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  • This should be the best shareholders meeting in the history of shareholders meetings. Looking forward to meeting a bunch of great people I spent the past year getting to know.
    26 Apr 2012, 07:14 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Agreed. Hopefully, it won't be 102 degrees like last year.
    26 Apr 2012, 07:36 AM Reply Like
  • I will be making arrangements also.
    The Wooden Angel sounds like one of those local restaurants that no one should pass up. I'm in.

     

    I will be flying in. I assume a rental car is necessary or does the Hampton provide transportation?
    26 Apr 2012, 07:40 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » You'll need to rent a car. I believe New Castle is about and hour or a little more from the Pittsburgh Intl. Airport.

     

    I've seen the owner of the Wooden Angle give wine tastings a while back. Supposedly, the Wooden Angle has one of the top wine lists in western PA. It's nationally renowned.
    26 Apr 2012, 07:48 AM Reply Like
  • I note that 3/4 of the latest "new followers" (in the upper right hand corner of this page) I have never seen before on the Axion Concentrator. (I assume that these are new followers to this Instablog). It hints that there are a *lot* more people following Axion than we might know about.
    26 Apr 2012, 07:56 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » mds: From when I started the APCs last July, my "followers" list went up by about 140 to 150 people.

     

    Since I don't do a lot of commenting elsewhere on SA, I'm led to believe that you are correct, at least three quarters of them are Axion followers, if not more.
    26 Apr 2012, 08:03 AM Reply Like
  • The shareholder's meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM Thursday.
    I will be flying in on Wednesday and leaving on Friday unless someone has a thought that extended plans are necessary.
    Please post or PM soon (prior to airline tickets being booked) if an extended stay is needed.
    26 Apr 2012, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Futurist: Most people split last year on the same day as the conference. I did, too.
    26 Apr 2012, 08:56 AM Reply Like
  • when would you plan dinner at the Angel?
    26 Apr 2012, 09:20 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » We'll have to figure that out. Probably the night before. JP may be flying in here to Philly and traveling with me to New Castle the day before the conference.

     

    I'll soon be touching base with John about when he would like to come here, as we could also take a couple of side trips to East Penn (about two hours from where I live) and Viridity Energy (about 10 minutes from my home).
    26 Apr 2012, 09:44 AM Reply Like
  • I will hold off on flights until the dust settles. For now I have booked my room for Wed and Thursday night. If I need to come in early Wednesday I can't see that as a problem.
    26 Apr 2012, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • I still plan on sauntering over to East Penn with you as well, so let me know what you guys work out with timing and I will be up.

     

    I imagine the Hampton Inn in New Castle doesn't fill up too fast but they might get a rude awakening and wonder why June 21st is their busiest day of the year.
    26 Apr 2012, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » That's great jakurtz! You're welcome to come to my home the day before we leave to New Castle.

     

    I can't book my Hampton room until JP let's me know his schedule. He confirmed today that he will be flying in here. Going to be a fun ride across PA, and hopefully even more fun coming home.

     

    Of course, no word yet on the East Penn side trip.
    26 Apr 2012, 04:10 PM Reply Like
  • Last years conference is the one that got this whole APC craziness started. I feel like this will be one of the better "vacations" I have had.

     

    We travel across PA quite a bit to visit family in Cleveland and I always see that sign for New Castle off of I-76 and I nudge my wife and say, "Our company is somewhere over there."
    26 Apr 2012, 05:09 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » ----Last years conference is the one that got this whole APC craziness started. I feel like this will be one of the better "vacations" I have had.

     

    Though TG recieved me well at last years sharholders conference (mostly because I told him that JP and I are chums), it was quite a different reception when I attended the PowerCube unveiling (which TG personally invited me to). Everyone knew who Mayascribe was, who the Axionistas were, the importance the Axionistas are to AXPW. I recall being so busy whispering during the visit to the robotic line, that I may have missed valuble info.

     

    This year is going to be wildly different, with so many of us coming.

