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A VIRGIN’S POINT OF VIEW
by Carole Turley
WOW gang, attending CES for this first time was an incredible and overwhelming experience in every way for a technological virgin like myself. I actually consider myself to be ‘technically challenged’ – not uncommon for the middle aged woman that I am.
My wonderful associates at Event City tried to tell me what to expect but the actual reality of it all was so much grander than anything I could muster in my own mind and imagination.
Part of the Event City Creative & Event City Live! Team, Danny, Michael T, Movie Mike and Me – Photo By Nolan Apostle
A woman who can’t even figure out how to record a television movie onto my VCR tape (oh I know…not many pp even use VCR’S anymore) even I was impressed with the massive displays that showcased the ‘latest and greatest’ from the tech world. With the seemingly never ending hussle bussle on the trade show floors, I almost thought I was shuffling myself through the crowded streets of New York City.
I found myself in the midst of such a vast array of sensory input with all of the lights, people, sounds & movement that seemed to eminate from everywhere.
…and then there were the parties… boy were there parties! Attending the private concerts in the Gibson tent were truly a highlight for me I have to admit. I think that I previously knew that Kevin Cosner sang and had a band but… to be standing not more than 3 feet from him as he expressed his real self through his music was an experience of it’s own. He appeared to be as comfortable on stage as the faded blue jeans and casual long sleeved shirt that he was wearing.
Running into David Caruso at the fabulous Wynn Hotel began to almost seem natural, as did taking pictures with Sinbad. I felt as if I had been transported into somebody else’s life.
And then came Peter Frampton… OH MY GOD! That little tent was on fire… charged with electricity the minute he played the first chord! The lights reflecting off of the chemical fog that filled the room mesmerized me… as did Frampton himself to say the very least. Standing front and center stage in his blue jeans and plaid shirt, that man oozed pure joy as he performed. In my entire life I have never before witnessed any person who loved what they do as much as it appeared Peter Frampton did. His strong bond & respect for the members of the band was equally apparent. My eyes scanned the room that was filled with young and old alike… all hollering and having a fabulous time! His talent was embraced by and simply spanned generations. This man IS the epitome of the expression of pure joy! I was positioned stage left and leaning on the stage in an attempt to take the pressure of my oh so tired feet, just below the keyboard player. When they completed their final song he leaned over his instrument, looked at me, smiled and tossed something directly to me as he nodded. I returned the smile as well as a nod in thanks. I watched it flutter it’s way toward me and thought it was confetti of some type. It landed on my chest & I picked it up to see that it was a guitar pic signed by himself. He then tossed a handful out into the audience. What a nice momentum I have to remember this fantastic event by!
Just about every aspect of this trip to Vegas along with being given the opportunity to partake of CES in all of its glory will remain a milestone in my life marked by a sense that it was all quite surreal.
Even a tech virgin like myself couldn’t help being awe struck by the vastness of all of the related experiences while attending CES 2008!
I strongly urge anyone who is involved with the Electronics Industry to make arrangements and mark you calendar for 2009. Don’t miss out-I am certainly glad that I didn’t!