Charles E. Snyder III CPSDJ
Computer DJ Summit ver. 3.0 Highlights:Part III
The Second Day Of The Summit Tuesday
Just to reiterate a bit about Tuesday night; as I mentioned before, Bryan Durio, Cheryl Q and myself had all agreed that we were not going to make it a late night. As in we would most likely spoof by the midnight hour at the latest. Well the fun, the networking, the music and the booze was mixing oh-so-well, we never left until about 2AM.lol I didn't notice anyone getting falling down stupid or anything along that lines. just a bunch of professionals having a great time.
Anyway, as I alluded to before, the "drive" back to the Radisson was quite an adventure, in and of itself! But, to protect the sorta innocent, I won't go into any sordid details. not here anyway.
By the time we got back, I was still all hyped up from the evening's activities that I was wondering if I could even go to sleep. So I figured I play a video game or something until I wound down some. I woke up from sleeping in the chair about 4:30 in the morning! I don't remember dozing off, but I know I crashed tough. I got up off of the chair, crawled in between the sheets and was out again before the light was off!
The Third Day Of The Summit Wednesday, 5 October 2005
Having forgotten to set my alarm once again, I miraculously manage to wake up at a decent enough time, although breakfast would be out of the question this morning. I sit out on the balcony, watching the seagulls doing their dive-bombing antics, have my ciggy and enjoy the morning breeze. I also have the last two Red Bulls that I had squirreled away, squeezing every last drop I can get out of the cans, as I slowly wake up.
I quickly go about making myself presentable and the phone rings, just before I'm ready to jump in the "rain-maker" to finish waking up. I answer and it's my bud / co-pilot, Bryan Durio telling me that he's feelings a little bit under the weather, so he just went and had a simple breakfast already. He was sounding a lil rough too. poor guy had a lot of work ahead of him again today, so I help make things better by harassing him for a few minutes on the phone.
Anyway, I finish up my morning routine after I tell Bryan that I will be down shortly and he was already waiting for me in the lobby, with his luggage. We briefly discuss the battle plan for after the day's activities as we are high stepping it over to the rental chariot. I can tell that he was not really feeling good and he mentions something about his stomach occasionally doing somersaults. So to get his mind off of it for a lil bit, I start blathering on about some of the seminars that are slated today, most notably being Jorgen's on Perceptual Compression and Dr. Jose Gonzalez's presentation, Marketing Your CPS!
We both agree quickly that ALL of the day's seminars will be top-notch and much looked forward to. The kewl dude from Monster Cables, who I first met and chatted with on Monday, was making a presentation that afternoon; which I was certainly looking forward to.
When we arrived over at the Kapok Pavilion, we are both surprised by the number of vehicles in the parking lot. Bryan's comment of mild surprise echoes exactly what I was thinking. I guess we were both expecting things to sort of start off slow as they did on Tuesday morning, with the majority of attendees coming in a bit late, as everything got under way for the final day of the summit. However, the majority as it seemed, were already there and checking out the huge Sam Ash store or the vendor booths in the exhibits hall.
It was definitely shaping up to be even better than the day before. It was all a whirlwind of activity with attendees walking here and there, some were networking, some of them were toting newly purchased gear and a few were just milling about, checking out some of the vehicles of the local attendees that had some signage. Others were just taking in the scenery of the Kapok's garden and water fountains, which was stunning to say the least!
Alas, neither Bryan nor I had a lot of time to just hang out; he had his duties to attend to and I checked in with Jam & Mrs. Jam, to see if they needed help with anything. Bryan is intercepted by DJ Bob shortly after entering the building and they begin discussing their game plan for the day. As I begin to chat with Jam and Lori, I notice that both of them are a bit subdued and not as animated or excited as they were yesterday. I instantly knew that something was amiss.
It did not take long to figure out that the set back we all experienced the night prior, was being taken rather personally by the two of them. I cut right to the heart of what I suspect the matter is and say to both of them that what happened last night was beyond their control. Despite their best efforts and tireless footwork, a miscommunication and a kid barely out of high school, put the screws to the night's planned activities. But true to their resourcefulness and quick thinking, they are able to salvage the night, as everyone obviously had a great time from what I seen of it all.
