CORONAVIRUS! Part 41 – #BlackoutTuesday

CORONAVIRUS! Part 41 – #BlackoutTuesday

Tuesday, June 2, 2002

BLACKOUT TUESDAY TODAY!

WARNING: I’m going to talk politics, civil rights, racism, police brutality, abuse of power, abuse of power under color of authority, murder, First Amendment, and personal freedom in this post. If you don’t like it. Don’t read it.

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Police brutality and/or Police Violence is a civil rights violation where officers exercise undue or excessive force against a civilian. Including, but not limited to, physical and/or verbal harassment, physical and/or mental injury, property damage, and DEATH.

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All men (and women) are created equal.
The Constitution, the First Amendment and Personal Freedom are under attack!

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – the Preamble of the Constitution

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Trayvon Martin RIP

February 26, 2012: Trayvon Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old African-American man from Miami Gardens, Florida. He was fatally shot and murdered by George Zimmerman.

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WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

The First Amendment of the Constitution prohibits any law abridging freedom of speech, infringing on freedom of the press, interfering with right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting petitioning for a redress of grievances. (and there’s also something about religion too)

“Article I – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (The First Amendment)

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“I Can’t Breathe” – George Floyd  / “I Can’t Breathe” – Eric Garner

GEORGE FLOYD AND ERIC GARNER WERE MURDERED BY POLICE OFFICERS!

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George Floyd’s Last Words

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FTP! FUDT! FINGERS UP FOR TRUMP! FU TRUMP! FUCK TRUMP!
THE LIAR AND THIEF IS A RACIST AND WHITE SUPREMACIST!

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Secret Service rushed #BunkerBoy Trump to the White House basement on Friday night as protesters gathered outside!

STOP POLICE BRUTALITY! STOP SYSTEMIC RACISM!
STOP KILLING UNARMED BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE!
STOP RIOTING AND LOOTING! STOP BURNING THINGS!

“I just want to say – you know – can we all get along?
Can we, can we get along?”
– Rodney King RIP
on May 1, 1992

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August 9, 2014: Michael Brown Jr., an 18-year-old unarmed African American man, was fatally shot six times (Wilson fired a total of twelve bullets) and murdered in broad daylight by 28-year-old white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson.

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Michael Brown RIP

WARNING! GRAPHIC IMAGE!

African-American Teenager Michael Brown Killed by Caucasian Police Officer in Ferguson, Missouri. (Do you think this image should be censored on CNN?)

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Michael Brown RIP August 9, 2014 – Ferguson, Missouri

#BLACKOUTUESDAY

READ OUR PREVIOUS BLOG “CORONAVIRUS! Part 38 – I Can’t Breathe”>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2020/05/31/coronavirus-part-38-i-cant-breathe-hands-up-dont-shoot-continued/

READ OUR PREVIOUS BLOG “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!”> https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/hands-up-dont-shoot/

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PEACE AND JUSTICE NOW!

“May the Four Winds blow them safely home.”




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I have privilege as a white person because
I can do most of these things without thinking twice:
I can go birding (ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (BothemSean and AtatianaJefferson)
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (JonathanFerrell and RenishaMcBride)
I can have a cellphone (StephonClark)
I can leave a party to get to safety (JordanEdwards)
I can play loud music (JordanDavis)
I can sell CDs (AltonSterling)
I can sleep (AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (MikeBrown)
I can play cops and robbers (TamirRice)
I can go to church (Charleston9)
I can walk home with Skittles (TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (SeanBell)
I can party on New Years (OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (PhilandoCastile)
I can break down on a public road with car problems (CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (JohnCrawford)
I can have a disabled vehicle (TerrenceCrutcher)
I can read a book in my own car (KeithScott)
I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (CliffordGlover)
I can decorate for a party (ClaudeReese)
I can ask a cop a question (RandyEvans)
I can cash a check in peace (YvonneSmallwood)
I can take out my wallet (AmadouDiallo)
I can run (WalterScott)
I can breathe (EricGarner)
I can live (FreddieGray)
I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED* (GeorgeFloyd)
White privilege is real.
Take a minute to consider a Black person’s experience today.

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Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration



UPDATED: Did you hear what happened in Boston?
In Boston, during a verbal dispute, an unarmed teenage boy was forcefully hit in the head with the butt of a weapon by local law enforcement.
Word of the incident spread quickly, and a large number of locals gathered in the street where the incident had happened to protest almost immediately.
As the crowd grew, angry protesters shouted slogans; some business owners, fearing property damage, shut their doors. The local authorities called for uniformed backup; backup came, well-armed.
The assembly was deemed “unlawful,” and the crowd was ordered to disperse. The protesters began to throw dirt clods in response.
In response, multiple uniformed law enforcers fired on the crowd. The first protester to die was a black man and the authorities justified the shooting by claiming that they “feared for their lives.”
Scroll down to read the most intense part…





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THE BOSTON MASSACRE 1770

The above events happened in the year 1770, the authorities were British soldiers, the protest would later be called the Boston Massacre, and the first protester killed in that conflict was Crispus Attucks, a black man considered by many to be a heroic American patriot and the first casualty of the American Revolution.
If, while reading this story, you found yourself siding with the authorities and thinking that the protesters should have dispersed when ordered, and/or that the protesters armed with dirt and sticks deserved to be met with deadly force by armed law enforcement, be aware that you chose the side of the tyrant King George III, not the American patriots.
Ponder that.



