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Where to Eat and Drink for Cheap in Las Vegas!

Where to Eat and Drink for Cheap in Las Vegas!

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Las Vegas, Nevada!
FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?
Do you want to eat? Do you want to drink?
Back in the day, it was all about “butts in the seats”
as one Pit Boss at Caesars Palace used to say to us.
Rooms, Food, Drinks, Cigars, Entertainment, ALL OF IT WAS COMPED!
It was all about GAMBLING and MONEY ON THE TABLE (or in the slot machine).
The casino winnings paid for everything, and the customer (PLAYER) was king!
And even if you lost your entire bankroll, you had a great time in Las Vegas.
And now, they “nickel and dime” you everywhere. Resort Fees. Paid Parking.
Entertainment Fees and Taxes. Upgrade Fees. Pool Fees. Reservation Fees.
AND WHAT THE FUCK IS THE DEAL WITH THE $20.00+ COCKTAILS?
Room rates fluctuate like airline ticket prices, and aggregators sell the leftovers.

And back in the day, the ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Buffet, and $1.99 Steak & Eggs,
were draws to bring people into the casino and keep the players fed and inside.
But now Las Vegas is an International Dining Mecca! Cheap eats are hard to find.
FOOD and BEVERAGE is a major expense for any Las Vegas vacation.
It’s hard to find good food at good prices, but inexpensive dining options
outside the food court and not “fast food” are all around town!

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Here’s a list of some good dining options that won’t drain your wallet:

Ocean One Bar & Grille at Planet Hollywood*
3 Cocktails for $10.00 All Day Every Day
– requires a player’s card, and some restrictions apply
$3.00 Bottle of Beer (Imported and Domestic) and Frozen Drinks
$4.99 Lunch Menu! All Entrees!
$5.99 Breakfast, $9.99 Dinner

La Salsa Cantina at Planet Hollywood*
$4.79 Breakfast Special, and the 99 Cent Bloody Mary

Blondie’s at Planet Hollywood*
$3.99 Big Burrito or Egg Breakfast before 11:00am
Happy Hour Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm and 9:00pm – Midnight
$20 All-You-Can-Drink Well Drinks and Draft Beer

Pin-Up Pizza at Planet Hollywood*
$8.99 Big Slice of Cheese Pizza

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PBR American Bar and Grill at Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood*
$5.95 Breakfast Special Monday-Thursday All Day
$9.95 Breakfastl Friday-Sunday All Day (same food, higher price)
Happy Hour Specials Monday – Thursday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
2 for 1 Cocktails, 50% OFF Draft Beer and Pizzas

Cafe Hollywood at Planet Hollywood*
$14.99 Prime Rib Dinner with potato, vegetables and salad

Ketchup Burger Bar at Planet Hollywood*
$5.00 Classic Burger Monday – Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
$7.00 Vegas Dog
Happy Hour Specials! Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm
and Sunday – Thursday 10:00pm – Close
$6.00 Spiked Shakes, $7.00 Premium Cocktails, $6.00 Hot Dogs
“To Go” Bar with $4.00 Well and 7.00 Premium Cocktails,
Drinks and $3.00 Domestic Tall Boys, $5.00 Beers and Shots,
and the $5.00 Classic Burger
2 for 1 Signature Hot Dogs on Tuesday
2 for 1 Chicken Tenders on Wednesday
$3 Bud Light Draft Beer All Day Everyday

Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood*
Sandwiches under $10.00

*Located Inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

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In-N-Out Burger at the Linq Promenade 11:00am – 1:00am
also located at 4888 Dean Martin Drive 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 2900 W. Sahara Avenue 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 4705 S. Maryland Parkway 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 3882 Blue Diamond Road 10:30am – 1:00am
also located at 1960 Rock Springs Drive 10:30am – 1:00am
(and many other locations around the Las Vegas valley now)
$4.89 Double-Double Cheeseburger

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In-N-Out Burger in Las Vegas, Nevada

Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza at the Linq Promenade
$4.50 Cheese Pizza Slice
$8 Pizza Slice and Beer Monday – Friday 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Slice of Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Place Shops
$4.95 Slice of Cheese Pizza, $5.45 Pepperoni

Shake Shack at New York New York
$5.19 Shack Burger 11:00am – 9:00pm

Dirt Dog at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Hotel and Casino
$7.95 – $10.00 Specialty Hot Dogs

Wahlburgers at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Hotel and Casino
$11.45 “Our Burger” (10:00am – 10:00pm)

America Restaurant at New York New York
$19.95 Steak Dinner (filet mignon or ribeye) 5:00pm – Close

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Mon Ami Gabi Cafe and Bar at Paris Hotel and Casino
$29.99 Steak and Fries

Pizza Cake at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino
$7.00 Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Snacks at Bellagio Hotel and Casino
$6.00 Margarita Pizza Slice, $7.00 Pepperoni Pizza Slice

Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan Hotel (3rd Floor, next to Blue Ribbon)
$6.99 Pizza Slice 11:00am – 4:00am

Casino Royale (Best Western Plus)
$2.49 Foot Long Nathan’s Hot Dog (toppings additional $1.00)
$2.19 Corn Dog and cheap eats until 1:00am weekdays, 3:00am weekends
$3.00 Bottle of Beer (Domestic and Imported) All Day (24/7)
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White Castle at Casino Royale
$1.29 Slider Burger

The SteakHouse at Circus Circus (not cheap, but a good value)
$60 – $75 Entree served with potato or rice, soup or salad, and bread

Canonita at The Venetian Hotel and Casino
Happy Hour Specials 3:00pm – 600pm and 9:00pm – Close
$4.00 Cocktails, $5.00 Margaritas, $5.50 Wine

Le Macaron at The Venetian Hotel and Casino
(experience the hidden patio with the great view upstairs)
$2.95 per macaron (cookie), $4.95 Scoop of Ice Cream

Peppermill (open 24 Hours)
$34 16oz Porterhouse or 12oz New York Steak, with fries
(baked potato available 11:00am – 1:00am), and soup or salad
NOTE: All of the entrees are huge “double” portion sized

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664 TJ Birrieria Tacos (next to the Wynn Hotel)
$3.00 Tacos

Tacos El Gordo on Convention Center Drive
$2.89 Tacos al pastor and other cheap Mexican food

Tacos El Pastor
$3.19 Tacos al pastor and other cheap Mexican food

Stage Door Casino and Bar (behind the Cromwell, off strip)
Convenience and Liquor Store too.
$1.00 Bottle of Budweiser or Michelob Beer
$2.00 Bud Light Draft Beer, $3.00 Corona and Modelo Beer
$5.00 Wine, Cocktails, or Shots
$2.50 1/4 pound Hot Dog, $3.25 Hot and Beer Special

Ellis Island Hotel, Casino and Brewery – Village Pub
$6.99 Steak Dinner Special, $7.99 Top Sirloin Steak
$7.99 10oz Steak and Eggs Breakfast 11:00pm – 11:00am
– requires players card
$15.99 King Cut Prime Rib Dinner, (Double Cut for $32.00)
$13.99 New York Steak Dinner, $11.99 Top Sirloin Steak Dinner
$2.50 Draft Beers ($3.00 at Front Yard)
$6.00 Flight of 5 Beers (secret menu item)

Village Pub & Cafe has 13 locations in Las Vegas (owned by Ellis Island)
$2.50 Draft Beers

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Gold Coast Buffet at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
$7.99 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet ($6.99 w/Player’s card)
– CURRENTLY CLOSED due to CoronaVirus Pandemic (may not re-open)

Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ
$10.99 Brisket Sandwich, $29.00 Duo Meat Plate with chipotlé slaw
$12 “Ribbed for Your Pleasure” Bloody Mary (with St. Louis rib and a slider)

Fremont Casino on Fremont Street (Filament Bar or The Bar)
$3.00 Heineken or Bud Light Lime Beer
Lanai Express at the Fremont Casino
.99 Cent Shrimp Cocktail!
Tony Roma’s at the Fremont Hotel & Casino
$8.99 “Earlybird” Prime Rib Dinner Special (4:30pm – 6:30pm)
$11.99 Steak and Lobster Dinner Special (9:00pm – 11:00pm)

Saltgrass Steak House at the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street
$23.99 8oz or $25.99 10oz Top Sirloin Steak Dinner

Binion’s Cafe at Binion’s on Fremont Street
$6.49 Binion’s Famous Burger 11:00am – 2:00am

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NOTE: NO CANS OR BOTTLES ON FREMONT STREET!
ASK FOR A “To Go” PLASTIC CUP AT THE BAR

Market Street Cafe at The California Hotel & Casino
$9.99 Prime Rib Dinner (4:00pm – 11:00pm)
$11.99 Oxtail Soup (11:00pm – 9:00am)

Siegel’s 1941 at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino
$14.95 Prime Rib Dinner

Evel Pie in Downtown Las Vegas
$7.50 Slice of Cheese Pizza and a House Beer

Letty’s
$2.00 Tacos on TacoTuesday
$3.00 Taquitos or Empanadita during Happy Hour
$5.00 Margaritas during Happy Hour

Le Thai in Downtown Las Vegas East
$9.95 Thai Lunch Special 11:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday,
12:00Noon – 3:00pm on Saturday
Happy Hour 3:00pm – 6:00pm Monday – Friday
Appetizer and Drink Specials!

