Saturday, April 22, 2017

E-229: Shat Show



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During the filming of the James Bond Film Diamonds are Forever, producer Cubby Broccoli and his wife, longtime friends of Howard Hughes from this film making days, had their hotel room broken into and were robbed while they slept.  In a very Bond like manor, hotel security suspected that chloroform gas was used to ensure the Broccolis did not wake up while the crime was being committed!  The following night, the Broccoli's found two men standing outside their door waiting for them.  One of them explained, "Compliments of Mr. Howard Hughes, Mr. Broccoli.  Our orders are to stay here round the clock until you leave." (Vintage Research) 

Twitpic of the week



I swear I’ve written this monolog before or at the very least felt this way several times in the past.  One of the reasons I love doing “Twitpic of the week” is because every once in a while, someone shares a view of Vegas I’m sure I’ve seen many times before but never fully appreciated. The primary reason I’ve never done the $20 trick is I like the luck of the draw.  I’m sure many of you can relate to the excitement of heading right to the window after checking into your room to see what view you’ll being enjoy for the next week. While it means occasionally I get to enjoy the side of a building or fields of air conditioning I think it makes me appreciate it more when I get views like the one shared by @brewjersey.  Whether it was planned or just luck, thank you @brewjersey for sharing it.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

E-228: Millennial Serpent Theory



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A tile art mosaic roughly 40 foot in diameter and split evenly, like a reflecting pool inside a poker chip, was unveiled at McCarran Airport near level 1 baggage claim in August of 2016.  The art represents the past with properties like the Landmark, Dunes, Sands and events like Nuclear tests and Evil Kneivel's jump over the Fountains at Caesars Palace; The present is represented by properties like Luxor, Wynn, Stratosphere and iconic landmarks like the Mirage volcano and High Roller observation wheel.  The mosaic was part of a $30 million dollar renovation to terminal 1

Twitpic of the week



It’s one of those things you have to see in Vegas.  It’s the kind of thing you would expect to find at Venetian, Caesars or Bellagio instead of that WTF thing they have on the lobby ceiling.  Tropicana’s 4,000 square foot stained glass ceiling, known as the Tiffany ceiling, is gorgeous, iconic and sets the mood for a classic Vegas gaming environment.  In the multiple proposed renovation and expansions it has been threatened to be removed but to date, it has stood the test of time. That being said, be sure to make a point of seeing it before it’s too late.  Thank you, once again, to friend of the show Scott Roeben aka @VitalVegas for sharing not only this picture but his gifted skill as a photographer

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