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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The Hollywood Sign (part 1)

The Hollywood Sign (part 1)

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Once upon a time… HOLLYWOODLAND!

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Real estate developers Woodruff and Shoults called their development “Hollywoodland” and advertised it as a “superb environment without excessive cost on the Hollywood side of the hills.”

The Crescent Sign Company erected 13 letters on the hillside facing south. Thomas Fisk Goff (1890–1984) the owner designed the sign. Each letter was 30 feet wide and 50 feet high. The sign was studded with ~4,000 light bulbs and would flash in segments: “HOLLY,” “WOOD” and “LAND” would first light individually, then the whole sign would light up. Below the Hollywoodland sign was a searchlight to attract more attention.

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The Hollywoodland sign was officially dedicated on July 13, 1923. It was not intended to be permanent. Restoration company Bay Cal Painting says on its website that the expected life was originally intended to be about a year and a half, but after the rise of the American cinema in Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the sign became an internationally recognized symbol, and became a permanent fixture.

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The Hollywood Sign is a landmark cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California.

in Griffith Park on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument on February 7, 1973

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The Hollywood Sign as seen from The Hollywood Bowl

On September 16, 1932, 24 year old actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide from the top of the H. She climbed a workman’s ladder and then jumped to her death. Her ghost is reported to haunt The Hollywood Sign.

During the early 1940s, Albert Kothe (the sign’s caretaker) was driving while intoxicated and lost control of his vehicle near the top of Mount Lee. He drove off the cliff and wasn’t injured but his 1928 Ford Model A was destroyed, and so was the original 50 foot tall illuminated letter H.

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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce contracted with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department to repair/rebuild the sign in 1949. The contract stipulated that “LAND” be removed to spell “Hollywood” and all illumination would be at the Chamber’s expense (and so the Chamber opted not to replace the lightbulbs or light the sign). The 1949 repairs added years but the sign’s unprotected wood and sheet metal continued to deteriorate into the 1970’s.

The Hollywood Sign circa 1978:

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In 1978 there was a public campaign and Hugh Hefner held a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion to replace the sign. Each letter was “sponsored” by a celebrity.
Nine donors gave $27,777.77 each (which totaled $250,000):
H: Terrence Donnelly (publisher of the Hollywood Independent Newspaper)
O: Giovanni Mazza (Italian movie producer)
L: Les Kelley (founder of the Kelley Blue Book)
L: Gene Autry (actor)
Y: Hugh Hefner (founder of Playboy)
W: Andy Williams (singer)
O: Warner Bros. Records
O: Alice Cooper (singer) donated in memory of Groucho Marx
D: Dennis Lidtke (businessman) donated in the name of Matthew Williams

The old sign was removed beginning August 8 1978, and rebuilt. The new sign made of corrugated metal on steel poles, in the exact same spot as the old sign, was completed on October 30 1978. The new sign is 5 feet shorter than the original to prevent damage from wind and other elements.

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“Cool World” (1992) is a terrible live-action/animated black comedy fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi and starring Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne and Brad Pitt.

As promotion for the film, a giant-size Holli Would cut-out was placed on top of the sign, drawing outrage from neighborhood groups and feminists. It was promptly removed.

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“I pinch your sign!” (ripped this pic from someone)

We called it “part 1”, and this is where it ends.
More to come> The Hollywood Sign (part 2)

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Doug Loves Movies Challenge 366!

Doug Loves Movies Challenge 366 for 2016!

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Comedian Doug Benson invites his friends to sit down
and watch 366 movies in 365 days! @DougBenson

DOUG LOVES MOVIES! #DLMChallenge #366Movies #365Days #365Movies

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WE LOVE MOVIES TOO DOUG!
So, we decided at the end of 2015 to accept the DougLovesMovies 366 Movies Challenge and we succeeded in watching well over 366 films (plus a few HBO & Netflix mini-series, too much election news coverage, the MLB Playoffs/WorldSeries and NFL Football Regular Season Games) in 2016!

