The 2 things in common with these trips:
1st I was on business or on stage on the trips.
2nd I tried every Cajun and Creole dish I could while I was there.
I tried everything from alligators to bread pudding and rum sauce.
My last trip was for Intergraph computers they were the fastest PC computers at that time and they started at 10k and up.
Siggraph is a convention/ conference geared towards graphics for television and movies and print.
I got to meet and demonstrate the latest software to the artists that worked for Lucus arts, Amblin, Star Trek, and got to hang with em after the show, with an average of 17,000 in attendance.
Some of the bigger companies threw the biggest, badass partys from soup to nuts, no expense spared.
The first party I went to was in this historic pristine mansion like from interviews with a vampire in fact that was the theme of the party I think.
It was a Victorian vampire party the mansion have sweeping stairs marble checked floors big rooms with plush velvet curtains the ceiling had paintings of angels and clouds, the food displayed was beautiful it was not chips and dip. all the staff were in full costumes not like from the Halloween but more from the set of a big-budget movie with powdered wigs and beautiful gowns.
Now the vampires would blend in and have slight give always like the eye colors we blue than blue greener than green and they would glint in the right light. I know this because of a conversation I was having conversation with this girl who asked me what I was doing in New Orleans?
If you looked close you could see her fangs if they laughed or talked in a way that you could see the canine teeth, not like the plastic vampire teeth you had as a kid.