Over on K9ZW's Blog there is a discussion of the 2008 Dayton Hamfest . Topics include the broken and putrefying toilets, pot holes, weeds, extortionist hotel prices, disintegrating infrastructure, flea market organization (rather lack of organization). They even lament that wives have nothing to do in the low tech rust belt high crime city of Dayton, Ohio. (No Ham who cares about his wife would take her to such a trashy event)
The Vulgar Dayton Hamvention is the metaphor for amateur radio today. Hams of substance should attend the classy venues like the DX convention or HamCom as K9ZW suggests
But most Hams deserve the Dayton of 2008. It is who they are.