Rick in Vegas I

Hey all,

Just checking in from the press room here at the Global Gaming Expo. They’ve really set this up well, impressive. Free net access is great too as the net access in the room isn’t working out like I’d hoped.

I don’t have too long – lots of press, few computers. Check out WMS Gaming, a slot company that’s recently released Survivor, Hollywood Squares, Monopoly, and my favourite, Pac-Man (& Ms. Pac-Man) slots and video slots. These things are wild! I’m going to have to do at least one article on them, they’ve outdone themselves with these. I had a chance to play the bonus rounds of the Survivor one a couple times, lots of fun. They have them at my hotel and the progressive jackpot is already $386,000+!

Back to the show – lots to do, little time to do it. Thank God for Starbucks, they’re keeping me alive.


Leavin’ (for) Las Vegas

My time is short as I’m getting delivered to the aiport in about three hours so I thought I’d toss together a quick blog before I left. On the offchance that I can’t get anything working remotely, this *could* be the last you’ll hear from me until Saturday night. However, I should be able to get access from Vegas, in which case you’ll get me here and GTAbloggers.com, discussing my first trip to Las Vegas. As noted previously, Mar isn’t coming – she’ll still be home – but she’s not much for blogging so no dice there. I’ll be staying at the nice Paris Las Vegas where my room will overlook the Bellagio Water Show each night. Should be cool, I’m looking forward to it. Of course, it’s work for me though – a three day conference where I’ll be attempting to generate a little more business for my website.

To make matters a bit stickier, I suffered a total setback during my baseball tournament yesterday. My three game tourney turned into an inning and a half when my ankle reinjured on a pivot throw to second. Once again, a loud noise and undeniable pain. So I purchased a wrap for the ankle today that I’ll be wearing throughout my four days of roaming conference halls and casinos. Good luck to me.

So, until tomorrow (hopefully), I bid y’all adieu – keep posting comments and on the zonkboard so I’ve got a few notes from home to see while I’m away. :)


Bland Teachings

Well that didn’t take long. The webcam is broken again. My server keeps interrupting the upload and creating some sort of invisible file that can’t be overwritten, so the cam just keeps timing out. It’s irritating me, but since I leave for Vegas on Monday, I’ll fix it when I get back. Unfortunately, it’s a business trip so Mar is staying home while I parade around Sin City for the first time. However, since I don’t drink much, I don’t smoke, I don’t gamble, and I’m not a big fan of bars (strip or otherwise), my stories should be fairly tame by comparison to some of yours. I’m just looking to see some sights, eat some good food, and hopefully get some business.

In the meantime, yesterday was day one of cooking school. It was demo only, we just sat and took notes. Nothing too magical as they taught us methods of cutting vegetables and cooking terms that were old for me due to four years of constant FoodTV watching. They had begun making beef and chicken stocks, and while I’ll grant that they didn’t get to make them long enough to generate any real flavour, the soups they made out of them were quite bland. It was a strange thing because you’re expecting this drop-dead amazing soup and it was – bland. They’d made french onion soup and cream of cauliflower for everyone to try. They hadn’t cooked the onion soup long enough to reduce the wine properly so there was a distinct wine taste that is usually more concentrated when cooked long enough. I’ll miss next week but I guess I’ll see what week three holds.

Mar’s sick, I’ve got to run her up to the doctor. Then it’s off to Jumbo Video to pick up the movies for myCaledon reviews. Only one a week the last two weeks and I think I’m getting four or five today. Ack..


Look What the Cat Dragged In..

Sorry for the elongated absence, folks. There is good news to be had amongst it all, though. After four years and a series of false starts, myCaledon has finally launched. I set out to make a really good website based on the Toronto.com model for the small town I live in just north of T.O. It’s taken an incredible amount of time and effort but it’s finally up, and feedback has been great so far. I produced a print ad and put it in the local paper yesterday and I’ve already seen a significant amount of traffic come through, including entries in the contest.


In other news, and I have no idea if they’ll find this page through a web search or my e-mail address, I’ve taken a stab at furthering my journalistic desires by applying at the National Post, a Canada-wide newspaper published by the Southam folks. They’re seeking a Sports Reporter to cover the National Hockey League daily for the paper and as soon as I saw it the gears started up. I’ve been writing about hockey on Gaming Jackpots for a while now and love it, and my columns are always well received. Hopefully the National Post agrees – I’ll keep everyone posted.

Speaking of that, hockey season is almost here! Who’s up for a pool? Let me know in the comments if you’re in, I’ll set one up soon.


Julie the Logo Goddess

I don’t have a lot of time for bloggin’ tonight as I’m STILL working away here for a friend’s business. I wanted to quickly make note that an off-the-cuff remark to Julie over @ digitaljaz.com after she provided Alex with a new logo lead to the great surprise of that new logo up there for me! It looks SWEET and I owe her huge.. one Iced Chai on me. :)

Incidentally, golf went well – no serious injuries (*gasp*), a few good drives. No snack cart though, which I found to be a serious rip-off. But golf is fun and I had a good time.

Back to work with Ricky.. cheers!