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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Thursday, January 13, 2005


Whoever schedules trade shows in Las Vegas is a genius and/or has a strange sense of humor. It seems that every year, the Consumer Electronics Show is scheduled at the same time as the Adult Entertainment Expo. It's an odd juxtaposition...lots of geeky types wearing suits and then lots of top-heavy blondes wearing not much of anything at all. When we checked into the Bellagio late Thursday night, one particularly chesty blonde in a long red evening gown was sitting beneath the famous glass-flowered ceiling, holding court for her admirers. People kept asking for autographs, so we figured she must be particularly beloved in the porn industry. This confluence of conventions gave the geeks some eye candy and gave the porn stars...I don't know what. Adulation? Extra exposure? A fresh crop of wealthy single men? Maybe I'm too cynical. Maybe the scheduling is just a happy coincidence, not part of any grand design. But every year? It does seem suspicious...

Anyway, curious as I was, I did not check out the Adult Entertainment Expo. I did, however, wander the floor at CES (note to self: next time, remember to pack flats. The place is massive!), and I saw lots of cool new products, one of which may just turn out to be the next iPod. It's called the Gmini 400 by Archos , and with it, you can download and listen to MP3s, store your digital photos, and best of all, watch videos and movies on the little LCD screen! I think the model we saw even allowed you to record directly from your TV, so you could record a show onto it and then watch it later. How cool would that be?

The other thing that I predict will be really big is the portable satellite radio player. Now, you can take your XM or Sirius with you wherever you go, kind of like an iPod, but with satellite radio. Very cool. I love my little iPod mini, but it's taking me a long time to transfer my CDs onto it. Also, I like to have a lot of variety when I listen to music, so I think the satellite radio would be great. Plus, no commercials!

So, that's my little tech report from what seems to be the biggest trade show in the world. It's madness, I tell you, madness! But as you know, the rest of Vegas was quite fun. And we saw two other celebrities in addition to the famous porn star whose name I don't know. We saw Jackie Chan working a booth at the trade show, and we saw D from Run-DMC in the lobby of the MGM Grand, just hanging out. Ah, Vegas. Good times. Good times.


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