Frankie’s Tiki Room (off strip, open 24 Hours per day)
$12 Tiki Cocktails! Don’t Drink and Drive!
Have a designated driver or take Uber/Lyft home!
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Coronado Cafe at the South Point Hotel and Casino
$2.45 “Old Vegas Style” Bay Shrimp Cocktail
“Graveyard Specials” $3.95 Breakfast Special Midnight to 6am
$3.95 1/2 pound Cheeseburger and Fries Midnight to 6am
$5.45 Steak and Eggs Midnight to 6am

South Point Hotel and Casino
$1.25 Hot Dogs (limit 3 per person) at the Hot Dog Court
$13.95 South Point All-You-Can-Eat Garden Buffet Breakfast Special
($9.95 w/Player’s card – see the AYCE Buffet section below)

Herbs & Rye Steakhouse (2 miles off strip on Sahara) Closed on Sunday!
Happy Hour 5:00pm – 8:00pm and 12Midnight – 3:00am
Drink Specials! 50% OFF Appetizers,
and 50% OFF Steaks (~$35.00 Steak Dinner)

Big Wong (off strip, Chinatown)
Salt & Pepper Fried Chicken Wings and other good food
Read our previous Blog Post – the link is below

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Big B’s Texas BBQ (off strip)
$23.99 Three Meat Plate with 2 sides and cornbread

Jessie Rae’s BBQ (1-1/2 mile off strip)
$16.99 Two Meat Platter with Cole slaw
Daily Specials: Wagyu Tri Tip Wednesday, Beef Ribs Thursday/Sunday,
Smoked Filet Mignon Tenderloin Friday, and Smoked Prime Rib Saturday

Hard Hat Historic Lounge (off strip, open 24 Hours)
$14.00 Cheese Pizza + $1.00 per topping , $16 Vegan Pizza

Longhorn Casino & Hotel (off strip Boulder Highway)
$3.99 Large Shrimp Cocktail
$5.99 Ham Steak and Eggs
$8.95 Porterhouse Steak Special
$13.95 One Pound Monster Burger w/Fries

Skyline Hotel and Casino (off strip Boulder Highway)
$1.50 Shrimp Cocktail

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Las Vegas All-You-Can-Eat Buffets
that are OPEN (as of 8-12-2021):

The Garden Buffet at South Point Hotel and Casino – The Best Buffet Value!
Breakfast with bottomless Bloody Mary: $13.95 ($9.95 w/Player’s Card)
Lunch: $16.95 ($12.95 w/Player’s Card)
Champagne Brunch with bottomless Mimosa: $22.95 ($18.95 w/Player’s Card)
Prime Rib and Shrimp Dinner: $23.95 ($19.95 w/Player’s Card 4:00pm – 10:00pm)
Seafood Night Dinner: $33.95 ($29.95 w/Player’s Card)

The Circus Circus Buffet $19.99 – $25.99
The Buffet at Excalibur $24.99 – $29.99 (Only Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
MGM Grand Buffet $27.99 – $36.99 JUST SAY NO TO THE MGM BUFFET!
(read our previous Blog Post, we did not have a good experience)

And these Fantastic Hotel Buffets are OPEN but they are NOT CHEAP.
They are actually very expensive, so bring your appetite when you go!

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace $74.99
(with an $19.99 all-you-can-drink add-on)

The Wicked Spoon Buffet at Cosmopolitan
MON – FRI
Breakfast: $38.00 adults | $19.00 children (age 5-10)
Lunch: $45.00 adults | $22.50 children (age 5-10)
SAT & SUN
Brunch: $48.00 | $24.00 children (ages 5 – 10)
BOTTOMLESS BEVERAGES add-on $21.00 per person (2-hour limit)
Bottomless Mimosas, Champagne, Bloody Mary, or Bud Light Draft

The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas
Breakfast on Mon, Thurs, and Fri: $38.99
Brunch on Mon, Thurs, and Fri: $45.99 – Sat and Sun: $48.99
Dinner on Sun, Mon, and Thurs: $64.99
Gourmet Dinner Fri and Sat: $69.99

The Buffet at Bellagio
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NOTE: The Pricing and Hours of Operation may vary,
and are alway subject to change at any time for any reason.
Always check to see if the location is open, if a reservation is required,
(their pandemic requirements), and confirm the pricing ahead of time!
And then you won’t be surprised.

Additionally, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,
some restaurants and bars are CLOSING PERMANENTLY!
We removed two from this list today because they just went out of business.

IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO TIP RIGHT,
YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO DRINK IN A BAR
OR EAT IN A RESTAURANT!

Go to a Liquor or Convenience Store
and eat and drink in your hotel room.

NOTE: Walgreens, CVS, and ABC Stores $2.00 – $5.00 Beer
are much cheaper than the hotel stores and gift shops.
You can find all kinds of prepackage food and snacks
(and more things you may need),
along with cheap beer, wine, booze, and bottled water,
at the Chain Stores on The Strip and Downtown.

TIP: Get a hotel/motel room with a kitchen or kitchenette!
You can bring food with you or buy food at a market or store.
Prepare your own meals/snacks and save money on food.
Request a refrigerator for your Hotel room if not provided, and say you
have “special diet requirements” to avoid an additional “refrigerator fee”
(kosher, diabetic, vegan, etc., and the fee to avoid is usually $25.00).

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Bread + Cheese +tinfoil +hot hotel iron = Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Hotel Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:
2 Slices of Bread (butter optional)
2 Slices of Cheese
Optional: add other ingredients like sandwich meat, onions, etc.
Directions:
Tinfoil – make a cheese sandwich, wrap it in tinfoil
Heat the Hotel iron provided in your room to high heat.
Use the hot hotel iron to “grill” the sandwich.
Do not use uncooked meats! If using butter, use it lightly.
Do not use the ironing board or any flammable surface for “grilling”
CAUTION: Make sure you have ventilation, or are using the bathroom fan,
and avoid burning the sandwich. Do not trigger the SMOKE/FIRE ALARM! 
Be sure to unplug and let the iron cool completely before storing it away.
NOTE: The hot iron will toast the bread and melt the cheese,
but will not be hot enough to cook uncooked meats.
Use extreme caution when using an iron in a Hotel/Motel room!


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NOTE: The information in this Blog Post was gathered from several YouTube vids, our experiences, and some other places. And some of those YouTube vids were based on the info included in the “Las Vegas Cheap Sheet” seen here. We did not refer to this list or add it to this Blog Post until after we were almost finished creating it, but we want to make sure to pay tribute to one of the original references for Cheap Eats in Las Vegas. Thank you Steve!

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CV! Part 175 – SUMMERTIME! (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs)

CV! Part 175 – SUMMERTIME! (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs)

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Summer 2021 in Northern Hemisphere began on Sunday, June 20.,
and runs from the June Solstice to the Vernal (Fall) Equinox on September 22.
June, July, and August (and now September) are the HOT months of the year.
The days are longer and the nights are shorter (and warmer).

Monday, June 21, 2021 – It’s SUMMERTIME!
“When all else fails, take a vacation.” – Betty Williams

2:30am: Monday! We just woke up from a short nap….

7:25am: We woke up about an hour ago. We got the newspapers.
We took the dogs outside, we fed the dogs, and we took the dogs outside again.
We made an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
Now we are starting our day in the Home Office.

11:30am: We went back to bed, woke up and took the dogs outside.
We ate a cold slice of leftover pizza. Then we went back to bed.
We just woke up and got the mail. Feeling’ “dazed and confused” for a bit.

2:35pm: We drank an iced espresso. We took the dogs outside.
It’s a beautiful, sunny, HOT, and very bright day.
And now we’re chillin’ in the Home Office again.

3:25pm: We just took the dogs outside again.

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2:55am Tuesday: Recapping Monday evening and night.
There was a long pursuit and it ended in a standoff. in Burbank.
AUDI builds a great car if you want to run from the cops.
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The SWAT team was called and they gassed the guy out of the car and into custody.
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.

We finally made some food. We were thinking tacos, but we made a burrito.
On The Menu: Tri-tip steak burrito with fresh guacamole and salsa verde
and a Jumex mango nectar to drink
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And we fell asleep with the dogs and woke up a little before 3:00am on Tuesday.
We took the dogs outside and then put them back to bed in the bedroom.


“In the summertime, when the weather is hot,
you can reach right up and touch the sky.” – Mungo Jerry

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Mercury retrograde ends today!

  • National Chocolate Eclair Day
  • National Onion Rings Day
  • National Kissing Day
  • National HVAC Tech Day

“Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” – William Shakespeare

3:10am: We’re awake again.

7:00am: And we are awake again. We were up for a couple hours in-between.
Okay then, GOOD MORNING. It’s f*ckin’ Tuesday. DO NOT TRAVELTUESDAY!
We haven’t had our coffee yet and we don’t feel like we slept.

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it.” – Robert Orben

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Did everyone go to Las Vegas this weekend? No, okey where did you go?
TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING. And THERE IS NO LONGER ANY TESTING!
Mask are still required in when traveling, but not required at the destination? WTF?
THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED!
The CoronaVirus COVID-19 Delta Variant is becoming the dominant virus strain…..
and it’s more contagious and deadly. DO NOT RELY ON THE “HONOR SYSTEM”
(and they aren’t even talking about the new virus strain from Vietnam yet)

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8:25am: We still haven’t had coffee. And we didn’t eat yet.
We got the newspapers.
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.
We had the dogs in the Home Office. We took the dogs outside.
Now they’re in the bedroom. And Choreboy is here to do some stuff.

11:45am: Well Choreboy did.a little vacuuming…. and not much more.
We drank an iced espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We got the mail. We took the dogs outside. It’s a beautiful day.
And now we’re back in the Home Office.

1:35pm: We took a short (unintended) nap with the dogs.

3:20pm: So, we are still chilling’ in the Home Office with the dogs.
And they are just sleeping.
We ate some peanut M&Ms, but now it’s time for lunch.

4:10pm:
On The Mneu: Leftover pizza and an iced espresso for lunch
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6:40pm:
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.

Recapping Tuesday night: nothing happened. We watched TV and surfed the interweb.

We binge-watched “Sons of Sam” on Netflix, about “the .44 Caliber Killer” David Berkowitz
and the failure of the NYPD to properly investigate the murders after he was caught.
It was interesting, but you have to be a True Crime fan to really enjoy it, we think.

And we’re not going to Burning Man (or That Other Thing in the Desert) this year.
FREE BURN? No, a lot of people on The Playa…. without structure. TOO MUCH CHAOS.
And probably too many people – now that the pandemic is no longer an issue.
FUCK YOUR PRETEND BURN! It will be better next year. Or two years ago….

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The Dude Abides.



