Glenn decided that I should
address the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. They were having
a lunch, and they wanted 10 minutes on why I love Vegas. I
can do that off the top of my head. I talked about moving
from NYC to Vegas and what I liked about that, and I talked
about the freedom and the humility.
But, none of that mattered. While we were eating our
banquet chicken and shaking hands with one lame duck Senator
and a lot of real estate people, they announced that the
OWNER of Cox Cable was in the crowd. Hey now, maybe we can
make this the best gig of the year. Oh boy.
I got on stage and decided to do a runner. I said how much
I loved Vegas, except that I couldn't get a cable modem out
at my place! I walked away from the lectern and
yelled at him. I kept coming back to it. This guy is a BIG
RICH CHEESE in town, and I made it a big gag. It was the
whole 10 minutes.
After the speech, he chased me down and said, "Were you
serious about wanting a cable modem."
He gave me his real, no kidding, direct phone line written
on a table tent and said he promised he would make it
As we walked out, a guy in a shirt that said "Cox Cable"
came out and said he was instructed to make sure I got a
cable modem "even if we have to run fiber all the way to
your house." Oh yeah. We exchanged numbers and he said,
"I'll call you tomorrow with the answer."
"Wait, wait, wait, I thought we had the answer and it was
"Oh, we're going to do it, I'll just tell you how."
My neighbor from across the street came over, introduced
himself and said, "I would like a cable modem too."
Let him do his own speech. My civic duty is done. Oh, I
hope this works.