Sunday, October 15, 2017

Age of Chivalry

Good morning.
Yesterday we went to the Age of Chivalry Festival.

It was in Sunset Park on the south side of the valley.
It's a huge Renaissance festival. Much larger than the ones we've been to back in Michigan.

It wrapped around this entire lake!
It took nearly the entire day to walk around the lake once and see everything.
The weather was perfect! highs in the upper 70's. We've had a cooler than normal October, but still very nice. I'm walking every morning, and again with Craig and our coffee when he gets up.
Craig is cooking a big batch of chili today. We got 93% lean ground beef for only $3.47 a lb.
Yesterday was also the communities bi-annual yard sale. So we took in some of that on our morning walk before heading to the festival. Craig picked up a brand new copper skillet. He's been wanting to try it our after seen so much advertising about it. But they were nearly $30 in the stores and he got this one for $10. He also picked up a brand new sun shade for his Hyundai.
And that's all I've got for now....

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CAUTION>>>>An almost x-rated pic near the end of this post!

 Good afternoon.
Spent most of my birthday downtown on Fremont St. That's the old Las Vegas. Everything is close together, not spread way out like out on the 'strip'. I had 5 coupons worth $10 each for free slot play at 5 different casinos. We arrived around 1pm, parked the car and  walked a couple of blocks to Fremont street. That's the main street with most of the casinos. I think there's around 10-12 in the downtown area. All within a short walk of each other. Anyway, we got a drink and sat at the outdoor patio at the Four Queens and did some people watching.
 Then we headed to the El Cortez to use my first free play. Had no luck there, so then headed over to the Grand Hotel and checked into our room. This was the first time we've stayed at this hotel, and it was very nice! A spacious room and beautiful bath.
 here's a couple of views from our room on the 23rd floor.
Part of the downtown area and a view toward the northern edge of the valley with the Sheep Mountains in the background. We live just in front of those mountains. That's about 15 miles from our hotel.
After checking in, we headed back out and over to Binions Casino where I managed to get a few dollars profit from my $10. Then to the end of Fremont and The Plaza Hotel/Casino. I didn't do very good, but Craig won about $60. Then back down Fremont St to the 4 Queens where we both did well. After that, we headed back to the Grand, where neither of us had any luck.
So we headed back to the patio in front of the 4 Queens for drinks and people watching.
And this is where you'll see the almost x-rated pic I warned you about in the post title, so leave now if you don't wish to see this........
I wanted to post a pic of what you might see down here on Fremont. There are all sorts of people dressed in all sorts of costumes, and as you see, sometimes not much. They work the crowds for a few bucks. You 'pay' them to have your pic taken with them. And people do!
Anyway, after drinking too much and done people watching, we headed down the street to the new White Castle Hamburger place that opened 2 weeks ago. Got us 12 burgers and headed back to our room. They were soooo good! Love those little sliders!
So, we ate, gambled, people watched, and spent the night. We even came home with about $125 extra from the gambling. That pretty much paid for the food and drinks we had.   :-)
So a very nice birthday!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

full moon

Good afternoon.
Another beautiful day in the valley!
Here's some pics I took of the full moon on my morning walk yesterday......

It's amazing how big the mountains and moon look in person, but so small in pics.
It looked especially pretty with the sun lighting up the Spring Mountains to our west.
And here's a pic of little ole me with the full moon...
Finally got to the dentist. For being over a year since my last cleaning, they weren't too bad. Maybe my electric brush and regular flossing helped.    :-)
 Craig and I were impressed with the office, hygienist, and doctor. A very modern and progressive practice. We'll be going back.
Just booked a little trip for later this fall down to Oceanside CA. It's just about a 6 hour drive from Vegas. For some reason, this will be our first trip to southern California since we moved here. But probably not our last.   :-)
Not much else to say. It's nice and boring here.    :-)

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Vegas Strong

Good morning.
I've just returned from my morning walk. It's a cool 61 out this morning going up to the mid 80's. The strip shooting has dominated the news here since it happened Sunday night. The communities response has been enormous! Immediately after the shooting when the hotels near the event were locked down and people were sent over to the UNLV Thomas Mack Arena, People started showing up with water and food. After the hotels were reopened people came and took what was left to the various blood drives that were set up around the city. People waited in line 6-8 hours to donate blood. They received more blood than they could use and are now asking people to make appointments for future need. While people waited to donate, other people came and gave them water, snacks, and pizza. All the hotels are offering free rooms for victims and their families. Airlines are offering free flights for families. Nearly 8.5 million has been raised so far on their GoFundMe site.

 And all up and down the strip, this was on signs and marquees.
 Vegas Strong
 As with other horrific mass murders, the people of Vegas will not let the actions of one individual define their city. I'm proud to call Vegas my home.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Letting everyone know we are fine. We were not on the strip last night. Such a sad terrible tragedy.   :-(
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