Live from M2009 - Day 1

I had every intention of blogging daily from M2009 and PBLS, but I never found a free moment yesterday to write down anything. I don’t like to think about it because it makes me exhausted, but I think I stayed awake for 24 hours yesterday. After a delay in Dallas, I landed in Las Vegas at about 4 p.m. West Coast time, and after getting over the fact that I am on the 24th floor at Caesar’s Palace, I hit the ground running.

The highlight of last night was not, unfortunately, my big win at the poker table (because that didn’t happen). It was the Penn and Teller show at the Rio. As you probably know, they are master illusionists who let the audience in on some of the secrets of their “magic.” I was fortunate enough to be called on stage to participate in an illusion, which I thought was thrilling (and I got my picture taken with both of them - see me with Penn on the right).

This morning it was back to work as my SAS Publishing colleague Chuck London and I set up the publications booth in the exhibit hall (look for photos in tomorrow’s blog post). The space we have there is huge. We have a nice couch and comfy chairs, which give the whole space a welcoming vibe. As a bonus, we were able to meet a couple of M2009 attendees this morning. This year the organizers of M2009 offered an “early bird” special, which was a choice of two SAS Press books, to those who registered early. I believe those who signed up early numbered about 120, so I expect we’ll have brisk traffic tomorrow in the booth, which will be great. I love interacting with our customers, and I hope to meet some very interesting people this week.

Tonight we’re heading to Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grille for dinner, and I bet $20 on the Giants, who had better win tonight. Otherwise my gambling days are going to be over before the conferences even begin!

Vegas is a great city, and Caesar’s is a great place to host a conference. I look forward to a great week!

tags: conferences, data mining, m2009, On the Road, penn teller, sas, stacey hamilton

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted October 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Love the idea of the earlybird SAS Press book giveaway! And impressed that you started your day that early in Las Vegas. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in interviewing authors on-site. And please remember your colleagues and friends back at SAS after you win big.
    Shelly Goodin

  2. Alison
    Posted October 27, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Man, Penn is tall. I want to hear more about your on-stage contribution to their act!

  3. Kirsten Hamstra
    Posted October 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Here's Stacey's story of what she did on stage w/ Penn & Teller (she posted it on our Facebook page)
    "Well, the illusion was this: I was brought on stage (did not volunteer; used the power of eye contact) and told to examine a metal ring. I found it to be solid. Then each of them put a finger over my eyelid so I couldn't see. Then they must have done funny things w/ it cause everyone laughed (remember I was alone so I don't really know what). Then... Read More, at the end, I put the ring on my arm and they asked me to cover my eyelids myself. Suddenly the ring that was on my arm was around my neck. I don't know how they did it but the man next to me said they used two rings. I wish I had a video."

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