Wednesday, June 23, 2021
It’s International Olympic Day! 
On this day in 1894, the International Olympic Committee  (IOC) was founded in Paris. Followed by 126 years of bribes and questionable practices on the name of sports. The can’t cancel the Tokyo 2020 2021 Olympics or they face financial ruin, even in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

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The Glastonbury Festival, would normally be held this week. It is a five day party that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, in England . It is the largest music and performing arts festival in the world. And it is cancelled again in 2021 because of COVID-19. Attendance: was ~203,000 people in 2019.

1:15am: Nothing happened. We took the dogs outside a couple times.
We didn’t eat dinner…. and we also need to bake banana bread.
And now it’s Wednesday. Nothing happened Tuesday.

5:50am: We’ve been awake for 20 minutes.
We posted a new Blog Post> “CV! Part 174” (the one before this one)
Wednesday morning begins now.

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6:25am: Okay! We got the newspapers and made an iced espresso.
Drink Coffee. Drink Water. We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs.
We took the dogs outside again. We did the dishes.
Now we’re chillin’ in the Home Office while we update this Blog Post.
We have to scoop the new poop (the joy of pet ownership!) we didn’t scoop,
and also do a little yard work before the gardener comes later today.
And we need to eat breakfast today, because we didn’t have dinner last night…..

but first a little “morning news”., if you can call it that.
Traffic. Okay. We are not going anywhere today….again. StayTheF*ckHome!
10 Freeway is CLOSED near Fontana, California after a Big Rig Pursuit!
It started at 1:00am, and ended with the suspect killed by the Highway Patrol.
FREE BRITNEY! Britney Spears is going to testify about her conservatorship.
And they’ll be there all day to bring us the important updates!
Eviction Moratorium extended. California will pay off the LANDLORDS.
And WHAT ABOUT THE HOMELESS LIVING ON THE BOARDWALK in Venice, CA?
Republicans and the GOP TRAITORS FILIBUSTERED
and BLOCKED THE VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION!!!!!
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And we gave up on the news….. it might rain, it’s going to be HOT later.
Kool and the Gang open the Hollywood Bowl season on 4th of July weekend!
Forty cows escaped yesterday from a slaughterhouse/meat packing plant
and they ended up stampeding through the streets of Pico Rivera late into the night.
The cops shot and killed at least one, and ONE IS STILL MISSING, we heard,
and it was fun to watch a bunch of fools try to lasso a cow on someone’s lawn.

1:45pm: We took the dogs outside. We got the mail. Then we took a nap.
We woke up and made lunch, because we still hadn’t eaten anything.
On The Menu: Toasted cheese sandwich, dill pickle, carrot & celery sticks,
strawberries, raspberries, and a peach, with an iced espresso to drink

3:00pm: We took the dogs outside. We scooped the poop. The gardener came.

4:50pm: We waited for the gardener to finish, and then we took the dogs outside.

11:40pm: Recapping Wednesday.
We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.
We watched the new episode of “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” on HBO.
WE SHAVED OUR BEARD! No more “pandemic beard”…. YES, it just happened.
MIDNIGHT BAKING! We baked two loaves of banana bread.
Trying to bake it all day, finally done at 11:30pm.

On The Menu: Banana Bread x2 (YUM! YUM!)
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Time for dinner, but I just baked two loaves of banana bread,
and it’s really really good.
And the whole house smells like hot fresh banana bread.
So, banana bread for dinner at midnight.

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Yes it’s time for dinner…. but first,
Jimmy Kimmel and Cousin Sal are messing with Aunt Chippie again.
This hasn’t happened since before the pandemic! And it’s AWESOME!

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Thursday, June 24, 2021 – FULL “strawberry” MOON Tonight.
Read our Blog Post “Intergalactic! Planetary!” and check out our SPACE LINKS!
“King Tide” in SoCal: Big waves, sand berms, and possible coastal flooding.

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3:05am: AM on Thursday. We vacuumed the Home Office.
We took the dogs outside, and into the kitchen, and into the Home Office.
And we just took a shower.

9:30am: We woke up at 8:00am. We got the newspapers and made an iced espresso.
We prepped the dogs’ breakfast. We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs.
We took the dogs outside again. We are “dumping” all the pictures on our cell phone.
Time to get a new one….

11:25am: We are chillin’ in the Home Office with the dogs.
The housekeeper is here. We gave her Monday off., so there’s stuff for her to do.
We made another iced espresso and we got the mail. We ate a slice of banana bread.
It’s a beautiful day again, but it’s also noisy trash pickup day in the neighborhood.

WE DON’T CARE ABOUT BRITNEY SPEARS! (because itt’s “BIG NEWS” today)
WE DO NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT HER CONSERVATORSHIP!
Entertainment Industry and State of California F*ckery with Lawyers!
She wanted to act “Crazy”, and they stole her money, and made her a trained chimp.
SHE IS JUST ANOTHER MUSIC BUSINESS AND HOLLYWOOD CAUTIONARY TALE.

Rudy Giuliani’s law license was suspended in New York State today!
WHEN WILL HE BE ARRESTED? HE IS A GOP TRUMP TRAITOR! LOCK HIM UP!
“America’s Mayor” is a CRIMINAL. (big surprise, right?)

4:05pm: Well, the housekeeper finished and left. We took the dogs outside.
We took a little nap. We woke up and made some lunch and an iced espresso to drink.
On The Menu: Steak, bean, and cheese burrito with fresh guacamole and salsa verde.
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Recapping Thursday evening and night at 4:45am on Friday.
We took the dogs outside and fed the dogs. We took the dogs outside.

We watched a live pursuit from Oakland.
Stolen Audi SUV, they crashed it and two ran. But they didn’t go too far.
3 suspects in custody. (and this fool tried jumping fences with a helicopter overhead)
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On The Menu: Fruits and veggies with pita chips.
Mango, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, carrot & celery sticks, dill pickle,
with pita chips, and an iced espresso to drink at 10:30pm
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Goodnight Conan O’Brien!

THE BIG DAY IS (finally) HERE!
We watched the Grand Opening of Resorts World in Las Vegas LIVE on Youtube.
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The Vloggers were all there, with livestreams of the opening night festivities.
We briefly thought about making a reservation and driving to Nevada…..
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And there were NO MASKS and NO SOCIAL DISTANCING!
The COVID-19 is apparently over if thousands of people can party without worry….

Seriously, does anyone else think we are STUPID?
We mean humans as a species are F*CKING STUPID..
Are we going to just forget the last SIXTEEN MONTHS OF FORCED SELF-ISOLATION?
Or Trump and the GOP Traitors’ four years of CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY?


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The California Mid-State Fair runs for 12 days July. 21 – August 1
at the Paso Robles Event Center

The Orange County Fair in California runs July 16 – August 15, 2021
at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA

The Orange County Fair in New York runs July 15 – August 1, 2021
at the Orange County Fairgrounds and Speedway in Middleton, NY

The San Diego County Fair runs June 11 – July 4, 2021
at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (Wed-Sun 11am-9pm daily)
“Smaller in scale than the fair and limited in attendance”

The Ventura County Fair 2021 is canceled for the second year in a row

The Santa Barbara County Fair runs July 14- July 18, 2021
at the Santa Maria Fairpark (also a Virtual Livestock Show and Auction!)

The Santa Cruz County Fair runs September 15-19, 2021

The Los Angeles County Fair returns May 5-30, 2022 (no Fair this year)

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UPDATED 7-12-2021:
Steve Aoki is DJing at HAKKASAN and Wet Republic’s Pool Parties
in Las Vegas, Nevada. And Tieste DJed at the Resorts World Opening Night.
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CV! Part 155 – Oscar Weekend! (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)

CV! Part 155 – Oscar Weekend! (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)

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Saturday, April 24, 2021 – Saturday!

4:20am: We slept for a few hours and then we woke up early, before 4:00am.

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8:45am: We went back to bed.
The dogs got fed, the dogs went outside.
We drank a cup of espresso.


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We watched “History Detectives” – an episode we’ve seen before on Rock and Roll stuff.
It features Bob Dylan’s Fender guitar from Newport ’65, a couple of Beatles’ autographs, and a Frank Zappa art piece. Great episode.

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!


The 2012 episode found out that the airplane pilot’s daughter had the guitar in New Jersey, and after a legal battle, she sold the Stratocaster at auction. Indianapolis Colts owner and Rock and Roll collector, Jim Irsay bought Dylan’s Newport guitar in 2013 for $965,000.

Irsay also bought Jerry Garcia’s one-of-a-kind “Tiger” guitar, made by Doug Irwin, at auction for $957,000 in 2002, and spent Five Million Dollars on some of David Gilmore’s guitars when they were auctioned for charity a few years ago. He has an amazing collection.


10:05am: We took the dogs outside again. We made another cup of espresso.
And then we cut up a pineapple, and ate a couple pieces.

12:25pm: We are chillin’ in the Home Office with the dogs again.
We took them outside and now they’re napping.
We made another cup of espresso and ate brunch/lunch.
On the Menu: toasted onion bagel with lox and cream cheese, dill pickle,
celery & carrot sticks, Italian salami, and a black&white cookie
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4:45pm: We took a long nap with the dogs. Then we took the dogs outside.
And we just made a cup of espresso.

5:20pm: SO FUCKING TIRED OF THIS SH*T.
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5:55pm: We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs.

Josh Daniel LIVE from Atlanta, GA (two sets!) – Celebrate Life Everyday!
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7:40pm: We took a shower! Aloha Saturday Night!
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23:33 (11:33pm): Chillin’ in the Home Office. We made some dinner.
We played with the dog. Now he’s sleeping.

On The Menu: Turkey and pepper jack cheese sandwich on a toasted egg bagel,
And a piece of fancy chocolate cake for dessert
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President Joe Biden and the United States:
Recognition of the Armenian Genocide at last! 
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The Armenian Genocide was the systematic mass murder and ethnic cleansing of One Million ethnic Armenians by Turkey (the Ottoman Empire and its ruling party, the Committee of Union and Progress) during World War I.


Sunday, April 25, 2021Sunday! Oscar! Oscar! Sunday!

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8:15am: Sunday morning. Dogs got fed. Dogs went outside.
We drank a cup of espresso and some orange juice.  Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We ate a toasted onion bagel with cream cheese.

