Archive for March, 2008

31
Mar
08

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Make sure your itunes are amped up (especially for Day 5’s water show) – we decided not to put music with our images. At the bottom of each post about Vegas, we put up additional images of our trip on an external link. Enjoy!

31
Mar
08

Vegas Day 1 – Welcome RAD Studio

Vegas picked up where Tampa left off – me throwing my hands up. I hate over packing, but here I was having a suitcase that was solely devoted to our shoes. Ya, just our shoes! I never thought I would see that day. But man, do we look good in them 😛

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Ral and Danelle’s week O’ fun started off with a 3 hour flight delay. But the fun part was we had to stay in the plane 99% of the time (did you sense the sarcasm?). They didn’t know what was going on except with updates that came in every 30 minutes – which in turn flight control said – we’ll know more in 30 minutes. So, we all thought we were always ready to leave in 30 minutes. 3 hours and 6 updates later – they were right 🙂

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When we got to Vegas, it was pretty late, and we couldn’t get a hold of the Finao crew. We checked in to the Paris Las Vegas and was absolutely starving.

We put on our comfy shoes and headed down the strip. Las Vegas is absolutely GORGEOUS. aside from the guys on the street giving us tickets for free shows. The architecture, hotels, themes, and energy was simply out of this world!

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We walked through New York, New York, Luxor, MGM, and Excalibur. When we were inside MGM we got to see the Lions come out and play. These pictures do not do justice to how Beautiful these creatures are. I mean really, WOW. They were also, literally inches away from us. The glass roof, also allowed us to see them right up close. It was amazing. Danelle and I were simply in awe watching them for over an hour. It was like Chronicles of Narnia when Aslan entered. It was so Cool.

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31
Mar
08

Vegas Day 2 – Calm Before the Storm

Here we are getting the booth ready for the onslaught of people coming through in the next few days. We absolutely knew that we would get crushed with photographers coming in to see the product. The crappy thing was that our booth was a fraction of the size of what we had in Tampa – and WPPI was a much larger tradeshow – yikes.

The new product line is Hot Hot Hot.

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31
Mar
08

Vegas Day 3

Did I have any time to take pictures? Ya right. Our booth was so unbelievably packed, that we had to host over flow parties, every single night after the tradeshow.

31
Mar
08

Vegas Day 4 – Happy Anniversary!!!

Well you pretty much know what happened at the tradeshow and overflow parties – more people wanting to get to know Finao, so, I’ll bypass that and go straight to the evening. Danelle and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary at Alize in the Palms hotel. It was highly recommended to us by John and Dalisa Cooper of AltF. They are Nevada natives – and let us know, that despite all the glitz and glamor of the strip in Las Vegas, Las Vegas is an ordinary city and not everyone’s a dancer 🙂

Right from entering the Palms, the experience was exquisite. The Valet parkway was lined up with a Lamborghini, Ferraris, Porsches, Bentleys etc. It was as if the minimum purchase of a car had to be in 6 figures to be in that lane. Wow.

When we got to Alize, the service was just impeccable and the view was simply breath taking. We saw the entire strip of Las Vegas. Also, the very cool thing was for a brief moment when we were there, there was a power outage at the Mandalay Bay, Luxor, New York New York, and Excalibur. There was a big vacant area of lights. I didn’t have time to take a picture unfortunately.

The food was out of this world. Nuff said.

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31
Mar
08

Vegas Day 5 – Happy Pre-Birthday

After another long day that went by in like 10 minutes, we had the sad task of dismantling the booth. It was like packing up your stuff at summer camp getting ready to go home. It really sucked because this time around, we never got to hang out with the Finao team as much as we did in Tampa. We truly missed that.

At least we got to go out for a last dinner before the entire Finao team hit up the red-eye to go back to Michigan (with the exception of Keith who left for New York).

We’ll admit it, we didn’t want to say bye to our Finao family. When they left we were instantly depressed. We didn’t want to go back to our room because we would literally mope around. So we tried to stay out as long as we could to take our mind off of things.

After they left we headed across the street to the Belagio. We literally just stayed there for over 2 hours and watched the water show every 15 minutes – It seriously never got old.

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Just when we were feeling down and out – who taps us on the shoulder and gives a big hug? Mark Adams from LaCour – the epitome of good times. Mark is seriously the nicest dude on the face of planet earth.

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He gave us a little show when the music played, and gave Danelle a dance for her birthday. Now if you have seen this man dance and have not laughed your butt off, then there is something seriously wrong with you. This Cat’s got moves! He even wished Danelle a happy birthday at the stroke of Midnight before I did – What’s this guy trying to do? 🙂

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It was a great way to end the night. We ended up staying out until 3 am and when we got back in to the room we spend about an hour packing our things. We tried to stay up all night, but was just too exhausted to stay awake.

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31
Mar
08

Vegas Day 6 – Happy Birthday Danelle

Although we weren’t able to pull the all nighter, we knew that we didn’t want to waste the day. Our flight was at 4, so we literally had the whole day to soak in, what we dub ‘clean’ Vegas.

We woke up really early, to the best show in the world, Saved by the Bell. Good times! For all you fans, did you know that during the intro, where they all give each other a high five – watch Kelly, as she totally misses it – it’s comedy.

We were able to walk around and take in some of the sights with no time constraints whatsoever. And of course, with whatever city we happen to be in, we ALWAYS hit up the Tiffany & Co. So we stopped by and got Danelle an archival book for her birthday. Its called “Tiffany In Fashion” showcasing the different Tiffany ad champagnes over the past century. We were very much in that photography mind set so I believe her gift was perfect. Photography + Tiffany… can’t lose with that!

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The cool things was on our way back we ran into no other than the dynamic duo of Jen and Steve Bebb. We got to talk for a while, and I think with all the busyness of WPPI, there are no two people in the entire world that we would have wanted to speak to more on Danelle’s birthday. That’s really brightened up our already sunny disposition. We actually talked to them for so long that we almost missed our flight and didn’t even know it 🙂 It was totally worth it.

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We realized at the airport that we weren’t able to take a picture with our Finao family. That made us sad – sad face emoticon.

Well back to reality. Although Vegas was fun, it’s great to be back. Even though we both got sick from the change in weather.

We’re back baby!

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