Def Con and More

2017 0728 Friday Def Con:  Himself registered the day before for Def Con. I went over with him this morning in order to go to the vendor room. I got lost a couple times in the huge-ness that is the Caesar’s Palace casino. I hung out in the shops area until I could use His badge. Did this sketch of the fountain while I waited.

Trying to get into the vendor room was awful. There ended up being 25,000 people at the conference and I think all of them were in the hall that morning! The upward bound escalator kept breaking down… I think due to the weight of all those people.  I eventually got into the room but it was too crowded to see anything!  I paid my EFF membership, got my EFF swag, and left!

Himself had driven the car over since the con validated parking so it was free. I left about noon and took the BSides provided shuttle back to the hotel. Had to wait an hour – probably the driver’s lunch period – in 106 degrees in the shade. Did this sketch of the Planet Hollywood sign near where we waited.

2017 0730 End of Def Con; Cirque du Soleil “O””  After the convention was over, we went to In n’ Out one last time. As we drove away, I noticed the contrast between the jam packed, standing room only, no place to park that was In n’ Out and the McDonald’s a block away that had 2 cars in the drive through and no one inside the restaurant!

We attended the 2130 performance of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”. It’s the last show that we’ve wanted to see that we’d so far been unable. The last time I went to Def Con with Himself, the show was dark/on hiatus.

2017 0731 – 0801 Drive home:  The drive home was, again, long and boring. We took an hour’s longer route from Vegas, along I-84, through Salt Lake City, in order to have a route with more services and cell coverage.

Lots more photos.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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2 Responses to Def Con and More

  1. miatagrrl says:

    106 in the shade??! No thanks! I hope you got good swag in that bag — what a crowd!

    – Tina

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