Checking out new products at IBS in Las Vegas
I’ve always traveled a lot all over the country for both business and pleasure. I am on my way home now from a long trip, and I can’t wait to make it there. Every time I head home from a trip, I think about what occurred over the course of the trip, and this one was memorable.
It started about 17 days ago when I headed to Las Vegas for the International Builders’ Show. I go every year to tape an episode and check out all the new stuff that is introduced and featured. The taping went well, along with numerous meetings and dinners. Also, a great night at the Penn and Teller show at the Rio.
After the Builders’ show ended, another began in Vegas two days later. NATPE—the National Association of Television Programming Executives—held its annual conference at Mandalay Bay, and it was very weak. In its heyday (10 years ago), NATPE was the place to be. All the new shows were being introduced, the stars turned out, and business was done. We usually picked up numerous stations at the event to air our show, but this year I’m not sure there were any stations there at all. The economy has canceled a lot of business travel, but we made the best of it with a few meetings that will help us to expand my brand.
I left Vegas for two quick nights at home, and then it was off to New York for a visit with Rachael Ray. I taped a special piece with a family out in NJ, then a studio piece with Rachael in front of a live audience that turned out great. It was a blast, and I can’t wait for you to see it on air in a few weeks. I’ll keep you posted.
I also spent a couple of special nights while there with my oldest daughter, Chelsea, who goes to school in NYC. We saw The Lion King one night and the living legend himself . . . Les Paul, on another night. What a treat to see someone 93 years old play the heck out of his guitar and entertain better than someone half his age.
Ok, so I do have a little fun on the road from time to time, and one of the best parts is having viewers of my show come up to me and talk about home improvement. I really appreciate you saying hello.