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Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« on: July 06, 2009, 06:41:10 PM »
Diamond Jam is coming up in a few weeks which I'm looking into getting possibly a cheapish flight out to attend.
They have some good names lecturing and a balloon fashion show on the 16th Aug plus balloon camp which is for the balloon decorators so all in all a good few days of ballooning.
More details and website are; http://www.diamondjam.com/registration.htm

I'm also looking into going to the August magical masterclass that Jeff McBride is holding on the 19/26th Aug which just happens to follow on nicely from the balloon convention and is also in Vegas.
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2009, 04:33:44 PM »
I wanted to let you know about some exciting news for our industry.  To receive some exposure for the talents and artistry of Balloonists worldwide, we've arranged to get some national media coverage.

NBC’s The TODAY SHOW has confirmed they will be joining us this year.  We’re proud to have been a part of putting this together and we’re sure it will be a big boost to our industry
Our special guest and celebrity model this year will be Jenna Wolfe Correspondent and weekend anchor for the NBC Television show.  Jenna will be joining us, with her film crew, to so do some special features on the Fashion Show, Diamond Jam and Summer Balloon Camp.  They will be filming from Friday until Monday to cover the classes and activities at the events.  The 2008 winner of the “Top Fashion Designer” Award, Debbie Stevens, will be creating a dress for Jenna and has agreed to teach a class on Dress Making on Monday morning at Balloon Camp.
The 2009 Balloon Couture Fashion Show has a few spaces left for competitors vying for the “Top Fashion Designer” Award.  
So if you’re a dressmaker or want to be a dressmaker now is your opportunity to show your talents and skills to the Balloon Industry and the public.  There’s no cost to be a part of the Fashion Show competition.  Just be registered for either Diamond Jam, and have a dinner ticket for the show, or register for Balloon Camp.    
All the information is on our web sites.  Hope to see you there!
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 11:47:35 PM »
Well I finally done it after looking at the screen for booking my flight to America for 30 mins yesterday and two hours tonight I've finally pressed the buttons tonight and booked  :o
I come out in a cold sweat just booking the tickets let alone flying.
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2009, 02:49:40 PM »
yea!!  I'm glad you're coming Graham, it will be nice to visit with you again  :)

So, is anyone else planning on going?
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2009, 06:35:19 PM »
No sorry, I will be performing my balloon show at the Edinburgh festival!

But i look forward to reading about Diamond Jam on the forum here!

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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2009, 02:42:54 AM »
Yes, it will be good to see you again Graham!  You too Tonya!!  I will be at the Tuscany from the 12th-18th.  Ive chose to attend Diamond Jam and just "hang around" the hotel during balloon camp.  Drinks on me!  See you soon!
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2009, 05:49:22 AM »
Very cool Jack, glad you'll be there too :)
I'll only be there the 12th thru the 14th though.
See you soon.
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2009, 09:57:30 AM »
Jack, the same as myself. Attending diamond jam and hanging around the hotel for balloon camp. And the drinks are on you, perfect  ;)
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2009, 09:27:47 PM »
I have a week to go before we fly out for Diamond jam and the Jeff McBride Magic masterclass.
Have hotels booked, how cheap can they be? For the balloon convention I'm booked in for six nights at the convention hotel and will be sharing, the cost to me $110 and then we are booked in at a motel for the masterclass again sharing the room but with a hire car and for eight nights the all in the price is $195. Rooms in Vegas in August are very sensibly priced.

I will try and do a bit of reporting back on the convention and classes that I sit in on so that we can give a rough feel to how things are and possibly tempt you into coming to one of the American conventions sometime soon.
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2009, 09:13:56 PM »
My stress levels are getting up to maximum  :o
All packed, just sorting out the paperwork etc for the 11 am flight tomorrow morning.
I've started on the wine to help me relax, very much looking forward to the trip, once there  ;)
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2009, 09:44:49 PM »
Well I'm glad I checked the paperwork as my flight goes at 10.10 am,
So rule number one always make sure you know what time your flight departs
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2009, 10:39:14 PM »
Have a fantastic time over there Graham.

Enjoy.

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even the flight!

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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2009, 11:06:12 AM »
Sitting waiting at departures, those eagled eye'd will notive I'm posting this after my flight was meant to take off  :o
Nothing seems to run smoothly sometimes as we have a 3 hour delay of the flight into Charlotte. My connecting flight did have a 4 hour gap so I'm still booked on the original Charlotte to Vegas flight as I have an hour and ten minutes to catch it so fingers crossed we will still get to Vegas on time at 19.50 Tuesday night
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2009, 02:34:10 PM »
Hi All,
I'm sitting in a business centre at Charlotte airport writing this as yet again I've had a really exciting time travelling with my flights  :o   :o
So where to start, the flight wa delayed at gatwick for three hours but that still left me enough time with my connection as I had a four hour and ten minute window to connect with it. Flight was fine for the first six hours of a 8 hour 40 min flight although it was odd that you had to pay for some of your drinks and only got a basic meal although extra's we're available for a charge. First time on United States airline but on BA and virgin everything is complimentary. So got a bit fed up after six hours but with reading, I got Frank Skinner's new stand up book which is OK but not a riveting read oh and you had to pay for the headsets to listen to the films, very odd.
So we are over Charlotte airport and are told there will be a 15 minute delay while we circle due to thunderstorms and then a 15 minute delay on the tarmac till we can unload, so after 30 mins of circling we are informed tht we are off to a different airport to refuel as we are running low. We spend about 30mins on the ground at Greensville? to refuel which is only 60 miles from charlotte and in no time we are back in the air and at our destination at 7.30 which is five and a half hours late so no connection to Vegas so it's off to a hotel which took nearly two hours to get to with waiting for the shuttle and re booking my flight for this morning at 11.30 am. The quality inn was only a 5 minute drive from the airport but unfortunately in the night they had a power cut, you probably think I'm making this all up  :D  so how people managed to get out in the night as there was no emergency lighting I havn't got a clue as when it was light I could see hardly anything.
So I've missed Ralph Dewey's think tank which is why I came over a day early but at least I have some new experiences to share and I still have a smile on my face.
Las Vegas........here I come
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Re: Diamond Jam 13/15th Aug Las Vegas
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2009, 07:00:57 PM »
note to self - never fly with Graham :D  :D

Hope you get there OK
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