Setup day is a lot more fun than teardown, though both are a royal pain in the ass.
Here in Chicago for Axpona to help out the Scaena guys I came yesterday to help setup and make sure the sound is as good as it can be within the confines of what we have to work with. A hotel room. In this case, a rather large one on the main lobby floor.
The whole show thing is odd. Setting up a stereo system for three days inside a hotel room. I can’t think of another industry that’s similar. You don’t see new cars, watches, cookware, drones, or other consumer products in hotel rooms with crowds walking the halls in search of the latest. I attended the very first “hotel shows” in both Chicago and Vegas and watched the transition from CEA sponsored events to these more regional independent affairs.
Strange or not, here we are. And, I suppose what I like best is the familiar faces of exhibitors and customers alike.
Yup. It’s the faces, the smiles, the camaraderie that appeals to me most.
If you’re in the neighborhood, come by and say hi!