This is the Showplace building in High Point, NC, home of the International Furniture Market every April and October.
Trust me: it's not all it's cracked up to be. 10 days of boredom, interrupted by brief periods of frustration so intense you feel like that guy Michael Douglas played in "Falling Down".
Years ago, this particular event was a key part of the industry: now, with everything being made overseas, it's a major pain in the keester that still exists only because of the obscene amount of money it pulls in for the cities that host it: High Point, Tupelo MS, and Las Vegas.
For me, it means long days, short nights, and meetings that start a 7 a.m.: that is for Sales Manager Bob in case he reads this post. When the Fall market rolls around, it also signals playoff baseball: I'm currently watching the Rockies/Padres play a one game playoff to determine who gets to play the Phillies in the NLDS.
Here's how the playoffs are shaking out:
Sox vs. Angels starting Wednesday night.
Indians hosting the MFY's beginning Thursday.
Diamondbacks vs. the Cubbies, and the Phillies hosting either the Rockies or Padres.
MLB has got to be happy: Cubs, Yankees, and Red Sox are in, plus teams in L.A., Chicago, and Philadelphia. Not exactly a crew of small market teams.
My wish for the WS? Sox vs. Cubbies.
My actual prediction? Sox vs. D-Backs. If they can run Brandon Webb out 3 times in a 7 game series, the Diamondbacks are going to be tough to beat.
Can we get a Fast Forward button for life and get me to Wednesday NOW?
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