The car repair in fact made it in time and thus I was able to bring all my equiment to that electronics fair.
To my surprise, when I arrived at the exhibition hall, no
one was there, some of the others had already dumped their
machines on the table but noone was around. But after a few
moments of standing around puzzled, Ernst arrived, and
shortly later Igor and a friend of his, and we got busy
removing the protective plastic wrap from the floor carpet.
(note: it is not a good idea to have tables standing around
and computers chained to that tables when you still need to
clear the floor.) and got hooked up for power and network
from the MausNet people who
have the booth on the back side of ours. And I even managed
to convince my serial terminal to talk to the DECstation
(turns out it wanted a null-modem cable. Huh?)
Then went to work, so I don't have to go there tomorrow. Just to find my boss telling me that I'm now responsible for about twenty more machines. Ugh.