The beauty of working at my firm (an architectural design firm), is that occasionally they will send you on a business trip that is more like a vacation. Everything is pretty much paid for, and the purpose of this trip is to attend a convention (HD) where you get to preview the new design products (lighting, carpet, wallcovering, furniture, etc.) of the season. It really is a wonderful opportunity to see new design ideas, and it doesn't hurt things that the show is held in Vegas every year. So, probably more beneficial than anything you'll see at the show is the opportunity to walk around Vegas and check out the crazy, wild, diverse, and strange design elements that can be found around every corner. Here are just a few of my coolest pics from the trip.