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Journey To UnGagged: Road Chip

Discussion in 'UnGagged Las Vegas' started by Zwielicht, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Administrator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    This is a thread I've been meaning to write for a while now. You see, I've been interested in attending UnGagged for a few of years already, but due to some personal issues, I was unable to attend. However, even if I hadn't been dealing with any issues, I still probably would've hesitated for three reasons:
    1. I've never travelled to Vegas alone.
    2. I wasn't sure what kind of people attend UnGagged.
    3. I felt I didn't know enough about UnGagged to warrant going.
    I figured I'm not the only one who was in this predicament, so I'm writing this thread for those of you who, like me, were hesitating on whether or not you should take the plunge and go.

    Why I Took The Plunge
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    I don't normally attend SEO events, but what piqued my interest in UnGagged specifically is that I won't feel like a total stranger at the event; I know I'm going to meet some familiar faces (err, avatars), and I know a handful of my friends are going as well. Couple that with that fact that I already have some vague familiarity with it from Black Hat World, so choosing UnGagged was a no-brainer for me.

    Researching The Event
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    As I mentioned earlier, I was curious to see what kind of people attend UnGagged. My imagination is a bit overactive, so I was imagining A LOT of latex and whips (Oops, right, this is for UnGagged, not Gagged :anyway:), I mean hard-core, in-your-face sales associates and extroverted SEOs. Admittedly, I'm fairly shy and don't speak much in-person, so this would be a huge turn-off, especially since there aren't any latex and whips around :smirk:!

    However, I watched as many clips of the event (not the speakers, but rather the reception areas) as I could find and I spoke with some of the attendees about the event. As unsurprising as it may be, the attendees are just regular, everyday people. Some of them are dressed formally, some are in business casual attire, some of them are dressed casually, and I kid you not, there was a photo of a speaker dressed as a penguin. In other words, there's no white tie dress code.

    If you're more concerned about the speakers and topics that are going to be covered, the UnGagged website and the Twitter feed have some information on that. But again, these resources didn't provide me with enough information for me to feel comfortable enough to go, hence the research I said I did earlier.

    Planning In Advance

    Since I'll be gone for about a week, it's important for me to plan this trip in advance. This means getting someone to watch my house and my cat, which I already did. But that's not all I had to plan in advance for...

    Money
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    Despite how close I live to Vegas this is by no means going to be an extremely cheap trip. I mean, it's not too costly for me to get over there, but the majority of you attending the event will need to save up money and factor in the cost of airfare, food, gas/petrol, car rentals, hotel rates, travellers insurance, and of course that extra money set aside for emergencies.

    My Itinerary/Travelling
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    I contemplated taking a plane up there, but I ultimately decided just to drive to Las Vegas just because I can. It's roughly 250 miles to get to Las Vegas from where I live, which translates to a four hour drive (I know, not much of a "road chip"). The freeway up there, from what I know, isn't too bad of a drive; it's just a long-stretch. Since I'm driving up there, my AAA membership will come in handy should something happen on the way up to the event or back.

    When I was looking into taking a plane to Las Vegas, there were some other factors I had to consider, namely that I may not be able to take what I want to Las Vegas due to "airline restrictions". That, and I would've needed to rent a car, take an Uber, or take a Lyft; so that's more money.

    Vanity
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    If there's something you personally feel like improving about your appearance, an event is a good excuse to work on it. ;) Think of it like getting your car ready for a car show, except you're the car. It could be something as basic as a haircut, but I'm not going to lie, I'm using this event as an excuse to whiten my teeth even more. Will anybody notice? Probably not, especially since I don't smile a lot, but I'm doing it anyway, damn it!

    What To Pack
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    I'm not necessarily packing all of this since not all of it applies to me, but some helpful things to pack are as follows:
    • 3/4 suits, one for each day (coat, dress pants, dress shirt, dress shoes, watch, lapel pins, sleeve garters, etc).
    • 3/4 sets of casual clothing.
    • Your wallet, ID, credit cards, insurance cards, etc.
    • A toothbrush, deodorants, and other toiletries.
    • Cash; it's always good to have a bit on you.
    • A laptop.
    • Your cell phone and a couple of chargers.
    • A passport (if you're coming from outside of the United States).
    • Sleepwear.
    • Glasses, a glasses case, cleaning cloth, contacts lenses, contact lens solution (if you need any of this).
    • A DSLR.
    • A briefcase.
    • Business cards if you plan on networking.


