This is a rare blog entry for me. I don't usually make extensive text posts, but I'm without recording equipment at the moment (it gets heavy) and I'm right in the middle of the Macworld show floor. In fact, I'm sitting in the Microsoft Bloggers' Lounge. There, I've plugged my hosts, which is only fair, since I'm drinking their Diet Dr. Pepper and using their Internet connection.
Interestingly, and accidentally, too, Microsoft is the company that's offered me the most food at this show. I attended an MS press event last night and filled up on pot stickers and other delicacies, and now I'm swilling that rarest of commodities in San Francisco, my beloved Diet DP.
The Bloggers' Lunge is a mid-sized booth on the show floor, with big squashy chairs and couches, and tables with iMacs. There's a guy up front who asks you to sign in, and the place really isn't very crowded. No waiting for the iMacs. I can't say that's true in the press room, interestingly enough. Nor can I get so much as a glass of water in the press room, so this is the place to be.
Does it sound to you as if I'm totally gone on the freebies, expecting and exploiting the opportunity to flash my press pass? You'd be surprised. I do not have the schmoozing and scamming power (I got in trouble for using that word last night) of many of my colleagues. They come home with leather bags, iPod cases made from endangered species (OK, not really), and boxes of software. I usually score some party invites a few t-shirts, and a combination yo yo/pocket knife. I am a bad freebie filcher.
The show floor feels busy today, but not impassable. Only in the narrow aisles on the ends have I found myself sidestepping multiple large men with rolling bags, and groups of gawkers speaking in languages I do not understand. Here in "big booth" land, you can breathe, and you can hear the sounds of breaking glass part of some demo) mixed with the drone of hired guns trying to sell photo managment software, printers, and iPod docks.