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Cisco Live! Orlando 2018

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Technology,Travel,Work at 3:08 PM

Last week I attended my second Cisco Live! conference in Orlando (last year was my first in Vegas; next year will be San Diego). It blows my mind how much it must cost to host 25,000 people in a facility like the Orange County Convention Center – setup, food twice a day, video production for keynotes and sessions, utilities, staffing, etc. And then there was the customer appreciation event Wednesday night at Universal Studios, which not only included exclusive access to the original park for four hours, but also had free food and drinks everywhere and big name concerts from Leon Bridges, Cake and Sam Hunt. No wonder my annual maintenance bill never goes down…

Speaking of bills, I needed to do this trip on the cheap, so I stayed with my brother and his wife and leaned on them for ground transportation (along with some 25% off Lyft rides). He took me to Animal Kingdom on Sunday night after I arrived so I could check out the new(ish) Avatar stuff. Na’vi River Journey has the cool Audio-Animatronics Shaman of Songs, while Flight of Passage lived up to the nearly two hour wait. We had dinner at the excellent Satu’li Canteen, which really elevates the whole theme park food quality experience, in my opinion.

My conference pass this time was a new intermediate “Imagine” badge, so I didn’t get access to all of the sessions (or a T-shirt or backpack). It did get me into all of the keynotes and Innovation Showcase presentations, though, along with the “World of Solutions” trade show, the party at Universal and free food for breakfast and lunch each day. I found most of the sessions to be useful and not just a week-long sales pitch to buy new stuff (like you get at some conferences). I learned about a lot of new technology trends, including improved security techniques, software-defined networking and container-based development, along with the evolution of the Cisco platforms and products we’ve deployed at the stadium (which thankfully I don’t need to replace right away).

After the conference wrapped up, I had a little extra time to kill before flying home (I wish the standby rules for Delta were more customer friendly). I spent some more time checking out all the changes at Disney Springs, where I had had dinner earlier in the week with my brother at Art Smith’s wonderful Homecomin’ restaurant. World of Disney was half-closed for remodeling, but I still managed to find some things for people. It was interesting to see retail additions like UNIQLO and the dining scene continues to impress with the likes of Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar and The Boathouse (in addition to all of the old favorites). Also caught Deadpool 2 at the AMC and made a quick trip to Tampa to check out the very impressive Seminole Hard Rock Tampa complex.

See you in San Diego?

This was a nice one

Posted Friday, June 15th, 2018 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 1:28 PM

Glad I took a couple hours to visit

$140 on a 45-cent bet

Posted Friday, June 15th, 2018 09:50 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 9:50 AM

Hard Rock Tampa is super nice

Cake does not disappoint

Posted Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 10:54 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Travel,Weather at 10:54 PM

Enough with the live in the moment crap, though

Disney Springs night

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Travel at 6:25 PM

Iron Chef, no more! Hitting up Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Innovation Showcase

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Travel,Work at 2:56 PM

Lots of interesting presentations @ Cisco Live!

Florida NerdFest 🤓

Posted Monday, June 11th, 2018 08:58 am GMT -5 in Technology,Travel,Work at 8:58 AM

Cisco Live! 2018, Orlando

Hard to believe it’s 20 years

Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2018 06:33 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 6:33 PM

Mr. Safari from day one

Off to Orlando

Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2018 06:25 am GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 6:25 AM

The early air choo-choo

City of Stars

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:36 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Music,Travel at 6:36 PM

Is this the start of something wonderful and new? Or one more dream that I cannot make true?

Manhattan Beach FTW

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:34 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 6:34 PM

Still my favorite in South Bay

Check and check

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:32 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 6:32 PM

Covered them both on this vacation

The beachcomber

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Travel at 6:31 PM

SK ❤️ seashells

🎶 City of stars… ❤️

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:30 pm GMT -5 in Family,Movies,Travel at 6:30 PM

La La Land Day, part II

Knott’s memory #2

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 06:49 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 6:49 PM

Crazy long waits here these days

Knott’s memory #1

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 05:54 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 5:54 PM

It was much more impressive when I was little

Boysenberry everything

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 05:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 5:53 PM

This place has changed a lot

Doges love Dole Whip

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:46 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Pets,Travel at 11:46 AM

Isn’t that right, Luna?

Magical

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:44 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:44 AM

Fireworks over Big Thunder

So good we did it again

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:42 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 11:42 AM

Plaza Inn FTW

Toy Story 1, Buzz 0

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:39 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Games,Travel at 11:39 AM

At least I beat her on one of them

What a wonderful place

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:37 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:37 AM

Got our money’s worth on Sunday

An instant classic

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:35 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:35 AM

The single rider line is key

The choo-choos of Disneyland

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:33 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:33 AM

I love you, choo-choo

Luigi knows how to drive

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:29 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 11:29 AM

Such an original “simple” ride

🎶 Remember me… ❤️

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 3:40 PM

Coco forever

We are all Groot

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Movies,Travel at 12:34 PM

They better leave the Tower alone in Florida

Crowded, but very cool

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:22 am GMT -5 in Museums,Science,Travel at 12:22 AM

Can’t believe I never went there until now

Too far to walk this time

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:18 am GMT -5 in Travel at 12:18 AM

Observatory to Hollywood sign = 3.5 miles each way

Grand Central = Midtown Global

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:13 am GMT -5 in Art,Family,Food,Travel at 12:13 AM

Just warmer (and with pigeons)

LA Slut

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:55 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:55 PM