We began the challenge on January 2nd and finished watching our “366th film” on December 30th. We kept a list as we watched, but ultimately forgot (for several reasons) to write some down. It wasn’t easy and we don’t recommend it, but we did it, it was fun and now we’re done with it.

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Doug Benson is “SuperHigh Me!”

MY DOUGLOVESMOVIES 366 CHALLENGE 2016 MOVIE LIST:

  1. The Martian
  2. The Big Lebowski
  3. Office Space
  4. Westworld
  5. The Godfather Epic
  6. Tapeheads
  7. O Brother Where Art Thou?
  8. Drunk Stoned Brillant Dead, The Story of the National Lampoon
  9. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  10. Serenity
  11. AntMan
  12. Get On Up
  13. Where The Truth Lies
  14. Any Given Sunday
  15. The Imitation Game
  16. Mad Max Fury Road
  17. Mr. Holmes
  18. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  19. Unbroken
  20. The Freshman
  21. Stripes
  22. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  23. Bridge of Spies
  24. The Death of Superman Lives! What Happened?
  25. Animal House
  26. The Music Never Stopped
  27. Notting Hill
  28. 2001 A Space Odyssey
  29. Last Vegas
  30. The Program
  31. Love & Mercy
  32. Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie
  33. The Lovely Bones
  34. Breaker Morant
  35. Sunset
  36. Eulogy
  37. Mystic Pizza
  38. Borat
  39. Taking Woodstock
  40. Fever Pitch
  41. Into The Blue
  42. The Hudsucker Proxy
  43. Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke
  44. Electric Boogaloo, The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films
  45. Brewster’s Millions
  46. Pearl Harbor
  47. Platoon (Best Picture Winner!)
  48. The Chamber
  49. Erin Brockovich
  50. The Aviator
  51. Big
  52. The Money Pit
  53. Beetlejuice
  54. Heaven’s Gate (IT SUCKED BIG TIME!)
  55. Mandela, Long Walk To Freedom
  56. Knuckleball
  57. Shrink
  58. Spotlight (Best Picture Winner!)
  59. The Alamo (the original)
  60. The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring
  61. The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
  62. The Lord of the Rings – The Return of The King (Best Picture Winner!)
  63. The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey
  64. Music and Lyrics
  65. U-571
  66. Ali
  67. Bicentennial Man
  68. The Three Amigos
  69. The Ladies Man
  70. Malcolm X
  71. Club Paradise
  72. Get Shorty
  73. Entourage, the Movie
  74. SPECTRE (James Bond 007)
  75. The Matrix
  76. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  77. Sudden Impact
  78. The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies
  79. Blazing Saddles
  80. A Few Good Men
  81. Glory
  82. Dazed and Confused
  83. The Stoned Age
  84. The Birdcage
  85. Vacation (the remake)
  86. Black Mass
  87. Raising Arizona
  88. Worth Winning
  89. Play It To The Bone
  90. Super Troopers
  91. Spy
  92. Saving Silverman
  93. Trouble With The Curve
  94. Mr. Holland’s Opus
  95. Quiz Show
  96. The Bad News Bears (the original)
  97. Eight Men Out
  98. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  99. Ricky and the Flash
  100. Marked for Death
  101. Mean Guns
  102. I Spit On Your Grave (remake)
  103. Waterworld
  104. Patriot Games
  105. License To Drive
  106. Attila
  107. Life With Mikey
  108. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  109. The Hateful 8
  110. Chappie
  111. All Things Must Pass (Tower Records Documentary)
  112. Cry-Baby
  113. The Fugitive
  114. Three Kings
  115. Fight Club
  116. High Fidelity
  117. Up In The Air
  118. The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill and Came Down a Mountain
