Ever since I started my job I've been way too hyped on venturing to Las Vegas for the annual SEMA show. For those of you who don't know what SEMA is, picture everything you hear your car friends drooling over packed into a 2 mile convention center. The best way to sum up SEMA in one word is heaven. 

I had never been to Las Vegas and I wasn't too sure how it would be. I only knew what I had heard from friends and seen in movies. Overall I wasn't a huge fan of the general feel of Las Vegas. It came off to me like some sort of wasteland where bank accounts went to die. The streets were littered with garbage, digital billboards, hobos, and prostitute trading cards. 

OKAY SO. Monday I went to work and tried to stay busy until we took off for the airport. I have never experienced a longer day in my life. We packed everything up and headed out. WE WERE LAS VEGAS BOUND!

The first night we got there we strolled into the Stratosphere, which is something like an 800 ft tower with a hotel, casino, and mall packed inside. We were hyped. I knew it was going to be a good time when we were in the check-in line and I heard a familiar voice. My buddy Darren and his crew were staying in the same hotel. We got all settled in and headed to the top of the stratosphere where you could literally see all of Las Vegas. After we waited in line forever to get to the top we came out of the elevator and there was a little crowd gathering. We ran over to see what was going on and there was a guy who was about to jump off the top. He hesitated for a second then made the ultimate leap of faith off the top of this 800ft monster. After we witnessed that we kind of strolled around, took some pictures then went outside and peeked at the strip from the balcony. If you have the chance and you're in las vegas you should probably go to the top of the stratosphere, its awesome. 

shortly after we met up with Darren and company for a little appetizers and some drinks in the lounge at the top of the stratosphere. It was Darren's birthday so we definitely had a bunch of drinks but forgot we were in Las Vegas and everything was expensive as shit, haha!

Day 1 of SEMA arrived and we were extremely excited. I had no idea what I was in for. SEMA is fuckin' amazing. Me and my buddy Nick walked almost the whole thing in one day, and yes. My feet were DESTROYED just after the first day.  There was no way I could do this for 3 more days, but I did. My body hates me. A LOT.

Tuesday night we headed over to the MGM Grand where there is the greatest table known to man. The Sigma Derby which is mechanical horses. All you do is drop quarters and bet on mechanical horses. There's no way to be good at this, you just literally drop in quarters and bet on horses running in circles. This happened for a few hours, and I lost money of course, haha! Afterwards me and my buddy Darren walked the strip for a little bit and ended up at the Hard Rock Cafe where there was some sort of hip hop/dance crew battle happening. the only way to describe that place was crazy. There was non stop dancing, loud music, and several drinks consumed. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

I don't really have a whole lot of words to describe the SEMA show, its something that really needs to be experienced to understand how awesome it was. 4 straight days of insane cars, product suppliers, models, and events. I'm still absorbing it all. If you're a huge car fan definitely make your way out and experience it first hand. All of the media coverage doesn't do it justice AT ALL. I'm still trying to figure out what my favorite cars were there. I don't think I can decide because there were too many insane builds out there. 

Wednesday night we went out to Cesar's Palace and ate in the buffet. It was incredible. I wish I had the money to eat there everyday because it was literally insane. Crab legs, steak, it had everything. While we were there I discovered my food allergy to Crab Legs. don't eat crab legs if you're allergic to them. It sucks. bad.

Thursday night we drove out to Red Rock to try and get a couple of galaxy shots but unfortunately there was a full moon that was lighting up the area like the sun. It was also like 40 degrees and of course I didn't pack a jacket..I should have listened to my mom! We spent about an hour hanging out and messing around. I didn't really get anything out there, but it was definitely awesome seeing the mountains and the sky.

There's no way I could fit all 9,000 of my SEMA images into this post, so here's a few of my favorites from the show. Like I said before: You really need to experience this show to see what it's all about.


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