Convention Center

Yesterday was my first time inside the convention center and it is HUGE! I, along with a few other co-workers received tickets from Microsoft for their “Ready to Launch” tour. Yes I know it was Geek Central, but it was something I’ve never been a part of and quite frankly it was very interesting. I have never seen so many men in one room before, well outside of a sporting event that is.
The keynote opened with a 5-10 minute video interviewing top CEO’s that use these new Microsoft products. The video was very Hollywoodish with modern rock music and visual effects. I laughed many times at how funny this scene was. Sitting in a HUGE room with 4 HUGE screens all blasting classic rock showing how ‘cool’ these new products are.
The best part was when they showed a video with the Tuttles from O.C.C. they are the guys that build amazing motorcycles and you can watch their show on Discovery channel. They use Microsoft’s products and I am sure they got everything set up for free for this interview. It was really funny, they were all arguing like normal…and the speaker told a story about how the Tuttle’s introduced Microsoft and a custom bike they built 3 weeks ago in California. The speaker said that Mikey wanted to know Microsofts biggest competitor, and after pestering him for the answer they told Mikey that it’s Oracle. Mickey was told to go out and say a few words thanking the people for coming etc, but instead he went on stage and yelled “F$%$ Oracle!” Yep that was a funny part alright.
Anyway the Convention center was cool, very large, and very impressive. There’s talk of extending it a few more blocks west to Broad street I believe. If that happens it’ll be a monster.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jay V at Work (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 1:21 pm

    the place’ll be FREAKIN’ HUGE if they do that. do they REALLY need all that space? did the CEO do a strange monkey dance and jump around the stage, too? i heard that happened once. the monkey thing i mean. not the FREAKIN’ HUGE thing.

  2. Ian (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 1:25 pm

    No monkey dance, these guys sit in a chair all day and eat Pizza and doughnuts, so I don’t think they’d be able to dance without hurting themselves :) As for the expansion, from what I remember, Philly loses a lot of conventions because we don’t have enough space. I can’t imagine a convention not having enough room at this place, but that’s what they say.

  3. Jay V at Work (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 2:24 pm

    hnh. well i guess if we want more conventions, by all means, bigger convention center. but i already have a hard enough time navigating the dang thing at its current size.

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