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WTF? June 1. 2020 at the Lincoln Memorial WTF?

This is what we’re up against. This is who they are:
POLICE BRUTALITY AND POLICE VIOLENCE IS AN EVERYDAY REALITY!
Everyone has a camera! Everyone is watching now! 

Austin police have killed a young man by shooting him in the head with bird shot rounds wrapped in cloth, and continued to shoot the medics carrying his body. They shot a known pregnant woman in the stomach, then stormed and abducted her from a medic tent. They maced young children during a peaceful daytime protest.

Detroit police have brutally beaten, tear gassed and arrested my friends peacefully protesting. A curfew is set from 8pm to 5am city wide.

Rockford police dragged people from their cars and beat them last night.

Minneapolis police shot at people filming them on their own balconies.
Los Angeles Sheriffs also shot at people filming them from their homes.

An NYPD officer called a woman a “fucking bitch” and threw her on the ground. She went into a seizure and had to go to the emergency room. Then more New York cops rammed into crowds of protesters with their cars.

An Atlanta couple last night had their tires slashed, windows broken, and were dragged out of their car and tazed.

Chicago police announced a curfew and then raised the bridges out of downtown. Demonstrators were trapped and at the utter mercy of CPD roundups. A police supervisor ordered on the radio, “Gas ’em all.” Over 1,000 people have been arrested.

Everywhere, journalists are being indiscriminately targeted and arrested. A Minneapolis photojournalist is blinded permanently in one eye after being hit by a less lethal round.

They’ve maced children. They’ve torn off a woman’s hijab. They’re turning off their body cameras and hiding their badge numbers.

This is just what’s been documented. Imagine what hasn’t been.

The true nature of American policing has been revealed for the world to see. I have never seen brutality on such a massive scale. They don’t care if you’re peaceful. They don’t care if they’re on camera.

Black and brown youth are the leaders on the ground. They are the leaders of our future. Black and brown youth are the people who are bleeding, getting beaten, and being thrown into jail. This is trauma that will last their whole lives.

To the bail funds. To the phone lines to demand release. We have to protect our people.

If you’re going out there again please, and I beg you, be safe.

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Long Beach, California

NOTE: The camera angle makes it look like he’s pointing at the little girl, he’s actually threatening innocent protesters. We wouldn’t want you to think the Long Beach Police would shoot a small child.



Your black friend is trying to be ok.
Your Black friend in the past 30 days has watched a Black man get shot dead while jogging (Ahmaud Arbery), a Black woman get shot dead while sleeping (Breona Taylor), and the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Your Black friend has also listened to the President of the United States use segregationist words as a veiled threat.
Your Black friend is trying to be ok.
Please don’t ask us about the looting.
Please don’t chastise us about the rioting.
Please don’t tell us that all lives matter.
Please don’t minimize our fear.
Please don’t bring up Black on Black crime.
Please don’t ask “What about Chicago?”
Please don’t say “if you’d just act like (A Wildly Successful Black Person… Usually Oprah, Obama, Colin Powell, Denzel or Will Smith)”. Please don’t judge us
Your Black friend is trying to be ok.
Listen to your Black friend.
Empathize with your Black friend.
Support your Black friend.
Pray for your Black friend.
Just let your Black friend know you really care.
Your Black friend will remember who truly had their back during this difficult time. They will remember who was more concerned about a looted Target. They will remember you posting a thinly veiled and racially offensive meme. They will remember you calling looters “Savages”. They will remember your silence about their Black life and the Black Lives of others.
It’s real easy.

Do whatever you can to help your Black friend out because your Black friend is trying to be ok…..

DO YOU HAVE A BLACK FRIEND? DO YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE BLACK FRIEND?

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#BlackoutTuesday



Updated June 4, 2020:

One of the men accused of murdering unarmed black man Ahmaud Arbery in the US state of Georgia used a racial slur after shooting him, a court has heard. A Georgia state investigator said Travis McMichael used the slur and an expletive as Mr Arbery lay on the ground. Mr Arbery was jogging when he was chased down by Mr McMichael and his father in Brunswick in February. The case caused widespread outrage after footage was leaked online. Travis and Gregory McMichael are facing murder charges. Another man, William Bryan, faces charges of murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

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VOTE BLUE! VOTE BIDEN 2020! VOTE!
And VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET TOO!

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BOYCOTT! DO NOT BUY! BOYCOTT!

And here’s a new warning, and it’s not just for protesters:

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#BAITBRICKS

 



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UPDATED Friday, June 19, 2020 

It’s no accident that:

You learned about Helen Keller instead of W.E.B. DuBois

You learned about the Watts and L.A. Riots, but not Tulsa or Wilmington.

You learned that George Washington’s dentures were made from wood, rather than the teeth from slaves.

You learned about black ghettos, but not about Black Wall Street.

You learned about the New Deal, but not “red lining.”

You learned about Tommie Smith’s fist in the air at the 1968 Olympics, but not that he was sent home the next day and stripped of his medals.

You learned about “black crime,” but white criminals were never lumped together and discussed in terms of their race.

You learned about “states rights” as the cause of the Civil War, but not that slavery was mentioned 80 times in the articles of secession.

Privilege is having history rewritten so that you don’t have to acknowledge uncomfortable facts.

Racism is perpetuated by people who refuse to learn or acknowledge this reality.

