19 September 2012

My Vegas post

I got this in my email this morning:
From: elle.anderson-at-casinotop10.net

Hi Chris,

I've been a follower of your blog now as I also love the trails. I enjoy reading your point of views especially the images when you're on the trails. In relation to this, I hope we can do a post on the upcoming interbike event in LV. I know your readers will like it. And I will add something with the post that could help some of your readers that will visit the event.

I look forward to your response.
Now, I'm just as open to flattery as the next writer. I'll admit, there's a certain amount of a buzz I get when someone I've never met tells me they've read my blog. Or even long-time acquaintances whom I had no idea even knew I wrote anything. But when Elle tells me she loves trails and has something for my readers if I post about Interbike, I'm afraid only one thing comes to mind:
Disturbance by Dicky
And that's just wrong.

No, I'm not in Vegas this week. Can I get an "Amen!"? We chose not to head to Sin City last year, and to focus our hard-earned dollars elsewhere -- I tell you, the cash you need just to free up a pallet from the netherlands of the Sands Convention Center is obscene. There's a joke among bike folk: "How do you make a million bucks in this industry? Start with two million." I swear half that loss is spent in Vegas.

Last time I went to Interbike, I watched what I ate, got lots of sleep, wore my compression socks everywhere, took the redeye home, fell asleep on the couch, and when I stood up, I passed out cold on the floor. It was frightening. Frightening like trying to go for a run in the pre-dawn hour on the Strip, when all the folks who look like that picture above are headed home and all the casinos are hosing down the streets. On the one hand, you're trying to be healthy; on the other, you just know something underneath is toxic as hell.

So, sorry to disappoint Elle-at-casinotop10. No show for me this year. And sorry readers, I just don't have that little something-something she's promising. You'll just have to find it somewhere else.


TheMutt said...

Funny, I got that same exact e-mail this morning.

clay said...

I thought she liked my blog the best!