51 Jim Krause 7 months ago Time, money, and distance are make/break factors for me. Last one, actually the only one so far, I attended was the Kansas City Roundup. I had a fine time. And I met some very gracious folks, too. Musically, after an initial bit of reticence, I discovered I could hang with just about anyone there. One of the high points was trading finger style licks with one of the long time GDP members. I confess that I really don't relish the idea of crossing two, three, or four state lines travelling all by myself. Makes no difference whether the mode of transport be auto or airplane. Airports make me very uneasy. And driving long distances by myself through unfamiliar territory is equally uncomfortable.And then there's the time/money factor. I am basically self-employed. I could take all the vacation time I want to, really. But I wouldn't get paid for it. I suppose attending a Roundup might be a tax deductible expense. Call it "networking" if you will. But it still comes out of my pocket, and then if you add up lost income to that....well....There you have it.Sorry to miss these things. I'm sure I'm missing some great opportunities.