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My first LOG event, heres my take.... the hotel, service and accommodations were first rate we even had a early check-in! Lotus decorations all around the lobby were over the top...just eye candy everywhere you look. Food was nourishing...liquids, cold and delicious.
In general, all events were well organized and well executed...remember shuffling 300+ people around is no easy feat. Lucky, no rain.. just New Jersey's typical hot,humid,August. Now the really good stuff...the people....the cars....the people ....the cars... WOW. We met many great people all weekend long and made new friends too...the very reason we (wife and I) came to Log in the first place. The cars ...need I say more, never saw a gathering of almost 200 beautiful Loti all in one parking lot,all at the same time! it was very exciting each time we went sightseeing around the lot multiple times a day (my favorite). If your a Lotus enthusiast, and can't get enough Lotus in your blood, I highly recommend you attend a LOG event....for me it was Lotus overload.. just loved it! (can you tell?) Richard




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I thought that every Lotus enthusiast knew that there is no such word as Loti or Lotuses; the official plural of the word Lotus is pure and simply just Lotus.
Officially, it's properly "Lotus cars" if you want to talk about more than one. I believe this was clarified in a memo from the '60s recently reprinted in ReMarque.

So, "almost 200 beautiful Loti" should be "almost 200 beautiful Lotus cars", if you want to pick nits.

FWIW, I had heard 225 bandied about multiple times as the actual number of cars. I'm not sure if that's accurate or not - one would have to count 'em up on the panoramic photo!

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Parking placards, having your own space was very cool

Please, for us driving sans navigator, put mileage on the directions, it is nerve racking for us half blind and ADD to keep looking at the directions and wondering, is this road coming in 2 miles or 200

...I thought I was going to be speaking in a more informal Q&A it is a message...

Again, a really fun event, and if you have not been you should...
Excellent points, and all positive.

I have only been to four LOGS (Vegas, Orlando, Asheville, & Colorado Springs. Couldn't make this one, but sounds like it was a great time. Props to the organizers and volunteers.

The thought of having the host hotel virtually exclusive to LOG sounds like a great deal. Orlando was amazing in the opposite way; the convention centre was taken over by the most remarkable collection of Halloween ghouls, literally in the thousands.

Sounds like the parking placard idea I first saw at Colorado Spings was picked up. Excellent idea and works very well.

Asheville generally did a great job with the drive routes, even posting signs at key points. Still managed to get lost on one of the routes, but the area was so cool it really didn't matter. One suggestion I would have for the local drives is to consider adding suggested routes around the event for folks driving in to the state, maybe in a promotional article in ReMarque or on-line ahead of the official LOG issue. Sometimes it is easy to forget the value of the local knowledge that the organizing committee has and takes for granted. e.g. I absolutely HAD to find the Tail of the Dragon heading to Asheville, but would not have a clue about interesting scenic routes around Birmingham.

I suppose dinner speakers are always a bit of a crap shoot. But picking up on the Q and A format suggestion, the Colorado guys did a less formal 'Johnny Carson' type panel discussion on one of the nights. Was very well received I think, and Ross did a terrific job keeping the discussion moving. They still had a formal dinner speaker at the actual banquet; interestingly Bobby Unser was having so much fun with it he started taking questions! But hey, A few of us sat with him in the bar for a couple of hours before his talk, and he really is one in a million.

LOG is a lot of fun, and a great reason to get around the country and visit some fine Lotus folks. I visited Barber on the way back from Asheville, and it is really cool. Never been to Atlanta, so will definitely be trying to make it next year and allow a bit of time to look around.

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The Halloween people were my favorite part of Orlando LOG. Great creativity and many scantily-clad young women.

There were 5 businesspeople standing in the lobby in their suits.

I walked over and said, "You know, we're all disappointed in your costumes".
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My biggest disappointment was I didn't even know Elisa was there. I would've loved to meet her.
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My biggest disappointment was I didn't even know Elisa was there. I would've loved to meet her.
She is beautiful and very personable.
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though my kids called the vid "creepy", I share it here with LT in all it's creepiness.

I had befriended Elisa almost a year ago on FB and it wasn't until some time in February while I was planning a family trip to Italy in June, when I asked Elisa for some suggestions (she is from Italy you know!) that I discovered there was a possibility of her attending LOG 36.

Well, the rest is history.

BTW, I have another vid with Elisa driving my car saying that my car was the best car so far but I didn't want to rub it in anybody's face! lol

I enjoyed LOG 36 and was expecting to hear some negativity and as Atwell stated, we all want to hear the negative as well as the positive, to forward that info to the future LOGs organizers.

