I'd be there in a minute...or rather second... but, I have to stay local (not Oregon) that weekend for other reasons. If you can make it, I highly suggest it if you're curious about other-than-graphite two-handed rods. At the last event I was at that James spearheaded he had some average casters (myself included) casting further and better than ever, he's a great host. His rods are top-shelf. And the Sandy should still have some winter runs in it. Dang. Dang. Dang.
For me, the glass is neither half-empty nor half-full, but rather twice as big as it needs to be.