Gear Diary’s CES 2013 Taxi Confessions Part 1

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My first year at CES was 2009. The economy was in the tank and, as a result, the event was relatively small and scaled back. Most of the action took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center with a few scattered meetings in a handful of hotel suites. Not so this year. While the Convention Center is hopping CES has also taken over the Convention Center next to the Mandalay Bay and more meetings that ever are taking place in hotel suites. As a result Judie and I are spending more time in taxis than ever.

Our first cab ride together was with a 71 year old cabbie who retired 7 years ago but whose wife told him, “Welcome to retirement… now get a job.”(You know how it goes- “For better or worse but not for lunch…”) He had some great stories so… we decided to films him.

We were amused enough that we asked the next driver to tell us some stories. The first he shared was far too raunchy for Gear Diary. We asked him for a slightly cleaner one and this is what he said.

Can you even imagine what Las Vegas cabbies see? As one driver put it, “People let themselves to things here that they would NEVER do elsewhere.” We’re trying to get a few more examples on camera. 🙂

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.