Photoshop World Las Vegas

Doc and I spent a couple of days last week in Las Vegas for the Photoshop World conference. The conference was really good and I learned a lot about a lot of things, and came home with “The Phone Book,” the name everyone was calling the 2-1/2-inch-thick conference workbook. That thing is amazing; it’s got all the instructors’ notes and presentations from all the sessions, so if you weren’t able to attend a class you still have the materials from it.

Despite both of us being sick in various ways (see last post), we still managed to have fun. Neither of us really wanted to “Vegas it up” this time, so we didn’t feel pressured to go to expensive shows or drink or gamble. We did a lot of walking around, taking photos. On our last day, I gave Doc $3 to put into a slot machine and 2 minutes later he cashed out with $43. Not bad! We bought a nice lunch.

A few interesting observations: In Las Vegas, it’s sometimes hard to tell the real whores from the regular tourists that are just dressed that way. Everything in Las Vegas is about double the cost that it would be almost anywhere else. “But it’s a dry heat” is bullshit. Adequately padded shoes may not look fashionable, but they’re crucial.

I estimate that I may have walked close to 5 miles each day of the conference (in flat sandals…. owwwww my feet). I think it was about 1/2 mile between our hotel room and the convention center, and this was in the same freaking hotel. All the restaurants except for one in the Land of Foodcourtia in the convention center were closed. The one that was open had only greasy fried food, hot dogs, and $9.50 hamburgers. We ate there only once, and then trekked 1-1/2 miles over to the Luxor hotel for lunch on the other days.

This is a good representation of what it feels like in the casinos. Imagine sucking in a lungful of stale smoky air to complete the picture.
Vegas 2007

The sunset was quite lovely. These colors are fairly accurate.
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The castle at cheesy Excalibur.
Vegas 2007

Mandalay Bay had a really nice “beach” area with a wave pool filled with showoffy 17 year old boys, and a couple of regular pools filled with fat women of questionable sexuality on inner tubes. I spent a little time soaking up the sun, covered in sunscreen of course, reading and making vitamin D.
Vegas 2007

Paris was lovely, as usual, with the painted ceiling and cobblestone “streets.” As a side note, Paris and Aladdin used to be connected…. but now Aladdin is the Planet Hollywood Hotel. They’re taking down all the beautiful Middle Eastern decor and replacing it with flat “glam” Hollywood looking stuff. No more sandstone arches, painted ceiling, or fake thunderstorms.
Vegas 2007

We paused for a self portrait on a bench in Planet Hollywood. 1 a.m., our feet hurt and we were exhausted from walking.
Vegas 2007

A fake crystal chandelier.
Vegas 2007

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