We took up station on the edge of the crowd as they droned through the prize draws. It was, however, moderately easy to pay attention, as nearly every card drawn had a 7 in the numeric position (if you get your license from a Pacific Northwest location, your call sign will have a 7 in it, e.g. K7XXX. Neither Lisa nor I have *7* call signs. For that matter, because of the order in which calls are assigned, hardly any of the winners had signs in the KA* sequence.
Lisa wandered away to talk to one of the dealers about something, and I listened for prizes. The prize of a one night stay at one of the Seaside hotels came up. "KA5FQA!" they called. That's Lisa's call.
You have to jump quickly on these things or they'll move on to the next ticket. I turned around, and she hadn't heard a thing, being in deep and animated conversation over something (I never did find out what).
"Lisa!" I shouted, in a voice that probably could be heard clear across the convention center. I took off my hat and waved at the stage so they could see us, and pointed in her direction (she was out of direct sight of the stage and lectern).
Lisa finally realized that I was trying to get her attention, and I called out to her, "You won something! Get up there!" She dutifully tramped up to the front and collected her gift certificate, and then gave it to me, saying, "You take care of all this travel stuff."
So now we have a certificate for a fee night at the Sundowner Inn of Seaside. Unfortunately, it's only good through next April, so we can't just save it and stay there at next year's convention. The reviews I found for this place are decidedly mixed, though. If we make the effort to go out there, we'll probably want to stay at least two nights and possibly even three. Maybe in October; I anticipate needing a vacation to recover from my vacation to Japan.
Oh, and the bad news? I'll put that in the next entry.