As Bill D says, it's so nice to see/hear/feel the buzz for an October event in February (heaven knows we all need it!) The excitement you Shellbacks exude is highly contagious. I can hardly wait for October myself!
I wish I had more bathrooms in my house so I could accommodate more bodies comfortably! As it is, I've already put in my "bid" with the powers-that-arrange to house at least one Shellback while you're in the DC area.
Max, old man, (hahaha -- he's young even by my standards!!) if you read this, take this as (continued) high praise for the INCREDIBLE "forum" you've created, where so many people can connect over such distances and make the world a smaller, friendlier place.
Go, Mudcat! :-)