You have a choice.

Happy Juneteenth!

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Happy Juneteenth! June 19, 2020!



 

CORONAVIRUS! Part 6 (Fri-Sun)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 6 (Fri-Sun)

 

10000+ PEOPLE ARE DEAD FROM CORONAVIRUS! (as per the known data)
The Government is STRAIGHT UP LYING to the Public!
The HEALTH SYSTEM IS FAILING ALREADY and the pandemic hasn’t even peaked.
TRUMP IS LYING MORE EVERYDAY OF COURSE!
NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

“The whole epidemiological community has been warning everybody for the past 10 or 15 years that it wasn’t a question of whether we were going to have a pandemic like this. It was simply when. It’s really hard to get people to listen. I mean, Trump pushed out the admiral on the National Security Council, who was the only person at that level who’s responsible for pandemic defense. With him went his entire downline of employees and staff and relationships. And then Trump removed the [early warning] funding for countries around the world.” – Larry Brilliant, the Chairman of the Board of Ending Pandemics

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STAY THE F*CK AT HOME!

RUMOR: MARTIAL LAW IS COMING SOON!
(and it will probably happen within two weeks)

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“Safer at Home” Dude.
Has the whole world gone crazy?
This will not stand, man.

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WE POSTED THIS TRAVEL ALERT ON FEBRUARY 28, 2020

BREAKING NEWS!
Republicans knew about what was coming and hid it from the public!
They sold their stock, bought stock, and profited from this crisis!
These are just the first reports….. (and they need to RESIGN today)
Kelly Loeffler (R-GA)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Trump and his grifter family and friends all knew too. 
Who else among the administration and their Mar-A-Lago friends knew?
If this is a “War”, then they are “War Profiteers”. Hanging is too good for them.
They are guilty of CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY! LOCK THEM UP!

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No-Bid Contracts, Corporate Bailouts, and Croneyism
is the GOP solution to this Public Health Crisis!
They want to bail out CORPORATIONS!! Airlines, Cruise Lines, Hotel Companies (Herr Trump’s companies of course), and give each American a pittance (of course Congress can’t agree on anything), while everything is completely shut down. Meanwhile, old hospital buildings are being rehabbed, stadiums and schools are being repurposed, hospitals are establishing “triage spaces” and tents for social distancing sick people.

They are even housing sick people in RVs at Dockweiler State Beach in Malibu,
no joke!  So, seriously “stay out of Malibu” Dude.

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RACISM! “Fake News” LIES!
“Lot of people are saying”
EVEN MORE BULLSH*T!

NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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THE PRESS CONFERENCES ARE JUST PROPAGANDA AND LIES!
NO FACTS! NOTHING VERIFIABLE! LIP SERVICE AND HOT AIR!

RACISM! ATTACKS ON THE FREE PRESS! “FAKE NEWS” AGAIN!
HE TAKES “NO RESPONSIBILITY” AND BLAMES CHINA!
LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING HE’S DOING A GREAT JOB!
AN INCREDIBLE JOB! A TREMENDOUS JOB! A BLOW JOB!

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Lyin’ Racist Trump: “CHINESE VIRUS” v. Coronavirus

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Trump wants to blame China for his failure!
More RACISM from this Lyin’ Scumbag!

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The United States closed the borders to Canada and Mexico to all non-essential travel!
TO PROTECT FROM CROSS BORDER MIGRATION DUE TO PANIC!
And U.S. STATES ACTIVATED THEIR NATIONAL GUARD UNITS!
“To protect and aid with food distribution”……WTF?

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FACTS! NOT “Fake News!”
TRUMP’S RACISM IS REPONSIBLE FOR THIS!

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Friday, March 20, 2020 – HAPPY FORCED SELF-ISOLATION!

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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING! HAPPY SPRING BREAK!
(technically the Vernal Equinox was just before midnight, but today is the first day)

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
~ Charles Dickens

The Network News loves the clip of the wasted Spring Breaker saying
“If I get Corona, I get Corona, it’s not gonna stop me from partying”
AND NOW HE’S THE FACE AND VOICE OF THE STUPID GENERATION!

DO THE FIVE – HELP STOP CORONAVIRUS!
1 – HANDS – Wash them often
2 – ELBOW (OR SLEEVE) – Cough into it
3 – FACE – Don’t touch it
4 – SPACE – Keep safe distance (6 feet or more)
5 – HOME – Stay home if you can (or if it’s mandatory)

Coronavirus:
Mother Nature is pissed
Wants to kill us all

Individual Federal Taxes are now Due July 15 (postponed from April 15)

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How’s your Retirement Fund today?

The stock market dropped another 900 points after the Press Conference on Friday.
So, how’s your Retirement Fund today? “Historic”

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Trump is an Ignorant, Racist, Sexist, Anti-Semetic, Pathological Liar!
Trump mocks the Disabled, war heroes, POWs, Veterans and Gold Star Families!
Trump disparages Women, Mexicans, Latinos, Muslims and African-Americans!
Trump sexually assaults women and is an alleged rapist!
Trump lies, cheats and steals from hard working people!
Trump insults world leaders and threatens our international alliances!
Trump has business dealing with Russia, China, Mexico, Cuba and Saudi Arabia!
Trump admitted to not paying Federal Taxes and still hasn’t released his TAX RETURNS!
Trump is responsible for the BIRTHER LIE and continues to insult President Obama!
Trump denies Climate Change and calls it a Hoax perpetrated by China!

