Well I've been in Vegas at Interop since Tuesday evening, at the Mandalay Bay. When I got here they upgraded my room for some reason, so I got a corner suite. I paced off the main room, it's easily 45x16 (but cut by some angled windows). And it has two master bedrooms, one on either end. Sweet. Big screen TV (but nothing on, of course).
America West plays trivia on the TVs during their flights (especially the short ones where no movie would fit, I guess), so I learned that 10 of the top 10 largest hotels in the world are in Vegas. I believe the Mandalay Bay is the largest.
Interop was interesting. I'm always two people, especially at this kind of thing. There's the me that would rather go play music on the beach or go photograph the mountains or do something real, and that part thinks that all the pomp & circumstance that goes into this stuff is just burning money for the fun of it. The other me, the me that lives in the software industry because the first me can't pay the bills (or for the guitar, the camera, the trip, etc.), found it pretty useful. I didn't learn much in terms of education, but that wasn't the goal. I learned a LOT about the market our product is in, and gained some larger-picture vision about where it should go. Every senior engineer/developer/hacker type should go to these things. Otherwise they develop tunnel vision and that drives their code.
Oh, and I got a bouncy ball with flashing blue LEDs and a stuffed whale. That was the best part. Gabriel gets the whale. :)