…is that Jason gets a stress fracture on his heel. 

In V-Town to help set up some stuff for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, and all the walking coupled with my bad arches has given me the "excrutiating pain", as the kids call it. But thanks to my friendly local super Walgreens I was able to hobble down the street and pick up some icy/hot cream, a big bottle of ibuprfen, a few instant cold packs, and $50 worth of shoe inserts to play with (I wasn’t going to hobble back 5 blocks if one didn’t work). 

As with any trip to a new town, I limped over to the toy aisle once I found my pain relief items.  Does anyone remember when you used to be able to go into any drugstore and find a world of wonders? Super Powers, Master of the Universe, Star Wars gum cards…it was like a trip to kid’s paradise! But now it’s just some lame generics and maybe a Hot Wheels or two. When did all the old school toy distribution completely disappear?

Was it when TRU and Wal-Mart undercut these guys so much that the prices in a drugstore are too insane to carry mass market? I don’t know. But it did make me sad not to find anything worth looking at. Especially since my poor feet hurt way too much to explore Vegas much (it’s my first time in Sin City). My client did put me up at the Wynn, so I can’t complain too much (checked in next to former Spurs’ star Avery Johnson, so that was neat to this San Antonio boy). Too bad I have to fly out before CES starts, as it would have been nice to see some of the new products.

I will say that while walking the con floor today I spied a booth setting up a HDTV that was running a clip from The Empire Strikes Back in HD…just stunning looking! But that was about it for coolness…


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