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Dr. Fauci is LAUGHING AT Trump! We are SO F*CKED!
NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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If it’s not essential work, don’t go, even if they say it is.
Your health and your family’s health is more important.
Let them fire you and then get unemployment and the “bailout”.
Protect yourself and your family and friends!

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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.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020 – Everyday is Saturday now.

Woke up on Saturday morning to more of  Trump’s Incredible Lies!
He is a Tremendous Failure! He is the Greatest Failure!
Are you better off now than you were in 2016?
You, your family and friends might die because of his ignorance and stupidity.

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MORON-A-VIRUS!

The Saturday morning (Gaslight) Press Conference:

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“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig.
You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”
 – George Bernard Shaw

Saturday Afternoon Bullsh*t! (or “Facebook thread with a Trumper”)
We pretty much “unfriended” everyone who supports or defends Trump long ago.
There are a couple of exceptions, and this is one of them from facebook:

CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY
AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!


We rarely engage with them because of the old “You can’t argue with a pig” joke.
(“Never argue with a pig. It just frustrates you and irritates the pig.”)
But since we’re trapped at the Home Office with the dogs,
we wasted an hour online while watching TV and working on this Blog Post.
Then we “unfriended” them an hour later for ruining our Saturday afternoon.
NOTE: We normally BLOCK all Trump Supporters too.

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WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!

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WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!

Saturday Night at the Home Office – “It’s All Happening”

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“It’s All Happening!”

Watched Dead&Co Live in Austin replay, George Thorogood 7-5-84 on YouTube,
and then watched “X-MEN, Dark Phoenix” on HBO with the dogs.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 – WTF? What Weekend?

Quarantine Day Eight
A Solitary Sunday
Woke up too early

On the Menu: Breakfast for Dinner Sunday at 3:30am PST
2 eggs, over easy with bacon, toasted onion bagel with butter,
raspberries, strawberries, an orange and an espresso

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Breakfast for Dinner at 3:30am PST

Kenny Rogers RIP – May the Four Winds blow him safely home.
Read our previous Blog Post “Cooking with Kenny Rogers”
(link below or use the Search Box at top of page and search “Kenny Rogers”)

Sunday Gratitude: THANK YOU TO ALL THESE PEOPLE! 
(and Thank you to so many more people keeping our world going!)

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The “WORKING POOR” are saving your ass!

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT TAKE MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!

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As of Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 8:15am PST

Two Press Conferences on Sunday! Just more Propaganda and Lies!
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES!
Now, how many people will die because of their incompetence, ineptitude, ignorance, willful disregard, stupidity, and racism? WHO WILL REMOVE THEM FROM OFFICE?

Trump was briefed about Coronavirus 3 months ago!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, ignored it and of course, lied about it!
A TOTAL REPUBLICAN FAILURE! Trump fired the NSC Pandemic Team in 2018!

A TOTAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FAILURE!
“Instead of a public health system, we (in the United States) have a private for-profit system for individuals lucky enough to afford it”

Republicans in Congress can’t agree on the funding bill to help the public without a “Bailout” and another GIANT GIVEAWAY to GIANT CORPORATIONS (Airlines, etc.)
Meanwhile individual private citizens, small and large businesses, and government employees are waiting for some Federal relief and leadership that isn’t coming.

Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Mnuchin, McConnell, Graham, and the rest of the GOP
need to RESIGN NOW AND/OR BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST!

Another rambling Press Conference with the Liar&Thief in the evening……
And the stock market DROPPED ANOTHER 900+ POINTS TODAY on SUNDAY
before trading opens on Monday morning and the Stock Market really crashes!
And Trump said they’ll be another Press Conference tomorrow morning.

NOTE: The daily Press Conferences have replaced Trump’s Rallies as the way to stroke his fragile ego and feed his raging narcissism, while promoting his lies, racism, and agenda to the scared public and his brain-washed right-wing followers.

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As of Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 11:45pm PST

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“Splendid Isolation”

 

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On The Menu: (“What’s for Dinner?”)
Wednesday night: chicken matzoh ball soup
Thursday night: NY Steak, baked potato, sautéed asparagus
Friday night: We made a big pot of chili with beans and
baked triple fudge brownies with toasted marshmallows on top
Saturday night: Breakfast for Dinner at 3:30am (see above)
Sunday night: Tater Bites with chili, cheese and chopped onion

“Enjoy every sandwich.” – Warren Zevon

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Wash Your Hands! Wear A Mask!
Stay Home! Stay Healthy!
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He killed Kenny!
Republicans want you dead!
Trump will kill us all!

NOTE: EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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TWO WEEKS FROM NOW!

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WASH YOUR F*CKING HANDS!

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CORONAVIRUS! Part 4 (Monday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 4 (Monday)

STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY!
DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!
AND GO WASH YOUR HANDS!

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AND NOW WE HAVE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY!
Coronavirus cases reported as of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:15am PST:

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As of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:15am PST

THIS IS NOT “BUSINESS AS USUAL”
and THIS IS NOT “THE NEW NORMAL”
The “media frenzy” is driving public panic and panic buying. 24/7 Coronavirus!
The amount of stupid sh*t coming from celebrities on TV/Twitter is unbelievable!
The morning “news” is having “haha” fun with this disaster and shilling for Trump.
He lies. He lies all the time. They broadcast soundbites that make him look good.
Fox News is trying to put a positive spin on the pandemic, comparing it to the flu,
(like it’s no big deal) and ALWAYS shilling for Trump….

