CES… You need a Red Bull or drugs to survive this place..

The biggest electronic trade show in the world is back again. Last year it rained and it totally sucked but it wasn’t too bad since i caught up and hung out with a friend I haven’t seen from Long Beach. This year, the sun is out and the air is cool.
Usually the show starts on Thursday with a press debut type party thing and starts up Friday until Sunday. I wished I came out for those days to see the keynotes and check out the parties. The keynote I wasn’t to see was Bill Gates; I mean it would be awesome to just hear him talk. I found out that Gates had Justin Timberlake come out and show off Microsoft’s music service, Urge. Timberlake says it’s a combination of MySpace and iTunes. God help us all.
I came down over Saturday.. so from what I recall i missed the Pre-Show CES show, the #1 gamer Fa1ality party at the House of Blues, Black Eyed Peas Intel party/performance, Monster’s Stevie Wonder Awards party, The MTV Killers concert/party, and a Best Buy Party Pure. For sure next year i gotta take in the full experience of this convention. What’s always at the same time is the Adult Video News (AVN) Expo and Awards. Just watch The Girl Next Door and you see the general feeling of the place.
Left Saturday morning… had 2 naps and was already there. Not going to get all into the details. I’ll outline the happenings dealing with CES.
• Headed to Alexia Park where all the audio exhibitors are.
• Took the bus shuttle to the Convention Center
• Headed to the Press room and got my press bag. It was a friggin luggage thing on wheels.
• Gathered the press releases on the electronic companies
• Walked around the floor.
• Watched Johnathan “Fata1ity” Wendel inhumanly beat challengers in Quake 4. They were given 4 minutes to score just 1 kill off him and i saw 3 rounds of players and nothing. He got 22 kills off a dude and his score was -2. An amazing player, kills in the air and what not.
• Hung out at the Google booth.. Tommy Lee comes up to check out a plasma screen with some Google info. I noticed and asked to take a photo. Of course his bodyguard has to answer for him. Dude says from a distance. At this point, i was already 15 feet away, put up my camera and the bodyguard and his buddy start trippen out. I was did you not say from a distance, and of course bodyguards aren’t known for their brains and said that wasn’t a distance. So I am thinking, i should either take it anyways or just be a dick and turn into paparazzi mode. I just decided to just walk away.
• Checked out the Microsoft booth, there new operating system Vista looked amazing. Too bad they stole most of their ideas from Apple’s OS system.
That’s about it… OH!! Of course the subject on everyone’s lips was the next gen DVD format. Either Blueray or HD-DVD. I could get into the details of each format but im not going to. Use Google and read on it. I personally was for Blue ray but I read an article where HD-DVD is much more easier for distribution to convert to for its much more friendly on the wallet price.
Headed back to my Aunts where i was staying.. Hung out and feel asleep to watching Wedding Crashers. Amazing movie.. I remember the part where the wedding for the Christopher Walken’s daughter, where they were saying their vows about captain and shipmate. I was the only one laughing in the theatre. I love the movie…
Next day… Left Vegas after of course checking out the buffet at Mandalay Bay. Since it was Sunday, they were having a bunch with Champagne. Great food like always!! Since it was still early but then again late.. The drink of choice was a Mimosa!! The waiter then suggested i try instead of Orange Juice and Champagne, but Cranberry Juice and Champagne. I liked it much better since it cut out the alcohol taste. Good stuff!! What i did notice was this lady at my 2 o clock was staring. Like MAD!! Every other time i would people watch around the place, she would be staring. I looked behind me to see if there was anything to see but there wasn’t anything. I sat at the same place I have sat the last 2 times i have been there. Ehh whatever… Here’s a question, why do they have the dessert buffet place all the way on the opposite end of the main buffet? Just a thought..
Can’t wait to be back in Vegas with friends to party it up and stay up until the butt crack of dawn.
AVN or CES. Tough choice for next year…

About Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is a Los Angeles based freelance photographer. Over the past six years, he has covered various concerts, movie premieres, red carpets, parties, and events. A southern California native, Anh attended UCLA and holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a minor in Accounting. In addition to photography, he is currently pursuing his license as a CPA and hopes to go law school. Adding to his many interests, Anh also loves to cook and has worked as a line cook for Food Network's celebrity chef Scott Conant's restaurant, Scarpetta, in Beverly Hills.