Left Los Angeles about 24 hours behind schedule due to some conflicting obligations.
You wouldn't believe how hard it is to pack for a 6 day trip and fit everything into a convertible, particularly when you can't use the trunk because that's where the hardtop is stored. Didn't help that about half my 'luggage' is food and supplements, as I intent to stick to my diet this week. Not that it mattered though, I was only able to keep the top down for about the first hour of the trip. The weather was not conducive for top down travel. Not enough rain to get anything seriously wet (at least where I was traveling through) but enough to preclude leaving the top down.
Have to say that the rooms at the Venetian are quite nice. I've ranted quite a bit in the past about how I don't particularly care for Las Vegas as a site for a technical conference, but if you have to be here this is a rather nice place to stay. My only complaint so far was how difficult it was (at least for me) to find the check-in area.
Pretty good view from my room as well. I actually intend to visit the pool this year. 2 or 3 years we were at Mandalay Bay, and I never actually made it to the pool!
Fortunately, I was able to find the conference area a lot easier than I was able to find the check-in area. Unfortunately, unless you're signed in for a pre-conference class (which I'm not) you can't register today. I'll have to wait until tomorrow, and try to find some time to do it in the middle of an all day meeting.
In case you're flying in, they have luggage check-in facilities near registration for your return. I used such a service at an Adobe Max conference a few years back and found it incredibly helpful. No lugging all the luggage around to the airport, just drop it off an the registration area and it makes it to the airport on it's own. Won't be of any use for me this year given that I drove up.
Meanwhile, just exploring the facilities, including the gondola ride (just looking, not riding).