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As of Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:15pm PST

THE STOCK MARKET (Dow Jones) DROPPED 3000 POINTS MONDAY (that’s 13%)!
The Stock Market dropped 2200 points at the open and trading was immediately suspended! It was another really bad day on Wall Street,
the biggest one day loss in history…. you might even call it “HISTORIC”
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And then there was another Press Conference…..
(remember how he praised the stock market on Friday, Saturday & Sunday?)

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“WHITE WASHING”

The longer Trump talked, the more the stock market dropped on Monday!
And why do all the doctors behind him look really scared?
But, someone must have slapped him awake, because he didn’t mumble today.
3000 points! Hannity and his Money Men must have called.
He said “maybe a recession” and BOOM. (Someone must have spanked him!)
“It’s not under control” and BOOM. And then more incoherent rambling.
MORE LIES, MORE PATTING HIMSELF ON THE BACK, MORE THANK YOUS,
and “We’re going to have a big celebration.” BOOM!

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They’re talking economic relief for the airlines, hotel and cruise companies,
even the casinos are asking for a government bailout today!
Bars, clubs, restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses are closing.
Some won’t be back. Some will be bankrupt. Employees won’t get paid.
There weren’t any retail executives or corporate shills at the conference today.

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And California is closed, Washington is closed,
Oregon is closed, New York is closed, and more states are closed.
Curfews, Executive Orders, State and Local Regulations for the Public Good!
San Francisco is on LOCKDOWN for 3 weeks! People can’t even go outside.
MGM and other hotel/casinos in Las Vegas have closed, but some are still open!
(Open: Caesars Resorts, Treasure Island, Tropicana, Venetian/Palazzo and the Strat)
Walt Disney World had a big closing night party with a huge crowd! BOOOOOO!
Ohio Health Dept cancelled the Tuesday Primary Election – postponed until June!
Canada and Europe instituted TRAVEL BANS (but not on US Citizens of course).
The Royal Shakespeare Company cancelled all shows! (London, Stratford & touring)
The 146th Kentucky Derby postponed from May 2nd to September 5th, 2020!
Most everyone else cancelled or postponed events today, if they hadn’t already yet.
Trump ordered “health screenings” at the major airports without a plan!
Huge Crowds! People were lined up for hours at the airports in close proximity! 

AND THE UNITED STATES IS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS CRISIS!

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*Mitt Romney thinks each adult American should receive a one-time payment of $1000 for economic relief and stability during the Coronavirus emergency.*

CHARTS and GRAPHS! (because a picture speaks a thousand words)

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THIS IS VERY SCARY! STAY THE F*CK HOME!

How many people should be allowed to gather together?
1000, 500, 250, 100, 50, and now 10. The number should be ZERO!
Anyone you contact might already be infected!
The Coronavirus is contagious before the host shows symptoms!
Nobody has been tested…. unless they’re already really sick!
You might just get a mild case, but you might infect someone who might die.
STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY! DON’T PANIC! REMAIN CALM!

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STAY HOME! STAY HEALTHY!

There are more than 4500 reported cases of Coronavirus and 87 people have died in the United States of America. 48 of the deceased are from the state of Washington. 

 

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MONDAY NIGHT AT THE HOME OFFICE!
Rainy day in Los Angeles and everything is closed. F*ck, we don’t want to go out.
Tuesday is actually DAY SIX of our self-isolation!
We had a general appointment at the hospital last Wednesday and there were a lot of sick people there, and that was a week ago. We decided to social distance ourself after that experience, and have only been out twice since to pick up food and run an errand.
Monday night we cooked dinner.
On The Menu: Big pot of chili, served with cheese, chopped onion, tortilla chips and a raw veggie plate, with cran-raspberry-orange juice to drink – stay home, stay healthy!

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Big Pot of Chili with Beans on Monday Night

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Trapped in my peoplebox
I am so alone

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p.s. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17th!
(get drunk at home with your friends on the interweb)

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“I’m a Leprecaun!”

March 18 – World Sleep Day
March 19First Day of Spring! (Vernal Equinox)
“Return of the Swallow” (Mission San Juan Capistrano)
and National Corn Dog Day!
March 20 – International Day of Happiness
and National Alien Abductions Day
March 21 – World Poetry Day (READ OUR HAIKU BLOGS!)
Happy Birthday Benito Juarez!
March 22 – World Water Day
March 23 – National Puppy Day!
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“The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near.” – The Doors

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STAY THE FUCK HOME!

It’s not the Zombie Apocalypse!
PLEASE STOP HOARDING. PLEASE STOP PANIC BUYING!

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WHO BOUGHT ALL THE TOILET PAPER? AND WHY?

Thank you Lewis Black! “The Rant is Due” 3-14-2020 (go to Lewis Black Live)


 

 

CORONAVIRUS! Part 3 (Fri-Sun)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 3 (Friday-Sunday)

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DON’T PANIC!
REMAIN CALM!
CHILL! YOU MUST CHILL!
OHMMMMMM…….

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BUY ALL THE TOILET PAPER!

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WTF? Really? The United States declared a national state of emergency!

