ces vegas has enough people that you can really see the econ normal curve… the vast majority are middle class, with the few exceptions on either end – the starving reporters and the local grannies and such who otherwise obtained free passes, as well as the affluent CEOs and such who hire the private limos that can actually get them there on time
this year was apparently the worst ever in terms of ubercrowds and transportation chaos. ces seems to have reached an irksome critical mass – way too many people, streets, monorail, and other transportation way too overcrowded – especially with people staying at all sorts of different hotels along the strip (not an easy walk, especially to avoid the peddlers and cigarette-burners) – enough that they ought to just set it up in a large empty land area, and people could just tent up within walking distance – like burning man
one of the most frightful scenes was walking down to the MGM monorail station one morning when suddenly before me there was this huge crowd of hundreds snaked around a chaotic line, trying to get into the monorail station. i figured.. there goes the return value on my day pass. fortunately, walking past and down to the shuttle, there was space on the bus… except traffic congestion made the ride to the convention center an hour-or-two affair.. checking email, sending photos and web surfing on sprint 4g was blazing fast (even with a 8MP camera pic) – ran first in a silly upload contest on the bus, with the network-saturated at&t iphone folks next to me catching up on a snapshot upload… about 5 minutes later?
congestion in the tech realm. congestion in the physical traffic realm. ces is to get lost in an epic swarm of people… prole’s, really unless you’re the private limo. this epic transportation time loss has meant i’ve barely seen anything, even though it’s saturday already! if i ever go back again, i’d have to make sure  to expect to spend a few grands in local transportation to hire private limo drivers.
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