After a weekend of fantasticaly fun charity benefit events and playing around town with the GF and her folks I'm off to Vegas in about two hours for another trade show/convention. And after that yet another trade show in Massachusetts for a day. I don't really know what I'm looking forward to less - the 90+ degree heat in Vegas this week or the 6:00 am flight from Vegas to Massachusetts on Wednesday morning. In truth, probably the flight, since I'm staying at the hotel where the trade show is being held, and therefore won't have to emerge from air-conditioning except for trips from and to the airport.
The good thing about being gone for most of the week is that maybe I'll be saved from a couple days of the cicada swarm that's about to emerge. I was here for the swarm in '04 and frankly, that one wasn't as bad as the cidada-pundits had advertised. Of course, I live on the far western portion of that brood's range, so it may also be that the few that I saw simply should have made that left turn at Albequerque and were horribly lost. Naturally, now that I've poo-pooh'd it, my return flight will probably fly into a cloud of them as we're decending into O'Hare and I'll barely survive the crash landing for the sole reason that the plane lands on a massive pile of cicadas engaging in an arthropodic orgy on the landing strip, cushioning the impact.
Hopefully the hotel in Vegas will have 'net access so I can blog from the road. It shouldn't be as bad this week since (with the exception of the 6:00 am flight on Wednesday) my travel schedule is a little more forgiving.