12:10pm: SUNDAY! SUNDAY! And we have liftoff.
We went back to bed and slept for a little bit. And then there was barking…..
We took the dogs outside. And now we are fully chill. But we are hungry too.
Choreboy is about to arrive, and now there’s some stuff to do around the house.

So, Choreboy did two loads of laundry and scooped all the poop.
He cleaned out the fridge, which was already pretty empty.
And then he did some dishes. He’ll be back tomorrow most likely for more.
It’s cold, and gray, and windy outside today.
We ate a toasted egg bagel with peanut butter and raspberry jam for lunch.
And we made some popcorn and drank a coke during the Oscars.


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On The Menu: Popcorn and a coke. Let’s do this.
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6:02pm: OSCAR! OSCAR! LIVE from Union Station on ABC7 in Los Angeles.
BLOGGING THE 93rd Academy Awards – THE OSCARS LIVE!
Regina King onstage. And now make it stop please…. so self-indulgent.
And never let writers speak in public. FFS. Just STFU okay?
5:15pm: Commercial break. Cadillac promo and spot.
Expedia spot…. good luck with that. ABC Sesame Street promo.
Another fucking long ad…. WTF? Oh, Verizon. YEAH THEY SUCK.
WOULD YOU BUY A CADILLAC?
We’re back with Laura Dern (in Bjork’s leftover swan dress?)
International Feature Film…. yeah, you didn’t see any of the nominees.
“Another Round” from Denmark wins. And the filmmaker is in the house.
Did anyone get the memo to STFU and just say thanks….. Yak Yak Yak….
HOLY SHIT! DJ Questlove from The Roots can you play him off please!
His daughter was killed in a car crash and now you’re going to hear about it.
WHO IS THIS GUY? GET THE FUCK OFF THE STAGE! Okay moving on.
Best Supporting Actor. OSCARS SO DIVERSE.
Oh shit, Laura Dern looks like she’s wearing the Goat Pants from “Dragnet”.
Daniel Kaluuya? British accent. Thanks to mumbles….  OH zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Steven Speilberg’s “West Side Story” preview – December.
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M&Ms funny, Disney “American Idol” promo, local ABC7, DisneyBundle, SanDiego.org, Mercedes S-Class, ABC news promo
Don Cheadle in a brocade tuxedo jacket and silver bowtie – Make-up and Hairstyling
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” – Oscars so diverse! BLACKLIVESMATTER!
and Costume Design “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Ann Roth (is not there so, no speech!)
Verizon, Susan Sarandon – powertothepatients, Dr Pepper Zero Sugar,
Lancome – Julia Roberts, HULU promo for Handmaid’s Tale, and Cadillac again.
Bryan Cranston at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and the Jean Herschholt Humanitarian Award goes to the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF) – and it’s their 100th Anniversary. Thanked everyone, and that’s the best speech of the night 
Best Director from last year speaking in Korean. And there’s a translator. Best Directing.
And now there are subtitles…more Korean. “Nomadland” we saw that one. It was boring.
David Fincher was nominated too. And Chloe Zhao wins for “Nomadland” of course. 
Okay, kitchen break during this speech……….
Rolex/Oscar best pictures, .., HULU promo for Nine Perfect Strangers”,
Another weird spot for Swarvorski crystal!, Mercedes AMG,
Rez Ahmed? Indian, with a British accent from “Sound of Metal” sign language….
Achievement in Sound award – get it? “Soul” we tried to watch it.
“Sound of Metal” wins…. he’s happy.
Now a foreign guy is reading a Thank You speech with an accent.
“and now I would like to say something more personal….” MORE RAMBLING.
Back to Rez. Live Action Short Film. Did you see any of them this year?
BRAVO! Our friend’s son co-produced “Two Distant Strangers” – BRAVO!
And now the speeches…. “Police will kill three people”  More self-indulgence.
MORE COMMERCIALS. Google. Sign Language. AARP. Over 50? Adidas. Beyonce.
Ashley Homestores. AppleTV+,ABC promo “The Bachelorette – Be a Katie”
Reese Witherspoon for Animated Short Film  – Okay did you see any of these? 
Time to feed the dogs. “If Anything Happens I Love You” wins. Cool music Questlove!
Gun violence….. thank you, thank you. Animated Feature Film. Good film clips.
And “Soul”, we saw some of that one. And it wins. Yay, Jazz! Thank you everyone:
and Questlove, Disney, and music teachers and art teachers, and Jazz musicians.
Commercials: Disney+, TJ Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods Lancome “Idole”, Subway app, ABC promo for “Home Economics”, and more Commercials, Lexus (black family), Visit California (interracial family), Hyundai Sonata.
Marlee Matlin (and interpreter) for Documentary Short Subject, did you see any of them? “Colette” wins. Now it’s really time to feed the dogs.
Documentary Feature Film. “My Octopus Teacher” wins, and we fed the dogs while they were giving the speech. The TV was on in the kitchen. And we took the dogs outside. Now we’re back in Home Office. That speech was WAY TOO LONG. 
More. Cadillac again….same commercial for the third time. Boring. 
Diversity in all the commercials too! Target “Black Beyond Measure”, Verizon Apple, FX promo for (black) “Pose”, ABC promo for “Rebel”, Verizon pandemic commercial, Verizon Oscars 5G promo
Asian guy presenter. Visual Effects. “Tenet” wins. Quick speech we didn’t listen to.
And now it’s Brad Pitt for Best Supporting Actress reading from the teleprompter.
Yuh-Jung Who? for what film? “Minari”, nope didn’t see it. Yuh-Jung Your is Korean.
Broken English, thank you, okay thank you, “don’t believing in competition, how can I win over Glenn Close?…. thank you so much, like to thank my two boys…… mommy work so hard”
Google – octopus (with Netflix and Youtube tie ins), Emgality migrane medicine Lilly Co., Julia Roberts Lancome, SNOOP! Zoe Saldana. Wassup? Corona Beer “the fine life”, HULU promo for “Handmaid’s Tale” shortie. Google. Oscars subtitles promo.
Halle Berry, and what happened to her hair? Best Production Design. Nice cleavage Halle.
“Mank” wins. Nope, didn’t see it. Might see it. Wasn’t sure, but now we might. 
And Best Cinematography. Phedon Papamichael is nominated. But “Mank” wins.
Amanda Seifreid is gorgeous in red. 
Lin Manuel-Miranda “In the Heights” preview. Another New York Broadway musical film.
More DIVERSITY. And more commercials: Blue Moon Light Sky Citrus Wheat, FreshPet dogfood, ABC “Big Sky” promo, more commercials, Honda, Spectrum wifi, Mercedes-Benz, ABC promos for AfterOscar and the NFL Draft. Back to Union Station.
Harrison Ford. Notes. Stupid editorial notes for “BladeRunner” from the studio. HAHAHA. Best Film Editing. “Sound of Metal” wins. Really? We didn’t see it, but, Really?
Another Danish guy! Danish Film School. Thanks everyone.
Shout out to the Deaf Community. Thanks everyone else. 
Viola Davis. Start by quoting Maya Angelou…. here we go.
Tyler Perry gets the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Yay Tyler!
HOLLYWOOD NEEDS TO BOYCOTT GEORGIA!
And now a speech about a homeless woman and shoes, racism, civil rights, rambling now.
“Mother taught me to Refuse Hate.”  GOOD SPEECH. Very “Diversity”
Commercials…. Cadillac with Regina King, Oprah! “Super Soul” on Discovery+, Incognito by Morningstar Farms artificial meat, ABC Promos, Verizon Navajo Nation,
Zendaya. Yellow dress. Music. Original Score. “Soul” wins as expected. Trent Reznor (who was also nominated for another film), Jon Batiste – SUCH AN AMAZING ARTIST! – from Colbert’s show, and Atticus Ross onstage. Jon Batiste speech is rambling on, and it’s a good one. Yay Jazz! Zendaya is just sparkling! Music time.
Original Song (just clips, not full performances). FAIL. H.E.R. wins. “Judas and the Black Messiah” wins. “Fight For You” is the name of the song. Thanks to everyone. Very pretty in a blue sequined Hadjib dress?

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Questlove Oscar Trivia with Lil Rey
, play a game with the Oscar audience. Did “Purple Rain” win  an Oscar, and she swore on LIVE TV. No, the score was nominated, but none of the songs. THIS IS JUST AWFUL. Feeling really Diverse as they bulls*t on Live TV. Donna Summer for TGIF! “Let’s Dance” won an Oscar for “Thank G-d It’s Friday”. Glenn Close “Da Butt” and this must be set-up… she swore on Live TV too. Glenn Close just put the boogie in her butt!
“Glenn Close correctly identified a clip of Da Butt written by Marcus Miller and performed by the DC-based band Experience Unlimited (EU) from Spike Lee’s 1988 film, School Daze.”
Questlove is inspired. He directed the “Summer of Soul” documentary – short preview, and Zendaya for Lancome “Idole”, Flonase, Jeff Goldblum annoying you for Apartments.com, Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC Promo, ABC “The Good Doctor” promo, Diversity again, she’s jamming, for Grey Goose Essence, and now The Resorts World commercial! It’s weird.
Mercedes-Benz EQ, KABC news promo
Angela Bassett in a big red dress – very dramatic and SAD.
In Memoriam. COVID-19, inequality, hatred, racism poverty. Lot of people died.
And the list of celebrities is really long. RIP. We worked with a couple of them. SAD.
May the Four Winds blow them safely home.
Commercials: David Bowie “SpaceOddity” for AirBnB. Acura, HULU promo for “Handmaid’s Tale” again, Rolex Oscars “best picture” again,   
Electric Company theme! Rita Moreno. BEST PICTURE nominees now. Okay.
Anthony Hopkins clip. “Judas” clip. “Mank” clip with Gary Oldman. “Minari” clip.
And “Nomadland” which will win. “Promising Young Woman” clip, “Sound of Metal” clip, and “The Trial of the Chicago Seven” clip. And the Oscar goes to “Nomadland” of course.
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Chloe Zhao wins and Frances McDormand and a bunch of other peeps onstage. Chloe says thanks and then Frances takes the mic and howls….okay.
Commercials: man, we are tired of commercials, Verizon/Oscar bumpers, Verizon pandemic, Starbucks! FX on HULU promo
Rene Zellweger (in a peach dress). Leading Actress. Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand, Carey Mulligan. And Frances wins of course for “Nomadland” 
– very short thank you speech
Joaquin Phoenix. Leading Actor. Anthony Hopkins. Rez Ahmed, Chadwick Bozeman RIP, Gary Oldman, Steven Yuen. And Anthony Hopkins wins.
And he’s not there. So no speech.
Questlove says thank you and goodnight. The End.
MUSIC WAS LIVE AND OFF THE HOOK!

