For 5 days ShanWow and I unleashed our old lady ways on Las Vegas, Nevada. Which means I get to check another state off of my been-to list (taking it up to 10/50). Las Vegas is an intense place and a place I was interested to see for myself but glad there was a conference as an ulterior motive. There is so much to see but it ends up being casinos and fancy stores where I can’t afford the keychains (or cheesy keychain and magnet stores).
Since I wasn’t interested in snow globes and I can’t afford Gucci I came home with one souvenir:
Classy, right? I thought it would go better on my hutch than a plastic guitar
1. Scoping someone (aka using a rigid endoscopy camera to view their vocal folds!) at the conference
2. The Titanic exhibit at The Luxor – real artifacts, facts on real passengers, nighttime replica of the deck complete with cool air and “stars”, and a giant chunk of the hull. Yep, the Luxor even bought the Titanic.
3. Blue Man Group – a very interactive show with visual percussion, floaty eye balls and a truly impressive round of chubby bunny
4. Don’t Tell Mama piano bar on the old strip – singing bartenders and a very chill vibe made this a good contrast to almost everything else in the city
5. Cinna-stack pancakes at IHOP – this was my favourite culinary experience in the city. No regrets getting off The Deuce for a pit stop at that great American diner.
Lowlights: Really, there are no overtly negative memories but some things were a little “blah”
1. Slot machines get boring fast – and $20 goes quickly as the machine teases you with a little influx and then down, back up, down but you know you aren’t getting your money back. Plus it is depressing when it costs $11 to take $40 out of the bank. Snap!
2. No poker – there was a $100 buy-in poker tournament open to anyone in the conference and I chickened out. It was a big price (for me) and I didn’t know anyone playing but it would have been good to network and probably just fun.
3. Missing the last few lectures at the conference – to save money and vacation time we left mid-day on Tuesday and skipped some interesting talks.
4. No grand canyon – we were all conference and no canyon. Logistics won out but this would have been something more my style.
A photo essay
Bonus – did we mention that we got free food and beer (that we were too full to eat/drink) to be extras in an MLive TV shoot to air in all M hotels in April. That is just one step before fame. Don’t know what MLive TV is? Well, neither do I.