When a man is tired of life, he's ready for tradeshows, as someone famous once (nearly) said.
Maybe it’s the acres of gleaming white, sanitized space; maybe it’s the bad black coffee; or maybe it’s the potent smell of BS lingering in the air like a fart at a funeral. But by the end of such an event your Unstrung correspondent could really do with a laugh -- or at least something a little out of the ordinary -- to add some sparkle to the tedium of the day.
Sadly, these things were in short supply at this year's show [ed. note: impending military conflict will do that to ya], but it was still there if you looked closely, especially at the Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) booth:
"Doesn't this drive you up the wall, hearing this all the time?" Unstrung asked Agilent's press representative.
"Actually, if you listen to the lyrics they're quite informative." Well, Rock On then!
Come on! We know this is New Orleans (y'all), but spicy is the last thing that comes to mind when thinking of this dependable yet boring carrier. Next time, can we suggest that the Nextel marketing department hands out a nice pair of sensible shoes…
This correspondent's feet are killing him.
— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung