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Homeward bound

NABThe final day of the NAB show was spent rushing around meeting all the vendors we’d not had time for on the previous days. We left the show at 6pm and after negotiating the long queues at the monorail station (the old, head-one-station-in-the-wrong-direction-then-come-back trick) headed up past the Wynn to grab dinner from the California Pizza Kitchen. This place comes heartily recommended as their California Club (chopped lettuce, bacon and chicken on a pizza base) is truly a taste sensation.

The Thursday morning was ours as we waited for the return flight which was mid-afternoon. As I mentioned previously we’d booked a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon with Heli USA (pick up a discount voucher from monorail station to save $50 or so). Although i’ve seen the Grand Canyon when I was 12, I’ve never been in a helicopter before.

HelicopterThe safety briefing was very brief and essentially instructed us to not walk into any of the rotorblades. That out of the way, we headed in a bus out to the chopper. Our bus was stopped by the TSA and our driver was felt up by two men in marigolds whilst the 20 passengers sat tight. This is kinda stoopid – the security checked driver who was considered safe for air travel dropped us off and drove his bus back, whilst the passengers (who had received no security clearance) got in various helicopters and flew over the 11th busiest airport in the world towards the GC.

En route we went over the Hoover Dam which by impounding the Colorado, generated Lake Mead and now Hydroelectrically supplies power to Las Vegas, Nevada, Arizona and surrounding areas. Since 9/11 it has been closed to commercial traffic presumably for the safety of the dam.

SkywalkWe also passed near the Skywalk which looked slightly less impressive when flying past at 70mph, but I think that’s because we didn’t really grasp the scale.

We headed back to LV and had breakfast at the Bellagio and then turned $20 into $60 on the roulette wheel there before jumping in a cab to McCarran Airport and a flight to blighty.

All the pictures are now online.

Round round, get around…

Last night’s excursion was the first proper taste of Vegas this year.

At an event celebrating the launch of Silverlight held at Caesars Palace there were ‘waitresses’ handing out Silverlight cocktails (Martinis with light-up ice cubes in them!), USB SD card readers and branded M&Ms. It was very much Beauty and the Geek. The club also had 3 king-size beds and a ‘waitress’ stood in front of them which was bizarre.

As the quantity of testosterone increased we made haste and headed over to the Voodoo lounge at the Rio and had a drink there. Despite having seen the view before it’s still a stunning view from the roof top.

A few drinks later and a fantastic dinner (their French onion soup was served in a hollowed out oversized onion!), we headed over to New York New York (so great they named it twice. Not.) It seems that every hotel i’ve been into has a duelling piano bar, and not only that but they all boast having the World’s Finest Duelling Piano Bar. Duelling Piano bar is the term they use to describe two electronic pianos shoved close, tied together with a length of gaffa tape with American Pie on repeat.

So we did Paris, Italy, Brazil and New York. Which means I can put the sore head this morning down to jet lag.

P.S. Today was filled once again with meeting some other vendors, hooking up with some colleagues from LA, and chatting further about some of our upcoming project work. It’s not all fun and games.

Rain rain, go away.

Fairly uneventful day yesterday – arrived about midnight London time, 4pm local time; checked in to the hotel; settled into my room out of the 2,621 they have (a small hotel by Vegas standards!); dinner and well needed rest.

Morning RainWoke up this morning to find it raining. Headed to the conference despite the best efforts of the monorail Security Guard to prevent us from boarding and have spent the day talking to numerous vendors about some interesting products.

Off out shortly to see a different hotel interior and speak to some more vendors.

(Oh and we just booked something to do on Thursday before our 4pm flight home :o)

No lapdance please: I’m British!

So i’m off to Vegas again for NAB. I’ve just arrived at Gatwick Airport and discovered that my colleague and I are booked into the same seat (seems the online booking system and the manual check-in system at the airport are not integrated too well). I didn’t realise that Virgin airline included a complimentary lapdance, so after a chat to the first official looking chap we could find, my colleague has been moved to the adjacent seat.

That seat was taken on the manual check-in system. There could be trouble ahead.