Why did the United States refuse the World Heath Organization test kits?
Why did the Trump Administration wait to act?
Why did the Trump Administration tell the Washington state doctors not to test?
Why did the GOP Republicans call it a “Democratic Hoax?”
Why didn’t the CDC test kits work?
Why did they wait to get new test kits from Roche? (~400000 available soon)
Why did he put Mike Pence in charge?

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WHY CAN’T HE TELL THE TRUTH?

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WORLDWIDE CASES THAT HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED:
(this Johns Hopkins University data does not include people who
are already infected and don’t know and/or have not been tested yet)

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As of March 14, 2020 at 1:30am PST

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As of March 14, 2020 at 5:30pm PST

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As of Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 5:30pm PST

 

Right now Trump, his grifter children, and Jared Kushner
are working hard to profit from this disaster!
WE HAVE THE BEST RETAILERS! GREAT CORPORATIONS!

THEY’LL MAKE BIG PROFITS OFF THIS DISASTER AND DEATH!
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THE UNITED STATES DECLARED A NATIONAL EMERGENCY!
At Trump’s White House Rose Garden news conference on Friday, executives from Target, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens said they would provide space in some of their parking lots for drive-through testing locations. AND YES, TRUMP LIED AGAIN!

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TRUMP CANNOT TELL THE TRUTH!

Saturday morning  Trump hijacked Pence’s Press Conference and went off the rails again, praising himself, his cronies, the great job he was doing, BLAH BLAH BLAH!
TOTAL BULLSH*T! He says he’s responsible for the stock market bump…..
(it’s just “pumped up” at closing on Friday, watch what happens on Monday)

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THEY AREN’T CALLING IT A “HOAX” ANYMORE!

The “TrumpVirus” Timeline:
January 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
February 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

February 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
February 25: “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
February 25: “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
February 26: “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
February 26: “We’re going very substantially down, not up.”
February 27: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

February 28: “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”

March 2: “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”
March 2: “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”

March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”

March 5: “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
March 5: “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”

March 6: “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
March 6: “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
March 6: “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
March 6: “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”

March 8: “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”

March 9: “This blindsided the world.”

March 13: “I take no responsibility.”

Brownie, youre doing a heck of a job.” – George Bush during Hurricane Katrina

NOTE: The House passed the economic relief bill for the coronavirus 363-40 on Friday.
It will provide billions for paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, free testing,
and other measures to help those people impacted by this emergency.

Trump’s European “Travel Ban” added the United Kingdom and Ireland on Saturday.
The other Cruise Companies have cancelled all sailings.
The airlines have cancelled most international flights and are cancelling
and/or changing capacity on domestic flights.
Trump has mentioned a possible “domestic travel ban” more than once.
Las Vegas hotels and casinos are closing their restaurants, buffets, clubs, and spas.
Conventions are cancelling. Major Ski Resorts are closing for the duration.
Museums (including all of the Smithsonian Institute museums) and Zoos are closing.
All sporting events, concerts, major events, music festivals, parades and parties:
Everything is CLOSED, Cancelled or Postponed until April at the earliest…..
even the Los Angeles Card Clubs and Casinos are closing for the duration.

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THE UNITED STATES WAS UNPREPARED FOR THIS DISASTER!

There hasn’t been enough testing (if any at all) to get accurate numbers, information, and/or correct data on the number of people already infected!
As of March 14, Only ~15000 people have been tested so far,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Marc Lipsitch, who directs the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard’s School of Public Health, says testing is needed at emergency rooms in every major metro area across the country. That would offer statistically significant sampling to get reliable estimates on how many Americans actually have the coronavirus”

Hospitals are not prepared!
There is no vaccine and no cure for Coronavirus.
They do not have tests. If they do have tests, they don’t have enough.
They don’t have enough protective equipment for their staff.
Sh*t, THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF!
They don’t have proper procedures for dealing with an outbreak like this!
But DON’T PANIC! WASH YOUR HANDS!

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The letter Senator Sherrod Brown sent to Trump 2 years ago asking why he shut down the National Security Council (NSC) Pandemic Team and Global Health Security Office:

 

 

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Avoid Unnecessary Travel!

Corona? Or Coronavirus? Can You Taste the Difference?
NOTE: You CANNOT get the Coronavirus from drinking Corona beer!

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SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2020

SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2020 – STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti both issued “executive orders” that everything must close…. which should have been done last week!

“We’re all going to be great — we’re going to be so good,” Trump said in another rambling press conference on Sunday, before running offstage without answering any questions again, and leaving Pence to tell us what a great job they were doing as people are dying.

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WASH YOUR HANDS!

“SOCIAL DISTANCE” and CHILL.
PROTECT YOURSELF! PROTECT OTHERS!

STAY HOME! Watch past episodes of “Doomsday Preppers”
and films like “Outbreak” on Netflix or “Twelve Monkeys” on cable.
Check out the episodes of “Pandemic” while you’re there!
Other Films to Watch: “The Cassandra Crossing”, “The Andromeda Strain”, “Contagion”,
“Restoration”, “Bubble Boy”, “The Boy In The Plastic Bubble”, “Shaun of the Dead”,
“Stephen King’s The Stand”, “I Am Legend”,
and of course, “The Omega Man”
NOTE: Coronavirus is not really the zombie apocalypse or Hollywood, it’s REALITY.

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USE THIS BOOK!

