Location: the Vegas.
Accommodations: Suite to myself at the Venetian. Fluffy king sized bed. TV in the shower. About 800-1,000 square feet. My dad picking up the tabs for my meals.
The nice hotel and gourmet meals where things I saw myself doing–the actual work part, not so much. Luckily for me it came pretty natural. After all, I make conversation with people I’ve just met and stand in heels for hours at a time on the reg. Well, at least once a year. Yes, I’ll say it, this trade show reminds me A LOT of sorority rush. Besides that though, I feel like I’m pretty patient with vendors and I genuinely enjoy talking to them. I could see myself doing this several times a year. It’s hard work, but the money and new accounts make these trade shows well worth it. My Dad has been in this business for a long time, and he has several friends that stop by to say hello. I can tell they all really like him.
I’ve been too exhausted at the end of the day to do anything exciting really–I’ve eaten at some really bomb restaurants (including Lawry’s and Mon Ami Gabi, the French bistro underneath the Eiffel tower at the Paris hotel directly across from the Bellagio’s water works–gorgeous!) and watched my Dad play roulette. He likes to play Texas Hold ‘Em in the mornings (I’m talking 4:30 am, 6:30 central time, when he typically wakes up) and I’ve been itching to play blackjack but I literally have no energy at the end of the day. It’s not a big deal though–I was just here a few month ago, and I’m coming back in a week for spring break.
Even if I did have the vigor to go out, I wouldn’t be fun to gamble or explore without friends to have fun with. I spend from 8:00 pm until 7:00 am pretty much in solitude, which isn’t terrible since I talk to people for 9 hours straight during the day. It is kind of a weird adjustment though–I’m so used to being with my friends 24/7. In fact, my besties are probably annoyed with how much I’ve been blowing up their phones and twitter in the evenings…I miss my “college family” so much, it KILLS me!
Speaking of my biffles and the spring break trip, I made dinner reservations for me and my friends and scored us some VIP passes to TAO for St. Patrick’s Day. House of Pain will be there (yeah, of “Jump Around” fame). It’s going to be wild.