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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:40 am 
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Along the line of this subject ...

That I know of .. (or the guys aren't admitting it) .. there was only one of our group who was approached by, uhhh .. women of entertainment. Jack.

He was in the lobby, about to checkout when 3 women propositioned him. Sandy was standing 7 or 8 feet away.

After noticing their youthfulness, Jack said ,, "Why aren't you in school today"

With 6 words, he probably squashed the career goals of 3 women in less than a second.

As for Sandy? She thought it was funny. Her last words, as passed on by Jack was, "I enjoyed everything we did in Vegas".

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:38 pm 
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With the recent rash of human traffic crimes out here, it's not surprising that they may have been young enough to "be in school".

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 3:06 am 
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I doubt that a single one of us .. while planning to visit the Sin City .. believed that his/her own city was, itself, sin-free. Vegas doesn't corner the market on crime, greed or trafficking. It just provides more neon as the back drop.

No one suddenly became sex-crazed, pill-popping, or drug-sniffing. People don't change their spots simply because they're in Vegas. If our group had markings .. the markings would be more along the lines of "straight" & "laced". (I wonder if I would have admitted this had I been younger?)

Though some went to the Grand Canyon .. some to Hoover Dam .. and others to Red Rock .. we pretty much took in the sights & sounds of Vegas together. As in other "rallies", our time together .. talking, joking, picking on each other, laughing, eating .. was our favorite form of entertainment. We DO enjoy each other's company. And probably will do our best to make it to the next rally .. wherever it's going to be. And motorcycling will again be added to our enjoyment.

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 3:51 am 
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SouthernWahine wrote:
No one suddenly became sex-crazed, pill-popping, or drug-sniffing. People don't change their spots simply because they're in Vegas.


While I'm sure you're using your particular group in the context of that statement...work a stint here in Room Service and get back to me on how that relates to people in general
rofl :rofl: rofl :rofl: rofl :rofl:

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:05 am 
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See .. Shadow Shack! Had you been able to join us, as we'd hoped, we could have joined you in your laughter while getting the low-down on other people in general. You short-changed us in the laughter department!

And, yes .. I spoke of our particular group. Still sorry we didn't get to include you.

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:31 pm 
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Alas, such is the nature of work. Fortunately, my work is the aforementioned Room Service department --- it's not just a job, it's an adventure!

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:23 am 
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I've been lax on posting pictures of this Vegas trip.

Since opening 2 back-to-back emails .. 4 hours after they were sent ..

- tsunami coming
- earthquake at Kilauea Crater

my mind, emotions, memories & fears have centered on my family, extended family .. the extended families of friends, classmates, neighbors, co-workers .. and the television videos of the people of Japan who I don't even know. My heart has wrenched so many times in horror.

My family throughout Hawaii is fine .. also the ones in the Pacific Northwest .. and news of extended families being okay have slowly trickled in. I'm not as panicky & edgy as I've been for days on end.

I'll post pictures of the Vegas trip next. They won't be the last.

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:58 am 
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First, I need to expand on an earlier post where we expected to head through and into terrible weather conditions in our little Toaster. I'm a packer .. of everything conceivable that we COULD need. Drives RW crazy. Sweaters, sweatshirts, flannels .. made sure he packed long johns .. jackets, blankets.

Well ... by the 2nd day of travel, I'd changed into a pair of shorts, a sleeveless blouse, and was acquiring a little tan. The good weather continued to Vegas and back. A light jacket was enough to roam the streets of Vegas

You cannot imagine how glad I am that I hadn't drop the words that were on the tip of my tongue, just before we headed out ..

"Do you think you could shove aside some of that stuff in the Toaster and make room for the generator?"

RED ROCK VIEWERS



Amy (Lisa's mom), Lisa, Phil, SW, Marie, Delbert, Greg (Pat/Logan's son), Pat and Logan.

I'd made mention on the Helen rally thread that Logan had since been rear-ended while on his bike. He's fine.

RW took this picture. He carefully picked his way down to a mini ledge and stood teetering with camera in hand.

From me: "Be careful! Quit messing around! Get back up here! We don't need this picture!"

From the guys: "You'll get a better picture if you took a step backward"


HIKERS/RAPPELERS



People were all over this. Hard to see. There are a line of hikers towards the bottom, heading up .. mountain climbers and rapellers at about 10 oclock, upper left .. hikers at the top. And a body or two between, here and there.


LOOKS FAKE doesn't it?



Better views existed with multi-colored layers of rock, but couldn't capture them by camera.
The cookie monster, RW, thought this particular shot looked like a huge pile of chocolate chip cookie dough.


VISITOR CENTER



Marie, Pat & son Greg, Lisa and mom Amy.

The rest were in the parking lot, gazing at the mountainous vista across the desert floor, and talking about wanting to, someday, .. trailer to Vegas from the East coast .. park the trailer somewhere .. and ride this area specifically.

