After several years of encouraging people to gather at the Bourbon Room, it has occurred to me that the place is so loud and so cramped that it really is a tough place to actually meet up with people to talk. Reminds me of being at a Nazareth concert in my teens when one of my friends leaned over to me and exclaimed, “these guys sound like a headache”. But hey, what teenage boy didn’t want to go to a place where the whole crowd yelled in unison, “now your messing with a…SOB”. We were so cool.
The Bourbon Room is kind of a fun place, but it does have that headache quality to it. I’ve talked to a number of people about trying to persuade our loyal Bourbon Room gang to move to another venue. If anyone has a good idea on where we could go, I’d love to hear it. But, I also just heard that the Vegas Show will only be at the Sands Convention Center for one year, in 2016. After that, the show is moving to the Las Vegas Convention Center. I’ll be curious to see which will be the “host hotels” once the show moves down the strip. Which also makes me wonder where the central gathering place will be for after show networking. So, maybe one more swing at the Bourbon Room will be in order just to say farewell. But, I think I could be talked out of it.