     

    You know I will be right away looking for another small mountain of empty battery casings! The other thing I want to see is where the cathodes are made. I'm blank on that one.
    26 Apr 2012, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • I have this feeling they either scheduled this years conference a month prior to last years because of the heat or because they might want to show us something...something cool! but I will try to keep my expectations in check.
    26 Apr 2012, 07:22 PM Reply Like
  • Execs at East Penn and Viridity scratching there heads saying the famous line from Butch and Sundance:
    " who are those guys"
    26 Apr 2012, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Yeah, but the MMs won't let Sundance "move."

     

    One of my all time favorite movies.
    26 Apr 2012, 04:31 PM Reply Like
  • I have 48' of deck space and a set of ramps if you all want to hitch a ride and save some fuel. I figure we can get 3-4 cars on board (depending on vehicle type). What do you say?
    26 Apr 2012, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • I'm in Tim. Anxiously waiting to see that rig.
    26 Apr 2012, 04:34 PM Reply Like
  • The view should be outstanding. Your altitude will be 4' above your normal ride height and will add a new perspective. Serving drinks will be my lovely wife Sue. Haven't figured out the tether arragements yet but I am sure I will have it ready by June...
    26 Apr 2012, 04:47 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Tim: Let's kidnap a PowerCube! ;-)
    26 Apr 2012, 05:28 PM Reply Like
  • I'm in... you distract them and I will hookup and disconnect the cables. What do you think they will give us for it (besides 25 years)?

     

    Oh, and Sue is not going for the tether idea sorry...
    26 Apr 2012, 05:36 PM Reply Like
  • Tim, OT here but wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten your interest in crane lifting capacity. With a bit of luck I might have some info to report next week. Got an email today from an acquaintance with extensive drilling industry contacts. They were working on an answer that question and two others. One of those other questions is perceived PowerCube market potential in drilling.
    15 Jun 2012, 11:05 PM Reply Like
  • Fantastic! am in no hurry as it is a mere curiosity at the moment...
    17 Jun 2012, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • Is there any kind of dress code for these events? I've never been to one.
    26 Apr 2012, 10:16 PM Reply Like
  • I have a plastic fish tie if anyone wants to borrow it.

     

    - in all seriousness, from my limited experience... somewhere between flip flops and a suit... but there will probably be more folks leaning toward the suit side... yet the people in flip flops may be the ones with more money.

     

    - and yes, if anyone wants to borrow it I do have a plastic fish tie, and its a clip on.
    26 Apr 2012, 11:24 PM Reply Like
  • I'm having a severe internal debate about selling my motorcycle. If I keep it, I'll ride it to the meeting, weather permitting. Not really practical to fold up a suit in the panniers.
    26 Apr 2012, 11:43 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Better be a local fishy cravat. Walleye, pike, small or largemouth bass. Sunnyfish, catfish, carp or even a trophy salamander bow tie will do.

     

    Yinz wear a baracuda or sockeye tie, and you'll be ostracized, out there in western hills of PA.

     

    But of course, dress as you wish, jpua. You own this company.
    27 Apr 2012, 04:58 AM Reply Like
  • Hi Gang, I will be making the trek to New Castle this year also. I am hoping to get a seat at the Wooden Angel.
    I went last year and learned alot, and will be adding to it and more.
    I will say that the Hampton does fill up. I can attest to that, and the other local choices are not that great if you want to stay in NC.
    21 May 2012, 11:14 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Will be terrific to see you there again, Amish!
    21 May 2012, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • Thanks, It will be great to meet some of these axionistas.

