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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 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.


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.”

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