There is an annual conference I try to attend when it is on the west coast. I've been to the ones in Portland, Spokane and San Diego. This year they just announced it is going to be in Las Vegas, AND over my birthday weekend.. Or so I thought. Once I started thinking about how I've done the conventions before, I am not sure I can do one in Vegas. Typically I'm down in the convention around 8am for coffee and some of the pre-workshop things, then classes from 9-12 and again 1-5. Dinner is usually room service as I decipher and re-write all my notes from the day. Typically there are meet-ups and evening events, but I tend to avoid them as I'm usually exhausted and my brain is buzzing with all I've learned from the day's events. But... Vegas. For me Vegas is sleeping in late and being lazy until at least lunchtime. Then I wander, gamble, explore and drink until 3-4am. This is not going to be compatible with the conference. Hmm.. Spokane was easy. I don't think I left the hotel, except to go eat with a friend at a nearby restaurant. Portland and San Diego had a bit more wandering, but mostly it was all conference, all the time. So, I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has done a conference or work thing in Vegas and how did it effect your typical kind of trip? Is it possible to both "do Vegas" and "do the conference"? I think the location being off-Strip will help me from wandering too far, but I'm afraid I'm going to over-extend myself if I try to do it all.