Someone Hates CES
Yesterday was a day for the record books. It was the start of CES (Consumer Electronic Show). The day started liked any other with thousands of cabs driving like mad trying to get everyone where they needed to be, knowing that they have 120,000 people all needing to get to the same 3 places all at the same time. It’s hard but we seem to do pretty good. The cabs almost feel like they are on auto pilot or just a well oiled machine. Little did we know the good times were about to come to a screeching halt. At about 8 am I see security at the Wynn Las Vegas running out with foam. They start pouring it all over the liquid on the sidewalk. I then hear sirens everywhere and Metro Police is CLOSING THE STRIP!!!!! Well SHIT, that’s the last thing we need. They close about a 1/4 mile right at the main artery leading to the convention center where CES is due to a chemical spill at the entrance of the Wynn. Traffic backs up everywhere around the closure and the cabs all start to our back roads. Next I hear that another artery going to the convention center is now closed to one lane due to a car crash. We are now down to only 2 of 4 ways to approach the convention. Drivers start talking about the airport having about 5,000 people needing cabs. So like a colony of ants, we all turn towards the airport and prepare to attack. I’m about 1/8 mile from the airport when I hear about an overturned car going into the airport and we are told we need to approach from the south end only. SHIT X3. They always say that things tend to happen in 3’s, so knowing that the worst is over and it’s just a waiting game for everything to re-open I do an about-face. I haul ass to the residential parts of Vegas and hide until the all clear is called.
What a way to kick off the busiest weekend of the year. Is this just a sign of whats to come in the new year of better attended conventions? Lets hope not or I may become a much crankier Hack.
Happy New Year