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The advangtages of getting to Vegas early on Sunday before the show goes insane, as opposed to the Monday morning flight I normally take out to the city of sin: a less-than five minute cab line, no line at the monorail to the convention center, and it took all of 37 seconds to get my press badge holder.
Life is good.
The experiment has started, also. I was starving upon arriving at the convention center. Once I got my press badge, however, that changed, thanks to the Verizon Wireless press center:
10:28am: One chocolate eclair, one bagel with cream cheese, one bottle of water, and one small bag of pretzels. Total cost: $0.00.
I think the problem is going to fall not in being able to get all my meals and drinks paid for, but rather, not heading back to NYC in six days and needing a freaking seat-belt extender.
So I’m all checked in at the show, which of course, isn’t open to the media yet… (Or the public, for that matter…) and it’s only 11:03am. The Samsung press conference isn’t until 2pm, so I’ve got some time to chill.
I can’t get into my hotel yet, thanks to my upgrade – the room they want to give me is a suite, and isn’t ready yet. Which is cool – It’s one of those rare moments in life when I’m more than happy to wait. So I’m in the press center, blogging this, then I’ll probably research more on what to cover for my NY Sun blog.
Got a bunch of Tweets from people who’ve already arrived, as well as a bunch of Facebook messages from people who’ve already arrived. This is cool, I’m meeting up with a bunch of old friends over the course of the show, as well as some cool new companies, and a handful of people I only know virtually. Which should be nice.
One interesting point of note: Sponsors for the 2008 CES Press room include those you’d expect to see sponsoring, like Dell, Verizon Wireless, Motorola, and Toshiba… But one that surprised the hell out of me: Becks. Yes. The “German for Beer” company. Becks.
Me thinks there are interesting times ahead this week.