Saturday, December 1, 2018

E-285: Short Spurts

Random Vegas 
The green fees for the Wynn Golf course were $500 per golfer meaning the resort would only need 80 golfers to average the $40k per day (@MattLawson123) 

Twitpic of the week 

Here’s what I love about this week’s winner shared by @TonyIlliait looks like Americana.  This could be any random thoroughfare periodically found along route 66 that died with the advent of the highway system.  At first it isn’t even obvious that it’s Las Vegas until you spot the iconic Sands marquee at the side of the road.  But after that, while we know since this picture was taken in 1963, in the distance the Desert Inn, Last Frontier, Thunderbird, Stardust, Riviera and Sahara are all open.  At this moment in time, they fade into the backdrop of black and white desert landscape.  Something else you can’t see is what was on the horizon, because it’s out of frame.  Sitting just to the right and only 80% complete, the Landmark, the tallest structure in the city signaled the future of Las Vegas was larger than life.  Bigger was not only better, it would be required to attract guests to your property.  The Landmark’s very existence inspired the unmistakable additions of Howard Hughes future residence at the Desert Inn, the St. Andrews Tower, the iconic Stardust marquee and the 500-room cylindrical hotel tower at the Sands to the Vegas skyline before it was finished in 1969.