PANIC BUYING, HOARDING, and PRICE GOUGING!
Water, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol,
Lysol (and anything labeled “anti-bacterial”), bleach,
cleaning products, paper towels and toilet paper!

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“NOW THEY WANT TO SOCIALIZE MEDICINE!
WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?”

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“TRUMP-CARE” FOR EVERYONE!

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Caesar:
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Soothsayer:
Beware the ides of March.
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Really Downtown Los Angeles?

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Route 66 for TravelTuesday 2020!

ROUTE 66 for TravelTuesday 2020!
It’s the First Tuesday in February!
January is now in the history books.
Football Season is over.
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Where do you want to go this year?
Destination Unknown?
Domestic or International?
First Class or Coach?
Planes, Trains, Automobiles, or Boats?
Flying, riding, driving, or cruising?
Do you travel with a group, a spouse, a friend, or go it alone?
Would you like fries with that?

TAKE A ROUTE 66 ROAD TRIP! – “Hit the road Jack!”

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START!
Route 66 originally began on Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue in Chicago. (1926)
In 1933, the beginning (and ending) was moved east onto reclaimed land for the Chicago World Fair to Jackson Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive.
In 1955, Jackson Boulevard became a one way street west of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street became westbound US-66. However, the start of US-66 remained on Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive on Lake Michigan.

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Flag of the City of Chicago

Adams Street at Michigan Avenue is currently marked as the starting point (but Route 66 never started there) and the intersection of Jackson Blvd and Michigan Avenue is marked as the end in Chicago.

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FINISH!
Route 66 originally ended at 7th and Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles (1926). Now, Route 66 ends at Lincoln Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica, California.

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Flag of the State of California

The “TOURIST ENDING” is the Will Rogers Plaque in the Palisades Park at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard and the official  “End of the Trail” sign (placed in 2009) at the Santa Monica Pier (opened in 1909).

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US Route 66 – established 1926

Route 66
written by Bobby Troup
“If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.
It winds from Chicago to LA,
More than two thousand miles all the way.
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.
Now you go through Saint Louis, Joplin, Missouri,
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona. Don’t forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino.
Won’t you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on route sixty-six.”

Route 66 (United States Highway 66)
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aka the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America, or “the Mother Road”
‎30 hours of driving, 2448 miles, three time zones and 8 (or 9) states,
from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California:

Illinois: Chicago, Pontiac, Lincoln, Springfield (the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln)
Missouri: Chain of Rocks Bridge, St. Louis, The Gateway Arch, Sullivan, the Meramec Caverns, Cuba, Rolla, Springfield
(Kansas): Baxter Springs
Oklahoma:
 Claremont, Catoosa, the Blue Whale, Tulsa, Sapulpa, Oklahoma City, El Reno, Clinton, the Route 66 Museum, Elk City, the Pony Bridge
Texas: Amarillo, the Cadillac Ranch, Vega
New Mexico: Tucumcari, Santa Rosa, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, the Acoma Pueblo (the oldest inhabited community in North America since 1150), Gallup
Arizona: Lupton, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook, Winslow, Flagstaff, the Lowell Observatory, William, Seligman, Kingman, Grand Canyon National Park, Oatman
(Nevada): Las Vegas
California: Needles, Joshua Tree National Park, Barstow, the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernadino, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean

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Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California!

“Keep your eyes on the road
Your hands upon the wheel
Yeah, we’re going to the roadhouse
Gonna have a real good-time”
Roadhouse Blues by The Doors
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“The Grapes of Wrath” 1939 Film


In 1984, the final stretch of US Highway 66 in Arizona was decommissioned after the completion of I-40 north of Williams.  The highway was decertified by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation the following year in 1985 and US-66 was officially removed from the map.

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GO WEST!

Cyrus Avery, the “Father of Route 66”, created and promoted the highway during his lifetime

The Iconic Volkswagen Microbus!

The VW bus is the brainchild of Ben Pon, a Dutch importer of Beetles to the Netherlands, who saw the market for a small bus and in 1947 sketched out a concept that VW liked.

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March 8, 1950 – The Volkswagen Type 2 (or the Transporter) goes into production!
aka VW Bus, Bus, Microbus, “Combi”, “Splittie”, “Bulli”, and Hippie Wagon,

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The VW Bus was only the second product made by Volkswagen (the first was the Beetle). In 1972, the VW Beetle passed the Ford Model T and became the world’s best-selling car, with over 15 million automobiles produced.

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“Hippie Bus”

Volkswagen, or “People’s Car” (from the German language)

In 1933, Hitler became Chancellor of Nazi Germany. He wanted new roads (the Autobahn) and an inexpensive, fuel-efficient, mass-produced automobile for the people. Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian engineer, was commissioned to design an affordable small car. In 1938, work began on the Volkswagen factory, located in present-day Wolfsburg, Germany, but full-scale production didn’t begin until after World War II.

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Before World War II, it wasn’t called a Volkswagen Beetle but instead was named the KDF Wagen, a reference to the Hitler Youth motto “Kraft durch Freude” or “Strength through Joy.”

Josef Ganz, a German-Jewish engineer developed and patented many concepts for the VW Beetle and his name was removed on purpose by the Nazis. Ganz faced lawsuits over his patents, and a halt to his benefits from his previous employers Mercedes-Benz, Adler and BMW. He lost his position as editor-in-chief of “Motor-Kritik” and the Gestapo arrested him for alleged blackmail of the industry. He was threatened with assassination, forced into exile and forgotten. He died from a heart attack, unmarried and childless, at age 59 in Australia in 1967. 

