Dept of Only in San Francisco, MacWorld division

The train heading south from San Fran this afternoon was filled with folks carrying MacWorld bags and wearing exhibit hall passes. I sat near a trio of what turned out to be 60+ hospital personnel–administrators, nurses, physician–and listened to them talk about the show.
It struck me that there are not that many places I know, besides the Valley, where MacWorld is so eagerly greeted as a main event, equal in star-power to the opening day of baseball or first night at the Opera. These folks all took the afternoon off to walk the convention hall, and they seemed quite satisfied with what they had seen.