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NYC Vs. Vegas: 10 Fun Interop Differences

Which city has enough neon light to circle the entire continental United States? Learn the answer and other funky facts about Vegas and NYC -- site of the next Interop conference.
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zerox203
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8/14/2014 | 9:53:24 AM
10 Fun Interop Differences
I must admit, I did not know most of these (other than the obvious stuff, like New York cabs being dangerous.) I at first read the neon lights one as 'Vegas is switching to more green types of lighting' and my initial response was 'no way'... and then I got to 'of course, Vegas would never do that.' Phew. All is right with the world. Truth be told, your and Susan's fun articles this week have really made a great case and remind me why I like going to shows and conventions - not just because of the great time and big developments at the convention itself (the truth is, you can get half of that from the online coverage without leaving your home), but because they're a great excuse to travel! Food, super hero supply stores, and killer crocodiles - what's not to love?

As for New York itself, it's easy to see why it's such a hotspot for events. It makes basic sense that the bigger the city, the bigger the population, the more there is to do - but there are plenty of big cities in the US, and New York just seems to have that special 'X factor' that is impossible to replicate anywhere else. I've actually only been there once, when I was still in middle school, and I knew it even then. Boston (my home) is a big city, too, with plenty of it's own history... but's it's not the same. That said, I would love to see an Interop Boston some day! We have a comic-con, a PAX, and even a Star Trek convention (that most of the guests cancel for), so why not? I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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8/14/2014 | 9:58:14 AM
Subways!
Any NYC list should include subways where, yes, some rats ARE (or at least were, back when I rode the Lexington line) as big as dogs. I've seen them.
Jim Donahue
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8/14/2014 | 3:17:18 PM
Re: Subways!
The wildlife is smaller today, Alison. Now the NYC subways have bedbugs. (No, I'm not kidding.)
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8/14/2014 | 4:11:45 PM
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So I read. Who'd have thought rats would be the better choice?!
Thomas Claburn
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8/14/2014 | 7:16:31 PM
Re: Subways!
>Now the NYC subways have bedbugs. (No, I'm not kidding.)

Book now at Hairbnb...
Susan_Nunziata
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8/28/2014 | 7:10:20 PM
Re: Subways!
@Jim: Please don't encourage my irrational fears of bedbugs...

Aside from human wildlife, I have encountered the following in my years riding the NYC subway: A lost cat (in the 42nd St. pedestrian tunnel that connects the No. 7 to the A/C/E lines); a humongous rat that brushed against my leg while I was seated on a platform bench (needless to say I always stand on the platforms now); a winged cockroach the size of my hand (I have small hands); a pigeon (granted, this was on an elevated line so the poor thing did have an escape route at least) and countless scurrying rodents running around the tracks and platforms.

None of these encounters have scared me as much as the ones I've had with a select few subway-riding humans...

 
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8/28/2014 | 7:17:02 PM
Re: Subways!
@Susan- I have to say none of those vermin seem nearly as scary as what you'll meet at 4AM in the poker room at the Rio on a Wednesday night. :)
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8/28/2014 | 7:19:23 PM
Re: Subways!
@Dave: If you want to talk about which city is creepier at 4 a.m., Vegas definitely wins. You can ask me how I know this, but I'll plead the fifth. 
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8/14/2014 | 7:45:32 PM
NYC Vs. Vegas
Both cities, well very different, are a blast. I am a native New Yorker and got married in Las Vegas, so I have a soft spot for both. I hope to make Interop NYC this year as I live in the city. Looking forward to it. BTW  I agree, the NYC cabs can be smelly and scary!
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8/14/2014 | 11:08:06 PM
Re: NYC Vs. Vegas
When they hold this event in New Orleans, then I will be impressed. It would be a nice middle meeting spot between the desert and NYC, and there's no place like NOLA to turn a conference into spring break. You can really get to know colleagues and acquintances on Bourbon St. 
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8/18/2014 | 1:15:34 PM
wait a second wait a second
Dave, I've got to disagree with you on Nicolas Cage. His best movie is Raising Arizona, which is set neither in Vegas nor New York. But MOONSTRUCK was set in New York, and that has to win. I LOST MY HAND! I LOST MY BRIDE!
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8/20/2014 | 8:03:06 PM
Las Vegas has the craps tables, but if you want to bet really big, itís hard to beat Wall Street.
Interop NYC is also bringing together the primary NYC vertical industries; the biggest is Finance followed by Gov/ed, Professional Business Services. 
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8/28/2014 | 3:40:51 PM
Now I want to visit both places
David, you're killing my travel budget, you're making me want to visit both places. The aligator in the sewer legend is a favorite of mine and made me laugh when you got to it. Love the strange similarities and difference between each city.
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8/28/2014 | 7:13:54 PM
NY wildlife
@Dave: While Vegas certainly boasts its share of non-human wildlife, NYC can't be beat for its variety of species. Alligator in the sewer legends notwithstanding, among the creatures great and small that can be seen on the island of Manhattan are: Coyotes; Falcons; Racoons; Opposum; Geese; Snakes; Wild Parrots; ;and the occasional beer or deer that somehow manages to get across the GWB from Jersey without paying the toll.

I heart NY.
David Wagner
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8/28/2014 | 7:15:38 PM
Re: NY wildlife
Out of curiosity, what is the toll for a bear to cross the GWB? Just in case I see one panhandlong.
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8/28/2014 | 7:17:02 PM
Re: NY wildlife
@Dave: Depends on how many axles it has.
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David Wagner,
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8/28/2014 | 7:17:49 PM
Re: NY wildlife
I love when I set up a joke for someone and they deliver. :)
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