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Porsche’s Concept: “A lightweight, inexpensive, streamlined car with independent suspension and swing axles in the rear of the car” – helping navigate “rough roads,”

Allied bombing destroyed most of the VW plant, which produced military vehicles for the Nazis during WWII. After their defeat, the British Government decided the plant would be a benefit for West Germany if it resumed manufacturing the Beetle.

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“The future’s uncertain and the end is always near.
Let it roll, baby, roll
 – Let it roll, baby, roll
Let it roll, baby, roll – Let it roll, all night long.”
– Roadhouse Blues 
by The Doors

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“Ramming Speed!”

 



UPDATE: February 8, 2020 – TRAVEL ALERT! NOVEL CORONAVIRUS!

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Friends, the Coronavirus World Health Crisis is at Epidemic/Pandemic level and still hasn’t peaked. Please rethink (cancel) any and all travel plans you may have until the emergency is over.

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Dinner at Big Wong & Dessert at Milkywave in Las Vegas!

Dinner at Big Wong in Las Vegas!

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Big Wong Restaurant in Las Vegas

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?  So, it’s Wednesday night in Las Vegas and what should we eat?

Food and Wine magazine recommended Big Wong asian restaurant, also in the “Chinatown Strip” and they said you get a lot of really good food for a really good price.
Well, okay then……

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Located in the Seoul Plaza, it’s almost a “hole-in-the-wall”, with no-frills, a very spartan dining room, and pictures of the food on the walls. Low overhead means lower prices, and we did dinner for less than half the amount we spent on dinner at Lotus of Siam.

Yes, the atmosphere was rather cafeteria like, but the food was AWESOME!

On The Menu: Salt & pepper fried chicken wings with jalapeños, thin sliced rib-eye steak with potatoes and steamed rice, wor wonton soup with noodles, fried chicken over steamed rice, mango pudding, and a Dr Pepper.

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We would definitely return to this restaurant next time.
The salt & pepper friend chicken wings were A-number one!

And then we wandered across the parking lot back to the car and decided to check out the MilkyWave shaved ice cream place (also in the Seoul Plaza).

Dessert at MilkyWave! SHAVED ICE CREAM! (not shaved ice)

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We enjoyed the “small” Choco Loco!
Chocolate ice cream, brownie bites, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce & whipped cream!
Our friends shared a vanilla-caramel-banana one too.

Yeah it was good. Would return here as well.

And then after dinner and dessert we went back to Frankie’s Tiki Room for cocktails!

Big Wong – Las Vegas, Nevada

Milkywave – Las Vegas Nevada

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Dinner at Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas!

Thai Food Dinner at Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas!

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And we went back to Las Vegas last week! SUPRISE!
A fast drive on Sunday night, a free room, and good friends waiting to have fun!
How could we refuse the invitation?
We stayed until Thursday, so on Tuesday night we went out for delicious Thai food at the famous Lotus of Siam restaurant.  Word has been out on this restaurant for years and we’ve always wanted to try it. The original location is being renovated, but they recently opened a second location in the “Chinatown Strip”, and we drove over for an early meal.

On The Menu: Chicken satay, mee grob noodles, shrimp pad Thai, beef panang, steamed rice, and a few tiki cocktails!

Everything was great! We were seated without having to wait. The service was good. The food was delicious and well timed. We ordered just enough and there were no leftovers. We left full and happy. Always a good way to start the night in Vegas.

NOTE: When we left every table was seated and there was a line out the door waiting to get in. So, HOT TIP Go Early if you don’t want to wait!

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The Bar at the Lotus of Siam Restaurant in Las Vegas

And then after dinner went over to The Golden Tiki for more cocktails and fun.

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“Trader Vic’s” Mai Tai at The Golden Tiki in Las Vegas

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On the way to the Las Vegas Sign

On the way to the Las Vegas Sign (an add-on to our Las Vegas Blog Post)

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Legal Cannabis in Las Vegas! There’s a dispensary on every street now! There are FREE UBER and FREE LYFT and other car services that will pick you up and take you to a legal dispensary (for medical and recreational use) and then they will take you back to wherever after you make a purchase. There are many, many choices if you want to visit.

3am Saturday Night/Sunday Morning – F*ck Planet 13 These Guys!

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F*ck Planet 13 Las Vegas!

Rude Security Guy at the Planet 13 check-in desk:
“You have to move your car”

JoshWillTravel
(suprised by the rude tone/power trip):
Okay, I’ll move it across the street.

THE REEF Dispensary!
So we walked back to our rental truck and drove it literally across the street.

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THE REEF Dispensary – Las Vegas, Nevada

And we found the Whiz Khalifa at THE REEF dispensary! This place was very cool!

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No pretense or bulls*t here like the place across the street.
Walk right in. They have retail merchandise and photo op cutouts as you enter. And they have the products ready for purchase. There’s a paper menu of their current inventory and deals, and you order at the counter. The Cashier window was closed, so you pay at the counter too. It was a good “no hassle” experience, the choices were many and the prices were cool (for Vegas), and we would absolutely return here next time.

NOTE: We gifted the Whiz Khalifa to our gracious Host and the Birthday Boy!

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“Vegas Baby! Vegas!”

 

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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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