Well maybe with the exception of Rick, Jason and Jorgen who had to squeeze into that dilapidated half-boat cum DJ booth.lol
Anyway, everyone knew that it was not Jam's fault, so I stated the same to Jam and Lori. My comments must have hit home as both of them expressed their frustration over the matter. To which I simply said what I was thinking about all along, I thought that they handled the problem very professionally and that the owners of the other areas that we were invading were very accommodating. Not to mention all of those who were slated to perform adapted to the circumstances too. They did their best and it was obvious to all attendees.
After chatting for a bit, I decide to get set up to crank out a few copies of my book (I was intercepted by a few interested parties myself on the way in) and catch the rest of the first seminar, already getting under way. I set the laptop and "production" area up as I listen to the first presenter. I finish up as quickly as I can, begin cranking out the first copy and grab another Red Bull as I exit the Promo Only room into the main seminar hall.
The next few hours I spend catching as much of the seminars as I can as well as taking notes, asking some questions, networking, pestering Lori for one of those sharp summit shirts and selling some books. The seminars just keep getting better and better as the day goes on.
After each seminar, we have a short break for people to network or light up a lung-rocket or check out the exhibitors next door. At one point, I spend the better part of an hour talking to Kent of Gizmolabs about all manner of things. Another opportunity is spent chatting with Lori (who won the karaoke contest), talking about everything from singing to microphones to signal processing. In fact, the conversation is so engaging with her, that I actually missed an entire seminar!
When I finally get back inside, I catch the last seminar before the lunch break and continue slipping into the Promo Only Room on occasion to crank out another copy of my book or to scam on another Red Bull. Mrs. Jam also presents me with my own slightly customized version of the summit shirt and I'm digging it. I even went so far as to change shirts right then and there, I liked it so much.
We break for lunch and good thing too, I was famished from not having any breakfast, so I was definitely looking forward to getting some good grub. I hang out for a few minutes showing Jam my new shirt and waiting for the line to go down some. After the initial rush, I dive right in myself. My plate was loaded down pretty well and I had yet another Red Bull in hand; so I began scanning the room for a place to sit. Bryan Foley, Rick, Jason and a number of others sitting around one table invite me over, so I grab a seat to enjoy my lunch.
I had a blast just sitting there and listening to what others had to say about the summit, the business and a number of other things. We talked, we laughed, we shared opinions and ideas; all the best stuff of networking. And as with all things, time flew because we were having fun, the lunch break seemed to end as abruptly as it started, it was time for the afternoon power-house seminars to get under way.
What a lineup of presenters too! Jorgen of Gizmolabs, the patriarch of modern Computer DJing, was making a very interesting (and extremely informative) presentation on perceptual compression. Jim Buxton from Monster Cables (whom I had a very engaging discussion with on Monday) was making a presentation on the power and cabling needs of a high-end CPS system and last but far from least, Educational Director himself made a very informative presentation on up-selling your services, CPS, etc.
Then, far too quickly, it was all over. New friends parted company to go back to their little corner of the world. Bryan Durio, my "partner in crime" for the past four days, I dropped off at the airport; his flight was leaving in just a few hours. Many spoofed for home that evening, shortly after the end of the summit, but I went back over to the Kapok to help Jam and family clean up. That didn't take all that long either, even between the brief spurts of the 5 minute long rain storms.
That same night, the few of us that were still remaining, got together and invaded one of Tampa's premier Bern's Steak house for some good eats. Jam was raving about the steaks, but I ordered seafood instead, because back home in PA I can get a good steak pretty cheap anytime; reasonably priced seafood however is a whole other story! And let me tell you, the lobster tail was awesome! That banana desert thingy was even better!!! (you have to go upstairs into your (private dessert room for dessert)
But then even that was over too and I said my farewells to everyone. My flight left fairly early the next morning and about two hours later, I landed at Baltimore-Washington International. Then I drove for about 90 minutes to find the cow pasture, cornfield and "Wolfy-lair" right where I had left them. I was finally home, thoroughly exhausted, but already looking forward to the Summit in 2006!
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