Trade shows are always exhausting, but this one was exceptionally so. For the first time ever, I decided to skip the last day of the show so I could get home a day sooner. The trade-off was an accelerated trip with very little time for leisure. Here’s a snapshot of my last 24 hours in Vegas.
6am: Wake up. Finish blog post abandoned at 2am because eyes wouldn’t stay open another minute.
7:30am: Leave for convention center (late) to join early morning meeting. Get amazing swag — a rolling bag for hauling catalogs. Yesss.
9am: Begin final day of walking the trade show. Spend the next nine hours walking through 1,000,000 square feet of exhibit space evaluating products, tying up loose ends and trying not to trip people with the rolling bag.
6pm: Return to hotel with the team to debrief and make final decisions before dinner reservations. Get through 1/3 of the agenda. Give up hope of playing blackjack after dinner. Drink coffee.
8pm: Depart for Wynn (late) and meet lovely Maria from Bugaboo for dinner. Drink coffee.
11pm: Return to hotel with the (tired) team to finish debrief. Make lots more decisions.
2am: Start packing and organizing catalogs and samples.
3:30am: Arrange 4:30am wakeup call, try to go to sleep (too much coffee).
5am: Leave for airport (late) to catch a 6am flight to be home before the kids get back from school.
I’ve recovered, mostly. And next year we’ll be in Louisville, where I’ll probably get more sleep.