    You don't have to bring all or even most of this, though. In fact, one member I was speaking with about the event a couple of years ago pretty much just bought a cheap suit and hopped on a plane to Vegas the next day. From what I understand, he still had a good time.

    Plans For When I Get There
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    As I mentioned before, I'm planning to meetup with some friends there and hopefully meet up unexpectedly with some of my favourite members of the forum (hint hint ;)). Some other members I've spoken with about the event have gone there to network (this is where those eggshell with Romalian type business cards come in handy).

    It's not all just going to be about the event, though. While I'm not a big fan of Las Vegas, that doesn't mean there's nothing for me to do there. For example:
    • UnGagged is in Caesars Palace. You know what else is at Caesars Palace? Hell's Kitchen.
    • I heard there's some decent BLM land near Vegas, so if you're a gunslinger like me, you know it's a good alternative to the range (which Vegas has plenty of, too).
    • Go sight-seeing and walk around the Las Vegas Strip at night!
    • Go swimming! I heard Caesars palace has some pretty good swimming pools, so you already know I'm hitting the pools when I can.
    • The day before UnGagged, there's a "Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival" comic book festival going on. It's not really my thing, so I didn't look into it much.
    • During the last day of UnGagged, The Lion King musical is supposed to happen. The tickets are pretty cheap.
    • For you ladies and dudes who like buff women who can bend you like a silly straw, there's a bodybuilding competition happening the day before UnGagged.
    • This one isn't my type of thing either, but there's a beer festival called the "New Vista's Brews Best Craft Beer" going on the day before UnGagged.
    • Do you like Bull Riding? I don't, but the "PBR World Finals" starts the last day of UnGagged.
    • There's a food truck festival happening the day before UnGagged! It's called the "Sunset Park'd Food Truck Festival".

    Well, that's pretty much everything I have! I'll write a thread about the event after I attend it in November. So with that said...

    See You In Part Two, AKA "Journey To UnGagged: The Squeakquel"!
     
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  2. se900se

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    See you at UnGagged ;)
     
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    BHW should do this at least one of these ungagged in a common VISA free country like Singapore (or India even better).
    Getting a visa is a big hassle for a lot of BHW non-us, non-europe members.
     
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    I did a double take when I read this line: "If you're a gunslinger like me, I heard there's some decent BLM land near Vegas" :eek:

    Have fun in Vegas!
     
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  5. Zwielicht

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    Yeah, maybe I should swap that sentence around! :D
     
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    I don't have enough money to reach Las Vegas but one day I will surely go there, and might attend ungaged
     
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  7. Zwielicht

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    If you ever do have the money, this thread should come in handy: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/m...0-year-usa-b1-b2-visa-being-an-indian.659636/
    You know, I could've sworn there was a thread either in this section or the lounge asking members where they would like UnGagged to be in the future. Although, now that I think about it, this may have been about the meetup rather than UnGagged. Still, I suppose you could always start a thread about it (or maybe they'll start one if they read this).

    But yeah, I know what you mean. It was tough enough for me to go after all these years and I live in the United States, so I can only imagine how much more difficult it is for someone outside of the US or Europe.
     
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    FYI I'm taking a lot of southern california's finest, "airline restrictions"
     
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  9. Zwielicht

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    You're funny. :)

    I should clarify though that I was referring to stuff like the conditioner I use. Apparently there's a 3.4 oz restrictions for the bottles. I mean, sure, I could always buy some when I get over there, but it just seems easier to drive.
    https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all
    https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/travel/travel-planning/carry-on-luggage-restrictions

    Oh, I also see you're using one of the signature banners I created in this thread! https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/get-signature-banner-psd-signature-for-rent-banners.951958/

    Nice!
     
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    Lol

    Its not the same

    and, I sure am. ;)
     
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    I always like your rick and morty pictures.

    I considered going to ungagged, and you going is another incentive.
     
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    Do it! The 4 hour road trip (I presume you may be around LA Area?) is a fun drive. It's just straight straight to Vegas but pump up some good music, and some good snacks and you're good!

    Vegas is a cool city and fairly unique. Don't be alarmed how the whole city is designed to take your money lol. Want to cross the street? You have to go through an escalator, that goes through a mall (tons of shops) etc and then over a bridge to the other side... something like that.

    People are Ungagged are friendly!
     
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  13. Zwielicht

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    I try to include at least one in each thread. ;)
    I live in the desert, but yeah, driving up there with the windows rolled down in November seems pretty fun. :)

    I went to Las Vegas as a teenager with my grandparents. The trip itself wasn't too memorable, but I remember how much of a hassle it was to walk over to a magic shop I was trying to visit! I still remember the questionable characters on the strip shoving pamphlets in my face as I walked by.
     