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And it pretty much sucked, and wasn’t very entertaining.
If we weren’t blogging it. We would have turned it off at the beginning.
No surprises. And not very exciting. Just pretty standard awards format,
with the usual COVID-19 adjustments, Nice that there was live audience, but it was STUPID and NO MASKS just sets a bad example for the public and will probably affect PUBLIC HEALTH. But, hey, lots of commercials, and lots of DIVERSITY. See Oscar isn’t so white…..
YEAH RIGHT. Alright, we’re done . That sucked. It’s going to be a ratings disaster tomorrow.
The dogs are sleeping here in the Home Office and we are hungry for dinner. 

8:22pm: “Oscars After Dark” following the Oscars. ABC is so damn DIVERSE!
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Trent Reznor, Jon Baptiste, and Atticus “After Dark”


9:20pm: We stopped, took the dogs outside,
and then went into the kitchen and made dinner.
And it’s drizzling a little outside. They said it might rain and they were right.

On The Menu: Breakfast for Dinner! Breakfast Burrito!
2 eggs over easy, bacon, and a quesadilla with salsa verde 
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We took the dogs outside again. And then they fell asleep.
And then we fell asleep…..

NO END TO THIS BULLSH*T. NO END IN SIGHT.
WE WON’T BE AT YOUR PARTY ON SUNDAY NIGHT!
ZERO CONTACT IS STILL THE RULE!
DO YOU THINK THAT I’M A FOOL?
DO NOT PARTY! AND HERE’S WHY:
IF YOU PARTY, YOU MIGHT DIE!

NOTE: We stayed the fuck home, and watched the Academy Awards’ Train Wreck.


Okay, here’s one for #StorySunday (on Monday):
Way back in the mid 1980s, we started gambling in Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. And then we started working in the Hollywood film industry in 1989, and we met Frankie Valli and a old school “Friend of Frank’s” comedian named Joey Villa. Joey was friends with Meshulam Riklis and his wife Pia Zadora. Riklis was a corporate raider who bought the Riviera in 1973. Our friend Joey was booking the comedy room at the Riviera and also appearing in the “Splash” Revue stage show for many years, so when we visited him in Las Vegas in 1991, it was all VIP fun and a big party with Perry Como in the Penthouse. It was Old School Vegas, with real mobsters, and black tie glamour, at the Riv. “And now it’s all gone” They blew it up and tore it down, and now it’s a parking lot for the expanded LV Convention Center. Vegas just eats its own. So, we have a matching set of souvenir Riviera mugs, and ashtrays, and matches and even mini shampoo bottles from the many hotel stays. And sometimes we stayed next door at the El Morrocco/La Concha Motel or at another Strip hotel. And so we found this mug when thrifting, right before they announced the closing and demolished the hotel in 2015. We have so many crazy Las Vegas stories. They moved the Crazy Girls bronze statue to Planet Hollywood, so you can still see rub their butts for good luck. (if you’re interested you can read more about Las Vegas, the Riviera, and Joey Villa in our previous JoshWillTravel Blog Posts)

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The “Crazy Girls” bronze relief statue at the Riviera Hotel


Monday, April 26, 2021 – PINK SUPERMOON TONIGHT (8:32pm PST)
Full Moon is named for the Spring bloom of the pink wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata (creeping phlox or moss phlox), also called “moss pink”

2:50am: Hello Monday morning, we’re up early. We fell asleep with the dogs for a little bit.
Not sure how long. It’s too early. So, we thought we’d update this Blog Post…. 

4:45am: Two hours later. And we decided to try to watch Disney/PIXAR’s “Soul” again.
Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
Mystics Without Borders and Moonwind Stardancer on the brink of madness!
NOTE: “Soul” was great. It was beautiful. And it had a great Disney ending.
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11:55pm: Recapping Monday. Nothing happened.
We didn’t mean to take the day off, but it happened.
The dogs got fed. The dogs went outside. We got the newspapers and the mail.
The housekeeper came. We took a nap with the dogs. We drank espresso.
Drink coffee. Drink water.
It was a nice day outside. And now it’s overcast and drizzling a littlest midnight.
We ate a toasted bagel with cream cheese for lunch. And we just made dinner.
On The Menu: Mac’n’cheese just before midnight (and we are done now)
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Do not go to movie theaters, musical performances, shopping malls,

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TAKE this for what it is…. CONTRADICTORY!
ZERO CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE!
If you can still infect someone and catching COVID-19 is still possible, and you should keep wearing your mask, because herd immunity is still far away…..2022.
HOW IS IT OKAY TO VISIT WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS (in small groups without masks)?

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
“Mask Up America” is President Joe Biden’s “100 Day Masking Challenge”

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US Surgeon General recommends:
Wearing two masks can improve fit & give you better protection from
COVID19.
Wear a disposable mask under a cloth mask.

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THE MASK GOES OVER YOUR NOSE!
YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH ARE CONNECTED!
COVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH!

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*FULLY VACCINATED means TWO WEEKS after the second dose! 
You are not fully vaccinated after the first dose,
and you are not fully vaccinated until TWO WEEKS after the second dose.
TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SECOND DOSE!
Vaccines don’t stop you from spreading the virus!
Vaccines may protect you from getting really sick,
and may prevent death if you contract COVID-19.
YOU CAN STILL GET SICK AND DIE.
YOU CAN STILL SUFFER FROM LONG-TERM EFFECTS.
YOU CAN STILL GET OTHER PEOPLE SICK.

The COVID-19 UK variant is 64% more likely to kill you.
25% of new cases are UK variant, and it will soon be the dominant strain in California.

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT. ZERO CONTACT.
WEARAFUCKINGDOUBLEMASK! WEARAFUCKINGDOUBLEMASK!


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HAPPINESS IS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN GOAL! BE HAPPY TODAY!
The three key aspects that will lead to our well-being and happiness:
an end to poverty, a reduction of inequality, and the protection of our planet.

Seek immediate help if you feel overwhelmed or unsafe!
If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, get professional help immediately!
If your distress impacts your daily life for any length of time (a couple days or many weeks),
talk to a clergy member, counselor, or healthcare provider.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
You can also chat with them online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

NOTE:  if you TEXT 741741 when you are feeling depressed, suicidal or anxious, a crisis worker will text you back and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger folks, do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It’s a free service to ANYONE: teens, adults, etc. who lives in the U.S. It’s run by The Crisis Text Line and is legit.

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Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health has a collection of FREE guided meditations to reduce stress, and also FREE sleep and movement exercises at headspace.com/lacounty or contact them at DMH.LACounty.gov
Phone number: 800-854-7771

City of Los Angeles “Safer-At-Home”> coronavirus.lacity.org

California Senior Citizen Help Hotline: 1-833-544-2374
Help for Senior Citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.

**GIVE BLOOD!***
THE RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD AND PLASMA DONORS!

redcrossblood.org 1-800-RED-CROSS Blood Donor App

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STOP SYSTEMIC RACISM! STOP KILLING BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE!

DONALD TRUMP AND THE GOP TRAITORS REMAIN
A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE WORLD in April of 2021!

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150000 HITS! THANK YOU! HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

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If you are reading this, THANK YOU!
Thank you for tuning us in. Thank you for reading our Blog!
THIS IS A MILESTONE. We started this Blog in February of 2013.
Yes, we have a “Seven Year Itch” and sometimes think about not blogging,
but it has been valuable to our experience during four months of Forced Lockdown.
(There are currently 50 Parts to our CoronaVirus! daily diary – read them!)
We thought about all the restaurants we “reviewed” and how they have to change their entire business model or go out of business. We thought about all the travel companies, vendors, and travel consultants we know that don’t have any business right now.
AND FUCK THE AIRLINES, HOTEL COMPANIES, CRUISE LINES AND CASINOS!
And please STOP BUYING THINGS “MADE IN CHINA” – SERIOUSLY JUST STOP!

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“Say what you will about science…”

Logic follows clearly defined rules and tests for critical thinking. Logic also seeks tangible, visible or audible proof of a sound thought process by reasoning.

Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) invented logic. He wrote the first known treatises of logical theory and taught the first logic classes in history. He was a student of Plato who was a student of Socrates.

The 2 types of logical arguments:
deductive and inductive reasoning provide evidence of the truth

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Science is the study of the natural world through observation and experiment.

Science is a systematic and logical approach to discovering how things in the universe work. It is the body of knowledge accumulated through discoveries about all the things in the universe.

Science is valued because the application of scientific knowledge helps satisfy many basic human needs and improve quality of life and standards of living.

“Science affects us all, every day of the year,
from the moment we wake up,
all day long, and through the night”

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FUN!
More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

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I’m Still a Prisoner of Fun!

The very Definition of FUN>

Noun: enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure.
A source of fun, playful behavior or good humor, behavior or an activity that is intended purely for amusement and should not be interpreted as having serious or malicious purposes, (a place or event) providing entertainment or leisure activities for children.
Adjective: providing amusement, amusing, entertaining, enjoyable, lively, pleasant, pleasurable, pleasing, boisterous, convivial, or merry
Verb: to speak or act in a way that is not serious, to joke or tease.

Spongebob’s Definition:
F- is for friends who do stuff together!
U- is for you and me!
N- is for anywhere and anytime at all down here in the deep blue sea!

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From Scot Nery’s Blog:
We can trick people into really enjoying themselves and paying for fun. We just need to accept that they’re probably not going to pay for the fun directly. Here are some things to consider for the way we package fun entertainment.

