Hot Tub Time Machine – CES 2013 Daze Minus One
January has arrived, along with Zac from Calgary, and it’s off to go where all road trips end, Vegas Baby!
We jumped into Li’l Puppy, my ’91 red Porsche and sped down Interstate 15 to Vegas for this year’s CES – Consumer Electronics Show. As we entered The Strip, the clock on the Venetian spun backward, dropping us into the lower labyrinth of parking garages for The Quad, formerly The Imperial Palace. After dodging crazed Vegas taxi drivers in the parking garage who happily roar over speed bumps at full speed and sort of stop for signs, we arrived.
The Quad was purchased and rebranded by Caesar’s Entertainment last year, and is going through the classic Vegas multistage renovation. While it rebuilds the rooms are a flashback with vintage 70’s whicker a la an older Marriott or Holiday Inn. Still, behind the dust and scaffolding the staff is friendly, the rooms are clean, cheap and it’s directly on The Strip in the center of action. A room bargain at the price, especially during a Vegas convention the size of CES. Looking at The Quad’s remodel plans this is probably the last year The Quad will be affordable to the masses, a.k.a. me.
Next up on the daily schedule, Ellis Island Casino and Microbrewery, land of $15.99 racks of ribs ($12.99 if you spend 5 minutes getting a Players card), $3 slices of Metro pizza and $2 microbrews, with Karaoke thrown in. All a “Vegas” block off the strip. What happens to my diet, and dignity, in Vegas stays in Vegas.