This weekend I'll be heading out to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2012 SHOT Show. Lars and I will be there taking photos, shooting videos and sitting down with various people to see what new and exciting things are happening in the industry.
In past years I've been the one to stay behind and hold down the fort here at NRA Headquarters while others went off to starry Las Vegas only to return, exhausted, a week later. I was always told the exhaustion came from long hours on the expo floor – right. The world's largest exposition for the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries wouldn't be held in Las Vegas if everyone was working the entire time.
As I began preparing for SHOT Show these past couple weeks, I realized that for the NRAblog staff "all work and no play" may just be the reality.
Editing photos and video, transcribing interviews and frantically writing new blog posts appear to be what's in store for me once the sun goes down. I have an idea of what to expect, but am repeatedly told I can't begin to imagine how vast the expo reaches through the Sands Expo and Convention Center and how hectic the days are.
I am going to find out, one way or another, just how big and bad SHOT Show is when I arrive next week. Like Lars, friends and family hear "Vegas" and think I'm going on vacation. While I wish this were the case, I have the feeling that when I return my claims of how much time was spent behind the lens of a camera or hunched over a laptop will be met with the same rolling of the eyes I used to give my coworkers.
You, on the other hand, can expect plenty of entertainment from our updates – and that's what matters most.