The Red Rock Canyon DID have a way of calling to the biker in each of us.

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:28 pm 
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Red Rock is awesome, I can't recommend it enough to anyone who comes here on a bike. The scenic loop is something I like to affectionately call "Tail of the Dragon Hatchling".

What makes it a nice ride? Lots of tight turns, and it's a one way road. About 12 miles IIRC (honestly, I've never gauged it...I'm too busy looking through the turns), with lots of turn-outs if you want to stop for the scenery. I don't know if it comes close to the eastern Tail's 312 curves, but it's up there in the "turn count".

I like to whisk through it once or twice before actually utilizing any of the turn outs...

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:55 pm 
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The 312 curves is mostly a marketing ploy. I have ridden the dragon tail a few times and I have counted less than 200 (still a lot of curves in 11 miles). I have ridden the Dragon very slowly (pouring rain on my cruiser) and fast (for me anyways) on my dual sport. If you are paying attention to your lines, you cant really see any scenery. Someday I will do my West ride (bucket list).


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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:28 am 
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I wondered, a bit, how this Vegas rally would turn out. We Rebel Ralliers are made up of gamblers, non-gamblers .. smokers, non-smokers .. drinkers and teetotalers .. the talkative and the quieter who submit zingers .. retired and working .. single, married .. parents, grandparents, childless. We have varied career and educational backgrounds. We even come in different colors.

Our introduction had been through the Rebel, and motorcycling. This was a non-motorcycle rally.

Because of our differences .. and despite that personalities had blended into a cohesive unit of mutual enjoyment in most activities we'd previously engaged in .. pre-Vegas and in-Vegas .. our "togetherness" was about to be tested.

We were going to a BAR.

The potential existed for one or more NOT to have a good time. To be uncomfortable.

Our reason for being in the bar was to watch and listen to dueling pianos. I was expecting something like dueling banjos. The "duel" was between ole time rock n roll music (the older guy) versus more current music .. example, Lady Gaga .. AND country & western favorites, mostly oldies (the younger fellow, who looked and sounded like Keith Anderson)

All had a blast! No one left. Everyone was totally "tuned-in".

We grooved to the music .. swayed .. sang along .. tapped the table top .. jiggled our feet in rhythm .. clapped our hands .. wrote the titles of our own favorites on bar napkins .. laughed at jokes .. guffawed at the teasing of the newly-engaged. When the rockin' fellow said to the younger, "These people don't want to listen to your country & western stuff" .. our table probably led the shouts of "Oh, yes we do! Yes, we do!". We grooved to those too.

The bar was loud, packed .. many standing .. some clustered outside and in the doorway, looking in. Both singers/pianists were good at what they did .. and did not believe in taking breaks. We had our own table. It was Great.

THREE AND A HALF HOURS. That's how long we grooved.




Clockwise from the back .. Amy, SW, Paula, empty space where RW the photographer would have been sitting, Phil, Jack, Sandy, Lisa.

The "standing" were on the other side of the pianos. The clustered doorway was behind & to the left. We had a clear view into everything going on. Those windows have rows & rows of slot machines behind them.

For those who remember the Andrews NC rally with the BIG bonfire .. on the property of David & Nancy, Jack's brother & sister-in-law .. Paula is Nancy's sister. Her job currently has her based in Vegas. She was every bit a delight to meet as David & Nancy had been.
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After our groovin' session, we piled into vehicles .. and at Paula's suggestion, headed out to a small casino on the outskirts .. where we enjoyed Lobster & Steak. For $5.

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:52 pm 
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Red Rock had a light dusting of snow last weekend...that was just wierd. We got some decent rain, but it wasn't cold :lol:

So who has the $5 surf & turf? Those deals pretty much went the way of the dodo at least a decade ago. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:53 am 
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It was at Lucky Club Casino.

Paula had seen their special promotion for $9.99 steak and lobster. Sounded good to all of us.

We each got players cards and with it came

$5 - off dinner
$5 - slot play
$5 - table play
1 chance at the nites raffle

One of us made comment that it looked like we get more freebies from these smaller casinos and the reason being that the mega casinos are probably still paying their "rent" .. their construction. We all agreed that there might be some truth to that.

Watched a tv program about Vegas once which included a segment on where the locals play. The short list did not include any of the Mega casinos. What they had in common, they were smaller, older, friendlier and the players thought their payback was better.

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:35 pm 
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Well, the vast majority of the Strip casinos are owned by one of two companies: MGM or Harrah's. Only the Tropicana, Venetian, Wynn, Riviera, and Sahara are the excpetions, everything else from Mandalay Bay to Sahara belongs to MGM or Harrah's. Oh yeah, Treasure Island recently changed hands (MGM sold it) so there's one more "indy".

