By Rob Baumstark
Event: Comdex Fall 2000
City: Las Vegas, NV
Date: Nov 13-17
The flight to Vegas went quite smoothly. Of course, that all ended in problem after problem on arrival. After sending my luggage to the wrong hotel (all they had to do was not touch it and I would have picked it up, but they decided it should be put on a bus to some hotel). My room wasn't ready when I got to my hotel (which was already three hours later than planned), and my luggage still hadn't shown up there yet either - the airline promised to get my luggage to my hotel so I didn't have to wait around at the airport all day. So I'm stuck wandering around Vegas with a heavy laptop hanging from my shoulder, and dressed for below-freezing weather - when I left we had an inch or two of snow on the ground. While I was waiting, I walked over to where Comdex was going to be to pick up my press-badge. After a bunch of hassle with the Comdex people, I had my pass, and decided it was time to check the e-mail. And that began the whole series of problems of getting net access from Comdex that ended taking me till the next day at lunch to fix/get around.
Later in the night, I met up with Kyle Bennet of [H]ard|OCP, and a bunch of other guys at the Rio for supper, then we went out to party for the night. I won't go into too many details about that night, partly because I don't remember many details, but we ended up all only getting four hours of sleep for Day 1, we were all at least a little hung-over for Day 1, and sometime during the night my Visor's memory got erased. In it was a much more detailed version of Day 0 (wish I could remember what I had written, guess there's a reason I wrote it down when I did), as well as all my notes previous to Comdex about what products to keep an eye out for, e-mail addresses of contacts, and all sorts of other important things.
In the end, Day 0 will always have some good memories for me, but was really just a pain in the ass. On to day 1!
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