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    Since I just watched all three seasons recently, all your images are fresh in my head. But I would like more pickle rick.

    As far as Vegas goes, a lot of shopping and fountains. You also have great buffets and free liquor when gambling.

    Take 100 usd and sit at a cheap slot or low minimum table.

    The drinks are worth it.

    If you decide to gamble big (I know you won't, but it has benefits) you should ask for comps. Halfway through your load of gambling cash, ask for comps.

    At minimum you will get a room upgrade and buffet tickets. Most likely you get a big room upgrade, upscale restaurant comped, and free booze your stay.

    Gamble for fun. Get free drinks. If you want to let loose and blow cash for fun you will get the royal treatment. They do it for everyone, but you need to ask for the standard givings.

    I now sound like a gambling addict. But this advice should work for everyone. Even 'balling' on 500 usd for a bachelor weekend gets plenty of comps. My paying 500 usd for a 250 a night hotel upgrade, free food, and free drinks and well worth it.
     
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  15. Zwielicht

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    I'll try to include Pickle Rick in the next thread. ;)
    I actually don't drink or gamble, but the buffets and shopping sound nice. :)

    Still, I know a lot of other people are into that stuff, so thanks for sharing it in the thread!
     
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    Okay my friend. Make it hard for me!

    Vegas shows are fun. Even celine Dion. Beautiful fountains and attractions. For zero usd you can see some amazing sites. Statue of liberty little sister or fountains, for example.

    Go to the children venues. They sell for kids and offer $1 hotdogs or cotton candy with a performance. Worth $20 usd with a date for a show.

    Vegas had everything you pay $$$ locally for. Shows, vices, and children activity. My best people watching was in Vegas.

    Off the strip you have stores and businesses as well. Pawn stars? It is a fun visit seeing collectables.

    Vegas is great. Even as a non drinker or gambler. One of the few places that the 'kid' non alcoholic sections are fun for adults.
     
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    Aha! You nailed it, @lightningblitz! :D
     
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    Didn't know you were a guy guy but if you are into shooting there is a real nice gun range about a 10.00 cab drive away from Caesars. We did that when I was in Vegas and they have all kinds of cool weapons for you to use as well. I don't know the name but it was advertised on the side of all the cabs and I'm sure it will still be there.

    Caesars has a bunch of real nice restaurants including the Hell's Kitchen one so be sure to check them out as well. Not sure if Bobby Flay still has his there but that was the best dinner I had while there. You'll pay a little bit for the food but well worth it in my opinion.

    Room service is way over priced and don't even think of opening the mini bar unless you have @jazzc kind of cash in your hip pocket or a Amex black card in your wallet. I think I remember paying 38.00 for breakfast and it was a generic, eggs, bacon, toast juice and coffee kind of thing. There is a nice little breakfast place out towards the street that you can eat at for around 20.00 if memory serves me right on the pricing.

    Bring your camera as you can walk from Caesars (though some of the other casinos to entice you to gamble) to an overpass that has some real pretty views of the mountains... at least they looked like mountains to me being one that lives in an area where we have hills once in a while. That was a real nice morning walk for me as things were rather quiet and you could walk without being handed a myriad of crap shoved in your face.

    You are going to do some walking and then some more walking so be sure you have shoes for that. I stayed in the tower there and had to do even more walking on top of that.

    Don't drive your car once you get there unless you are heading out to Henderson or something; cab it, Uber it or just walk. If you are hanging on the strip just about everything is within walking distance anyway. You probably won't know were you are going anyway and it is nice to be able to not have the added pressure of trying to find a place when, for a few dollars, a local can take you there and back.
     
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  19. Zwielicht

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    Interesting, I wonder if I'll be able to find it.
    Oh, you've been to Hell's Kitchen?

    It looks like Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill is still open. https://www.caesars.com/caesars-palace/restaurants/mesa-grill#.W3ivoOgzqUk
    Yeah, I figured that would be the case, especially in Vegas.
    Those aren't mountains...

    They're waves.

    So stock up on gel inserts and heel savers, got it.
    Ah, this is really good to know! I was already planning on limiting my driving once I got there, but like you said, everything I would want to go to is probably within walking distance.
     
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    But I would definitely attend if it is India. Please look into this so that something happens in India.
    I am new to this forum but quite excited about it