Friday, February 25, 2011


OK, last one was Vegas, here is Paris - look at the video and tell me what you think of the girl

Did you say 'poor girl, so concerned about her boyfriend'?

What comes to my mind is Stalker! You don't answer my phone calls, so you must be in your apartment dying. I'll call the police and rescue to save you. It's not because you are ignoring me on purpose, or just have your phone turned off.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Why rock stars love to come to Vegas. (I think it's the pool at the Hard Rock)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


It’s been a sunny week here in Las Vegas. It was warmer than last week but we aren’t up into springtime yet. Morning temperatures are around freezing but late afternoon it gets up near 20c (70f). Rain is scheduled for this coming weekend, with colder temps as well. We’ve cleaned up our raised bed garden area and are ready for plantings, but there is still a chance of frost for another few weeks so the tomatoes will not go in for a few weeks. I’m not big on cold weather veggies, so the garden sits dormant after the last tomatoes are picked in late December. There is basil out there, which we use for cooking, and that doesn’t freeze back so we have fresh all year round. I also use a lot of rosemary, and the 30 meter strip (100’) of plants along the low wall provide much more than we would ever use.

Saturday night we went to see Jubilee! over at Bally’s. It’s the last big old style performance show left in Vegas, informally called a ‘feather’ show due to the nature of the costumes. We hit the Follies before that one closed at the Tropicana, and wanted to make sure we caught this one. It still seems to be going well, but who knows any more.

There are two shows nightly, a general audience show at 7:30 and a topless version at 10:30. Being locals that don’t stay up late we hit the early show, but it was rather easy to see the modifications made for the late show – about half the girls wear thin semi transparent tops that are probably removed. This would result in forty bare breasts bouncing around the stage, I am sure it would be a magnificent sight.
Besides the dozens of showgirls there were a dozen or so men dancing and singing. During one bit most of them came on stage in rather skimpy g-strings. From a quick appraisal it is very evident that most of the girls hit the gym a lot more than the guys do, but there were quite a few impressive male bodies as well.
It does look like a show that has been around a while – more like the Ed Sullivan variety show than the new Cirque du Soleil acrobats. It employs quite a lot of singers and dancers – at a few points there were sixty or so people on stage. The elaborate costumes must keep quite a few creators and repair people employed, as we saw some feathers flying from where we sat, it must require constant maintenance and replacement. But for an hour and a half we were continuously entertained, with numerous costume and set changes, stairs coming and going, switches from a couple singing to huge crowds tap dancing to those big feathered headdresses that must be quite an effort to wear.

This is a nice alternative to the impressive Cirque spectaculars, and something I would recommend for those of you looking for something old fashioned.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sunny and cold

Its sunny here in Vegas (well, we get, what, 350 sunny days a year?) and a little cool. After that nice weekend it did cool off – one morning last week it was -4 (25f) and didn’t warm up much over 4 (40f), the next morning it was down to -5 (23f)! I don’t remember it ever getting that cold since we’ve been here. But yesterday it was back up to 21 (70f) with our normal 16 (30f) temperature difference between early morning and afternoon. We’ve finished up with the yard trimming, I finally ordered a few bare root rose bushes, as there were some I had in San Diego that I really liked for cutting. We’ll see how they do here. Not much into winter vegetables, but about ready to start the tomato seeds inside for transport out to the beds in March.

We have tickets for the show Jubilee at Bally’s on Saturday. We saw the end of the other feather show at the Tropicana before it closed, which leaves Jubilee as the last place with a grand showgirls in feathers and topless for the late show (we have early show tickets, oh well) show. About time for us to start doing the round of Cirque shows again. During January and February most of the Cirque shows have special $99 for two tickets for locals, B likes Ka, I’ll have to get some before the end of the month.

Sunshine over City Center

Some Hawaiian sunshine for those of you stuck in the snow

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Groundhog Day

Yesterday was Groundhog Day – I understand that we only have six more weeks of winter? Evidently this news has lead to a lot of assorted articles on this ‘holiday’. Several of them tie back to the 1993 Bill Murray movie of the same name, where he keeps repeating Groundhog Day over and over again. One of my favorite characters from the film was Ned, the insurance salesman.

In review of the film, Simon Gallagher evaluated just how many days that Bill was stuck in the same day loop, and his estimate is just under thirty four years. Wow, no wonder he had such a confusing time.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011


Wow - imagine walking along a beach and coming upon one of these