we're going by year....

2009 - 1
2010 - 4
2011 - 10
2012 - 5
2013 - 8
2014 - 8
2015 - 6
2016 - 4
2017 - 6
2018 - 4
2019 - 1

As with by month though, this is not a representative sample.

I started off only doing meets I could do as day trips... then in 2011 a few overnighters started working their way in, as by this point I had more disposable income than previously and was getting more into the groove of roadtripping in general. My trend of showing up to a whole bunch of meets continued through 2014 (2012 is an outlier because there just weren't a lot of meets that year - I even recall this being discussed then).

Since then the frequency of my attendance has slowed down, and there are two key contributing factors to this:
1) In August 2014 I met the woman who is now my wife. Naturally, this has shifted some priorities about how I spend my time...
2) Starting in 2017 I began traveling frequently for work - which has both directly created schedule conflicts with meets, and indirectly resulted in me not attending others simply by reducing my desire to travel when I don't have to.

Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on August 16, 2019, 06:35:16 AM
March - 1
April - 1
May - 1
June - 0
July - 1*
August - 2
September - 1

* indicates my own meet weekend.

2014: 1
2015: 3
2016: 1*
2017: 1
2018: 1
2019: 0
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: baugh17 on August 16, 2019, 06:40:53 AM
So if we're going by year....
I started off only doing meets I could do as day trips... then in 2011 a few overnighters started working their way in, as by this point I had more disposable income than previously and was getting more into the groove of roadtripping in general. My trend of showing up to a whole bunch of meets continued through 2014 (2012 is an outlier because there just weren't a lot of meets that year - I even recall this being discussed then).

Since then the frequency of my attendance has slowed down, and there are two key contributing factors to this:
1) In August 2014 I met the woman who is now my wife. Naturally, this has shifted some priorities about how I spend my time...
2) Starting in 2017 I began traveling frequently for work - which has both directly created schedule conflicts with meets, and indirectly resulted in me not attending others simply by reducing my desire to travel when I don't have to.

After I met my wife, the pace that I attended meets slowed too, at one point going three years between meets, but later did pick back up to about 3 per year.  I don't like to go too far (two overnights at most) and I did back off on going to Montreal and Pittsburgh...as much as I wanted to go to both...after determining I needed to stay home to rest given my recent schedule demands at work.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: A.J. Bertin on August 16, 2019, 06:59:13 AM
2014 - 1 (Cincy)

Are you sure this wasn't the meet that Jeremy Moses hosted in 2013? I was not aware of a 2014 Cincinnati meet.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: A.J. Bertin on August 16, 2019, 06:59:59 AM
I go to road meets based on it being a place I want to see, and secondarily for the people (if it's close enough).

I do the same thing.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on August 16, 2019, 05:23:02 PM
2014 - 1 (Cincy)

Are you sure this wasn't the meet that Jeremy Moses hosted in 2013? I was not aware of a 2014 Cincinnati meet.

I'm going off the date of the thread on here. I can double-check.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: cjk374 on August 16, 2019, 10:58:00 PM
I have been to 4 meets total. Cody hosted the first 2 I attended, I hosted the 3rd, and Jason hosted my 4th and most recent.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: ce929wax on August 16, 2019, 11:43:17 PM
I haven't been to one yet.  I'm a maybe for the Cincy meet next year.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: SSOWorld on August 17, 2019, 09:06:16 AM
2008 - 1 (Chicago/Milwaukee)
2009 - 1 (State College)
2010 - 1 (Providence)
2011 - 1* (Wausau (mine))
2012 - 2 (Joliet, St Louis)
2013 - 2* (Dubuque (mine), Metro Los Angeles)
2014 - 5 (St Louis, Starved Rock, NYC, Fox Cities, Quad Cities)
2015 - 1 (Madison (mine))
2016 -
2017 - 3 (Minneapolis, The Eclipse😉, Land between the Lakes)
2018 - 3 (Shreveport, Aurora and Naperville, Lafayette (IN))
2019 - 1+ (Providence, Milwaukee (mine))
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: A.J. Bertin on August 17, 2019, 10:52:29 AM
2013 - 2*

Does this mean you hosted two meets in 2013? I attended your Dubuque meet that year but was there a second one you hosted that year?
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: Alps on August 17, 2019, 04:01:24 PM
2013 - 2*

Does this mean you hosted two meets in 2013? I attended your Dubuque meet that year but was there a second one you hosted that year?
I assume that would be 2**.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: cl94 on August 17, 2019, 07:15:58 PM
By year?

