By comparison to the SQL 2005 launch, Los Angeles was a dud.
Too many people seemed to overwhelm the facilities. many of the sessions were packed to the gills, long lines for everything.
The SQL Server "Ask the experts" section in the Microsoft Pavillion was unstaffed, even after I found the guys that were supposed to be in it and showed them where it was.
LA Convention center stopped letting folks into the Partner pavillion after about 4, so I missed the other half of the vendors I had intended to visit.
What's cool? (I can spin anything...). I did learn about a number of new features in SQL 2008 that I had previously not paid any attention to and the hands-on lab for Change Data Capture was a quick way to get up to speed on the idea/concepts of this so I can share with my customers.
Did you go? What was your experience?