  119. Bubble Boy
  120. Snow White and The Seven Dwarves (Disney Classic!)
  121. The Big Short
  122. Cobb
  123. Jurassic World
  124. Repo Man
  125. The Package
  126. Jurassic Park
  127. Slapshot
  128. Field of Dreams
  129. Rules of Engagement
  130. Troy
  131. Star Wars, The Force Awakens
  132. Great Balls of Fire
  133. Heartbreak Ridge
  134. Very Semi-Serious, A Partially Thorough Portrait of the New Yorker Cartoons
  135. Convoy
  136. Harsh Times
  137. The Killer Elite (the original)
  138. Blues Brothers 2000
  139. Cold Mountain
  140. History of the World, Part 1
  141. The Blues Brothers
  142. American Pie
  143. The Jackal
  144. Blow
  145. Scarface
  146. 12 Monkeys
  147. 10 Things I Hate About You
  148. She’s All That
  149. The Intern
  150. A Civil Action
  151. Echoes of War
  152. Big Trouble In Little China
  153. The Fabulous Baker Boys
  154. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  155. Unforgiven (Best Picture Winner!)
  156. The Great Outdoors
  157. Roadhouse
  158. Ocean’s Thirteen
  159. Deadpool
  160. E.T., the Extraterrestrial
  161. Knocked Up
  162. Arachniphobia
  163. Kate and Leopold
  164. Woman In Gold
  165. Kiss The Girls
  166. The Score
  167. Ruthless People
  168. Kill Kane
  169. Ask Me Anything
  170. Snatch
  171. American Gangster
  172. Cinderella Man
  173. Bone Tomahawk (just BAD)
  174. Mississippi Burning
  175. Species
  176. Along Came A Spider
  177. The Help
  178. Wall Street
  179. National Treasure
  180. The Grateful Dead Movie
  181. Ray
  182. Atari: Game Over
  183. Groundhog Day
  184. Sneakers
  185. Kid Poker
  186. I Am Road Comic
  187. We Are Marshall
  188. Tropic Thunder
  189. Meet The Hitlers
  190. What’s Up Doc?
  191. Shaft (the remake)
  192. Straight Outta Compton
  193. The Last Witchhunter
  194. Hitman
  195. Heartbreakers
  196. Paper Moon
  197. Hail Caesar!
  198. Runaway
  199. The Alamo (the remake)
  200. Our Brand is Crisis
  201. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  202. Dirty Grandpa
  203. Genesis, the Sum of the Parts
  204. The Professional
  205. Clerks 2
  206. Charlie Wilson’s War
  207. Hardcore
  208. Autofocus (Big Smile!)
  209. Private Resort
  210. Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut
  211. Dough
  212. The Man Who Knew Too Little
  213. The Fantastic Four 2: Rise of The Silver Surfer
  214. Breach
  215. Phoenix
  216. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Party Liason
  217. The Express
  218. The Firm
  219. The Warriors
  220. Rudy
  221. Ghost
  222. Wild Bill
  223. Freedom
  224. The 33
  225. Casino Royale (James Bond 007)
  226. Ted 2
  227. Friday Night Lights
  228. The Fifth Element
  229. Coyote Ugly
  230. Spring Broke
  231. Burnt
  232. Remember The Titans
  233. Mr. Mom
  234. Shooter
  235. The Babe
  236. The Rookie (with Dennis Quaid)
  237. Enemy At The Gates
  238. Captain America: Civil War
  239. Man With The Golden Gun (James Bond 007)
  240. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  241. Necessary Roughness
  242. The Latin Explosion: A New America
  243. Thunderball (James Bond 007)
  244. Invincible
  245. Fury
  246. Kinsey
  247. Blackhawk Down
  248. We Were Soldiers Once and Young
  249. Boiler Room
  250. Dragonheart
  251. Apollo 13
  252. Guardians of the Galaxy
  253. Blue Thunder (the original)
  254. Easy Rider
  255. The Big Picture
  256. Patton (Best Picture Winner!)
  257. EdTV
  258. Leap of Faith
  259. Harlem Nights
  260. Total Recall
  261. Drumline
  262. Sicario
  263. Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World