2016: 3
2017: 5
2018: 3
2019: 2 (will be 3)

I only got into this recently. Cut me some slack.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: Brandon on August 17, 2019, 07:55:45 PM
I don't always remember the months, but here goes (not including the met I held in 2002 in Joliet or the 2003 meet in New Buffalo, MI):

2011 - 2
Wausau, WI; Kalamazoo, MI

2012 - 4
Dayton, OH; Port Huron, MI-Sarnia, ON; Joliet, IL (mine); St Louis, MO

2013 - 4
Dubuque, IA; Cincinnati, OH; Flint, MI; Cleveland, OH

2014 - 4
Utica, IL (mine); St Louis, MO; Appleton, WI; Nashville, TN

2015 - 3
Upper Peninsula, MI; Denver, CO; Madison, WI

2016 - 6
St Louis, MO; Duluth, MN; South Bend, IN (mine); Battle Creek, MI; Birmingham, AL; York, PA

2017 - 6
Kankakee, IL (mine); Twin Cities, MN; Glens Falls, NY; Jackson, MS; Columbus, OH; Paducah, KY

2018 - 4
Aurora-Naperville, IL (mine); Selinsgrove, PA; Lafayette, IN; Shreveport, LA

2019 - 2 to date plus 2
Memphis, TN; Portsmouth, OH; Milwaukee, WI; Newburyport, MA

Grand total (to date): 35
Plans to go to: 6

2020 - 4
San Antonio, TX; Dixon, IL (mine); Outer Banks, NC; Cincinnati, OH
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: Brandon on August 17, 2019, 08:01:47 PM
I haven't been to one yet.  I'm a maybe for the Cincy meet next year.

Given your location in K-zoo, you could make Milwaukee (August 31) and Dixon, IL (next June/July) as well.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: PAHighways on August 17, 2019, 09:53:13 PM
Meets I hosted are italicized:

1999 - SWPA (Greensburg) - first documented meet, SWPA (Robinson Township)
2000 - SWPA (Greensburg), XMAS SWPA (North Versailles)
2001 - SWPA (North Hills)
2002 - Toledo, SWPA (Pleasant Hills), Elmira
2003 - New Buffalo, Charlotte, SWPA (Greensburg), New York/New Jersey, Harrisburg, Albany, XMAS SWPA (Cranberry Township)
2004 - Buffalo, SEPA (Willow Grove), Raleigh, Cleveland, Rochester, Lancaster, Breezewood
2005 - Boston, Columbus, SWPA (Pittsburgh)
2006 - National (Pittsburgh) - first national meet, XMAS SWPA (Belle Vernon)
2007 - Greensboro, XMAS SWPA (Uniontown)
2009 - State College
2010 - SEPA (Phoenixville), XMAS SWPA (Brownsville)
2011 - Williamsport
2018 - "Golden Spike," Breezewood
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: ce929wax on August 17, 2019, 11:08:33 PM
I'm actually going to Chicago to take in a game at Wrigley on August 24th.  I'm not able to swing both, but thank you for thinking of me.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: Verlanka on August 18, 2019, 05:15:44 AM
I haven't been to one yet.
Neither have I...and I don't plan on going to one anytime soon.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: SSOWorld on August 18, 2019, 10:05:31 AM
2013 - 2*

Does this mean you hosted two meets in 2013? I attended your Dubuque meet that year but was there a second one you hosted that year?
I modified my post to help you out.😉
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: okroads on August 23, 2019, 10:35:00 PM
I believe my current count is 20 with 2 or 3 more to come this year.

2009 - Oklahoma City, OK
2010 - Kansas City, MO
2011 - Lawrence, KS
2012 - Joliet, IL & St. Louis, MO
2013 - Wichita, KS
2014 - Starved Rock (IL)
2016 - South Bend, IN; St. Joseph Valley (MI); Battle Creek, MI
2017 - Kankakee, IL & Columbus, OH
2018 - Central Susquehanna Valley (PA); Aurora/Naperville, IL; Salamanca, NY; Ashtabula County, OH; Lafayette, IN
2019 - Memphis, TN; Providence, RI; Portsmouth, OH; Milwaukee, WI (planned to attend); Newburyport, MA (maybe); Delaware County, OH (likely)
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: signalman on August 24, 2019, 06:27:03 AM
I waited a long time to finally begin attending meets.  Once I did, I found that I rather enjoy them.  Anyway, here is my not so impressive list:

2015- Utica, NY
(A long hiatus followed due to me working overnights)
2018- Shreveport, LA, Shamokin Dam, PA, "Golden Spike", Abandoned PA Turnpike, Lafayette, IN
2019- Providence, RI and Newburyport, MA (planned)
I had also planned on attending Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, but adulting got in the way.
Title: Re: Road meet attendance? What's your frequency?
Post by: ozarkman417 on August 27, 2019, 11:12:29 PM
It's going to be about 3-4 years before I attend any road meet for age related reasons. I would be interested in a meet somewhere in New England, as I have never been to that region.