March 28, 2004
This last piece of the Vegas Report Series got lost in the shuffle somewhere, so here it is. And I'm going to talk about how this was a "business" trip. When I mention that, people often give me a weird look like, "Ya buddy, business. Whatever you say." I admit it, initially this was at most, a working vacation (4 Aces related, which by the way may get reorganized, yet again). But once I discovered that a certain event was taking place the weekend we were going to be there, it became a legitimate business trip. After all, I was now attending Las Vegas as a member of the working media.|
Remember that radio program that I beat into your head that I host and produce? Well, as host and executive producer of the random radio show, that does indeed broadcast in Orange County, I have credentials that establishes me as a member of the press. You better recognize.
Truthfully, I don't over-utilize my press credentials to the maximum I can. I only use it if I'm gathering material for the show. And this event in Las Vegas fit the bill perfectly.
So what was this event? Why the 2004 Adult Video News Awards and Tradeshow (more commonly known as the AVNs. In essence, the porn Oscars!)
We opted out of going to Awards show, but we spent two days working the Tradeshow. Let's start with Friday. When we had arrived, the show opened up to the fans. And it was absolutely packed. As me and my crew headed to the media room to register, we pass the ticket booths. No joke, the line just to get a ticket was an hour and a half long. Zoinks!
We tried to move through the crowd and it was mad house. Mad, mad, mad house. The longest lines were for Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson. We tried to get close for some interviews, but it was way too busy. We scouted the scene to pick our spots for the next day when we'd come during the trade-and-press only times.
Of course that night, we were up until 4:30am. Woke up at 9am. Imagine 4 of us, running around desperately trying to get ready to be at the Sands Convention Center to maximize our time there. Surprisingly, none of us were groggy. (I think I ended up with only 12 hours of sleep during the 4 days I was there).
Most of the adult film superstars weren't there as of yet. So we went around interviewing the fine folks from Real Dolls (makers of life-size silicone & latex dolls with a titanium and PVC skeleton. By far, the most interesting interview I've ever done), Virgin Again (makers of a lubricant that promotes vaginal tightening), Boy Toys (little vibrators that look like Playmobil figures), Bonkum (makers of bed stirrups among others), and other fine adult novelty manufacturers and distributors. In in my journeys through the show, I scored an interview with the President and COO of Private Entertainment, whose "Private Gladiator" won a truckload of AVNs last year was trying to score again with "Cleopatra" (it didn't win).
I took a few pictures of Val with some of the actresses there. Sorry, but most of those pictures are for the personal archives. And got a few autographs as well. But of course, instead of having the autographs made to me, everything was signed to Valerie. Porn stars love it when the ladies come up to them. All in all, I got a good chunk of material for the show that I had to break it up over two broadcasts. If you want more details, you should have tuned in. Maybe I'll slap it on a CD and sell it on the random radio shoppe (which is getting overhauled as we speak). Just maybe.
But let me share a few observations about the show. There were a good number of ladies looking like porn stars that were attending as fans. I was informed by a staffer at one of the film booths that these ladies come to break into the industry. Yes, porn star wannabes. Usually, they bring in their own "demos" to show to the big film company to land some work. Hey, if you've got the dream.
But if you want to see the interesting goods in a show like this, go to the back of the room. Near the entrances for both press and public, you'll find the big companies paying for big booths: Vivid, Wicked, Adam & Eve, etc. In the back is where you'll find significantly smaller groups trying to hock their wares. The aforementioned Virgin Again was tucked away back there. And being part of the press scored us free samples of their aforementioned vagina tightener and erectile enhancer that works better than Viagra, especially if you're a diabetic. That that we need any of that... yet (I'll hold onto this for when I'm 70+).
Last observation about the show. The number one complaint of the porn stars is not the fondling, or the drooling, or any comments hurled their way. It's the flash photography. When talking to Stephanie Swift, Val asked how she's holding up on, what was then, day 3. Her sole complaint was that her eyes hurt with all the flashes from the cameras. So friends, if you're going to a tradeshow of this nature, easy on the flashes. Do it for the ladies.
Coming up in June is the Erotica-LA tradeshow (click over to erotica-la.com for all the info). Now that I have a little seasoning, and a little more advance warning, perhaps I'll have time to do, ahem, "research." Of course, once I informed Station Manager Connie that I got some great material for the show and that the Erotic-LA show is coming, she got all excited and was making plans to get all the KTST on-air talent into that show. I love radio.
Well friends, that's a wrap for the Vegas Report. Of course, for more info on the random radio show, click over to randomradioshow.com and for a recap of the 2004 AVN Awards, click over to avnawards.com.
March 20, 2004
March 3, 2004
Name: Sheba & Inuka
Age: Sheba:???, Inuka: 13 years
The Info: The white coats of Sheba and Inuka turned green a few weeks ago from algae growing in their hollow hair shafts, said Vincent Tan, a spokesman for the Singapore zoo. "The harmless algae is the result of Singapore's warm and humid tropical conditions," Tan said.
Sheba's coat was successfully bleached with hydrogen peroxide 2 1/2 weeks ago and Inuka will be given a similar treatment in three weeks, Tan said. The zoo wanted to observe Sheba's reaction to the treatment before bleaching Inuka, he said. For now, Inuka remains mottled with bright grass-colored splotches behind his ears, on his back and legs.
Location: Mendoza, Argentina (700 miles west of Buenos Aires)
Age: 23 years
Cause: Dermatitis Treatment
The Info: Pelusa was sprayed with an antiseptic spray that turned her normally white fur a dark shade of violet. The unusual color - a temporary side effect of the treatment for dermatitis - has turned the aging bear into a minor celebrity in Argentina and prompted thousands of schoolchildren and tourists to make their way to the Jardin Zoologico de Mendoza in the western city beneath the snow-capped Andes.
The spray applied to Pelusa is similar to one used by pediatricians to treat children's scraped knees or lab technicians to stain micro-organisms for examination under microscopes. Pelusa, a 395-pound bear has been temporarily placed in a cage because of the treatment, and is separated from her mate, Arturo. The separation was needed to keep Pelusa from taking her regular plunge into an icy pool of water at the polar bear compound. That would have washed away the medicine prematurely. Once Pelusa begins to swim again, "she will lose her violet color" quickly.
Location: In the wild: Unites States, Russia, Canada, Norway, Greenland.
Name: scientifically "Ursus maritimus" or sea bear.
Cause: Hollow hair shafts
The Info: Despite what our eyes tell us, a polar bear's fur is not white. Each hair shaft is pigment-free and transparent with a hollow core. Polar bears look white because the hollow core scatters and reflects visible light, much like ice and snow does.
Polar bears are the world's largest land predators. They top the food chain in the Arctic, where they dine primarily on seals. Adult male polar bears weigh from 775 to more than 1,500 pounds. Females are considerably smaller, normally weighing 330 to 550 pounds.
February 3, 2004
Do you feel a draft?
Gosh, I'm cold!
January 26, 2004
January 17, 2004
Less "Rrrr." More T & A.