Friday, June 29, 2018

360 Vegas POV: Casino E-2

In this installment of 360 Vegas POV, we continue our analysis of Martin Scorsese's movie Casino by breaking down two scenes that will help to establish the geographic layout for the movie's version of the city of Las Vegas.  While we do that, we'll compare the films version of Vegas to the one that actually existed at the time as well as today.  

Saturday, June 23, 2018

E-271: Vancouver Bay

Random Vegas
It costs a Vegas hotel about $35 to "turn a room" (housekeeping).  So if the room is competed but you still have to pay a resort fee of at least $35 per night, the cost is recouped (VitalVegas)

Twitpic of the week

A motel on the strip; that's an experience I would've liked to try. The thought reminds me of childhood vacations in the south with my family and that magical feeling I got when stepping out of my room into warm air still lingering before the sun rises or after it sets.  I wouldn't dare even contemplate staying at one of the dens of STD available in modern day Vegas but back in the 60s, staying at some place like the La Concha, showcased in this week's winner, shared by @TonyIllia, would have been fun...if only it had a casino.  That single amenity is the ultimate determining factor when planning any Vegas trip for me.  Why would I stay at a place without a casino attached to it when I have options available that do?  With all the "only in Vegas" experiences available, why would you voluntarily do anything in Vegas that you could do someplace else. I even struggle with something like Delano which doesn't have its own casino but is connected to one internally so it's deemed an acceptable option, albeit not a preferred one. Vdara and Mandarin aren't even options in my head.  Idiosyncrasies aside, the La Concha will always have a special place in my heart, if only for capturing my imagination and that conch shell-esque lobby


Saturday, June 16, 2018

E-270: The Howard Hughes of Podcasting

Random Vegas
When it first opened, one of the selling points for the Desert Inn was individual thermostats in all guest rooms (Vital Vegas)
Twitpic of the week

Thanks to the unbreakable rules I've made up in my head to govern the "Twitpic of the Week" selection process, I've known who this week's winner was going to be for about two weeks.  Even though I could break one of said rules and almost no one would know, considering I'm the only one who's knows what the rules are, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that doing such a thing would be unthinkable.  Let me explain.  The 1st Twitpic of the week awarded after a 360 Vegas Vacation is actually the "Twitpic of the TRIP".  A photo, usually taken by me, that best encapsulates the spirit of that 360 Vegas Vacation & inspired a monolog.  After the trip report, all candidates nominated since the last "Twitpic of the WEEK" was awarded are reviewed.  That means a photo has to stand out 2-3 times longer than usual to earn, and in some cases retain, the right to the designation, which in some cases reaffirms the reason it is eventually awarded the honor.  This week's winner was one that was able to pretty easily hold off potential usurpers.  Captured in the air, on approach to McCarran, official 360 Vegas Vacation photographer @japluto09’s photo of the strip over the wing of a plane creates a coastal beach illusion causing those familiar with the desert landscape surrounding the strip to do a double take to comprehend what they're seeing. As if the view wasn’t ethereal enough, placing the strip in the distance over said wing inspires correlations to stories of afterlife accession. This shot embodies peace and tranquility amidst chaos and disorder,wrapped in mathematical probability. An equation that most certainly always equals an epic adventure on the horizon.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

E-269: 360 Vegas Vacation 6 Summer 2018

Official 360 Vegas Vacation Photographer

Random Vegas

In the (6) 360 Vegas Vacations we've had to date, planned events have had to be aborted at the last minute 4 times, 2 of them have happened at Tropicana, at 360VV2, 3 and 6. The other two events were the meet and greet at Bellagio's Baccarat Bar and the Spa @Aria, both at 360VV4.

Twitpic of the week

360 Vegas Vacation 6 Summer 2018

It's one of the most commonly shared, stunning views of Las Vegas, unarguably one of the best in the city.  If you've never experienced it in person, as we had not before VV6, I state my regret.  It is truly mesmerizing.  For me, an awe-inspiring view of a city that changed my life in ways I could have never imagined, brought to you via the bucket list of one 360 Vegas Tony.  If you've never visited the Skyfall Lounge at Mandalay Bay, Delano to be specific, make a point to change that on your next visit.  I submit that you will NOT state regret.  You're Welcome!