  • coolness. people want something that’s cool and coolness can be expensive
  • social status. Like a selfie museum, it’s not always about being cool. It could be about looking valueable as an employee, or seeming like you fit in
  • memorable experience. A vacation is an example.
  • edifying experience. Maybe it’s educational or strengthening?
  • something expensive PLUS. The Palazzo circus show promotes themselves as a gourmet dinner plus entertainment.
  • connection to fame. See someone famous and be tricked into having fun
  • stress relief. If you ask adults why they play video games, they’re more likely to say this reason than simply that it’s fun, because stress relief is important
  • kids fun. if we give a kid something fun to do, it can be joyful to watch and also take away our headache for a little bit.
  • brand engagement. A good tv commercial is fun and it also is worth money to the brand because audiences deem it attention-worthy.

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The scientific method is a method of investigation involving experimentation and observation to acquire new knowledge, solve problems, and answer questions.

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Scientific method involves making conjectures (hypotheses), deriving predictions from them as logical consequences, and carrying out experiments or empirical observations based on those predictions. A hypothesis is a conjecture, based on knowledge obtained while seeking answers to the question.

The 3 principles of scientific thinking
The scientific method is practiced within a context of scientific thinking, and scientific (and critical) thinking is based on three things:
1. Using empirical evidence (empiricism), data collected through direct observation and/or experimentation. Observations are based on specific events that have already happened and can be verified by others as true or false.
2. Practicing logical reasoning (rationalism),
3. Possessing a skeptical attitude (skepticism) about presumed knowledge

The 9 steps of the scientific method in order
The scientific method and consists of the following eight steps:
1. Objective observation (remain totally value free when studying; try to remain totally unbiased in all investigations and experiments)
2. Ask a testable question,
3. Gather information and background research,
4. State a hypothesis (and make predictions based on it),
5. Design and perform the experiment and test the hypothesis (and predictions),
6. Collect data and make conclusions,
7. Draw conclusions and report,
8. Evaluate (and use the results to draw conclusions and refine the hypothesis, make new hypotheses and/or predictions)
9. Publish findings (optional).

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When conducting research, scientists use the scientific method to collect measurable, empirical evidence in experiments related to a hypothesis (often in the form of an if/then statement), the results aiming to support or contradict a theory.

Scientific knowledge allows us to develop new technologies, solve practical problems, and make informed decisions

Five skills scientists use in observation to learn about the world:
(we observe objects and events using all of our five senses)
1. communicating,
2. classifying,
3. measuring,
4. inferring,
5. predicting.

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She Blinded Me With Science!
Synth-Pop and New Wave from 1982
Songwriters: Jonathan Kerr / Thomas Dolby
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It’s poetry in motion
She turned her tender eyes to me
As deep as any ocean
As sweet as any harmony
Mm, but she blinded me with science
She blinded me with science
And failed me in biology, yeh yeh
Now uh, huh huh
When I’m dancing close to her
Blinding me with science, science
Science
I can smell the chemicals
Blinding me with science, science
Science
Science
Mm, but it’s poetry in motion
And when she turned her eyes to me
As deep as any ocean
As sweet as any harmony
She blinded me with science
She blinded me with science
And failed me in geometry
When she’s dancing next to me
Blinding me with science, science
Science
Mmm mmm, mmm mmm, mmm
I can hear machinery
Blinding me with science, science
Science
Huh, it’s poetry in motion
And now she’s making love to me
The spheres’re in commotion
The elements in harmony
She blinded me with science
She blinded me with science
And hit me with technology
Good heavens Miss Sakamoto, you’re beautiful
I, I don’t believe it
There she goes again
She’s tidied up and I can’t find anything
All my tubes and wires
And careful notes
And antiquated notions
But, it’s poetry in motion
And when she turned her eyes to me
As deep as any ocean
As sweet as any harmony
Unh, she’s blinding me with science
She blinded me with science
She blinded me with SCIENCE!

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Las Vegas, Nevada! “Vegas Baby! Vegas!”

Las Vegas, Nevada!
“Vegas Baby! Vegas!”

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Back from Las Vegas.
A fun trip to “Sin City”
Happy to be Home!

JOSHWILLTRAVEL! And travel to Las Vegas last week is what we did.*

*well, it wasn’t last week…. more like last month. Tempus fugit!

We were invited (very last minute) to our friend Frank’s 65th Birthday Adventure:
(via a series of text messages)
– Come to Vegas if you want we have extra rooms
– We arrive Wed and lots of different rooms. Party on Saturday
– The party at Topgolf should be good even if you dont golf. Has a private pool for us
– Then we got a big cabana by our pool Friday Saturday and Sunday

So, let me think about it….. and Road Trip to Vegas!
Left the beautiful San Fernando Valley at 1:30am on Thursday morning.
Highways to Las Vegas: 101north-134west-210west-10west-15north
We drove a rental truck, a no-frills silver Nissan Frontier, with unlimited miles.
No traffic! Driving 285 miles at night with the truckers on I-15 north.

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“World’s Tallest Thermometer” in Baker, California

Stopped along the way in Baker, California, for gas and to see the “World’s Tallest Thermometer” once again lighting the side of the 15 freeway. It was “non-operational” for many years, but has been repaired and now it is again a beacon at night on the desert highway.
NOTE: Gas prices were “too f*ckin’ high” in Baker! 

Stateline! No stopping until we get to town.

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Stateline! Primm, Nevada

Arrived at South Point Hotel and Casino before 6am on Thursday.

We have always heard good things about the SouthPoint. People regularly recommend their buffet as being very good. They were also recently featured in the Showtime series “Action” about legal sports gambling, so as we rolled into town we decided to stop there.

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SouthPoint Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada

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Self Parking at SouthPoint is FREE. We parked outside, instead of in the structure, and it was only a short walk to the Casino entrance. We had to go to the High Limit Slots counter to get a Player’s Card because the Club Desk doesn’t open until 7am. We played some blackjack and a little video poker and won a little money.

We also earned 300 club points which entitled us to “spin the wheel” and we won 5000 points (so we cashed them out for $15.00), wandered around the casino, and then headed for their Breakfast Buffet.

NOTE: Get the SouthPoint Player’s Card and the Breakfast Buffet is only $9.95 + tax
(Really nice breakfast buffet for ~$11.00 + $5.00 tip for our server/waitperson)

Breakfast Buffet Time! The Las Vegas “Buffet Experience”! And we were hungry…..

On The Menu: Everything. It was a Good Buffet!

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After breakfast we headed out and drove to the Wyndham Grand Desert Resort near the MGM Grand and across the street from TopGolf at the south end of the strip.
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Wyndham Grand Desert Resort

Parked near Tower 3, walked to registration at Tower 2 and Checked In.
Our friends had the rooms reserved and a quick phone call was made, our ID was checked, and we were handed a keycard and welcome instructions. We walked back to Tower 3 and met one of our friends in the lobby. She gave us the “nickel tour” of the resort property and showed us the adult pool and the cabana they had reserved for our party weekend. We walked back to Tower 3 and grabbed our luggage and weekend supplies out of the truck and rode the elevator upstairs.

The SMELL in the hall.
Okay, something died. rotting trash beyond rotting. it was terrible. really terrible.
FOR THE WHOLE TIME! It was disgusting. It reeked. It stank.
Yes, we complained. And they tried to mitigate the smell with deodorizers and sprays, but they should have called for sanitary cleanup immediately. They were really good about apologizing and they gave our hosts credit for the inconvenience.

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“It’s Kubrickian!”

The Sweet Suite!
Tower 3, Room 392 at the Wyndham Grand Desert Resort:

Happily, the smell was only in the hallway. Once inside the room, a “lock-out” connecting room, adjacent to the first room our hosts stayed in…. they moved to the Presidential Suite, and her brother moved into their room. More on that later.

Each room had a nice kitchen area, living room space and private bedroom and bath. Mine was a little smaller than the room next door which also had a bar and bar seating in the living room space. I was very happy with the accommodations and also the fact that it was FREE! My hosts were treated to drinks, gifts and other forms of thanks all week long in appreciation for the invitation.

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After the little tour of the resort the it was nappy time. Then once we were awake and active again, we joined our friends for a quick visit to the TopGolf mega-entertainment center across the street. We met our friends in the inside bar and had a cocktail while they finished their food (we were still full from the morning buffet).

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Our friend’s birthday party was scheduled for Saturday afternoon in the Chairman’s Suite, complete with private pool and lunch buffet, so they went to check it out.  More on that party later……
We wandered around and toured the massive four deck facility. There were lots of bar and seating areas, and a public pool area with lounges, private cabanas and a “swim-up” bar. There were televisions and monitors everywhere, and really big multi-screens by the pool and in the gathering and game areas. And there were a ton of people having fun at midday on Thursday! The Golf Area has private driving areas for rent, with computer monitoring, that tracks your ball and gives you distance, replay, and other fun golf info. And of course there is plenty of food and beverage service available everywhere.
Just mind the warning signs and watch for errant golf balls and clubs!
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And then back across the street to the resort.
Our friends moved their stuff to the Presidential Suite with a Private Veranda and we hung out there and waited for them to get settled in.
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We made a run to the local market and picked up provision for the week. And then later we went back across the street to TopGolf for a late dinner.

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TopGolf Photo Op!

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On The Menu: More cocktails
and Boneless BBQ Wings w/veggies & ranch dressing at one of the bars.
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FRIDAY at the Wyndham

Good morning! Cabana Time!
Our Large Private Party Cabana in the shade for Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

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Large Private Party Cabana in the shade for Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday began the same way each day: Tiki drinks for brunch! And some kind of food from the resort kitchen, along with snacks we brought from the room.

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The cabana was equipped with a nice television and a noisy ceiling fan, and the public smoking area was right next door and there was a public cabana in that area. Most of the pool cabanas were positioned in the sun, and must have been really hot inside, while our cabana was on the other side and in the shade set back but facing the adult pool area.

