not harsh, honest, and if i got the wrong impression from your posts, well what can i say, thats the impression i got, but hey, like you say, we'll talk next week, and i'm ALWAYS happy to talk!
[EDIT] you know what, i'm having a good day, so i'll extend this post a little! i'm very suprised that you say you have recieved "nothing in return, in some cases not even a thank you" firstly what were you expecting, and second, i can only suggest that if you have never recieved a thanks from replay, then you havn't stuck around long enough, they have always thanked me, and i and lots of others have always benifited from a post event meal!
it is a shame that you have lost equipment in the past, its always one of the risks, i can only suggest that you talk to the organiser of the event, and hope he was insured!
i can also sympethise on the loss of money thing, the lucky dip has left me a LOT out of pocket over the past few years, but fudge it, its only money, and its always fun! or it always should be!
i always got the impression that holding the smaller events was always about the challenge, the challenge of setting it all up, getting all the equipment together, making the flock gather, making people smile, and hell if your lucky, you might make SOME of your money back! some come back for more, most don't! i'd like to see you run more events, as i'd like to make it to one, but thats all on you!
again like i said already, my coments are not supposed to be harsh, but honest and as i ALWAYS say...
Honesty IS the best policy!
even when the truth hurts!
see you next week!