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Almost There

Posted in Nonsense, TV/Movies, Vacation with tags , , , , on January 12, 2014 by Bob

Soon I will be on vacation. 9 days. 7 of those are actual work days. A week from Wednesday, we will be dropping off the kids, dropping off the dog and heading to the airport. I need this vacation. Vegas. I am hoping that we will win big and retire. That is what I am hoping. What I am expecting, is to come home, do my taxes and hope that we get enough money back to cover said vacation.

Not exciting tonight but I am being forced to watch the Golden Globes and I needed a distraction. Not being forced but, I feel bad leaving my wife alone while I go upstairs and watch COPS. If I did, I would have missed her just commenting on Gravity winning something with “I really wanted to see that but is seems so heavy.” Gravity … heavy … it took me a minute as well. I’m going to be in trouble for sharing that won’t I?


Vegas Vacation … In Memoriam

Posted in Herman IQ 074, Nonsense, Vacation with tags , , , , , , , on December 4, 2011 by Bob

Tomorrow I go back to work. That means that my vacation is over. We had a blast in Vegas. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the level of customer service we experienced. I did not experience one cranky, surly or otherwise unpleasant worker while we were there. It made for a very nice trip. I don’t know if it was because it was off season or what but everyone was so nice, even the cab drivers and bus drivers. Overall our trip was one of the best vacations I have had. There was one sad part.

I mentioned earlier in the week that I thought Herman had stowed away in my luggage. I was right. I found him Wednesday morning when I came back from one of my walks. He was sitting at the bar downstairs using our room drink credit. Since he was here, we took him to see the lions with us.

After that he went out on his own again. He told us he was going to meet us on Freemont St. Thursday night. I was a little worried when I got this picture from him earlier in the day. I think he was letting the glitz and glamour get to him and he was falling in with a bad crowd.


Kotton Kandy, Herman's New ... friend


When we got back to our room after Freemont St., Herman was nowhere to be found. I figured he got lucky but … the next morning there was a knock on the door. I went to answer but there was only an envelope left on the floor. I opened it up and this is all it contained.


Hopefully it will fit the next clone.


I am assuming the worst. All I am left with is Herman’s head. The rest of him will not be leaving Las Vegas any time soon. I knew it was a bad sign when we were on the gondola ride at The Venetian and the gondolier started singing the Godfather theme. R.I.P. Herman.


We Are Home

Posted in Nonsense, Vacation with tags , , , on December 3, 2011 by Bob

We’re home. It was a great trip. It was the most relaxed I have been in a long time. I am glad to be home though because I missed Tori so much. Jackie and I are exhausted. Tomorrow I will give a final post mortem on Vegas and get caught up on the celeb death watch. Tonight we sleep.

Vegas … Day 4

Posted in Nonsense, Vacation with tags , , , , on December 2, 2011 by Bob

I realized this morning that I should have done a Celebrity Death Watch blog yesterday … That’s Vegas for ya! I will get that blog put out there when I get home tomorrow. Today Jackie was done early so we have the rest of the day to go do things. We are goign to hit up the Venitian and Paris since we got rained out the other night.

Last night was Freemont street. It was pretty cool. I think next time I am here I might start there or even stay there. The strip is nice but too spread out. It is also FAR more expensive. The lighted ceiling “Vista view” was pretty amazing. It is all LED lights and the pictures it creates are amazing. I will get some pics posted once I get home as I forgot the cables for our camera to download them.

I have learned a lot of lessons about Vegas this week. Things that I will remember the next time I am here. Nothing bad but just a few things that will make it far more enjoyable. Like transportation, make sure the rodeo isn’t in town, come back when the “pretty people” are here … little things.

This will most likely be my last post from Vegas. I will get one in tomorrow after our flight so you know I got home safely and then it is going to be major nap time for me and my voices.

Until the final wrap up tomorrow night … “Can’t you just wrap me up in a blanket and roll me across the bed again?”

