I usually get suicidal in the spring. Thus far, I'm doing pretty well :)
quit your job and become a professional snowblower sabateur.
A Salvation Army Santa Claus hell-bent on the destruction of snow blowers, who doubles as a pervect when nobody is looking.
Today, as yesterday, I'm fully pollinated.
I'm in Las Vegas for the NAB show. Without my wallet or my phone, as I accidentally left them at my boss' house. They'll be overnighted to me, but I still won't see them until laste Tuesday.
That means I am having to depend on my boss for meals until then. Which is a tad frustrating.
But, the more amazing thing to note is that I managed to board a flight without any form of identification.
So, I'm in Vegas for this NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show. Aside from forgetting my wallet and phone, some other things about this might not make for a wonderful Vegas experience.
The show goes for about a week (if you include setup and tear down time). Instead of living this week in a condominium, we're having to deal with hotel rooms. Not awful, but not ideal.
We also have to pay all expenses out of pocket, keep all receipts (for a full week), and fill out an expense report. We requested per diem, but it was denied (in as non-confronting a way as possible... they simply did not respond back to us). I don't know how you get receipts for the many tips you are supposed to leave for everyone (to include the damned union worker bribes required to get anything done). But when they already pay poorly, expecting you to front the expense of your trip until they get the money to you is rather abusive.
This includes, incidentally, the hotel room.
I don't have a corporate credit card, but my boss does. And since I don't have my wallet with me yet, he's paying for everything out of the corporate credit card. So we've worked that out. Eventually, my wallet will arrive, and I'll be able to manage my own expenses, but until then, I have to stick to him like glue.
Whoever selected my particular hotel room didn't listen to me when I said I do not smoke, and would prefer a non-smoking room. So I'm in this room that smells like a pit. For a week. It's otherwise a very nice room. Although it's a nice room that could nickle and dime you into oblivion, since almost nothing is complimentary (thankfully, the toiletries are). Frankly, from what I've seen, that has become the norm now anyway.
I've never been to Las Vegas before. This place, frankly, kind of disgusts me. I don't think I've seen a collection of self-involved nit-wits posing their corpulent bodies about a twistedly unnatural landscape in various states of inebriation before in my life. I feel a little like I've managed to enter into one of Dante's levels of hell. Hooded latinos try to push some kind of advertisement (I've heard they're for strip clubs) into your hands as you walk along this particular strip. Bimbos with absurd figures filling entirely too-tight dresses teeter on their high-heels as if to say, 'You could only dream of touching this.' Many people wander around with aburdly huge drinking vessels filled with liquids not designed to nourish, but to help you become insensible.
Sometimes, I see families with children walking about. My heart melts for them. I would say 'WTF', except it's such a relief to see it that instead, I think, 'Ah, how nice!' Sometimes, I see some obviously retired old folks throwing away bits of their retirement to the ever-present money-extracting machines. Everyone has their own idea of entertainment, I guess, but this kind of entertainment just seems so empty to me.
If I weren't so distracted by the horrors of humanity possessing this place, I should find the technical achievements amazing. These guys built a fucking city in the middle of a damned desert. In all defiance to nature, it has plenty of water flowing around, none of which seems to be shared with the ground to let plants grow, except in certain very specific areas. Sky-scrapers litter the land like they're a huge deity's tinker toys. They have what seems to be a pretty decent monorail system, analogous to our Metro, although I don't know if it's quite as extensive. And several gigantic video screens to help advertise various entertainment venues available here.
But, overall, they use technology here to help engage humanity's excesses. It just feels so very, very wrong to me. I realize this is a vacation spot, but I guess I'd prefer a tranquil mountain top to this blatantly artificial place. I am actually finding the place entertaining, but I suspect for all the wrong reasons.
Oh, yeah, that would be a mind trip. I've been to Salt Lake City before, long ago, visiting a friend. But never directly after visiting a place like this.
Vegas is not on my bucket list.
A while ago there was an effort to make things more "family friendly" there, but that effort seems to have backslided. They probably came to the realization that debauchery is more profitable.
have to go to Vegas.
(What happens to your money in Vegas, it stays in Vegas)
I'd like to see Penn & Teller, too, and the Cirque de Soleille shows look like they could be rather nice. There's also a big push here to see the Phantom of the Opera production.
Downstairs from the hotel, there's a comedy club that intrigues me, but until I get my wallet, I can't really give it a shot.
Las Vegas has done a credible job of providing a lot of entertainment, from circus-like acts and magic shows to Broadway productions. If you crave human entertainment, you can find plenty of it here without having to resort to the casinos, sex, or drinking.
I don't know if the NAB show is responsible for this, but I also hear a variety of languages spoken out here. I'm used to that, living near DC, but I don't expect such a variety of cultures gathered in one place elsewhere in the country, so it's refreshing.
Yeah - the live shows seem like stuff I'd love to see. I'd guess, though, that fleeb would have a better time in a place like where I was last week - Camping, on the water, lots of families, lots of teens. Loads of swimming, loads of people practicing really cool stunts in the gym, and amazing shows with really talented jugglers every night. I did see some people who were drunk, but not badly so. Most of the people I saw drinking were drinking water, Coke, or coffee. (There was a random Sprite or energy drink here and there)
It's the kind of place where you feel comfortable taking your kids because they see people really having fun doing something physical and challenging. Plus there's plenty of time to socialize...
I love the Israeli Juggling Convention.