Mr. PQ and I are headed to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. (Disclaimer: For those savvy social media thugs thinking to burglarize our home while we are away, allow me to dissuade you with the knowledge that a very well-armed housekeeper is on the premises and frankly, you’d be disappointed as we don’t own jack: unless you include Mr. PQ’s invaluable beard grooming kit, which he will most likely take with him as he doesn’t travel anywhere without an impeccably groomed beard).
Anyhoo. Back to CES and Las Vegas. I’ve not returned to Sin City and CES since our first traverse there in 2011. Pad & Quill was a fledgling company with a few bookbindery cases for iPad and some paper napkin sketches of wallet styled cases for iPhones. We walked 273 miles of convention center floor, barely surviving the epilepsy inducing lights and carcinogenic haboobs of second hand smoke. As you can tell, the intensity of my desire to return is surpassed only by Mr. PQ’s enraptured knowledge of my Wild intent to hike a part of the Pacific Crest Trail, as we will be in the vicinity, sort of.
Not being particularly interested in gambling, for the sake of gambling, the tables and slots hold little allure for either of us. We might plug a few quarters into a Texas Hold ‘em machine, while sipping comped drinks and watching NFL playoff games. What truly intrigue me however, are prop bets. For the uninitiated, a “prop” bet is a bet constructed as an ancillary to an event. For instance, Superbowl prop bets might include: In which quarter will Gisele Bündchen appear on the television camera, sipping Bollinger Blanc de Noir from a crystal flute in her right hand. Or in which game minute will Jerry Jones come-over flop, in a Chris Christie like frenzy, down the center of his forehead? And finally, if it is a Romo v Manning Superbowl, which team doctor will be better equipped to intervene with the Heimlich Maneuver, thus saving their team from Superbowl infamy.
One prop bet I would certainly back is that folks are going to love our new self-propping Bella Vida for iPhone 6 Plus. This American full grain leather wallet is a well- crafted masterpiece of functionality, replete with the beauty and aesthetic design you’ve come to expect from a Pad & Quill product. Sadly, for us mere mortals who carry the iPhone 6, the Bella Vida is still in design production, and won’t be immediately available, so I will be stealing Mr. PQ’s iPhone 6 Plus at various times to post comparison pictures of the Bella Vida and various Vegas landmarks. My contention that it is the small, thoughtful, supportive things that lend to a beautiful life. Big, bold Vegas may prove me wrong, but I wouldn’t bet on it.