  264. Mallrats
  265. Whisky Tango Foxtrot
  266. Dances With Wolves (Best Picture Winner!)
  267. Buffalo Soldiers (with Danny Glover)
  268. Ghandi (Best Picture Winner!)
  269. Say Anything
  270. Far and Away
  271. Thirteen Days
  272. The Night Before
  273. Robocop (the original)
  274. Captain America: The First Avenger
  275. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  276. Pulp Fiction
  277. The Count of Monte Christo (the remake with Jim Caviezel)
  278. Castaway
  279. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  280. The Transporter
  281. Blast From The Past
  282. Sisters
  283. The Peacemaker
  284. Tron (the original)
  285. X-Men: Apocalypse
  286. The Prestige
  287. Dreamscape
  288. Underfire – The Untold Story of Tony Vaccaro
  289. The Bourne Ultimatum
  290. Flash of Genius
  291. Warlock
  292. I Love You Man
  293. Lumberjack Man
  294. Used Cars
  295. Old School
  296. Return of A Man Called Horse
  297. Uncle Nick
  298. Jobs
  299. The Seven-Five
  300. Game Change
  301. 40 Days and 40 Nights
  302. Summer School
  303. The Rainmaker
  304. A League of Their Own
  305. The Wedding Ringer
  306. Mr. Right
  307. Dune
  308. Joy
  309. Amistad
  310. Bugsy
  311. Term Life
  312. Pauly Shore Stands Alone
  313. She Hate Me
  314. The Legend of Tarzan (the remake 2016)
  315. Trainwreck
  316. Race
  317. Last Man Standing (with Bruce Willis)
  318. The Scout
  319. Out Of Sight
  320. The Jungle Book (live action)
  321. Georgia Rule
  322. The Lost Boys
  323. Volunteers
  324. The Great Raid
  325. How To Be Single
  326. Big Fat Liar
  327. The Buddy Holly Story
  328. Hotel Rwanda
  329. White Men Can’t Jump
  330. Definitely Maybe
  331. Cutthroat Island
  332. Valkyrie
  333. Any Given Sunday, The Director’s Cut
  334. Everybody Wants Some
  335. The Dramatics: A Love Story
  336. Hackers
  337. Public Enemy: Live From Metropolis Stadium
  338. The Runaways
  339. Shanghai Noon
  340. Rockstar
  341. Larger Than Life
  342. Bad Teacher
  343. Baby Boy
  344. Last Knight
  345. Windtalkers
  346. Outbreak
  347. The Bucket List
  348. Smokey and The Bandit
  349. The Ladykillers
  350. American Wedding
  351. The People vs Larry Flynt
  352. F/X
  353. Zero Days
  354. War Dogs
  355. Predator
  356. Superbad
  357. The Ghost and The Darkness
  358. Minority Report
  359. Let It Ride
  360. Good Morning Vietnam
  361. Tremors
  362. The Brady Bunch Movie
  363. Fools Rush In
  364. Pale Rider
  365. The Running Man
  366. It’s A Wonderful Life

Extra-Credit:
HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific” multiple episodes
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Seasons 1-5 Complete Marathon!
Netflix “The Last Kingdom” 8 episodes
Rain Man (Best Picture Winner!), The Silence of the Lambs (Best Picture Winner!), The Sting (Best Picture Winner!), The Departed (Best Picture Winner!), Argo (Best Picture Winner!), Titanic (Best Picture Winner!), Apocalypse Now (Best Picture Winner!), Spiderman (with Tobey Maguire), Where The Buffalo Roam, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Caddyshack, Iron Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fletch, Dr. No and Goldfinger (James Bond 007).

NOTE: Many of the films on our list we’ve seen before (more than once) and we watched many of the films multiple times during the year. We have listed 366 different films, but we watched even more in 2016!

And LOOK at what they did to the Hollywood Sign (again):

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January 1, 2017 – Hollywood, California

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