Sunday, December 27, 2009
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.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
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
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
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.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
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 19, 2009
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
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
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
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.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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.
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
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
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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...
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.