Striper Day thoughts

I promised you few thoughts on Striper Day, so here they go before I get sidetracked by something else again.

First ,we’d like to thank you all who attended, the vendors and all the guys that tirelessly worked the show. Hofstra U in their ultimate visdom, after telling us a month before the show that the lounge is no longer available to be used, decided to tell us few days before the show that we can use it. This set off mad scramble to change the table location and vendors again but we gladly took it to expand the room. As in previous year, we had staggered entry, so the plug guys got their fill and those that wanted goody bags got theirs too. Crowd was noticeably higher than last year but no crowding whatsoever.

Hofstra told us that lounge area will undergo renovation this week and will no longer be able to be used for future shows as tables will no longe be allowed. To me this mean that Striper Day in its current form is no longer a possibility at Hofstra. I am mentally exhausted trying to fit a square peg in the round hole. If we overdo on promo, we have to worry about crowding. If we don’t , then vendors ask where are the people? You just cant win. And now without lounge it would mean that we had to squeezes another 10 tables in the main room and never allow anyone new to come in ? No thanks, I’ll like to sleep at night

Any other place we might possibly move to, will of course have its own challenges. But as of right now, the Striper Day IV only exists in your imagination. We are looking into few different options including one where there would not be (not by choice) room for any seminars but as you know our choices are limited and honestly, if I had to answer you today if next year Striper Day will happen, I would tell you an honest no. But that does not mean we will stop trying. Right now , our best option is somewhere mid Suffolk county, either south or north shore. Keeping fingers crossed but I am realist. If I was living in pretend land, I would have bough shit load of Bitcoin and have someone type this shit for me instead of pecking with this one finger.

Here is an interesting thought…why in the world do we have these shows till 5 pm when NO ONE is there after 3 o’clock? Its embarrassing to have your feature speaker go on at 3 with 6 people in attendance and this is not only NY, but NJ, CT ,RI you name it. Why are we making these shows so long and then get pissed when vendors want to leave after 3 o’clock because place looks deserted? It doesn’t make any sense. Everyone (yours truly included) likes to get his stuff done in morning and spend afternoon either at home with family or watching football. The RISAA show is brutal with this especially on Sunday till 5PM and then a mad rush for exits.

Maybe we should all think this…and maybe we actuality have better shows


in mean time I am dreaming about return trip mexico and roosterfish !!!!Charlie leaning in

8 comments on “Striper Day thoughts

  1. Joe GaNun

    As I had posted a week or two ago, the show was a hit. It would be a shame to end the run.
    You sound like you need rooster fish therapy anyway. Thanks.

  2. Kirk Suhoskey

    Zeno correct me if I am wrong…….but every year at Surf day at Brookdale the last seminar is full and everyone waiting on the final raffles and big winners……..I do not see a mass exodus……who does not want to win………just an opinion….@5

    1. zhromin Post author

      I think it only appears that way. From vendor standpoint even surf day with guys waiting for raffle is a nonevent as no one is shopping any more. just kind of hangin around. In my humble opinion it is not something we want to do, to have people waiting around for raffles.
      We did it last year and it was still dead for last two hours..besides if that is THE ONLY reason people hang around then my point is correct

  3. meyogi

    You want to make it a full day event, have a plug builder open their booth a hour later than the one before. That way all will be able to purchase plugs from each builder and have a shot at the size and pattern or color you want instead of getting the leftovers . Plug builders don’t have a problem selling their stuff, getting to them in time before they sell out is the problem.

    1. zhromin Post author

      We want no part of telling anyone how to run their business, how many products to make and when to sell them. At some point you guys will have to accept the fact that some builders make limited number of plugs on purpose. This notion of ” I could not make enough plugs for soandso show” is getting a little silly


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