Alaska … I Mean Vegas … Day 3

Posted in Nonsense, Vacation with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by Bob

IT IS COLD TODAY! I am in the middle of the dessert and it is 41 degrees. They forecast snow. I don’t care, I am not working! It was another walking adventure this morning. Let’s just say my extraordinary sense of direction did it to me again and I ended up walking a mile and a half further than I probably had to today. Other than that, it has been a resting day. We made it to Paris last night but the Eiffel Tower ride was closed because of the weather (rain). Tonight we are going to attempt to hit downtown with a few of Jackie’s work friends. Gotta figure out the best way to get there for the cheapest and we will be good. Apparently they also shut the monorail down when it is bad weather. I think I am safe and won’t move here. Can’t live somewhere that can’t handle a little rain.

Short one today but that is all I got right now. Tomorrow should be a good one based on tonight and how many more cowboys I see. The rodeo came into town … literally. Hundreds of hats, boots and surprisingly not so attractive women. More later.


Vegas … Day 2

Posted in Nonsense, Vacation with tags , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2011 by Bob

It has been a slightly more sober day today. I wasn’t hung over or anything but, I needed to take a little easier today so I won’t embarrass Jackie at her work dinner tonight. For those of you familiar with the strip, today I walked from MGM all the way up to Treasure Island. For those of you not familiar with the strip, that is a good hike.

I have a few observations I have been able to make in my walking adventures. I am out during the day by myself while Jackie is doing her conference stuff so the good thing about that, is that since I am not a couple, I don’t get accosted by every person tryign to sell a tour of the Grand Canyon, Vegas or sell me a dam tour. I did get approached by one individual though who was a little more persistent than the average homeless folks trying to seduce folks into a tour. Normally those folks hold out a paper and if you ignore them they leave. This guy, I will call him Herb (he reminded me a little of Herb Tarlek from WKRP) asked if I wanted a tour. I said no thanks. He started following me muttering some high points and how I just have to take the tour. He was working for it so I stopped. I looked at him and said “I will make you a deal. Do you have a website for your business? Let the company I work for create a great e-commerce site for you and we will increase your business and profit by 36% in just 6 short months.” He looked at me and said “No, don’t need that” so I said “Then I don’t need your tour.” I didn’t have any business cards on me so I am not sure what I would have done if he said “why I DO need a better web presence. ” I think I would have had to say “Well played sir, now how much for that tour?”

The bad thing about being on my own during the day is that most young people are still sleeping from the night before so the only people out and about on the streets are 80+ year olds. THey tend to walk 4 women all the way across the sidewalk in front, and all the men in back. They walk about as fast as Ozzy Ozbourne when he first wakes up. It is worse than Walmart across from Sun City on a Sunday afternoon. You would think they would be in more of a hurry since they don’t have much time left! The only thing slower than the walking old people are the ones on scooters. Yeah, daytime is NOT a time to walk if you are in a hurry.

Rode the New York New York Roller coaster today. Waited for the front row seat and it was pretty cool. Not bad for a hotel roller coaster. Tonight, we are going to dinner for Jackie’s professional org. (nothing fancy, just Rainforest Cafe’) and then we are goign to monorail it up the strip to Paris and Venice. We will see how much we can get done tonight. Tomorrow night we are hitting downtown. Doing the whole “old Vegas” thing. Freemont Street, neons, strip clubs and $2 min. bet single deck shoe black jack tables. See if I can do better than 4 straight 15s dealt to me.

I got back to the room today and some of my things were a little askew in my suitcase. A pocket was opened that I didn’t even think I had anything in. I think that Herman stowed away and is somewhere around Vegas. I don’t even want to think what kind of trouble he is getting into.


Twenty Twenty Twenty Four Hours To Go … I Wanna Be In Vegas

Posted in Holiday, Nonsense with tags , , , , on November 27, 2011 by Bob

24 hours from now, (10:30 p.m. Monday night) I will be in the air heading to Vegas. I really need a vacation. I think I have learned my lesson about saving all of my vacation for the end of the year. The other thing that I did not realize, since we haven’t vacationed without Tori and without putting Piper in a kennel, is how much you have to clean before you leave so that people can come over and take care of the dog. Tori is going to grandma’s for the week.

I still have to pack, I still have laundry to finish so that I CAN pack and I still have a few other things to do before we can leave. I have to finish tonight because I am working tomorrow. I may be slacking now but hopefully I will have some great blogs from Vegas. Now I gotta go spend some time with Tori since this is the last I will see her for a week. She is still asleep when I leave in the morning.

