Note: These pictures are from January 6-7, 2011.
I nearly had the discipline to report the Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show in a high concept fashion. The aim was to boil the two days down to exactly two day-long panoramas. I would go through each day very selectively adding to the panorama, creating a collage of that day.
I did it. I made the two panoramas. But it has now been a month since that trip, and looking at the non-panorama pictures, known by most people as pictures, I am giving into the low concept idea of making this Waste post like the rest. i.e. Normal.
And with that... welcome to the annual Treck To Vegas for CES Waste Post.
What makes this stay in Vegas unlike every other trip to Vegas I have ever made is that we will be staying in Michael's new Las Vegas home. I am fortunate to have a friend who not only loves electronic gadgetry enough to attend CES two years in a row, but who loves Vegas and is married to a woman who loves Vegas to the extent that the two of them bought a second home there. Yes, instead of staying in a hotel on the Strip, we will be staying in a luxurious home that smells not of booze, tobacco and desperation.
The entry to Michael's development in Red Rock. One thing I know is that everyone who drives to Vegas bothers to discuss route and time. We opted for 101 to 135 to 210 to 15. And we were lucky; we left around 5 PM and made it efficiently through every community in Los Angeles and beyond that threatened to slow us with traffic, arriving in the Las Vegas neighborhood of Red Rock by 10:30 PM, including a stop at the Barstow Tommy's for dinner. (Those who have never driven to Vegas would see that as a wasted sentence, though on here it is a Wasted sentence.) But those who drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas know full well that all who traverse that desert must always report their departure and arrival times, sometimes with average speed, number of stops and speeding tickets collected.
And let me tell you this: driving to Las Vegas and arriving at a home, not a hotel, is wonderful. Simply wonderful. And looking at the home prices in Vegas today, perhaps everyone should pick up a second Nevada address.
The most loyal Waste readers will recall that Michael and I attended CES last year with my friend Aaron. Aaron could not make it this year, but the key piece of data there is that we went last year. Last year we woke up early in the hotel and busted over to the convention center early, none of us having attended a CES for fifteen to twenty years. This year, Michael and I decided to sleep in and and go the show when we felt like it. It was like traveling with Barbie. i.e. Wonderful.
Here it is, the CES Day One Panorama. We spent the whole day at The Venetian, where the high end audio companies that still exist are spread among several floors of hotel suites. Obviously, you have to right-click-open-in-new-window-and-zoom-in, because if you do, you will see:
There. That Pano can literally be zoomed in on so that everything can be seen clearly. Odds are it is too much. Perhaps in the future I shall try letting an algorithm create a collage for me instead of doing things the hard way.
How could I not take this shot? And I must add that when one looks at a sculpture like this, the first reaction is not that it is hyper-realistic. But then you compare it to the real thing and you realize that the artist got every single detail correct to the extent that you imagine this could be from a cast. For the record, the sculpture is at least five times larger than my hand.
Here it is, the CES Day Two Panorama. This is the day that we spent at the convention center, drowning in TV's and iPad rivals. Obviously, you have to right-click-open-in-new-window-and-zoom-in, because if you do, you will see:
But I have no idea how wealthy I would need to be to spend $250,000 on a stereo. I can imagine eating at Jack-in-the-Box with Bill Gates and hearing him say, "Yeah, we picked up the $250,000 stereo to celebrate immunizing our one-millionth Third World child. It sounds great, but, you know, we don't have that much time to listen to it."
And with that, we ended our CES adventure early. We decided that instead of facing potential Sunday traffic, we would blow off a third day of gadgets in favor of driving back to Los Angeles on the empty roads of Saturday evening.
Michael's second home is THERE.
I have to repeat that it was an absolute joy to not stay in a hotel.
No shot of the highway on the way home. I knew that the ceramic doggy would be the final pic for this trip. But I must tell you that the delights of the Baker Arby's were such that I should have photographed that meal.
Until next time...