Gambling, drink and SEO – it's PubCon 2007

Ok so Julie and Judith have written roundups of PubCon already, but hey I thought I would do a “social” roundup, since I didn’t attend a single session icon_wink-1826480 This was my first pubcon and boy did it live up to the reputation. Gambling, drink and SEO – it can’t get any better!!

Going through my Vegas photos on facebook I realised that a lot of people has untagged themselves in my photos, mwaaaaaa, you can’t untag this father mockers =) This will be the uncensored gallery of the piss-up that was Vegas PubCon (obviously with the exception of all the minging photos of me, ha!)

Me and my Rob Kerry (evilgreenmonkey) arrived in Vegas on Tuesday 4th Dec. Not having slept at all on the plane I think it’s an understatement saying we were cream crackered (cockney for knackered). We got to the hotel, unpacked, eh, no threw the suitcases in the room, and went straight to the bar. In the bar we met the lovely Matt Inman who was going for dinner with Rhea Drysdale, so me and Rob tagged along (gate crashed) for some much needed alcohol and dinner. Thanks so much for paying Matt =) Will buy you dinner at the Ritz when you come to London………ehm or McDonald’s icon_wink-1826480

Jet-lagged as hell – LisaD and Evilgreenmonkey

After having dinner I was so tired I thought I was going to hit the deck, we found the perfect solution – an oxygen bar! Hook me up! I know, it’s a “hot” look isn’t it having plastic tubes up my nose??? As Rob didn’t want to try it out the chick running the oxygen bar hooked him up to this “massage” thing that sends electric pulses through these gel pads. Endless fun I’m telling ya! I kept on turning up the power and Rob was suddenly Pinocchio – hilarious!

Getting some oxygen =)

Back at the bar in the Wynn we met up with Ciaran, Stephen “always pulling a face” Pavlovich and Chris Cotton. All showing us how to drink beer English style, or??


Also hanging out was Jane “my twin” Copland, the lovely Lisa Barone and Rhea Drysdale. (I’m really sorry but can’t remember what the name of the dude in the photo (was it JT?)


The first night was relatively civilised and I think we actually went to bed like 1 in the morning, I was very proud of myself, and actually thought that would be the case every night. I would network, stay relatively sober where people could still understand me etc etc YEAH RIGHT!!

Day 2, went to the Expo Hall at Webmasterworld for about 1 o’clock, oopsy. Did the rounds and bought a feckin large coffee and sat in the sun. Crazy 20 degrees, December? Really?? Met up with fellow SEO Chick Judith, who looked disgustingly awake and bright =)


Got back to the hotel, had a much needed snooze and met up with the funniest woman ever (SEO Chick Julie), her husband Jay “feckin womans knickers” Young and the Ayima Crew We went to see the Penn & Teller Show for Jay’s birthday, and it was really fucking good. Although I must admit not seeing much as desperately tried to hide so they wouldn’t drag me up on the stage…

As it was Jay’s birthday I bought him a very appropriate birthday gift – yup “feckin womans knickers”. Obviously gave it to him to open in-front of loads of people =)


“Me Julie” and myself looking strangely close! Anything for “Me Julie” – aiiiii!!


Back at The Wynn hotel (who by the way has the worst Flash website ever!!) we finally got back on track with the drinking.

Ciaran “smokin inside aii” Norris, Jane “might as well be English” Copland, Stephen Pavlovich (oh this is the only “normal” photo every taken of him!!” and Lisa “need a drink” Ditlefsen


The beer, wine and Cosmos (in Jane’s case) was finally flowing, after a few hours drinking I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Kevin Gleeson. A seriously nice guy that knows his shit about Search Marketing. Had one of those drunken but very on topic conversation about everything search. Thoroughly enjoyed the conversion Kev, you’re a top bloke!


Also hung out with Patrick Sexton aka “feedthebot”, who is such a cutie, I just want to wrap him up and put him in my pocket...ehm you know what I mean…Always a pleasure to meet him as he is always so happy to see just in general a genuine and happy guy (plus he always gives the chicks compliments, which is always nice!).


I met Jim Boykin briefly at SMX Seattle but finally got to have a chat with him in Vegas, he is such a fucking nice bloke! I love this industry, it’s full of genuinely nice people, that are happy to share their experiences (ok there are one or two pooh beans but all in all it’s mainly nice people).


Also met CK Chung aka Kid Disco who can drink more than any human I’ve ever met, in fact I’m doubting he is human, think he might be a sideborg =) If you want to party in Vegas, I suggest you do it with CK, he is an awesome dude! Here CK with giggling Jane and Lisa =)


The Wynn bar didn’t know what had hit them when Dave Davis arrived at the bar. Dave is one “crazy” Irish dude, with a heart of gold! He is also one very clever businessman, and not that age matters, but at only 24 running his own company, I think it’s safe to say expect BIG things from this Irish wonder.

Here’s the lovely Rob, hunky Matt Inman and Dave the “Irish bomb”.


Dave is also one heck of a gambler, and had me hooked on Craps after a few hours =) Boy that was fun (as long as you win that is….and not throw those fucking SEVENS!)


After drinking, gambling and drinking some more, we were all knackered and went to bed, HECK WE DID! Myself, South African Steve, Jessie Beaudion and CK “sideborg” Chung went to the cafe for some breakfast and tequila, yep that’s right, 8 o’clock in the morning Tequila shots and Eggs Benedict. Seriously crazy but funny as hell!

Empty tequila glasses – oh dear god!

Day 3, feeling like I’ve been dragged through the gutter, chewed and spat out, then put in the tumble drier, I got up at 1 o’clock after some much needed sleep. I haven’t got many photos from day 3 funnily enough, probably as I was too hungover to work the camera =) But to cut a long story short, we did it all over again!

Mingling at the Wynn bar, I met Lauren Vacarello, who’s a totally awesome chick, and she can drink like a Viking =) I had met my match =)


Pat Sexton and the very cool Todd Malicoat were also hanging out in the bar. Todd is such a nice guy, although looking slightly scary with red eyes =) I on the other hand HAVE to stop posing! Ugh! I’m lucky no one asked me “how much?”.


So obvioulsy this led to ehm…yep yet another Tequila breakfast. This time a slightly bigger group. From left Stephen Pavlovich, a drunken LisaD, Dave “let’s drink more” Davis, CK, Lauren and Todd Malicoat.


To end this epic of a social roundup, I thought I post a photo of my favourite “blackhat” Steve aka Esrun. He’s 21 but kept on getting asked for I.D every second whilst in the Casinos. So, he got this t-shirt printed for the last day of gambling, I thought it was pretty feckin hilarious. Didn’t stop them asking for I.D though, even when Steve went “really you want to kill a poor little rabbit”


All in all, Vegas was totally awesome (shit I sound American), the networking was great and I learnt loads, although next time…..I think I will be kinder to my liver……as if.

Edit: if you read the comments on this post you see Jane commenting on a really bad photo of her….did you mean this one Jane? Mowhahahahha…..sorry couldn’t resist it…although I think Ciaran looks worse than you. Sorry Ciaran icon_smile-8104356


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *