The last couple of days have been beautiful here. But the early buzz in the hallway at Friday's J.D. Power and Associates get-together at the Palace Hotel was about how lousy the weather has been in most other parts of the country and the hassle that some people should have had getting here.
Not everybody had the kind of experience that Mike Jackson and Michael Maroone of AutoNation endured.
Maroone and Jackson, who was a moderator at the Power International Automotive Roundtable, had mechanical trouble in midflight and had to turn back. They made it to SFO because Jackson borrowed a plane from AutoNation founder Wayne Huizenga.
Chrysler's Ralph Gilles told me he flew in Friday morning with CEO Sergio Marchionne, whose speech wowed the Power crowd. Fred Diaz, who will meet with Chrysler dealers on Sunday, said he was glad to be here, too.
Retired General Motors sales honcho Bill Lovejoy, now with Mobile Productivity Inc., said he zipped in from his home in West Palm Beach.
John Isaacson, CEO of Lee Auto Malls in Maine, told me he left home two days early to avoid the storm. That's probably because he, Adam Lee and Don Lee are used to real winter weather in Maine and they've been coming to the Power roundtable for years.
After all these years, I guess people have figured out how to get to the NADA convention.
But don't tell anybody. Remember, it's just between us.