Tuesday, September 19, 2017

E-242: 360 Vegas Vacation 5 Fall 2017

360 Vegas Vacation 5 Fall 2017

Random Vegas 

In March of 2013, Caesars Entertainment announced that they would close their property on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo, known at the time as Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, invest $185 million into renovations and reopen in early 2014 as Gansevoort, a NY based boutique luxury hotel brand.  That partnership dissolved less than 6 months later when, while applying for a gaming license in the state of Massachusetts, the states gaming board uncovered alleged ties between one of Gansevoort’s investors and the Russian Mafia.  In Jan of 2014, it was officially announced the new name of the property would be Cromwell, a new brand created by Caesars Entertainment (Various Sources) 

Twitpic of the Trip 

Once we knew we were staying at Cromwell instead of the long planned LINQ, I began to suspect that the “Twitpic of the Trip” would be taken from the rooftop pool/day club at the property.  In no hurry, we waited until after #360VV5 and the Labor Day weekend crowd went away.  Despite being lineless on a Wednesday, our attempt to check out the space was quickly thwarted when we were informed that pool attire was required for entrance…and we had too many clothes on.  In no mood, we said fuck it and moved on.  And as so often happens in Vegas, when plans get forcibly changed, alternative opportunities present themselves and create experiences that couldn’t have been matched by best laid plans.  This trip’s winner is a picture we took from the 2nd level outdoor dining space at Mr. Chow’s @Caesars, overlooking the pool area and subtly implying to all that noticed you existed in that space that in fact, you are better than they are, in every conceivable way.  Suck it. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

E-241: I Don't Know Margo!

Random Vegas
Similar to the legislative requirement that a casino must be open for a period of time every two years to maintain its gaming license, strip clubs are required to do something similar.  Every month, they must be open for 8 hours, with security, a dancer with a work card and a manager with a sexually oriented business license present. (thenevadaindependent.com)

Twitpic of the week

What’s better than a picture of old Fremont St neon at night? Old Fremont St neon at night after it rains. Is there anyway the people who created neon signage knew how epic they would look at night reflecting off of the wet pavement?  As a fan of the Fremont St Experience and of classic Downtown Vegas without the canopy, I’ll continue to advocate for the installation of a retractable roof so both experiences can be enjoyed. I fear no matter famous I am or will continue to become, I will not get to experience this glorious sight in my lifetime. So I submit to you, carry on my legacy, pass it along to your children, never give up the fight to convert the Fremont St Experience in to the 360 Vegas Fremont St Experience. In lue of that, a statue of me will also be an acceptable tribute. Thanks @summacorp for sharing a picture that served to encourage this behavior.