Charles E. Snyder III CPSDJ
Computer DJ Summit ver. 3.0 Highlights: Part I
After leaving my PA cornfield layer to the cows and the crows, I arrived in sunny Florida for five days of intense networking, learning as well as partying! I stopped by the Kapok / Sam Ash to give Jam a hand with setting up for a few hours. By 16:30, I am checked into the Radisson and Bryan Durio finds me shortly afterward, so we sit down to chat for a while.
A lil bit later, Jam, Lori and Jam-Minor (or Jam Junior) round us up for a great dinner at Bahama Breeze. Awesome food! Oops, I cannot forget to say that we bumped into Jason (Cyder) on the way out, so he tagged along with us (after I harrassed him about renting a Chevy...lol). Bryan and I decided that we would wait a few minutes for Jason to get situated and then head on over to "Breeze" together... which turned into a small adventure in itself...lol
After we finally made it over there, we quickly found Jam and family, so we joined them of course. While we were there chatting about the industry and the next three days of the summit, Jorgen and Kent arrive at the resteraunt. Jam-Minor was the first one to spot them, he was out of his seat and halfway across the diningroom to greet them before I finally figured out who was coming to join us for dinner.
Talk about a near rapture-like experience! Picking the brains of two of the sculptors of CPS DJing as we know it for the better part of four hours was transcending. And being from Sweden, both of them, they speak better English than most people I know...lol
Later that same evening, we stopped by Jam's room for some planning and coordination. We also stopped by Jason's room for a private demonstration of VDJ as well as a few unique items, currently only at J-man's disposal. Kent stopped by too.
The First Day Of The Summit Monday, 3 October 2005
My day started off at a liesurely pace, since I had already missed breakfast with the "crew" I set about finishing some work on the final chapter of my book, checking E-mail, etc. Bryan D. popped into the Internet Lounge and we began disussing our plans for the day when we spotted Dr. Drax a short time later. Drax came over, sat down and we all chatted about the summit, the future possibilities of things as well as a few chuckles about one of my past appearances. We also discussed heading over to see some of the presentations.
Drax had some business to take care of, so he took his leave as Bryan and I wandered outside to the patio for a few minutes. Lo and behold, Jason and Rick (mp3jrick), leaning on a balcony overhead spot us and we begin chatting. A short time later, Jason and Rick join us in the lobby, this is when Bryan and I found out that they were still waiting for a shipment of equipment from UPS that was supposed to be there by 8 or 8:30 that morning.
Jason is busily pacing a track into the carpet, when I suggest that we get some lunch (especially since I had not eaten since the night before), everyone else pretty much agrees that it's time to feed the animals, so we head on over to Crabby Bill's and we hang out for several hours. Personally, it was a very positive / fun experience, sitting there chatting with Bryan, Jason and Rick.
First Jason, then a short while later Rick, take their leave in the hopes that UPS would have their equipment there in time for their demonstration later that afternoon. Bryan and I set about trying to track down Drax (who had already went over to the Kapok), so we could head on over to the summit. After about an hour or so of just kinda hanging out, UPS finally meanders in about 16:00 or so with J-man's stuff, so we all pitch in and help him get it inside and up to his room, so he can make sure that it all works.
Murphy's Law and UPS threw them one hell of a curveball... some of the equipment got less than kids-gloves handling and arrives in a non-working condition. Rick and Jason set about fixing things, so Bryan and I decide to try and find Drax one more time before heading over to the Kapok. When we finally get there, we fill Jam in on all the details of what happened and that Jason and Rick were both working frantically to get it all fixed.
During our time there, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking at length with, Jim B. from Monster Cables. Lemme tell you, this dude has an extensive knowledge of the music industry and it's history... Very intelligent and very down to earth as well; I have no idea how to express in mere words the conversation that we had about wiring, accoustics, analog vs. digital and a lil about Frank Zappa.
Fast forward a few hours, we are back at Bahama Breeze again for dinner (at my suggestion / insistance) and we are joined by Jam & family, Cheryl Q, Frank & Lori, Paul Beardmore & wife, Dave, Brian and a few others. We however do not linger long as the Beach Party at Crabby Bill's was less than an hour away...
The Beach Party was fun to say the least. Water Balloon Volleyball was fun to watch, but we were going through so many water balloons that Jam was on a constant mission to fill more. The huge video scree that was set up was kewl, the people were digging it, but I spent most of my time talking to Dave, Silvio from Dennon and the lovely (and single) Win from Hercules.
Anyway, by about 01:00, I was pretty well beat and took my leave of the action. I still had a lil bit of work to do with my book, so I finished it up and called it a night.
I did notice that there were more people showing up for the parties each night. I also noticed that there were a number of people who did not sign up or purchase an attendee bage for the summit, but were hanging out at the parties Monday & Tuesday evening. One of the people that I recognized was Robb Smith (FAME).
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