Saturday, December 8, 2018

E-286: Caviar on a Pop Tart

Random Vegas 
The S’s in the Sassy Sally signage are actually dollar signs meant to be a subliminal message to people to encourage them to spend more money as well as insinuate you can win more money at the property (Neon Museum) 

Twitpic of the week 

I’ll go ahead and say it, Steve Wynn ruined the Fremont St skyline when he replaced Golden Nugget’s exterior with the more elegant version it’s known as having today.  Look at this week’s winner, shared by @Summacorp, and tell me I’m wrong.  That glorious golden yellow set against an ever-changing backdrop of warm browns and cool purplish blues is the best the Golden Nugget has ever looked.  If time travel is ever something I’m able to figure out, one of the things I’ll do is going back to this moment and invest extensive amounts of time looking at this version of the Golden Nugget with unnerving adoration.  That is if I'm able to take my eyes off the #1 thing I’d do, leering at the Mint.  Alas that discovery is ever elusive so I’ll have to enjoy documentation such as what I had the pleasure to do this week. 


Plaza Equestrian Center Opens
Terrible Herbst’s founder Dies at 80
Michael Symon Experiment part 2
Bond Barbershop Coming

Saturday, December 1, 2018

E-285: Short Spurts

Random Vegas 
The green fees for the Wynn Golf course were $500 per golfer meaning the resort would only need 80 golfers to average the $40k per day (@MattLawson123) 

Twitpic of the week 

Here’s what I love about this week’s winner shared by @TonyIlliait looks like Americana.  This could be any random thoroughfare periodically found along route 66 that died with the advent of the highway system.  At first it isn’t even obvious that it’s Las Vegas until you spot the iconic Sands marquee at the side of the road.  But after that, while we know since this picture was taken in 1963, in the distance the Desert Inn, Last Frontier, Thunderbird, Stardust, Riviera and Sahara are all open.  At this moment in time, they fade into the backdrop of black and white desert landscape.  Something else you can’t see is what was on the horizon, because it’s out of frame.  Sitting just to the right and only 80% complete, the Landmark, the tallest structure in the city signaled the future of Las Vegas was larger than life.  Bigger was not only better, it would be required to attract guests to your property.  The Landmark’s very existence inspired the unmistakable additions of Howard Hughes future residence at the Desert Inn, the St. Andrews Tower, the iconic Stardust marquee and the 500-room cylindrical hotel tower at the Sands to the Vegas skyline before it was finished in 1969.