When I picked up my badge at CES last year, it came with a special ribbon for joining the twenty-five-year club. I don’t know how that happened. When I add up all the years since my first CES in 1991, I’m positive I took more years off than that, but my wife disagrees, and she has a better memory than I. And now another CES is upon us. I’m thinking and I’m planning and planning on planning, but trying to keep in mind my survival tactics and instincts. Things you rarely write down even for yourself. Then I noticed many of my colleagues who attend CES post their own survival guide. They all say the same things, but, you know, I’ve got my unique style and everything. So… if you’re going to CES in almost any capacity, here’s my survival guide:
LAS VEGAS, NV — JANUARY 06: Confetti is shot over the crowd as The Chainsmokers perform during the iHeartMedia CES 2017 celebration on January 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
If you’re on the company tab (we used to say “it’s on the mouse” or “on the triangle”), or if you can afford it, blow off CES and see a show and get a hotel spa massage.
Ka @ The MGM Grand is an experience of epic scale.
Cirque du Soleil show owns Vegas stage entertainment. Vegas hotels like New York New York and MGM have built massive theaters specifically for these shows. The whole deal, the theater, the epic scale of it, is something you have to see in person.
I find the whole zeitgeist of CES and *sigh* Vegas itself, influences me in ways it’s hard to articulate. Last year, part of CES felt like an auto show. Suddenly everyone is talking about self-driving cars.
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