Which really sucks for MGM and Harrah's right now, what with the recession and all that acquired debt. The Sahara just announced that they will be closing in May. Trop has been hit and miss for the past five years. The Riviera is climbing out of bankruptcy thanks to new owners and restructured debt...believe it or not the Riv is positioned to be one of the few bright spots left on the Strip in this economy (with the Venetian and Wynn being the others).

Station Casinos (18 off-Strip properties, all catering to locals) is in the process of clawing their way out of bankruptcy. Boyd Gaming (Sam's Town etc) is also in dire straits...with a slew of money tied up in the skeleton that was supposed to be Echelon (formerly the Stardust) but despite that they have a restructured settlement too.

Throw in our nation-leading unemployment and foreclosure rates, along with being at or near the top of every other bad list and bottom of every good list, not to mention the worst pair of Senators in the country...and it's a miracle that half these places are even open.

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:55 am 
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Personally ,, I hope they all pull themselves out of the red.

Beyond the glitz and the big name entertainers are thousands of people .. who depend on the draw of these casinos to make a living. Cooks, maids, clerks, and every manner of support staff. The money, or lack of, from the tourists extend to out-lying non-casino businesses which also employ the average Joe .. with average families .. with his own attempts to stay out of, or climb out of the "red".

When the economy goes bad, entertainment is the first thing cut out of the budget.

I know from 1st hand experience. Hawaii is very dependent on the tourist trade. And they are hurting too.

Sorry, Shadow Shack .. I can't do anything about your Senators.

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:43 pm 
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Expensive gas cuts into it as well. For whatever reason, that extra 50¢ per gallon just seems to sway people away from driving here (from adjacent states) to pump hundreds of dollars into our machines.

S_W wrote:
Sorry, Shadow Shack .. I can't do anything about your Senators.


Sadly, neither can we. I won't go into the whys behind that ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
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Comments on expensive gas/rising prices reminded me that I'd meant to post about this very subject but forgot about it.

Gas prices had already jumped about 20 cents at our local pumps within the week of our leaving. We were expecting a whole lot worse down the road.

We didn't pay $3.00 or above through SC, GA, AL, MS, AR, OK, TX and NM. This came as a shock to both of us, although a pleasant one. AZ was the first state where gas prices were above $3 .. and the most expensive being between Holbrook and just east of Kingman. We normally buy gas inside the city limits of Kingman .. but this time, because we didn't want to stop for the higher-priced gas since Holbrook .. and we had been bucking 30 to 40mph headwinds .. we thought we were driving on "fumes".

Gas prices dropped after Kingman and into Vegas. Still above $3, but not like it had been between Holbrook & Kingman. In case we thought we imagined this .. the price ratio on our way back reminded us that it hadn't been our collected imagination.

Our Toaster has an 11-gal tank .. is pretty consistent at 34+ mpg. We'll set the odometer at 0 and start looking for gas after 300 miles. Just like on my Rebel .. we like to have that reserve.

RW just popped in with "if we didn't carry so much junk, we'd get even better mileage".

(I think .. whine, whine, whine)

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
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Yeah, I could have been hauling a 200 lb generator.

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
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CAPTURING THE MOMENT at the Fremont Street Experience



Not sure if Sandy was taking a picture of the overhead light show or the people on the zip line. I thought, "I'd like to do that". Later, RW said he thought it cost $20. Wish I'd given it a try.

FREMONT ODDITY/NORMALCY




FREEMONT LIGHTS



This was like being at a carnival, but inside.

We saw short Elvis, tall Elvis, Michael Jackson, Aliens, Disney characters like Snow White .. who'd filled out considerably over the years and acquired tattoos across her shoulders & chest. Star Wars characters .. bride & groom with entourage .. showgirls .. gogo dancers. Sort of - you name it, we saw it. Many of the onlookers were a sight too!

Amy headed over to a statue of a silver-coated boxer. She let out with a scream when the "statue" reached out for her.

The artist who created pictures with spray can paint held the attention of this group.

I stood about 20' away, engrossed in watching an artist creating a clay face sculpture of an attractive American Indian woman who sat in a chair in front of him.

Two days before .. on one of our walks of the Strip .. we'd stopped at Bill's Gambling Hall .. mainly to grab lunch. Later, while the other women were playing the slots .. I stood out front with the guys .. people-watching. Lisa came out and said, "Come on. You gotta see and listen to this guy!"

All together, we headed towards the sounds of music. Sitting on a chair in the bar was the biggest Elvis impersonator I'd ever seen. When he sang, he made you forget his size. He sounded just like Elvis. Kind of goose-bumpy, actually.

Elvis is alive and well at Bill's Gambling Hall in Vegas. We saw him!

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 Post subject: Re: Las Vegas - Feb 2011 - President's Day Weekend
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 3:00 pm 
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Must have been Pete "Big Elvis" Vallee. He used to be a lot bigger...

And he does sound remarkably similar.

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