May 25th, 2019

Tonopah Westercon

Hello Hawthorne

We spent the night in Hawthorne last night at the nice America's Best Inn, which made me wish I had lots of video files to upload because their upload speed is close to 50x the speed we have on our home DSL.

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After a good breakfast at the El Capitan Casino, we made the relatively brief drive (120 miles, but aside from a couple of small towns along the way, the legal speeds are fast) to Tonopah. As we rolled into town, we spotted some very good news and pulled over to check it out.

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We spent a very productive and interesting day attending Tonopah's Jim Butler Days festival. We have plenty of material for the Tonopah bid already, and expect to shoot some video tomorrow that will also be good solid information, some of which may surprise people who have some pre-conceived notions about rural Nevada.

We were somewhat lucky to get a room at the Mizpah Hotel; they were full last night. When we checked in, we had a nice surprise.

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We'll be here through tomorrow night. The Mizpah folks have already been very nice to us, and we're looking forward to tomorrow. But Lisa and I are very tired, and I've just spent several hours labeling photos and posting stories to Facebook, both to my personal page and to the Tonopah Facebook page. Fortunately, we don't have any morning appointments, and since we are staying through tomorrow, we don't have any reason to set an alarm.