Two treatments of Don’t Stop Believin. I’m almost tired of the song, even though it’s so great. And I think I may not watch Glee when it comes back… I’m tired of that show already!
Just returned from Vegas. As usual, I stayed at the Wynn. Unlike 2 years ago when they gave me the 2nd-largest suite available in the Tower Suites, I just got a normal room but on the Encore side. Too bad. Though the room is of course really nice, with its large bath and spacious office and soft sheets and long entrance hallway and automatic curtain and lighting… blah blah blah par for luxury hotel. I am a creature of habit, and as usual, I went to dine at Bouchon while there. That place is freakin amazing. I love the salmon crevettes, as well as the monkfish cheek and the mussels in white wine, mustard and parsley. Their cheese selection is wonderful, and the wine list is usually very good. I’m crap with labels but the Pinot Gris I got was amazing, as was the Fonseca 20-year Tawny I got after dinner. Mmm. I also got a bite in at Bartolotta, another old standby. With the discounts and Wynn credit and of course the baby clams and lightly charred sea scallops (always on), I got served. Yeah. Amazing dessert with figs, and the Italian-Polish server with the smile that looked like it was gonna break her face after having it on so wide for a whole hour…. hot potato man. She could suggest you jump off a bridge and you’d do it just to see her crack an even bigger smile.
I was in Vegas for Affiliate Summit West, and work definitely got done. Lots of meetings with old colleagues and business partners, and lots of introductions with new ones. The Meet Market and Exhibit Hall seemed smaller than usual (less vendors) but the amount of people attending was much higher than last year. Is that a good sign? It doesn’t prove that business is necessarily better. My hypothesis is that companies are being cheaper than usual which would explain lesser vendors, but companies also need to generate more sales and they can’t do that without exposure, thus necessitating sending more staff (or even attending if they haven’t before) to scour the crowd for new leads and opportunities. This theory is backed up further by the quality and number of parties. Overall, there were less parties, and aside from one exception, all the parties were at the cheaper venues and didn’t require hiring celebrity guests. The one exception was COPEAC blowing immense cash on a night out at Tryst at the Wynn and then XS for latenight at the Encore. Luckily for me, I was able to get to the hottest parties: Tryst was nice, as were the Neverblue and Epic Ads private parties at different suites at the Palms. The Epic Ads party was in the Hugh Hefner suite, a pretty nice two-level residence with its own elevator, a rotating bed (upon which several hot hired models lay around in boob-enhancing Playboy bunny costumes all night, and were the subject of long lusty stares from us guys and at least one vengeful stare from a wife that happened to come along (bad idea, dumbass). Lots of pictures. The brunette… damn. There were lots of actual affiliate marketing hotties, but there were these two that were hanging on each other for a whole hour, shakin their booty in the glass elevator and running up and down the stairs drunk off their ass. The blonde made a return appearance in some REALLY nice haute couture dress (kind of out of place for a club-type party) and then made a big exit with her brunette pal – with a big wink to me, as I was definitely watching them leave. The bouncer made an “ooooh” face. For realz. Though Erin from Epic got me on the guest list for that one, it took some slick moves to get past the downstairs bouncer. I got some drunk dude to vouch for me, and then at the actual suite, I got a wristband from Guppy so I could slide past the actual party bouncer since guest list dude was off getting some action. Getting in was even more gratifying after seeing the party, and then seeing all these people that I knew NOT get in (perhaps if they thinned out their huge crowd of guys…). Since we spread our action out among many, many different networks, we’re not the highest rollers that the parties are meant for (ie. exclusively bringing traffic to only one of these networks), so I really appreciate being able to get into all the private parties. Connections are key, and yes, that’s for business, but it makes all the diff when you’re in Vegas and need something to up your PR ante above the bullshit spouted by all those other guys (“yeah had an awesome time last night with some hookers that were like ballet dancers and then some hot action at the tables”… read, horseface motel hoes and down $8k at the Hard Rock poker tables against some podunk tourist with no actual bluffing skillz).