Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Vegas Staycation

Moving to Vegas, one of the things I most wanted to do was to take a vacation in Vegas, not just be a local. I wanted to partake of what visitors experience whebn they come here.

Finally got around to it. Oh, so nice. Now I understand why people come to Vegas. :)

I picked a hotel on the strip, found a low price (very low) and booked a few days. Man, I felt so pampered and relaxed at the end of it. And the best part, to go back home, I jumped on a bus and went a mile away. Not having to plan a flight or deal with the hassles of travelling was the absolute icing on the cake.

By comparison, I looked up the cost to go elsewhere - and fleabag motels in LA cost MORE than uberluxury hotels in Vegas right now. Why go anywhere else for a Vacation, eh?

I must do this again.

Chips, Salsa, Video Poker and a Bloody Mary

Rainy in Frisco

Rainy in Frisco, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Raisin snail munched

Raisin snail munched, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

SF City Hall

(Raisin snail = Sweet buttery croissant roll with cinnamon and raisins from Gateway Croissants)

Our table @ Hash House A Go Go

Our table @ Hash House A Go Go, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Taxiing @ SFO

Taxiing @ SFO, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Vegas Fedoras @ Walgreens

Vegas Fedoras @ Walgreens, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

My head is too big to get one. *sigh*

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Chicken & Waffles @ Hash House A GoGo

Now THIS is how Roscoe's should do their chicken n' waffles.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Mirrors, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

I dont know what Ive done without one of these all my life. Gotta get one.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Pea Soup ala Frisco

Pea Soup ala Frisco, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Leaving San Francisco

Leaving San Francisco, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Janet Airways flight leaving Las Vegas for Area 51

Destination: Groom Lake aka Area 51.

Taxiing from a separate, unmarked but guarded terminal, these plainly marked planes fly Area 51 workers in and out of Vegas airport every morning and evening. As soon as they leave Vegas control, they become military aircraft.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A San Francisco Quiche

A San Francisco Quiche, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Over the mountains around Las Vegas

Car service at Vegas Airport

Car service at Vegas Airport, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

My arch nemesis @ San Francisco Intl

My arch nemesis @ SFO, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Peets coffee is so strong that their DECAF knocks me for a loop.These cups were all over the gates @ SFO

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I met a man

I met a man, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Met a Navajo who told me stories of the sweet and ornery nature of wild horses, the deer dance of the Zuni, hunting Elk in the mountains of New Mexico and a deer who laughed at him.

Im glad I met this man.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Ride by

Ride by, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

On San Diego Bay

On San Diego Bay, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

The Luxor

The Luxor, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Dress like a Midwesterner

Freeze warnings have been called for the Las Vegas valley as arctic cold air has settled far south down the western mountains. Snow is on the high peaks around the Valley and light flurries have been promised. It's a sharp freeze, reminiscent of 5 below in the Midwest.

My extremities were freezing at the bus stop, when I saw a taciturn man buttoned up in a light stormcoat with a fur-trimmed hood, a tam hat, boots and gloves. In Vegas, because of the wide temp swings from day to night, residents here tend to dress on the light side. He wasnt.

The ensemble looked serious - and familiar, particularly the fur-trimmed hood on the coat, even though it was a thin shell. So I asked him: "You from Chicago?" He smiled and said only "Michigan."

Yep, you could tell he was from the upper midwest. Serious people dealing with serious weather. Ironically, his ensemble is suitable only for the midwestern spring, but he wore his togs with the experience of someone who knows the seriousness of a northern midwest winter.

For even the freezing cold isnt all that serious in Vegas.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Passing raincloud over Vegas

Passing raincloud over Vegas, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Writing on the ride home

Writing on the ride home, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Writer's gotta write

The other night I dreamt one of my usual dreams, a story. Abstract, but with characters, a plot, protagonist, antagonist, a beginning, middle and end.

Oh, yeah - it had talking dogs in a rock band with the hero triumphant playing deathmetal. (Think "Bolt" with Goth characters and roadies.)

Anyway, I told a co-worker and he asked "Do you usually dream this way?". I do, when I sleep deeply, my dreams tend to be structured storylines, not random abstracts, totally unrelated to my life.

"So why dont you write them down?" I shrugged and mumbled something about not really caring. It's not that I dont care, Im just too lazy and too busy to want to write them down. And the reason I dream that way is because I actually THINK in narratives.

My writing has suffered over the years as I now mostly write on twitter and facebook and IMs, in short bursts that actually destroy a narrative. Therefore, Ive taken a hiatus from writing like that (its hard) and try to start writing again. Every day.

It's the doing that make dreams come true.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Why Should You Come To Vegas?

Why Should You Come To Vegas?, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Stratosphere

The Stratosphere, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sports related injury

Sports related injury, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

How I got Blackberry thumb. To pass time on the commute, I would play the space game in my little Moto Razr. The repetitive movements and pressure messed up the thumb. I stopped over a month ago, and my thumb is still painful, but recovering.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Neu toy

Neu toy, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Acer 1810TZ

Itsa nice. It is a full laptop in a small netbook body. A tad overpowered, but Id rather it be overpowered than under.