 

Dinner time on Friday, and we had a meeting in the Presidential Suite to decide where to go to eat. There are many choices, so the group reviewed them, and eventually decided to go to Burger Bar (inside the Luxor Hotel, which we didn’t know at the time).

NOTE: Everything we did took a long time to get it together and actually do it. It wasn’t a problem, and we resolved to just ride along and see what happens (most of the time).

And then it started raining. A real Desert Storm! And a wet Friday night.
One of our new friends was the non-drinking designated driver, and he was a cool dude. But his driving was not cool. And it was dark and wet and it took a long time to get there. And then we toured the parking lot, for a long time, before finally parking.

We made our way into the Luxor and found the Burger Bar. Basically a $20 hamburger without anything else, so we decided to go spend our money at The Peppermill instead.

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MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on a Rainy Night in Las Vegas, Nevada

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And so, after another wild ride in the rain around Las Vegas, we arrived for Dinner and Drinks at The Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge!

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We had dinner and tiki drinks in the restaurant and then went into the lounge and had more drinks. The rain was really coming down and we were in no hurry to leave, so we rode out the storm in the lounge and met some fun new people.
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On The Menu: Tiki Cocktails!
A Lava Flow and a nice Beef Dip Sandwich with fries and extra au jus

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A good time was had by all! We enjoyed our dinner and drinks at The Peppermill. Frank had a big Scorpion drink (in a glass, not a bowl) and the rest of us had a few different drinks from their cocktail menu too.

One more drive around Vegas in the rain and back to the resort. We survived! We returned to the Presidential Suite and then back to our suite in the other tower. We decided to take a hot bath and then sleep in the next day.

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“Wanna take a bath?”

SATURDAY at the Wyndham and TopGolf

Cabana Time! Basically the same routine as Friday: tiki drinks, food, people hanging out and new friends stopping by until it was time to get it together and head over to TopGolf for the big shindig!

Frank’s 65th Birthday Party in the Chairman’s Suite at TopGolf – Saturday 2-5pm
Golf, balls, a buffet, more drinks and a private swimming pool just for us.

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Party at TopGolf in Las Vegas, Nevada!

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The Guest of Honor in the Private Pool in the Chairman’s Suite

On The Menu: Tacos (chicken, steak and pork), Sliders (cheeseburgers, battered fish and pulled pork), chips with salsa and guacamole, salads, and of course more tiki cocktails!

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The party was a lot of fun, we got out drink on, and there was too much food! We ended up taking a lot of it back to the resort afterwards. There was golfing (unlimited balls, or something like that) and swimming too. The pictures are just a sample before it got crazy wild.

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A beautiful day at TopGolf Las Vegas!

Saturday Night in Vegas!

And so we returned to the resort and hung out until it got dark. We decided our next destination would be (more) Tropical Cocktails at Frankie’s Tiki Room! 

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Saturday Night on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada

After the wild road trip on Friday night, we decided we would drive to Frankie’s and meet the crew there. We cruised past The Strip and downtown to the bar.

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More cocktails! Famous tiki drinks! And it was really dark inside.
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We enjoyed a Mai Tai and then there was a lot of conversation and more drinks. We moved around from our table in the cabana to a seat at the bar. Lots of kitsch and weird decor to see, even in the dark. Eventually, they decided to return to the resort and we decided to go back to The Strip and have some Las Vegas fun.

We drove to The Wynn, Las Vegas Hotel and Casino – FREE SELF PARKING!
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The Wynn is a beautiful property! And it was crowded, which was nice. We played a little and wandered around taking in the different areas of the casino and environs. We had some luck and cashed out and drove back to the resort and went to bed.

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SUNDAY (Mother’s Day) morning after waking up and getting ready, we walked over to the Presidential Suite for Breakfast/Brunch and more Cabana Time! It was a leisurely day of drinking and hanging out. There may have been an afternoon nap involved.

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So we were volunteered to cook and we grilled some steaks for dinner at 9:30pm on Sunday at the community BBQ Grills. There’s a curfew for cooking at 10pm, so we had to be quick! We took them upstairs and enjoyed a great meal on the private veranda (and of course, there were more cocktails).

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Then we went on a mission to The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” Sign!
It was designed by Nevada-born graphic designer Betty Willis (1923-2015) in 1959.
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“The rounded diamond shape of the sign was inspired by the Goodyear logo and the idea for the starburst came from the one in Disneyland’s emblem, which to her meant a happy destination. The seven silver dollars were a symbol of good luck for visitors entering the world’s gambling capital. (Betty) Willis’s design was never trademarked.”

The sign was built by a small local company Western Electric Displays Inc, aka Western Neon. Western Neon was bought by YESCO (Young Electric Sign Company) and they have maintained the sign ever since. The original sign has been rebuilt, restored, and recognized as a cultural and historic landmark for the City of Las Vegas over the years.

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Safe and legal public access to the sign was finally made possible in 2008, when parking spaces and a pedestrian walkway were finally constructed. Clark County and the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office had the sign listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

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NOTE: It was “Helldorado Days” a big holiday in the State of Nevada. There was a parade on Saturday and the Rodeo and other events were happening all weekend in downtown Las Vegas and on Fremont Street. So, we didn’t go there.

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Old Vegas! Glitter Gulch!

We returned to the resort and stayed up until MONDAY morning!
“It’s HOT in the Hot Tub!” 
And sometime before dawn we hit the Jacuzzi and Pool! (the pool and jacuzzi at Tower 3 are open 24 hours) It was very Early AM, at Tower 3, after it was cleaned, before the crowd and we were almost alone.

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We had stayed up all night and after our adventures we finally decided to try out the 24 hour pool and jacuzzi in our Tower. The pool area was empty except for one couple, so we waited until they were out of the water and then we moved in. We spent about a half hour enjoying the warm, bubbly spa, and swam in the cool pool until the calm was interrupted by two small children and their mother….. as we left the pool area at 6am the mother was screaming at the children in the shallow end of the pool, “Get over here dammit, you pulled this sh*t all yesterday, I’m not gonna have it today!” 

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Went up to the room and took a hot shower, ate some leftover tacos, and went to bed.
Requested and was given a late checkout time of 12 noon via the telephone.

And then,
Housekeeping knocked on my door three different times between 9:30 and 11am!
AND THERE WAS A “DO NOT DISTURB” SIGN HANGING ON THE DOOR HANDLE!
They also started cleaning the other half of the “lockout suite” and made noise like they were doing construction next door, making it impossible to sleep.

NOTE: We complained and Dan, the resort manager, gave us a $50 credit to use at our choice of restaurants “off-property” at a Caesars Hotel (there was a list of restaurants to choose from at each hotel) for our inconvenience and also took care of our friends who invited us. That’s real good hospitality!

Checked out of the Wyndham and drove back over to the Wynn. FREE Self Parking again.

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We walked to the Palazzo and Venetian, then went outside, crossed Las Vegas Blvd and went over to the Mirage. It was a beautiful day, but it was too hot of course.

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We visited the MLife desk, and asked about a MyVegas room rate. They offered us a Monday night room for $63.00 + taxes and the ridiculous resort fee, so we passed.

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We walked through the Forum Shops to Caesars Palace and enjoyed the weirdness!

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Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino was once the best place to stay and play in Las Vegas. Then they turned it into “Disneyland”, and they threw away all the class and quality that made it great. And then they added RESORT FEES and PAID PARKING.

We went to Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill and got a seat a the bar, but when we looked at the menu there was nothing that we wanted to order…. so we thanked them and left. We wandered around Caesars enjoying the sights while trying to decide where to eat.

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The Bar and Sportsbook at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Then we decided on dinner at Rao’s Italian Kitchen, Las Vegas at Caesars Palace!
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On The Menu: Good bread, an excellent Caesar salad and their tasty meat lasagna.
We ate the salad and half of the lasagna and bread, and had the other half packed “to go”.
No drinks or wine because we were driving later, so only ice water with dinner.

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It was getting dark after dinner, so we started walking back, watched the sunset behind Caesars Palace across the street, and then stopped at Harrah’s and the old Casino Royale on The Strip.

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Casino Royale!

 

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And then we walked back to the Wynn. We enjoyed our after dinner walk at night and took in the sights along The Strip on our way back. We returned to our car and hit the road. Destination: Los Angeles.

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LEAVING LAS VEGAS around 9:30pm on Monday.
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Stopped at the new Mega-Gas Station Terrible’s Road House on the way back to California and filled up the gas tank and emptied mine. They have 100 pumps for “rush hour”, but the place was almost empty when we stopped in around 10pm on Monday night.

It was a quick stop, with lots of light and easy highway access. After getting gas, we took some pics and then got back in the rental truck and made a non-stop, no traffic, night drive back to Los Angeles. Home again before 2am. Had a really fun trip!

SouthPoint Hotel and Casino

Wyndham Grand Desert Resort

TopGolf

Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge

Frankie’s Tiki Room

The Wynn Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

 

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Headspace 2: The Search for Something

Headspace 2: The Search for Something
Just a Blog Post, nothing to see here.

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HELLO. HOW ARE YOU?
When you are asked “How are you?”
DO YOU REALLY ANSWER TRUTHFULLY?

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DON’T WORRY. BE HAPPY.

Good (Monday) morning!
One year. Missing my father.
Rough weekend for me.

Dad 1

Lee Weisel RIP

May 1st is May Day!
Laugh, Dance and Sing, it’s May Day!
Celebrate Springtime!🌷🌷🌷🌷

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REAL QUOTES FROM CONFUCIUS:
“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”
“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

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Happy Birthday to the Little Boy!

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Such a Good Dog, Big Boy!

The Little Boy had his first birthday last week.
He is so full of energy and a fireball of Love.
The Big Boy is getting older and is such a good dog.
And The Little Girls are just the sweetest creatures.

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And the two Little Girls make four!

MAKE SOME ART!
CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL!

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WOOF! A Dog Doodle (ink on paper)

ART: (noun) the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power

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ART: something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings

Happy Cinco de Mayo! (Fifth of Tequila May)

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TEQUILA SHOTS FOR EVERYONE!