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I thought that every Lotus enthusiast knew that there is no such word as Loti or Lotuses; the official plural of the word Lotus is pure and simply just Lotus.

loti |ˈlōdē|
noun (pl. maloti |məˈlōtē| )
the basic monetary unit of Lesotho, equal to 100 lisente.
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I thought that every Lotus enthusiast knew that there is no such word as Loti or Lotuses; the official plural of the word Lotus is pure and simply just Lotus.

Noun[edit]
lotus ‎(plural lotuses or loti)

A kind of aquatic plant, genus Nelumbo in the family Nelumbonaceae.
A water lily, genus Nymphaea, especially those of Egypt or India.
A legendary plant eaten by the Lotophagi of the Odyssey that caused drowsiness and euphoria.
A number of other plants bearing "lotus" in their scientific or common names
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This was my first LOG. I only came for the concours, but still had a good time meeting some of the LT members. Thank you Mick for bringing my mirrors!

I also want to thank Cora for helping with the whole late registration process. She made it so smooth for my brother and I. If you're reading this Cora, special thanks to you.

Finally, how can I get a hold of the individual car pics and the panoramic pic?
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... BTW, I have another vid with Elisa driving my car saying that my car was the best car so far but I didn't want to rub it in anybody's face! lol ...
Lee,

You are now officially famous, at least in my book. And Elisa is cute and Italian!
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You are now officially famous, at least in my book. And Elisa is cute and Italian!
This is what Elisa did for me!
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Officially, it's properly "Lotus cars" if you want to talk about more than one. I believe this was clarified in a memo from the '60s recently reprinted in ReMarque.

So, "almost 200 beautiful Loti" should be "almost 200 beautiful Lotus cars", if you want to pick nits.
Nope, not Lotus Cars. Just Lotus, per the aforementioned bulletin.

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Nope, not Lotus Cars. Just Lotus, per the aforementioned bulletin.

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Damn my memory. I try to double-check any reference I make as I hate to be that guy, and here I was so confident in my memory. Maybe that scan was photoshopped?

I had Elisa sign my Elise, as did several others. I picked somewhere easy for her, now I see it every time I get in the car! She also signed an aluminum CNCed Lotus badge that a friend made for me, along with Parramint and Dance.



We spent a bit of time with her since she was in our caravan of Lotus and she was always sweet and gracious.

As for other LOGs... I have a bunch of pictures from the horror convention (Spooky Empire) at LOG32 on my site, look at later pages in that album to see the rest. I also have some photos of their car show on my LOG32 album either on my site or at Flickr. I'm a big horror fan so that was a fun bonus!

I'm starting to think about the possibility of getting to LOG37... I'd have to go solo and leave the wife with the kids and I don't know what other vacation plans I have for next year, so I don't know for sure, but it's not impossible...

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This is what Elisa did for me!
Must be quite a gal. Made you turn counterclockwise, 90 degrees to the Left?

Typical Italian!
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So, seriously, is Elisa really an enthusiast of Lotus and/or the
Elise, or was this like a 'job' for her to be here and do this Lotus
thing?

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So, seriously, is Elisa really an enthusiast of Lotus and/or the
Elise, or was this like a 'job' for her to be here and do this Lotus
thing?
She goes by the on line persona of #IamLotusElise and has a facebook page to that end and also travel around to different Lotus events throughout Europe.

We advertised for some time on the LOG 36 web site that she would be there and it was announced daily at the event.

She really is a sweet girl and very accommodating to Lotus, and especially Elise, owners. She also showed interest in all of Lotus history by attending just about all of the events during LOG including the presentation on Lotus history by Bob Dance and RIchard Parramint.

We had all the special guests choose their favorite Lotus from the concours. Not surprisingly Elisa picked an ELise. A California edition which she told me she liked because that edition was US only and she had not seen one before.

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She certainly knows her way around an Elise; she drives her series 1 all over and spent a fair amount of time around LOG driving other people's Elises, and from what I heard, was pretty competent. I know that she said that she doesn't feel as comfortable in an Evora but I'm not sure if she actually drove one - she just loves her Elise! I don't think she's so familiar with older Lotus... but then again, you could probably say the same about many Elise owners, who wouldn't know a sidedraft from a rotoflex.

Oh, and it certainly isn't a job for her to do this; she's in university (AKA college) studying to become an architect!

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Thanks Kyle! That answers it, for sure.

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This is what Elisa did for me!
She signed my Elise shirt.
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