Chili and Diet Dr Pepper
I officially ran out of
last night at 6:59 p.m., just as the reception was winding down.
The featured dinner was … Skyline Chili in meat and vegetable varieties.
The chili has the familiar texture and appearance, but has a vague
curry aroma. Its non-Scovill spiciness makes it interesting.
Verdict: thumbs up.
Other lines featured hand-carved roast beast (for those who eschew Skyline),
fruit-kebobs (strawberry, honeydew, canteloupe, honeydew, pineapple), and
brie with apricot marmalade. Uncut, the brie looked like a cheesecake.
The dude in front of me apportioned himself a ginormous slice only to be
disappointed when the inner cheese oozed out onto his plate. His embarrassment
benefitted the rest of us. 🙂
The sponsors set up a “Cyber Cafe” to encourage attendees to fraternize with the exhibitors. Throughout the day, scores
camp out on the array of laptops to read email, get stock quotes,
or play Bejeweled. This wouldn’t bother me as much if there
was a wireless link set up so us vendors could maintain tethers to our
respective corporate motherships.
When the line wanes, I pop on briefly to check email. I’m paranoid about public
terminals, especially when people don’t log themselves out of their mail programs,
so I just borrow the cable and connect it to my machine.
Susan knows what
I’m talking about when I say there is a lotta money poured into these events.
For example, we’re charged for:
about $3,500 (based on $39/square foot). Back In The Day the
40×40 spaces would easily hit the $50k range. Height is limited in certain areas.
carpet. Well, actually it is: black, tight weave that looks like
nearly every other piece of carpet covering the concrete floor.
A rental pad underneath would have doubled the cost.
four days) This is cheaper than the $200 Networld+InterOp charged in the 90s.
electrician to test each power strip we plug in. At a conference I went to several years ago, the prevailing rumor was that declining this service might result in “unreliable power” or
“unexplained, spontaneous, nocturnal plug severing.” This convention center was where I first heard of IBM’s special power cord that was one foot shorter than standard so the users were not governed by these rules.
folding table. Hundreds of unremoved staples along its perimeter have been
used to secure the cheap, white plastic cover and translucent, black
veil (available as a separate option). In five years, it may be an
alternative to standing all day but, dang, $78 “rental” for a chair
you’d find in Staple DepotMax for $40.
What they meant was “You didn’t use our cousin’s shipping company, so we
deprioritized it accordingly. You paid two hours’ overtime. Because We
of late arrival to my booth spot. I swear the case looks like they
beat it before each show. About ten years ago, we were doing a show in NYC. Our Sun monitor was destroyed. They said: “You didn’t pack
it safely.” I said: “Bring me the box.” There were two forklift holes through it.
The pay-by-day Convention Center wireless available near the cafe is
deliberately blocked in the exhibit hall because … they want you to buy
a shared T1 (1.5Mbps) for $895, limited to 1 computer connection.
Fractional ethernet lines are avialable for $745 (512Kbps) or $395 (shared 56Kbps).
For obvious reasons, we did not opt for this.
For comparison, we pay ~$400 for a month for our second T1 line at the office.