     

    Someone asked about dress code,, or, as in "what are you gonna wear?" Last year, I figured,,hey we are gonna walk thru a dirty battery factory, so I wore jeans and work boots, and a nice shirt. But the meeting was held at the country club, and I felt like a sore thumb. Its a bit of an Amish dilemma. There was a lot of suit jackets without ties at the country club. So maybe ,,,jeans are ok, but a bump up wouldn't hurt. No one gave me any snide sideways attitude for being bluecollar. There was also a heck of a table of pastry and fruit . save room for that. :)
    1 Jun 2012, 10:14 AM Reply Like
  • I made a reservation at the Hampton Inn this morning. The website appeared to have a variety of room sites available so presumably there are still plenty of rooms.
    2 Jun 2012, 12:13 PM Reply Like
  • Looks like the Hampton does not have any rooms left.
    14 Jun 2012, 06:32 PM Reply Like
  • Carpool from airport anyone?
    3 Jun 2012, 09:13 PM Reply Like
  • Okay, it looks like I will be in attendance. I just need to figure out where I am going to put the various pieces (truck, trailer, wife and the Coopster). Not to worry, I do that sort of thing all the time. However, it would be of great benefit to me if someone would allow me to tag along from the starting point of the Hampton Inn. I can contribute to the cause in cash and drink. Let me know as soon as possible if you are in a position to assist...
    14 Jun 2012, 09:25 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Tim: I will have extra room in my Explorer to take you and your wife to the 10:00 meeting and the tour.

     

    BTW, I visited UPenn museum yesterday for the Maya: Lords of Time Exihibit. Fantastic!

     

    http://bit.ly/LZndcK

     

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    Encouraging everyone to respond about going to the Wooden Angel on the night of the 20th.
    15 Jun 2012, 08:33 AM Reply Like
  • Maya: I appreciate and accept your offer though it will only be me as my wife will most likely stay with our furry companion.

     

    Lords of time indeed. This is what drew me to the Mayan's in the first place. I have a few unanswered questions about that but will save them for later.

     

    It is my intent to be unloaded and parked early in the day on the 20th. I would love to make the Wooden Angle but will need to see what next Monday brings...
    15 Jun 2012, 11:54 AM Reply Like
  • I'm planning to join you at the Wooden Angel.
    15 Jun 2012, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » I forgot! New Castle is home to Zambelli Fireworks, I believe our nation's largest maker of fireworks (huge!):

     

    http://bit.ly/KrJ2oF

     

    Apparently, according to the Hampton Inn desk clerk, they do not have a shuttle van to take us to the Wooden Angle. Further, there seems to be no limo service anywhere in New Castle. I will try to find out more later, but today I'm heading out to "Almishelvis" territory, in gorgeous Lancaster County, PA.
    15 Jun 2012, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • I'll be staying at the Hampton Inn. Looking forward to meeting fellow Axionistas.
    15 Jun 2012, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • I'll be driving up from Pittsburgh---look forward to meeting you all as well.
    15 Jun 2012, 11:45 PM Reply Like
  • Also, Last year the company asked to be notified if you will be attending, I didn't see that this year, but assume its the same.
    16 Jun 2012, 04:09 PM Reply Like
  • ill be flying from los angeles to attend and meet you all, incl staying at hampton and dinner at wooden angel. look forward to it all.

     

    brian rishwain
    16 Jun 2012, 06:57 PM Reply Like
  • I am still considering attendance of the SM, but probably will not decide until Tuesday or even later and would not arrive until shortly before the meeting.
    17 Jun 2012, 07:38 PM Reply Like
  • It would be great if you could make it. The more eyes and ears we have on this the better. Plus, it would be nice to put a face with that faceless avatar...
    17 Jun 2012, 07:44 PM Reply Like
  • Anyone staying for the 5 pm cocktail reception? I only booked one night, so I had planned to vamoose by then
    18 Jun 2012, 07:25 AM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » jpau: I'll be there. Last year the food was pretty darn good. But better yet, this is the best time of the conference to smooze around.
    18 Jun 2012, 10:57 AM Reply Like
  • Maya/Rick/Futurist et al

     

