St Petersburg - 2008 - Day Three

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Stalin used this VGA switcher at his Inaugural address.
Audio Visual in Russia

After we met with the equipment vendor yesterday we felt pretty good that we had avoided some major issues. They had intended to provide us with a video switcher that was a 4 channel composite switcher. We told them that we needed a seamless VGA switcher that would handle a minimum of 4 computers.

They understood, and told us they would get one.

This morning, look at what showed up. So those of you in the business will know that when we asked for a Seamless VGA switcher... we were expecting something a bit different.

Oh, and the power Tie-in... it speaks for itself!

Hours later after waiting for a new switcher, this epic piece of equipment showed up. A crash switch. Strike 32-45

There has been so many lost in translation moments so far that it would be impossible to keep count.
Russian power tie in at probably the nicest 5 star hotel in St Petesburg, the Corinthia Nevsky Palace. WTF
Everything from the basics like no gaff tape, to a $200 lighting board instead of the Whole Hog II that we finally were able to get. 7.5' x 10' screens in a room with a 10' ceiling. Pipe and Drape is not a few uprights and cross bars. It is 40' of lighting truss with gray cloth gaffed to it, and the list goes on and on.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, 5 minutes into show our stage right projector blew out. Georges turned it back on but it blew 15 minutes later again. We would have replaced it, but we are trapped in this back hall closet without a screwdriver to switch the lens to a jacked up looking backup. Finally at break we got it in, but it looks like two different shows the colors are so off.

The other part of the equation is that the hotel has just gone through a major renovation.
What a lovely replacement switcher. Gee, that might only look like shit as opposed to ... ummm ... what's the right word ... shit
So, amidst the carnage of our AV setup, there is the constant sound of hammer drilling, dust everywhere, and Hotel staff that could never find a reason to smile at a guest even if they worked at Disney for the next 35 years.

Last night, Eric decided to take a photo of the flowers in the lobby. He was instantly harassed by a security guard and asked if he was a guest. Then he was asked for his room number, and then that just wasn't good enough. The security guard then told him he had to go to the front desk. When he asked why, he was just ignored and told to go to the front desk where they told him he could not take pictures of their flowers lest it violate their “hotel branding.” Whatever

It was a mess and pretty annoying.

The sun doesn't set here till 11:15, and that makes it hard to get adjusted to sleep.

The show starts tomorrow, it is almost 6:00 pm and right now.... we are just rounding the corner to start the climb up success mountain.
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Stalin used this VGA switcher at h…
Stalin used this VGA switcher at …
Russian power tie in at probably t…
Russian power tie in at probably …
What a lovely replacement switcher…
What a lovely replacement switche…