Last year when I wrote my "10 Things I Hated about SEMA ‘14" article, there was a ton of shit to talk about. SEMA SUCKED. However, this year, it seems like the powers that be listened to my cries and changed a ton of things. There were bathroom partitions, more food trucks, and the quality of cars displaying was dramatically increased. Kudos to you, SEMA. With that said, there was still some stuff that left me shaking my head throughout my week in Sin City so let’s dive into the list shall we?
1. Celebrity Sightings
I say this shit every year, and every year people don’t seem to listen. Just look at this fucked-up crowd all waiting for an autograph and a poster from some douche canoe. Really? Aren’t you guys supposed to be meeting companies and ordering car parts? They must be waiting for Guy Fieri or something.
2. Empty Booths
I was at this booth in the “Performance Pavilion” at 10 a.m. on the last day of the show and there was literally no one there. Maybe I walked all the way over there because I wanted a jacket with a Cobra Kai logo on the back or maybe I didn’t. We will never know because these shits weren’t even there. On top of that…WTF does this even have to do with anything SEMA related? Aren’t there already a ton of T-shirt stores in town? Who’s idea was this?
3. Hoverboard Things
There is so much wrong with this photo, I can’t even... The guy in the wheelchair is holding a hoverboard while being pushed by a guy on a hoverboard. I’m just going to stop there while I collect the pieces of my blown mind from looking at this.
This may seem like a stretch for one of the things to hate, but have you ever walked into someone’s roller suitcase when you’re sprinting for the bathroom to get last night’s booze out of your system? Well, it hurts and it sucks. Listen, people—check your luggage in at the front desk of your hotel or check it in at the show. There are bag check stations everywhere.
5. Electric Scooters
These things are the epitome of lazy at SEMA. If you rented one of these things, I hate you.
6. Lack of Chairs and Tables
I can go on forever about how upset this makes me, but just around the corner from where this photo was taken lays a really popular sandwich shop in the South Hall. When you pay $9 for a gas station sandwich at SEMA, it would be nice to have a place to sit and eat it. Obviously, there’s room for chairs and tables, but I guess the people at the convention center would prefer us to sit on the floor and eat.
7. The Monorail Line!!!
This year was the first year that Uber and Lyft was allowed in Vegas during SEMA – you would think that would help alleviate the line for the monorail but it didn’t. In fact, I think the line got worse since last year. Once you take the escalators up to the top of the monorail station, the attendants/security guards/cattle wranglers have everyone fan out to form seven different lines to squeeze back into one line to ride another escalator. I have no clue what the reasoning behind this was… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
8. Wheel Names
I’ll give you a dollar if you can tell me how to correctly pronounce that name "Ferra, Ferraua, Ferr-not gonna work here anymore that’s for sure."
“SHLK—The Leader of Wheel"—leading you straight to Alibaba.
"Damn, dog, those Borghini wheels are D-Cent."
I really wish I could’ve come up with more to shake my grumpy finger at during SEMA ‘15. Maybe next year, I’ll find some Borghini wheels for my hoverboard while I’m waiting in the monorail line for a celebrity signing. Or maybe I’ll just stop complaining and enjoy the show.