Another Vegas Trip

I’m back in town after yet another trip out to Vegas. I’m out there so often I should probably just rent an apartment or something – but it’s more fun staying in different hotels on each trip. There are still a few I haven’t tried. I stayed in a suite at the Rio this time and it was very nice. Definitely one of the better hotels out there. My only complaint is that all of the roulette tables are American style. The Monte Carlo has both American and European tables. Not that I had much time to play games!

Most of my trip was spent chasing down shipping cases containing the gear we had to demonstrate. The gas plasma screens are in very large travel cases that weight about 220 lbs. We usually ship that sort of thing FedEx with no problem but our client wanted them shipped DHL. As it turns out, DHL just hands off large packages to random subcontractors and doesn’t offer any promises that they’ll get there on time (or at all). Of course, they don’t mention any of this before hand – they wait until your freight doesn’t show up and then say, “Oh, we don’t guarantee delivery, that’s up to the subcontractor”. We tracked down one of our boxes in Phoenix. It had been handed off to Joe’s Trucking Service or somesuch and Joe had apparently stopped for some sightseeing in Phoenix for a day or two. We did eventually find all of our gear but I think we’ll be sticking with FedEx for future shipments.

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