neon lights at The Flamingoneon lights at The Flamingo
The YouBoom Team (L to R), Phil, Tommy, Armand, ChadThe YouBoom Team (L to R), Phil, Tommy, Armand, Chad
Steve gives the system a shakedown runSteve gives the system a shakedown run
Time for dinner after a long day setting up the showTime for dinner after a long day setting up the show
View of Caesars Palace from the third floor of MargueritavilleView of Caesars Palace from the third floor of Margueritaville
The Bellagio Fountain and Ocean's ElevenThe Bellagio Fountain and Ocean's Eleven
A surprise proposalA surprise proposal
(L to R) Jo, Colleen, Rob, Kellee, Melinda, Robyn, Marla, Phil(L to R) Jo, Colleen, Rob, Kellee, Melinda, Robyn, Marla, Phil
Elvis and Marilyn at The BellagioElvis and Marilyn at The Bellagio
Chihuly glass ceiling in the lobby of The BellagioChihuly glass ceiling in the lobby of The Bellagio
Chinese New Year display at The BellagioChinese New Year display at The Bellagio
Zipper, the most awesome cover band everZipper, the most awesome cover band ever
Marianne & RBMarianne & RB
The Genie TeamThe Genie Team
  • neon lights at The Flamingo
  • The YouBoom Team (L to R), Phil, Tommy, Armand, Chad
  • Steve gives the system a shakedown run
  • Time for dinner after a long day setting up the show
  • View of Caesars Palace from the third floor of Margueritaville
  • The Bellagio Fountain and Ocean's Eleven
  • A surprise proposal
  • (L to R) Jo, Colleen, Rob, Kellee, Melinda, Robyn, Marla, Phil
  • Elvis and Marilyn at The Bellagio
  • Chihuly glass ceiling in the lobby of The Bellagio
  • Chinese New Year display at The Bellagio
  • Zipper, the most awesome cover band ever
  • Marianne & RB
  • The Genie Team

February 10 through 14, I worked the ARA (American Rental Association) trade show in Las Vegas on behalf of my employer. It was intense because we jam a lot into a few days and fun because the team I work with are also good friends. This year delivered some new experiences that weren’t altogether welcome. First, while we were setting up, I lost my camera. I was quite surprised at myself to realize that I walked away from it laying on a cafeteria counter while engrossed with email on my Blackberry. It was a good half hour later that my friend Tommy helped me retrace my steps and then find the security office where amazingly enough I recovered my Nikon D70 intact. Wow. Then while a group of us (Rob, Tommy, Armand, Chad and I) went to lunch, a guy at the next table needed some emergency first aid. All of a sudden somebody cried out for a doctor. We looked over to see a guy all pasty white and dead looking. I was the closest so I jumped in and looked for evidence of breathing. I used a sort of Hiemlich maneuver to lift him up, a lady nearby pulled the chair out from under him and together we laid him on the floor preparing to give him CPR. At that moment he opened his eyes and asked cheerfully, “what’s going on?” He turned out to be fine and even waived off the medics when they arrived. It was a very weird experience.

I was at the show to setup and run a product simulation we named, “YouBoom” (thank you Shane!), with Tommy. This simulation lets you operate one of our boom products in a virtual environment using the actual controls that are on the boom. The graphics and the physics easily compete with the quality of Halo 1 and 2 (video games). It was a very popular attraction.

One night we met Elvis and Marilyn out on the town. We dropped by the Bellagio fountain to create our own Ocean’s Eleven photo with surprises and discoveries along the way. The next night was the customer party and it was fun. The cover band, Zipper, played hit after hit, the beat never stopped. It was an awesome evening. There was an after party at The Beatles Revolution Lounge (thank you John!), and In and Out Burger in the Hard Rock Hotel lobby with Rob, Melinda and Robyn was awesome.

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