Sunday, April 15, 2012

January 2012: TCA & CES

We had a heck of a January. We were only home for a few days before we started traveling again. Long story short, I had to change my travel plans to join Jonathan at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas so that I could spend a day down in LA for business. Luckily, I had booked on Southwest so I just changed my flight to leave from Burbank instead of San Jose. Then, I rented a car and drove to Pasadena the day before so I could be there for FOX's winter press day. I left as soon as the last panel finished, drove to Burbank, dropped off the car, and flew to Vegas. Jonathan had been there for nine hours or so already, so we reconnected and got settled into Paris for the night. I love that place - so many things to look at, plus there is some delicious food there!
There were still some Christmas decorations when we arrived, but they were down by the time we left. This is the tree outside the Venetian.
gotta love the fountains!

The next morning we got started a little later than we had hoped, but still managed to check-out of Paris and check-in to Imperial Palace, where we stayed for the remainder of the convention. We both had plenty of stuff to see on our lists and spent the next few days splitting up and meeting up to talk about the latest technologies. I stopped at several booths (there are THOUSANDS) to talk about television updates and upcoming features, while Jonathan had other interests. Jonathan had been to CES twice before, but this was his first time as press, so he enjoyed being able to attend more of the panels and discussions. It was also very handy to have internet access and post stories immediately. I won't post too many pictures, as we did cover CES over at TheTalkingBox.
a look from the monorail at the expansiveness that is CES
just an inside shot
it's a busy place!

we learned all about DISH's Hopper, and I had my picture taken with their kangaroo mascot!
We had very little free time in Vegas, which was a bit of a shame. We did, however, manage to eat at two buffets (something Vegas is known for and I had never tried one) and Hash Hash A Go Go, where we shared one of the famous meals from Man v. Food - the Chicken Benedict (sage-fried chicken with fresh spinach, bacon, tomato, griddled mozzarella, chipotle cream, and scrambled eggs on top of a fresh biscuit and griddled mashed potatoes). It was amazing, and we were sorry that, between the two of us, we still didn't finish it!

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