Just like Vegas

Don’t want to know this

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:54 pm GMT -5 in Museums,Science,Travel at 11:54 PM

Sidewalks @ Griffith Observatory

Childhood favorite #4

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:01 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:01 AM

The wildest ride in the wilderness

The corn dog was on point

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:00 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 11:00 AM

Red Wagon on Main Street

Childhood favorite #3

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 04:13 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 4:13 PM

Pirates Forever

Someday (I hope)

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 04:09 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 4:09 PM

Club 33 @ New Orleans Square

Childhood favorite #2

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 1:28 PM

Still mostly the same as when it opened

Childhood favorite #1

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 10:59 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 10:59 AM

Love, love, love the Matterhorn

Leaving Las Vegas

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 05:14 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes,Travel at 5:14 PM

Used to be I could drive up to Barstow for the night…

Don’t mess with Samurai

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:35 am GMT -5 in History,Museums,Travel at 3:35 AM

Great exhibit at BGFA

Spring has sprung

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:34 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel,Weather at 3:34 AM

At least in Nevada

Marketing geniuses

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:30 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Hockey,Travel at 3:30 AM

Who would’ve thought Vegas would go hockey mad?

Shark Reef was A+

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 8:21 PM

Mandalay Bay presentation was really cool

Lions, Tigers and Dolphins

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Travel at 8:19 PM

MK @ the Secret Garden

No, *you* the frog

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 02:42 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 2:42 PM

My alternative to Orchid

Gordo owns Vegas now

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 12:07 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 12:07 PM

Seriously, he’s everywhere now

Linq alley keeps improving

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 12:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 12:05 PM

Too bad the hotel part is so awful

It me

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 12:04 pm GMT -5 in Art,Travel at 12:04 PM

Don’t remember posing for this

Back at the Mirage

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 3:28 PM

For two nights…

These scallops are raw!

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 03:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 3:22 PM

SK @ Gordo’s Vegas

Damn tourists

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 01:55 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 1:55 PM

Had to stop – it was on the way

Mixed feelings

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 07:15 am GMT -5 in Travel at 7:15 AM

I want to love you, Sun Country

Watch out, clown

Posted Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 06:20 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:20 AM

Chick-fil-A breakfast is A+

Waiting for Hotlanta

Posted Monday, March 19th, 2018 07:27 am GMT -5 in Travel at 7:27 AM

Delayed by an oxygen mask

21st Century Clown

Posted Monday, March 19th, 2018 06:16 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:16 AM

This was quick and easy, MSP

Looks like I need to go back

Posted Thursday, March 8th, 2018 10:56 am GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Travel at 10:56 AM

https://www.golfadvisor.com/articles/streamsong-course-debate-17673.htm#.WqFntxpOhkU.twitter

Thanks John & Cathy

Posted Sunday, March 4th, 2018 02:20 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Travel at 2:20 PM

Nice to be back again

Still a classic

Posted Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:59 PM

VC 🍕

Trains rule, example #597

Posted Monday, January 22nd, 2018 04:20 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 4:20 PM

No driving today, thank you

A turkey to close 🦃 🎳

Posted Thursday, October 19th, 2017 08:42 am GMT -5 in Family,Sports,Travel at 8:42 AM

Not bad for being rusty

Is this Thunder Bay?

Posted Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 10:20 pm GMT -5 in Design,Travel at 10:20 PM

Radisson Duluth seems a bit frozen in time

Five stars all the way, baby

Posted Thursday, October 5th, 2017 08:53 am GMT -5 in Links,Travel at 8:53 AM

https://www.thekingsburyhotel.com/

Bruno Mars at T-Mobile Arena

Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music,Travel at 7:29 PM

It seems like forever ago already, but one of the highlights of our Vegas trip last month was a private concert by Bruno Mars at the new T-Mobile Arena that the Golden Knights will call home. The Cisco Live! conference had around 28,000 attendees and most of them tried to squeeze into the arena for the roughly 80 minute set (with no opener and no encore).

We had passes to get in early and were herded to the upper level concourse for free food and drinks. Before the full doors opened, we worked our way down to the arena floor and I got a spot on the end of the front barrier. Bruno and his crew spent more time in the middle of the stage, but it was still a great spot to watch them up close. Conference organizers handed out free hats with flashing lights, so the place was really more electric than it would normally be with a bunch of nerds.

Kid two was more than a little salty that 1) I got to see him first and 2) that I was that close (when Bruno came to my side of the stage, he was literally about four feet away). Ended up taking way more video than usual, just so she could experience it too. No merch for sale and I didn’t get a set list, but it was pretty much what you’d expect. My favorites were the big hits: That’s What I Like, 24K Magic, Just the Way You Are and (of course) Uptown Funk.

Amazing performer, great show (more pics after the jump).


Not the Fourth

Posted Saturday, July 8th, 2017 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 5:02 PM

…but still lots of fun, though

The Cadillac of Mines

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 08:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 8:59 PM

A return to the Soudan Underground Mine

Shusters on twelve tee

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 07:54 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 7:54 PM

36 holes @ The Wilderness is too much for my tired hands

The Andersons on three tee

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 12:21 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 12:21 PM

The Wilderness is still the greatest

Canoeing on Vermilion

Posted Monday, July 3rd, 2017 02:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports,Travel at 2:54 PM

So much work, but well worth it

A partial recovery

Posted Monday, July 3rd, 2017 02:53 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 2:53 PM

I’d really like that top one, though

Marina walk with the girls

Posted Monday, July 3rd, 2017 02:51 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Travel at 2:51 PM

Always liked that carving

 

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