What Happened in Las Vegas and the Road Trip

March 6, 2016

I spent much of last week in Las Vegas at the Awards and Personalization Association Expo. It was a fun trip and I was able to share a lot of good information with attendees. Today I want to share a few stories and photos from the trip. To see all of the pictures at their best, you may want to view this post on the Web site.

We’ll start with the room where I did my training. Very specific instructions are provided to the audio visual crew at the hotel. I have spoken hundreds of times and never use a podium. So they staff is told no podium, just a table and chair where I set up my computer. And since I won’t be at a podium, I need a lapel microphone. Below is what I found when I walked into my room.


Clearly the staff paid no attention at all to the instructions they were provided. It took more than thirty minutes to get the hotel staff to show up and correct the situation. Given what they charge organizations who host meetings, it always amazes me when things go this wrong. Note, this was not the APA’s fault as they were just as frustrated as me. It is all on the hotel!

Yes, I got paid to give my sessions. But I also got a very nice thank you cookie from the APA. This was a really nice gesture on their part and was a tasty treat I could enjoy a bit later.


I realize that only a small handful of loyal readers were able to make it to the Expo and the sessions I presented. But if you would like the information discussed, much of it is available for download. A page was created on our site where you can get copies of the information to study and put to work in your business.

One thing I always love in Las Vegas is the wide variety of signage. On the hotel was an example of wide format printing taken to the extreme as you can see in the photo below. This sign is at least 30 stories tall and somewhere behind that sign was the room I called home for a few days.


From that room, I had a great view of the Las Vegas Strip lit up at night as you can see below.

The Las #Vegas strip all lit up at night.

A photo posted by Foster D. Coburn III (@fostercoburn) on

One of my favorite parts of going to Las Vegas is the road trip between my home in Cave Creek and Las Vegas. There is a stretch of desert that is absolutely beautiful and even includes a ghost town alongside the road.

We’ll start with the beauty of the Joshua Tree National Forest where you will find thousands of joshua trees like the one below.

Really cool #joshua tree in #joshuatree national forest. #desert #desertlife

A photo posted by Foster D. Coburn III (@fostercoburn) on

Then there is the town of Nothing, Arizona that has only slightly more than nothing.

What is between #Phoenix and Las #Vegas? #Nothing! Yes, that’s the name of the town.

A photo posted by Foster D. Coburn III (@fostercoburn) on

Yes, there is something in Nothing in the form of the All Mart which claims there is a population of 4 people (including 2 chicas). But I think that population has moved on.

The All Mart in #Nothing, population 4. Though I wonder if they need to redo the census.

A photo posted by Foster D. Coburn III (@fostercoburn) on

Hopefully more of you will be able to attend the Expo next February. If you are able to make it, consider coming to Phoenix first and enjoying the drive through the beautiful desert.

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Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.

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