Fear Of Loathing Las Vegas

Posted in Holiday, Nonsense with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2011 by Bob

As you all know, I am heading to Vegas the week after Thanksgiving. That is 10 days from now. I have never been before. I am excited but, I need ideas on what to do while I am out there. I don’t want to gamble all day. I will do a little here and there but I don’t want to have to pawn my underwear for cab fare to the airport to get home.

The reason we are going actually is for the wife’s work conference. I will be alone much of the day so I need fun, but relatively harmless things to occupy my day time hours. By safe I mean things that will not empty my bank account or find me married to 2 women at the end of the day. I don’t want to end up an episode topic for C.S.I. although that would be pretty cool in some aspect wouldn’t it?

I know a few things that I want to do and see that I will be able to get away with during the day since Jackie is pregnant and can’t do them. I can go to some roller coasters and do a lot of walking around just sight seeing.  I will not have a car so my tourist activities will need to be local. So, a couple of requests from all you out there that have been to Vegas recently. WHAT SHOULD I DO?! I am open to ANY suggestions, even if they are things that may get me in trouble with the wife, as long as they conform to the above 2 requirements.

I also need any recommendations on shows to see. I was hoping to maybe go to 2 or three while we were out there … then I saw the prices. So, now I am down to hoping to see maybe one really good show, and a burlesque performance in some seedy shack of a theater. Again, if anyone knows of any good shows to see, that are worth the price and I can’t see in Chicago … please let me know.

I will be posting every day while I am there and trying to get some pictures. I am also going to have to make sure that Herman comes along for the ride. Oh, and I forgot to mention, Tori is going to be at Grandmas house all week so the suggestions do not have to be kid friendly. In fact I would prefer it if they weren’t.

One more one more thing. Since I want, neigh, need suggestions, I am going to sticky this at the top post spot for a few days. If you are looking for a new post tomorrow, scroll down and it will be there.

The plans are in the works for the great “White Castle Stuffing Experiment of 2011”. I am only going to make a small amount because I was told “I don’t care how much you make as long as you realize YOU have to eat it all by yourself.” So, yeah. Like I said, I like White Castles but I am not sure how I will like the stuffing so it will be a very small amount. Hopefully this can get done this weekend and I can let you all share the experience with me.

That’s it for today. Until next time, remember … “I haven’t seen a beatin’ like that since somebody stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose.”

Did Someone Say Vacation?

Posted in Food, Nonsense with tags , , , , , on November 6, 2011 by Bob

I did. Booked my flight to go to Vegas in a few weeks. Jackie has a conference in Vegas the week after Thanksgiving. I am going to join her this year. We get to stay at the MGM. We only have to pay for my flight because the hotel is for her conference. I don’t know what I am going to do all day when she is in her conference. I will be touristy. I don’t want to gamble a lot. I have a few weeks to figure it out. I will let you all know. I will take pictures … maybe. Ironically, I just saw a commercial for Vegas that said no pictures because of the whole what happens here stays here.

The kicked Robert Irvine off of Next Iron Chef. REALLY? I had him pegged as being in the finals. I guess I better not gamble at all when I go to Vegas.

We’re Getting There

Posted in Nonsense, Tori with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2011 by Bob

In more ways than one.

A) We are getting closer to my vacation time. Right now it feels like a big mistake waiting until the end of the year to take the bulk of my vacation. I know thought that I will think differently once the time comes for me to be away from work though.

B) We are getting closer to the end of the year when I can take a small break from blogging … maybe. I have felt 2 ways about posting every day … exhausted and proud. It is something I make sure I do even when we go out so it is a feeling of accomplishment. Of course there are the days I look at the computer and think … “Crap”

C) We are getting closer to Tori’s 1st birthday. FIRST BIRTHDAY! Holy crap where did the time go?! It literally feels like it was just yesterday that we were bringing her home. It is so true what everyone says that it goes by so fast and to treasure every moment. I really do try to. If I didn’t have this annoying thing called work, I would stay home with her in a heartbeat! I love every little thing she does and I wish we could catch it all. I have seriously considered setting up cameras around that would tape her all the time. Yeah, I could be THAT dad. After all, I need to have a bunch of pictures of her for when she is famous and on Letterman right?

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