Sitting on our balcony looking over the strip as it wakes up for another day. EVE Vegas day 1 is today, but let's start by talking about yesterday.
Other than being hurtful early, our flight went without incident. It was a direct route with no layover shenanigans. Normally I travel for work, which means lugging around a laptop, extra clothes for work and play, and perhaps a binder of crap or two. For this trip, all my stuff fit in a smallish carry on. This meant no waiting for luggage at the carousel, easy security screen, and much less fuss and overall lower stress. We didn't rent a car, so our only real pause for consternation was trying to find the taxi stand at McCarran international (which is one of my generally less favorable airports, tho O'Hare and Washington Dulles certainly suck a lot more).
I could get used to traveling light. Soooo much easier.
On the ground, we had a great day walking the strip. From Planet Hollywood we ventured north to the Wynn and back, gawking like the tourists we are. We stopped at the Venetian for a bit for a snack and drink and watched the statue lady living sculpture. Other than dodging all the folks trying to hand us stuff and give us "free show tickets" it was a great morning.
In the afternoon we caught up with Sugar, and chatted for not nearly long enough. My sister in-law had a break from her conference at the Bellagio, so we introduced her to Sugar. Sis in-law is not a gamer, but took the nerd things in stride as best she could. We love her anyway. :)
Sugar took our picture to send to mom (mom thinks its super cool that we're here the same time as sis in-law, who we generally see only a few times a year).
After dinner, Mrs. Durden and I had drinks on our balcony and watched the strip change colors. I managed to stay awake until 8pm, but had been on the move since 00:30 (yes, midnight-thirty) local time.
Today is registration and the keynotes. We will disappear during the keynote to make our show time up the strip a ways. It should be another good day.
Well, the douchbags on the next balcony are smoking weed, yelling at each other, and spitting snot hockers over the rail, so my moment here is ended. Coffee is cold anyway. Time to find a real breakfast and go do nerd things.