Saturday, February 22, 2020

E-326: Bluff Financing

Random Vegas
The paddle, as its known, protects the slot where the money goes given in exchange for chips at a table game.  A cooler move, as in they are trying to bring bad luck to the table, is when the dealer takes out the paddle, rotate it 180 degrees before replacing it.  Also known as “Spin the paddle” (@GetARoll with an assist from @VitalVegas)
Twitpic of the week

I can’t be the only one looking at this picture of the Frontier marquee being dismantled and thinking, “Isn’t this what that sign always looked like”?  This marquee could easily be the marquee for any abandon drive-in movie theater.  That isn’t to say it wasn’t cool, it just fit the identity of this property; the Kmart of the strip to Circus Circus’ dollar store.  
Also, am I the only one thinking Palazzo is standing behind the Frontier in this picture, mocking it like a posh little cunt?  Maybe its just me and I have some unresolved issues to address...I still say Vegas Vic looks like he would be that grandfather that throws around the N word like it harkens back to the good ole days.  I’m gonna go ahead and stop typing and schedule an appointment with a therapist.  This @_GrandPaD may have uncovered a repressed memory.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

E-325: Reach for the Stars

Random Vegas
Although gambling was legalized in 1931, the state didn’t begin attempting to regulate casinos until 1945, with the creation of the Nevada Tax Commission.  Before that, it was just taxed. (Of Rats and Men novel) 

Twitpic of the week

This is why I love Vegas signage and @classiclasvegas has captured the best representation I’ve ever seen of what it’s like to walk among the Vegas steel and neon giants.  This picture literally causes my heart to flutter with a feeling only describable as similar to that feeling you got in your stomach every time you were crushing hard on someone.  If I ever become homeless, I will make it my life’s goal to penetrate every old school sign I can.  I know that sounds like I just said I was going to fuck neon signs but what I meant was I’d find a way to sneak inside, perhaps call them my home.  I’m now realizing I just tipped off authorities about my planned activity.  Oh well, I guess the game just got a little more challenging.  


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Saturday, February 1, 2020

E-324: Peaches for You

Random Vegas
The story is legendary.  An FBI plane surveilling Tony Spilatro and friends circled so long that the plane ran out of gas and they had to make an emergency landing on the golf course, crashing into the water hazard.  This week, new owners, looking to better celebrate the history of the course, purchased that plane and reinstalled it into the water hazard permanently (8newsnow.com w/ an assist by Ted Newkirk of Access Vegas)
Twitpic of the week

Favorite part about this picture is the Stardust Easter egg, in my favorite portion of the sign’s animation, the neon outline surrounding each letter, with a black background, clearly distinguishable.  I love LED but nothing is more mesmerizing to watch than animated neon and flashing light bulbs.  That said, I hope some editing was done to this picture to highlight the neon because the pedestrians are really dark at the bottom of the photo.  While I’m not afraid of the dark, I do have to say, in this picture, Westward Ho looks like one of the #1 location to get yourself mugged on the strip; thanks for the heads up @_GrandPaD Between that and bad table beats, no wonder Vegas adopted the free attraction concept.
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