Charles E. Snyder III CPSDJ
Computer DJ Summit ver. 3.0 Highlights: Part II
The Second Day Of The Summit Tuesday
On the second day of the Computer DJ Summit, I woke up. I went out on the balcony and sat down to smoke a cig. Then I got dressed and hung out in the Internet Lounge...
Ok, enough with the "Cheech & Chong" moment... After snozing for about five hours, I woke up without the assistance an an alarm (I forgot to set it the night before...lol) an hour earlier than planned because I was simply so jazzed to be there and today was going to be my day to make a presentation, to make an impact, to make a difference. Quite literally, I simply opened my eyes from a dead sleep (it was the most consecutive hours of sleep that I had in the previous 72 hour period), had my ciggy of course and got ready for the big day ahead of us all. I got dressed, reviewed my notes and packed all of the things that I would need to crank out copies of my book, now that it was completed.
Even though my knee was acting up a bit, I felt like I was walking tall, confident, ready. Today was the day that I had been working towards and planning for, for the better part of the previous year! I was eager to get things rolling.
Since I was still fairly early, I slipped downstairs to check e-mail, etc. to keep things sorta moving along with my regular DJ biz... only to find Bryan Durio nervously pacing the lobby. As I check mail, we both agree that some breakfast is in order; so we head on over to Crabby Bill's for some nurishment. We place our orders and a short while later, we are eating heartily. I tear into my pancakes and eggs with nearly the same enthusiasm that I have for the coming events of the day.
Bryan confesses to me that he is a little nervous about filling the role of MC for the next two days worth of seminars, presentations and panels. In between brief spurts of mauling my pancakes, I assure him that I have every confidence in his ability to perform under pressure. I go on to mention that the same must be true for Jam as well, otherwise he (Bryan that is) would not be fulfilling the role he was for the summit. But I knew the job that he had ahead of him and the pressure that he was under; I certainly could understand.
I'm not sure if it helped any, but he didn't talk about it after that as we were then joined by Drax, whom also had a good breakfast in mind.
We chatted about the DJ Industry, technology and a number of other inter-related topics as we all finished up breakfast. The three of us then exited Crabby Bill's and made a bee-line for the rental chariot and the short commute over to the Kapok. From our arrival, the days activities became a blur of speaking, networking, learning, shaking hands and generally having a great time! You know how the saying goes about time and fun... it was definitely true, at least for me, on Tuesday.
But backing up just a bit, right before it's time for me to open up the day of learning, there were precious few attendees in attendance. From what I heard, the party went well on into the wee hours of the morning, so I figured that most were either still slumbering or grogily making their way over to the summit. Personally, that was a lil bit disapointing, as I feared my seminar would be cut all together due to lack of concious people in the audience... But I seen that they were beginning to trickle in, so I shoved the mixture of emotions way down, to go pudge quietly in the Promo Only Room.
However, the self-pity lasts only about 15 minutes or so until Bob (DJ Bob) comes to find and tells me to get ready. I shout a "woohoo" in my head, can the pout and I put my game face on. It was finally time to go do what I had prepared for so long to do!
Game on... As I was walking along the side aisle, out of sight of the audience, I was thinking to myself that I didn't care if there was only three people sitting there, I was going to give it my all. Bryan goes through all of the formalities and then gives me a warm introduction. As I cleared the side curtain, I looked out at the audience and much to my surprise, there was about 15 or so people present. My spirit soared as I whispered a silent prayer, thanking God that this opportunity was not going to be a flop after all. I smiled, greeted everyone and I hit my groove.
In fact, I was so into it (answering questions, making vital points etc.), that I totally lost all track of time. The 40 minutes or so that I was on stage flew by, when I notice Bryan giving me the signal that there was about 5 minutes left. There were so many things that I hadn't even touched upon yet and then there were the many questions as well. My mind raced to cover as many points as possible and then it was over...
For the next several hours, I spend a great deal of time talking to individuals who still had a great number of questions for me. I remember speaking at length to Cheryl and a number of others throughout the rest of the day. So much to the point that I was only able to catch bits and pieces of many of the other presentations. But it was all good, as there is nothing else in this world that makes me feel so alive than the realization of self through the helping of others.
I do what I went there to do, I promote my book and people bought them up as fast as I could make them! Bonus! Tuesday was a whirlwind of activity which all seems to run together. What I was able to catch of the first day seminars are top-notch. The attendees and the vendors that I had a chance to meet and network with seemed to be in the dozens. It was simply awesome and defies description. To use a cliche', "you had to be there." Then it was over and we had a short time to get ready for the Tuesday nightlife!
Following the directions (Bryan was quickly appointed as Navigator, since I was already the pilot), we made our way to downtown Tampa, still not entirely sure that we were in the right area. But a few blocks out, we notice some familiar faces, as they fall in behind us (can you say the blind leading the blind?). We also discover that Cheryl is directly in front of us as well (the company logo gave it away after about 10 minutes or so of staring at it and wondering), so we fall in behind her, with our wingmen still on our "six" as we make several turns.
After winding our way through some oddly laid out streets / intersections (those Floridians musta been smoking something when planning those streets), we finally find ourselves arrived at the proper destination (kudos Cheryl). A short while later, we find Jam and crew already there... Things have to be rearranged slightly (third-party screw-up), but it doesn't dampen the spirit of the evenings events one bit. I had a blast! We ALL had a blast!
From hanging out in the Velvet Room for the karaoke contest to watching Jason and Jorgen "tear it up" in the delapidated remains of some undersized boat, to watching the hotties wiggle to the beats that Silvio and the rest of the Dennon crew were laying down, to Rick laying down some phat 80's video tracks (ah memories). There was so much to see and do, but alas, the majority of my time was spent hanging out with the rest of the karaoke crowd. Cheryl belted out a few good ones for us, as well as Dave, Brian and some waitress-chic too. I was a frequent flyer on the mic, because I like to sing... But then there was Lori.
Lori performed but one song, oh but what a performance it was! Her vocal range borders on the exceptional and her tone is nothing short of burboun to the ears. Smooth, sexy, sweet and oh so intoxicating!
She won the #@*! contest and rightfully so. *Sigh* Oh well, there's always next year...lol
Anyway, in between howling out everything from Barry Manilow to Candlebox, I spent even more time talking to Cheryl, Brian, Dave, Gary Lee, the lovely (and single) Niki, Lori and so many others. Jam introduced me to Steve O. (who said he was looking forward to me singing - I think he was just being nice...lol) and we talked briefly as well. Heck, I even spent a good deal of time flirting with the sultry little vixen that was our bartender too (what was her name again???)!
Woohoo! Thanks for the "kodak moments" Silvio! Wink
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Bryan, Cheryl and myself had all agreed upon our arrival that it would not be a late night, due to another full day's worth of educational seminars ahead of us. We finally left around 02:00...
Did we have fun?
I would be remissful if I did not at least mention our little adventure in heading back to the Radisson. Poor Bryan, I thought he was going to have a nervous breakdown...lol But that's a whole other story, for another time... Wink.
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