    Not expressing anything you all don't already know, but just endorsing the always possible value of those post presentation 1:1 conversations!
    There can be things expressed and just as valuable, impressions made.
    IMHO
    19 Jun 2012, 04:53 PM Reply Like
  • I'll be there, too
    18 Jun 2012, 02:38 PM Reply Like
  • I will be at the cocktail reception also.
    19 Jun 2012, 07:26 AM Reply Like
  • To all attendees,
    Sorry to have been out of touch the last three weeks.
    Assume the dinner at the Wooden Angel is set for Wednesday night.
    If no one has made a general reservation we probably should.
    I should be arriving at the Hampton around 5

     

    Let this be the first contact. My cell number is 239-896-6861- Futurist
    First name Bill
    Feel free to circulate.
    19 Jun 2012, 07:53 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Hello everyone! It's the eve of the eve!

     

    I am targeting arriving to the Hampton Inn by 6 PM tomorrow.

     

    I will be calling the Wooden Angel tomorrow during my drive across the Keystone State; thinking somewhere between 8 to as many as 12 will be along for the dinner. We will need to coordinate drivers. I may attempt to call TG to see if any of his employees would like to become drivers for an evening.

     

    Also targeting leaving the Hampton Inn for the Wooden Angel around 7:15.

     

    Still haven't figured driving time and distance. Somebody get busy! (please)

     

    I agree with Futurist in that tomorrow at the Hampton bar, there should be others hanging around, maybe not even Axionistas, who may want to join us for dinner. Encouraging some schmoozing!

     

    Joer Pic is around 5 feet 6 inches tall and oozes charisma. Bob Avrill stands about 5' 10" and has sandy blonde hair, he's in his late 60s, I think. Rudy Barrio is maybe about the same height or taller, has dark hair and brown eyes, IIRC, probably about 40 or so (don't kill me Rudy if you read this!)

     

    Very much looking forward to sharing some face time with all of you! It's going to be a livelong memory.
    19 Jun 2012, 09:24 PM Reply Like
  • I had been waiting on booking my trip b/c I had some potential calendar conflicts. Unfortunately, these conflicts came to fruition this morning and I will be unable to attend. I hope this year's meeting is as worthwhile as last year's has become. Safe travels to all.
    19 Jun 2012, 09:39 PM Reply Like
  • I like Mayas suggestion. Hampton Inn bar around 6 for meet and greet prior to dinner.
    20 Jun 2012, 07:55 AM Reply Like
  • I really looked forward to making it out this year but family had already planned a trip to visit this week (without my being too involved in the planning). So I can't really skedaddle five hours away. I trust you all will have a good time and lift your glasses to a hefty cheer of, "We've got the Power!" Good and loud so spectators might wonder if you are all the Power Ranger's out of costume.

     

    Looking forward to the reports. Have fun!
    20 Jun 2012, 08:18 AM Reply Like
  • We made it and are settled in at the Rose Point RV Park (9 miles east of New Castle). However, the round trip taxi fare to the Hampton Inn is $100 so it looks like drinks and dinner the night before will not happen for us. I am going to make it to the Hampton Inn in the morning and will catch breakfast with those who find their way downstairs.

     

    I am very much looking forward to meeting the characters I have grown to know this last year...

     

    ... tim @ 541/231-2622
    20 Jun 2012, 03:56 PM Reply Like
  • I hope you have AC!
    I'm only about 5-6 hours away and dearly wanted to go, but am tied up with a large project.
    Bring back good news!
    20 Jun 2012, 05:20 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » Great, Tim!

     

    I would suggest leaving room for some pastries at New Castle CC. They were great last year.
    20 Jun 2012, 05:37 PM Reply Like
  • >Axionistas ... Y'all have fun but please ... No BWI (Blogging While Intoxicated).
    20 Jun 2012, 05:54 PM Reply Like
  • AC and a good breeze! yes, it is 94 degrees here and I am headed to the pool. Sorry to hear you could not make it. Good news in abundance...
    20 Jun 2012, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • Author’s reply » HIHWHOMNWI!

     

    (Hell I Have Written Half Of My Novel While Intoxicated!)
    20 Jun 2012, 11:34 PM Reply Like
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