International CES 2009

Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | Travel

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I'll be at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. I'm scheduled to arrive late Thursday night and am staying until Monday. I'll be lodging at the Venetian resort during my stay. CES will be informative and fun and grueling and tiring at the same time.

Of course it would be a lot easier if I left my camera at home, however I'm a glutton for punishment, so I'll have my camera and at least one lens and flash in tow.

I really don't like the drive to and from Las Vegas, especially when I do it alone. Therefore, I'm not looking forward to the the trip there and back, but looking forward to the being there. I'll also miss Toni, Erin and Taffy very much.

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Neil Diamond Concert

Monday, 5 Jan 2009 | Entertainment, Family, Friends

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Last night, Toni and my friend from work, Martin, went to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California to see Neil Diamond in concert. We have all been fans of his music for some time, so we were very excited to see him in concert.

We ate at the Hat at Victoria Gardens before the concert. The Hat has been famous for their pastrami sandwiches for over fifty years. Toni and I shared a pastrami sandwich slathered with lots of mustard and pickles and a monstrous order of onion rings. Martin had pastrami and a small order of french fries. This was the largest order of onion rings I have ever seen! Everything was quite yummy.

Then we rode together to the concert in my car. I was pleasantly surprised that there was no parking fee at Citizens Business Bank Arena. I can't remember the last venue that had free parking.

Well, as for the concert, I can say Neil Diamond is a wonderful performer and singer. He sounded and looked fantastic. What a showman! I love his unique voice. His vocals were deep and clear, a true joy to hear in person. We had a great time and have gained a renewed respect for this classic singer.

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