Here are my thoughts about the show.
It was a very good show. The interest in TT from modellers was remarkable. Many more people know of us and of TT scale today than in Indianapolis three years ago. Not sure what the public numbers were, but I had the impression that there weren't many visitors. The public we had, though, was very well behaved and there were only two notable child proximity derailments in three days.
The layout was easier to set up than usual due to the new, flat tables. The tablecloth made a difference and, as Bill said, we have to look into a better solution when we have some cash to spare. The large teardrop turn-back loops are a big improvement. Using one of the folding loops in the staging yard is also a step up. The trains ran well, but some of the SW1200's started to show they age. I have three that need maintenance.
I chatted with a lot of visitors to our tables about TT and about model trains in general while Bill and Richard did a lot of networking.
The show organizers were really helpful and friendly. They tried to accommodate our request as much as they could.
The city has a cool vibe to it that surprised me. Their public transportation is very good, the restaurants had good food if you strayed away from the big chains and explored a bit. The folks at the LDS temple grounds were very chill. The rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was totally worth going to.
The drawback: the heat. It was 38°-40° every day with a blazing sun and nowhere to hide. Mind you, we, ocean people, find everything hotter that 20° extremely hot and we need rain to survive.
So, was it worth it? Totally. Would I do it again? Hell, yeah! Am I planning to go to Saint Louis next year? Maaaaybe... not... A 2000 km drive is the most I would consider. So 2021 in Santa Clara, baby.