Just last week I was in Las Vegas to speak at another customer event. I hadn’t been to Vegas in many years. Probably not for about 12 I think. Early on when I started my business, a customer hired me speak at one of their events, so that was definitely the last time I was there.
<<<————————Here is what greeted me when I walked off the airplane. No question you are in Las Vegas, right?
Headed to the conference hotel, The Cosmopolitan, which was pretty darn nice. My room was on the 27th floor and a had great view of the city area. Beautiful at night. I have to say that my customers really do treat me right!!
After getting checked in to the hotel and getting my stuff put away, I went for some lunch at a unique restaurant that was a fusion mashup of Mexican and Asian. The place is called China Poblano and the food was excellent. The menu items are broken down tapas style, which gave me the opportunity to try several dishes. First was the Carnitas Taco with Braised Baby Pig, Pork Rinds, Spicy Salsa Verde. Next, I had a dish that had an unusual name, but was quite tasty. Ants Climbing a Tree -Mung Bean Vermicelli, Chicken. Bok Choy. Sesame Seeds. I wasn’t a big fan of the green stuff on the plate, but definitely enjoyed the Mung Bean Vermicelli with the Chicken and sauce. Finally, I tried some of the dim sum. Everything was quite tasty, and I enjoyed my meals with two of the restaurants signature margaritas. Note that I had forgotten to take a picture of my taco, cuz I was that darn hungry!
As an art lover, I appreciated the interesting art pieces in and around the hotel. Though I wouldn’t classify myself as a shoe gal, I did chucked when I saw this gigantic shoe in the hotel walking area. Some folks actually climbed in to get their picture taken. Come to think of it, shoes were kind of a big deal around that hotel. Designers must have had a shoe fetish or something. In my room, the art hanging over the beds in my room featured a a woman and her shoes. The other one was a guy and his shoes. The photo in blue was taken from my room. The art looked like it was made up of a number of canoes. I spotted it outside my window.
On the first day of the conference, I have the admit that the breakfast offering was pretty weak. After the morning keynote sessions, I headed to The Henry for breakfast. Had the Crab Cake Benedict with an extremely tasty, though expensive Bloody Mary. Seems everything in Vegas is expensive. I mean really, $15 for a Bloody Mary? $25 for a burger? I suppose the idea is to capitalize on the people winning money. You know – what you win in Vegas stays in Vegas. Me, I’m not a gambler and didn’t bet on a single thing. I did my work, enjoyed the conference, had great food and wine, which is good enough for me.
Overall, good trip and the flight home provided something rather humorous that I’m not likely to see again. Well, you never know I guess. Wouldn’t you know that my window seat had a broken shade.
I had upgraded to economy plus, so I wasn’t too happy about the situation, and it was already feeling pretty hot sitting there on the runway. I let the flight attendant know about the issue and off she went off in search of a bag and tape that they could use to cover the window. No joke.
<<<—————-This is what it looked like.
The guy who had the middle seat was a big guy. He was also grumpy that his assistant hadn’t booked him a better seat. He told me as we walked up the jet way to board the plane that he was dog tired and had been in Vegas a couple of days too long. I offered to switch seats. I was more willing to seat in the middle again than to have that damn window thing going on. The dude just grabbed a blanket and laid right up against the window and off to seat he went.
I shared the story and picture on Facebook and Twitter. To Delta’s credit they responded pretty quickly and the next day after verifying my flight and seat information with them, they credited me 3500 in travel points. Not a bad deal. One thing that I didn’t like about the situation is that the attendant said that she knew about the broken window shade on the way in, but that if you report the incident it becomes a mechanical thing that can delay the flight even if it doesn’t get fixed. I get wanting to keep things on time but inconveniencing passengers doesn’t seem cool to me.