Now, I wanna accessorize it. :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thai Sauce

Thai Sauce, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

You dont need a lot, trust me. Just a few tiny drops is all.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The French Quarter of Vegas

The French Quarter of Vegas, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Halloween @ the Office

Halloween @ the Office, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Woman Who Named Me

The Woman Who Named Me, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Many years ago, as I traipsed around Gotham, Lissa referred to me as being "Itinerant in New York". The moniker stuck. She has a knack for coining memorable phrases.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Capture of the Sabines

Capture of the Sabines, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

my crowded cubicle @ werk

my crowded cubicle @ werk, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dinner reading

Dinner reading, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Been wanting to get a copy of "Audacity of Hope" and sit down to read for quite awhile. Among other things, I wanted to see what Obama has learned and realized over the years that maybe I am missing.

So far, it is far better when he is talking about his personal views and perspectives. The policy and historical stuff - eh.


birds, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

@ Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas Nevada. Home of the USAF Thunderbirds

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Stress relief @ werk

Stress relief @ werk, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I had pie

I had pie, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas Blvd, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Looking forward

Looking forward, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

When tiny notebooks first came out, cheap and tiny - I wasnt interested.MacBook Air? Expensive, limited - pass. But when I saw the first generation of the current netbooks, my eyes lit up. A nice portable writing machine, photographers tool, communications hub etc.

With the confluence of features and wireless technology... here we go. Or here I go.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Billboard aimed at BofA ex-customers

I know several folk have had to sign up for this service as theyve had their banking credit record ruined by Bank of America, their policies and their fees. Unfortunately, the catch to this is that they have to pay 20 bux a month for a year until theyve built back up their bank records. If I hadnt fought back against BofA, I would be needing this myself.

Still, this credit union will be getting my business.


Landing, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Today's horrorscope

The way you feel about life in general is about to change. It’s surprising how much your values have altered over the past few years, Virgo. Expect to continue this reevaluation while you go about putting your thoughts and ideas into action. The next few weeks specifically are important as to how you deal with an issue that has been a thorn in your side for some time.

I am who I am, but Im appreciating I dont have to be all that I am. Some things I considered inviolate, I am trying to get past without becoming someone else.

I think life will get better when I do that.

Flowers and Bees in Vegas

Flowers and Bees in Vegas, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Another surprising thing Ive found about Vegas, its a year round flower garden, in spite of being in the unrelenting desert. And with that - the bees are all around, but they mainly come out in the early morning. Cool to watch them do their work collecting pollen .

The dark side is the bees that have most taken root here are the africanized bees, so if you see evidence of a hive - you DONT want to go anywhere near one.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Esse, please.

Esse, please., originally uploaded by Itinerant.

This "Half Pound Burrito" where Evander Holyfield can only eat one.. yeah right.

Unlike a burger, the half pound refers to the entire burrito, not the amount of meat in it, which is borderline miniscule.

Accurate, yes. Misleading, yes. I get sucked in by Taco Bell's ads every time, and every time I walk away disappointed.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Night stop off the Vegas Strip

Night stop off the Vegas Strip, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Las Vegas Metro procedure on two man stops is the backup officer to have sidearm or shotgun at the ready.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Morning bagel

Morning bagel, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Weirdly, the best and most affordable bagel I can find in Vegas is... at Starbux. Their Hawaiian Bagel, a doughy frozen bagel made in the style of sweet, eggy Hawaiian bread is absolutely scrumptious. All for a buck.

Who can resist?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Midnight streets

Midnight streets, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

work tool

work tool, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

I talk to these things

Moonrise over Vegas

Moonrise over Vegas, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Vegas sunset

Vegas sunset, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

When I think of Vegas, I think "shiny lights and shiny roads".

How's life, baby?

Yesterday, I got a short message from an old friend

Greetings from NYC. Its fall here today, really for the first time. Hows Vegas, baby?

My breezy reply went along the lines of...

Hey Jen, I was just thinking about Fall in New York, wishing I was there roaming midtown and Brooklyn. Then again, I prefer the heat. :) Actually, you can taste fall in the air here in Vegas, you just gotta be in the shade to feel it, but its nice at... night. .

The message came just as I was thinking about how long Ive been in Vegas, and realizing shortly by the end of the year, I will have been here nearly a year. That is a lot longer than I expected to be here.

Why have I been here that long? Because I cant think of any other place I need to go live in. Not back to New York or Jersey, nor back to San Francisco, and definitely not LA. Chicago, Florida, North Carolina, Portland, Seattle? Nah, nah nah nah. Just not feeling the need or desire to make home bases there either.

Sure, I miss all of the above and I could use some trips to all of them, but as home bases? None of them appeal as much as Vegas. Ive gotten a bit comfy here.

I could expound on all of the above, but in answer to her question...

Hows Vegas?

Vegas is fine. I find I like it here. I like the heat. I like the casinos, even though Im not much of a gambler. I like the vibe which is very mellow, even with the SoCal gang-banging, LA shallowness, Cali stressors lurking on the periphery. You can get away from stupid people and the bright lights here in Vegas. I like the idea of this a place where dreams can manifest, even though the economy is corrupt.

It is not easy to make money here, as with anywhere warm I can think of with more people than jobs moving in. But the side effect of having a place full of people who are primarily in the service industries, struggling to make a secure living, is that it creates a down-to-earth, classless culture underneath the glitz, glamor, vice and gambling. In a place that is spread out where you can be far from your irritating neighbor, acquaintance or colleague, that is not a bad thing.

I love that its a place, because of all the people who move here, it is full of fellow Cubs, White Sox and Bear fans. That kinda helps make it feel like home.

So, how has life been here in Vegas? Its cool, baby.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Car show

Car show, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Free Craps lessons

Free Craps lessons, originally uploaded by Itinerant.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, Big Sis.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Car show

Car show, originally uploaded by Itinerant.