This week I did some traveling west. I flew out to Las Vegas with two close friends and joined with some others to play some golf in the small town of Mesquite Nevada. I didn’t want to let everyone know I went to Las Vegas, as most people think “oh yeah he went to Vegas, partied, stay up late, etc.” Now I am not trying to state that we didn’t have fun, but it wasn’t about Vegas.
The trip was tied to a trade show, the Digital Signage Expo that one of the friends mentioned above his employer has a significant presence. The company is AppSpace. Appspace helps companies transform the way they engage with customers and employees. They have an information management platform that makes it easy to develop business apps that operate across smartphones, tablets, kiosks, video walls, wayfinders, desktops, and digital signs.
The three of us flew into Las Vegas on Saturday and planned to stay one night, then drive 90 miles to Mesquite on Sunday AM. We landed around 1:30PM local Las Vegas time and decided to go directly from the airport to a driving range/golf super store. This driving range was directly before the landing strip at the Las Vegas Airport. The planes coming in flew directly over us and it felt like we could hit them with golf balls as they landed. (insert picture). We spent a surprisingly long time at the range, enjoying a sunny 65 degree day, vs. the 15 degree day we left back in the Philadelphia area. We stopped for a quick dinner at Gordon Biersch and then we were off the House of Blues to see a rock show.
If you have not been to a House of Blues (“HoB”) for a show, I highly recommend them, as it is an intimate place to see a show. We have enjoyed acts like Steve Winwood, the Wallflowers, Jack White and others in these venues. There are a few HOBs scattered around the country, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City, New Orleans, etc. (Insert HOB photo) Great venues with a floor area for standing room only that seems to be able to accommodate 500 people or more and the a balcony level that surround the stage and floor area on all sides creating a U shape. The balcony had very comfortable wide seats all surrounded by colorful, whimsical decorations that are musically themed. A giant crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling, with its bowed strands of crystal stretching from the top of the ceiling well above the balcony reflecting the colored lights all around the room. This was topped off with a visit to Foundation Room at the top of Mandalay Bay. Each of the HOBs has one, but Vegas’ views are probably the most spectacular at night.
Bottom line, one night in Vegas with my two closest friends and zero dollars gambled and in bed by around midnight. No Mike Tyson, monkeys or lost friends, either. The games were there, but we just came for the frontier. Leading me to my song of the week, an oldie by Peter Gabriel, Games without Frontiers as this is the reverse of this night in Vegas:
Hans plays with Lotte, Lotte plays with Jane
Jane plays with Willi, Willi is happy again
Suki plays with Leo, Sacha plays with Britt
Adolf builds a bonfire, Enrico plays with
-Whistling tunes we hid in the dunes by the seaside
-Whistling tunes we’re kissing baboons in the jungle
It’s a knockout
If looks could kill, they probably will
In games without frontiers-war without tears
Games without frontiers-war without tears
Jeux sans frontieres