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The Battle of Puebla during the Second French intervention in Mexico (the French-Mexican War 1861-1867), took place on May 5th, 1862, near Puebla City, Mexico. The outnumbered Mexican Army of Benito Juárez defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon III. France controlled Mexico until 1867, until Mexican troops overthrew the government. The Mexican victory at Puebla is celebrated every year on the fifth of May.

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The Soup du Jour!

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER!

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Jose Cuervo, you are no friend of feline!

AND NOW SOME PICTURES OF SUSHI!

Pickup some Sushi and your Monday will be better.

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Rainbow Roll and a Spicy Tuna cut roll for dinner

Sushi cut rolls yum!
Pick it up, eat it at home.
Thursday night dinner

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California and Spicy Tuna cut rolls “To Go” for dinner

Ahi Tuna Poké (hybrid Hawaiian style)
Recipe: Ahi tuna (cut into cubes), chopped onion, chopped celery, avocado, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic powder, red pepper, and red pepper flakes
Mix ingredients together in a bowl, adding avocado last. Enjoy!

And Tuna Sashimi too

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Tuna Sashimi, rice, avocado, carrots and celery for dinner

And Look, Funny Cutting Boards:
A Kitchen Tribute to Lionel Ritchie, Jessie from “Breaking Bad”,
“The Guardians of the Galaxy”, and “The Walking Dead”

DO YOU NEED HELP?
I’ll just leave these numbers here just in case.

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And in the very near future…
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From W Earl Brown: “You might own playing cards, but I know damned well you don’t own a set of Deadwood cards signed by the cast because there is only one of those in existence. And it could be YOURS if you bid enough.”

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“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute,
the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”
– Confucius

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The Mirage Hotel and Volcano – Las Vegas, Nevada

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I want to party in Vegas with THIS GUY!

ThrowbackThursday! Joey Villa at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas!

ThrowbackThursday! Joey Villa at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas!

Here’s the story about Joey Villa and the time we met Perry Como and Jilly Rizzo at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – Today they imploded the Monaco Tower at the Riviera.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Today they imploded the last towers of the Riviera

Thanks to the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the live video!

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Riviera Hotel & Casino

We worked on a film (you’ve probably never heard of or seen it) called “Eternity” in 1990.

We met many famous people: Jon Voight, Armand Assante, Wilford Brimley, Lainie Kazan, Kaye Ballard, Steven Keats, Eileen Davidson, John P. Ryan, Charles Knapp, Eugene Roche, Robert Carricart, Frankie Valli and Joey Villa.

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“Eternity” aka “Evil Brother” feature film 1989 Pictured: Jon Voight, Armand Assante, Perri Lister, Kaye Ballard, Eileen Davidson, Charles Knapp RIP and Joey Villa RIP as the Jester

We became good friends with Joey Villa and he invited us to visit him, first at his home in Beverly Hills which doubled as his booking office, and then at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on The Strip in Fabulous Las Vegas where he was performing. He was friends with Meshulim Riklis and Pia Zadora, who owned the resort at the time, and was a headliner in “Splash!” in the big showroom at the Riviera for nine years. Joey also booked acts, hosted and headlined in the comedy room at the hotel.

Joey Villa (Joseph Charles Villani) was born on March 19, 1937. He was an actor and comedian, known for “Heat” (1986 with Burt Reynolds), “Eternity” (1990) and “They Call Me Bruce?” (1982). He died at the age of 68 on December 16, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada from complication from a stroke.

Villa, a native of New York, appeared in just a handful of movies, but he made his mark as a stand-up comedian, performing in Las Vegas as well as clubs around the country. He also spent many years performing on cruise ships, and eventually booked acts for the ocean liners. Villa opened for many famous entertainers, including Nat King Cole, Paul Anka, the Pointer Sisters and Diana Ross and the Supremes. He was a frequent guest on talk shows, including “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Mike Douglas Show.” Villa was a close friend of both Frank Sinatra and of Sinatra’s “right-hand man” Jilly Rizzo. He gave one of the eulogies at Rizzo’s funeral when the celebrity restaurateur was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver in 1992 in Palm Springs, California.

Joey’s famous opening line from his stand-up comedy act for over 40 years was, “I’m going to live until I die” ……and then he would drop to the stage floor. Every audience roared with laughter as Joey stood up after falling down and began his show. He kept the audience laughing throughout his entire performance. “At the end they always applauded and cheered and left smiling, feeling they were parting as friends.”

“Joey was loved by everyone, from Sinatra on down,” Larry Manetti said.

Villa had no children and died at a local hospice. Survivors include three sisters. Joey and his former wife divorced in 1982 and remained close friends. “He was a gentle man, a much kinder man than most people knew,” she said. “He was born to make people laugh — and he made thousands laugh and applaud, and for a very short time they would forget their problems.”

Nelson Sardelli, a close friend of Villa, said the comedian will be cremated and his ashes cast into the sea. “He requested that there not be any services…He was a gentle person…Sometimes he looked like he was looking for approval…A little accolade, that’s want he wanted.” One friend described him as “happy on the outside, but sad on the inside. He was sort of a lonely person, but at the same time loved to be around people and make them laugh. But I think that is the way most comedians are.”

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

Vegas in the 1980’s before the Mirage opened in 1989 was a wild place! The last Casino holdouts of “Old Vegas” (before they tried to turn it into a “family friendly” destination and eventually turned it into Disneyland for Adults when the big corporations took over) were the main attractions. It was all about GAMBLING (not gaming) in the 80’s and they “comped” players to rooms, meals, shows and more without a plastic card. It really was “Sin City”! You could drive The Strip from Tropicana to Sahara without traffic and there were still undeveloped empty lots on The Strip!

There wasn’t a Fremont Street Experience, there was Fremont Street and Downtown Vegas, uncovered and dirty. Strip Clubs, showgirls, 99 cent buffets, free drinks, cigarette girls, $2 Blackjack…. even then we preferred The Strip.

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

The Evolution of Las Vegas!

Back in the day, we stayed and played at many of the classic hotels and casinos.

We saw “Seigfried and Roy” at the Mirage when it was the new joint on the strip.

Circus Circus, Thunderbird Hotel, El Rancho, The Landmark, Dunes, Desert Inn, Stardust, Barbary Coast, Wild Bill’s, Sahara, Aladdin, El Morocco, La Concha, Imperial Palace, Riviera, Las Vegas Hilton, Monte Carlo

Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Bally’s, Tropicana, Bellagio, Palms, Hard Rock Hotel, The Rio, Treasure Island, Mirage, MGM Grand, Venetian, Palazzo, The Cromwell

Pierino Ronald “Perry” Como (May 18, 1912-May 12, 2001) was an Italian American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years after signing with the label in 1943.

Ermenigildo “Jilly” Rizzo  (May 6, 1917-May 6, 1992) – On his 75th birthday, Rizzo was killed when his car was hit by a drunk driver in Rancho Mirage, California

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“Crazy Girls” at the Riviera Hotel

 

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In fond memory of Joey Villa
Classic comedian and longtime friend, Joey Villa, has left us at age 68. He passed last weekend at a local hospice. Joey had suffered a stoke in May, and despite rehabilitation, never fully recovered. He was a classic Las Vegas comic, a mainstay at the Riviera and an opening act for some of the top headliners ever to play the Strip including Frank Sinatra.
I first met him in New York and he always gave me great advice during my many attempts to make it big locally. He would always say, “Kid, you’d be better off going back to New York, they’ll never accept you here.” His pal Nelson Sardelli announced the sad news in an e-mail, saying Villa had gone to “the main room in Heaven,” where he was booked “for eternity, with options.”
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And some Film Posters:

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And a pic of a “45”:

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From Youtube: Original Three Friends Joe Villa – Blanche/Mona Lisa 


 

F*CK YOU MORELS LAS VEGAS (at the Palazzo)

F*CK YOU MORELS LAS VEGAS! (at the Palazzo)

YOU SERVED THIS SH*TTY BREAKFAST TO A TRAVEL AND FOOD BLOGGER!

This sh*tty breakfast cost $23 at Morels with a french pressed coffee included:

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Breakfast at Morels Las Vegas at the Palazzo

WE WERE SERVED THIS SH*TTY BREAKFAST LAST AUGUST AT MORELS LAS VEGAS AT THE PALAZZO AND WE ARE STILL ANGRY!

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Coffee with Breakfast at Morels Las Vegas at the Palazzo

 

Complain to them about sh*tty food on Twitter and you’ll get BLOCKED!
How’s that for customer service and care?

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So we wrote a REVIEW ON FACEBOOK and gave them 1 STAR:
(because no stars was not an option)

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Emily wants to know “Why’d you block him?” on March 31st.
And there was NO RESPONSE.

DON’T EAT HERE. There are many other good choices in Las Vegas!

Morels is inside the Palazzo Las Vegas. One more reason not to go there.

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Travel Answers: Las Vegas!

Travel Answers: Las Vegas!

NOTE: These answers were originally posted on another site, and some may have been posted in previous blogs. I am posting them again here for easy access for my readers.

Welcome to Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Welcome to Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Free Stuff to do in Vegas?

Q: Are there free things to do in Vegas?

A: Lots of Free Things to do in Las Vegas!

Walk the The Strip and the Fremont Street Experience downtown. Lots of “Only in Las Vegas” things to see day or night!

Visit Circus Circus Hotel & Casino (great for kids).

Watch the Fountains of Bellagio (and visit the Bellagio Gardens) and catch the Volcano eruption at The Mirage. Walk around the The Venetian, the MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan or any of the other large resorts.

Most of the Casino lounges still have live entertainment. The Carnaval Court at Harrah’s is happening. The Rio Hotel & Casino has live music in the Masquerade Bar on Friday and Saturdays.

Art and architecture at City Center, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, Wildlife habitat (flamingos) at the Flamingo Las Vegas, Auto collection at The Quad Resort & Casino (get free tickets on the website), the Downtown Container Park giant treehouse, and visit the Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden.

Window shop at Forum Shops at Caesars, The Grand Canal Shoppes or the Fashion Show mall.

Visit the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon or The Valley of Fire.


ACES! Video Poker at the MGM Grand Hotel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)