Saturday, July 14, 2018

E-273: Totally Watching My Dick



Random Vegas
In 1949, Nat King Cole experienced first hand the racist duality that existed in Las Vegas at the time.  Despite being a the headliner at the Thunderbird, he was not allowed to stay or play at the property when he wasn't performing.  Instead, he was required to reside in less than adequate accommodations in a part of town known as Dustville, west of Fremont St, on the other side of I-15.  It would be another 6 years before the Moulin Rouge, the first fully integrated hotel/casino would open in Las Vegas in 1955 and another 11 years before the Moulin Rouge Agreement was signed desegregating all casinos on the strip in 1960

Twitpic of the week

It's a view askew of a place left of center, exuding a surrealism that doesn't fade from a distance, only contextualizes the experience.  The tradeoff of staying off strip is having an epic view of the action you are currently not amidst of...but what a view. I feel sorry for those who don't appreciate the theming of Las Vegas because the awe of views like this must be totally lost on them.  It must be what its like to lose one of your senses and not be able to enjoy the aroma of a loved one, the taste of secret pizza or views of the strip from a distance, like this one, shared by @JenniferTilly.  Yes, according to twitter, that one, aka Bonnie Swanson.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

E-272: Blood Content Level



Random Vegas
During Luxor’s grand opening in 1993, ATM machines dispense over 4m in its first 12 days. (Super Casino)

Twitpic of the week

For almost 25 years, THIS occupied the space currently home to the Mirage.  This is what Steve Wynn was looking at when he parked his car across the street at the Sands in the late 80s and allowed his imagination to wander, seeking inspiration for a plan for his recently acquired real estate on the strip. This would be the first ground up project on the Las Vegas strip for the owner of the Golden Nugget and the thing that would either take him to the next level or destroy him. What he came up with was an idea so huge, not only would it accomplish the former, it would revolutionize Las Vegas. The Mirage would reinvent what peoples understanding of what a hotel/casino could be, setting new records in the market in just about every category a record had been previously established.  Fun Fact: The Castaways font used on the properties marquee, not the one used on the building frontage, is the font this show uses to watermark the twitter handled of each week's "Twitpic of the Week".  This week, that handled belongs to @BinionsLV

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