Dear L.A. Times : I know you've been going through some rough times, making some hard decisions in this tough economic climate and all. But does this really seem like a good idea? L.A. Times Travel & Adventure Show ? Really? When people are canceling their subscriptions in droves? Your advertisers are fleeing? And now your local news section got “absorbed”? And you decide to take over the gargantuan Los Angeles Convention Center? True, you're bringing in 550 exhibitors “from Louisiana to Greece and from Africa to Alaska.” Some sound pretty pertinent, like father-and-daughter bargain-travel gurus Arthur and Pauline Fromme. The workshop on foreign home exchange should prove useful. And who can resist adventure tales from National Geographic Adventure Magazine ? Maybe it's not such a misguided (ha!) idea after all– as long as there's a booth where you can cancel your Times subscription while booking a long weekend at an RV park in Oceanside.

Sat., Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2009

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