Saturday, November 11, 2017

360 Vintage Vegas: The Dunes Hotel & Casino

The Dunes is a property whose affinity for, I cannot explain.  I can easily explain some of the things I like about it, things that I think are cool and amenities I would have liked to enjoy; but that doesn’t explain why.  But let me ask you this, why are you faithful to your spouse?  Why do you love them?  I know you can explain to me what you find attractive about them, your favorite features, their personality but that doesn’t explain why.  We have no control over what we find attractive, we just do.  Perhaps that explains why I like the Dunes so much.

While it may have never be the financial success it aspired to be, the Dunes can be counted among the Sands and the Stardust as some of the most iconic in Las Vegas history.  All 3 evolved with the city, a journey that caused them to end up looking dramatically different than the original concept they opened with.  It's also fair to say that their loss was all for the greater good, not only for the city but for their legend.  The way the untimely deaths of people like Kirk Cobain cause them to be idyllically remembered so is true about iconic Vegas properties. Even if at the end they are usually only shadows of the properties they were in their prime, their legacy is their ability to be remembered in whatever incarnation we choose to remember them in, the very definition of the word timeless.

If you are interested in learning more about the Dunes, check out some of the places we sourced to write their story.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

E-249: Kevin Spacey's Fun Dungeon

Random Vegas
In 1971, due to the overflowing audience, people were being refused admittance to the Jimmy Dean, the Imperials & Dottie West shows at the Landmark.  One of those people, unknown to the staff, was Elvis Presley. Elvis was incognito, trying to not be recognized and it worked.  Once word got back to the production, he had no problem getting into the show the following night (Vintage Research) 

Twitpic of the week

There was no doubt in my mind, the second I saw it, that @JoeQ_sd's picture would be the Twitpic of the week.  An absolutely stunning picture of center strip with an angle normally reserved for Google earth or maybe a helicopter.  A view so tantalizing one can't help but reach out to try and touch it. The sight puts one in emotional juxtaposition depending on the situation.  Seen upon arrival to the city and endorphins are sure to be inadvertently released into the blood stream.  Seen while concluding ones latest adventures in paradise and its heartbreak, triggering a longing intensified as the distance from utopia widens while the view shrinks in the window. A feeling time only helps to dull while you wait to return to desert bliss in the key of C, all while painfully reminding you of the poor life decisions you've made that have led you to live any place but Las Vegas.