January 25th saw another White Plains, NY reptile trade show come and go. It was FREEZING up there. It was 7 degrees when we woke up to drive over to the convention center. By the time we got there it was a balmy 9 degrees. Over the course of the day the temperature tripled. Stepping outside it was about 27 degrees. Of course was in shorts (as I always am). Living in Virginia Beach we do get all the seasons but it seldom gets crazy cold for long. Even when things are nasty a few dozen miles inland we always seem to have it much more mild. I don’t say this often but it was cold enough in New York that I would have actually put on long pants.
I can handle cold. My snakes can’t. Taking animals out into conditions like that always makes me uneasy. We pack our animals in insulated boxes and add heat packs when its appropriate. The morning is the worst when you’re at cold shows. All of the vendors coming in and out really makes it chilly inside. The Hamburg show, the White Plains show and the Long Island show are some of the coldest I go to at this time of year. Bruce, the promoter of the Long Island and White Plains shows does a good job of trying to maximize warmth but the Hamburg show is a mess (it’s the building’s fault, not the show promoter). We seem to count on the heat produced by the people who come to the show to warm the buildings.
Anyway, the White Plains show this time was a good show. It alwasy is. Attendance was good and people were spending money. I was set up at my buddy Ian’s table (from Outback Reptiles) and as usual it was chaos all day long. It makes the day go quickly. By the time I look at my watch, the show is almost over.