I'm truly convinced that there are so many great people who sew because throughout our US trip planning process and registering for Sew Expo at Puyallup, there have been lots of issues/hurdles, but people are basically helpful and kind.
This will probably be our only visit to Puyallup because it's a long way to travel but we just don't have the breadth of learning experiences and sewing suppliers in Australia. The show organisers have had lots to deal with this year and they are so helpful and willing to be accommodating to us. Rita's blog is handy as is their facebook page. Most of all Ann Sagawa emails us directly, and she's never met us. How good is that?
We've also been doing fabric shopping research for Seattle, Portland, LA together as well as fabric research when we head our separate ways, so include San Francisco in the mix. PR review has been real handy as have the Yahoo and Stitches girls. Blogfriends like Mushywear, has offered her Portland fabric knowledge (which I'm more than happy to accept).
I was shopping at Spotlight on Sunday and the male shopper who was looking bewildered at the snaps/closures/velocro section gave me a handy travel tip. Sew snap closures in your travel trouser pockets to deter pickpockets. This would have been a great deterrent a couple of years ago when DH had his wallet taken at the Eiffel Tower. See what I mean?
So I know that there are undesirables out there, but they are just so outnumbered by the wave of great people in our international sewing community. Love 'yous' all.