World Market in Vegas, day one.
It is hot. Like, blast furnace hot.
Fortunately, the tragically underrated genius of Willis Carrier is not only in evidence at the World Market, it is used to maximum effect - three cheers for Mr. Carrier's gift to the world, air conditioning.
The market is crowded, though I'm not seeing the same numbers as last year. While most of the larger vendors are experiencing steady traffic, the smaller vendors, especially those in building A, the gift and accessories showrooms, do not seem to be as crowded as they were last year.
The parking garage is nearly full though - had to park on the 7th floor, which is the roof. Lost out on the shade of covered parking keeping the car cool, which is a tad disappointing.
It is only day one though, and that may simply be due to fewer people showing up early.
Tonight's mixer will be a much better indication of attendance, that, and how easy/difficult finding a parking spot will be tomorrow morning.
There is also the decided lack of a draw for a keynote speaker. Last year featured former President Bill Clinton, and there were definitely people here because he was here.
BTW, his speech was about as self-aggrandizing as any I've ever heard.
I briefly toured building C, as that building is where the two informative seminars I wanted to catch were located.
It's nearly time for me to get to another seminar. Tomorrow I'll spend more time in buildings B and C, checking out what's new and exciting in the world of furniture.
Sounds like a hoot, doesn't it?