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Shoehorn With Teeth

The Gold Nugget, Las Vegas, has the coolest pool in the world. See, here:




That's me, swimming with the sharks. I went down the water slide (that goes right through the tank!), too. Neat!!! I had a very relaxing weekend, as trips with Mom go. We did a little walking out, spent a goodly part of Saturday at the spa, and lazed Sunday by the pool. Late Friday night we went out on Freemount Street for a walk and to watch the Experience, when I started to notice a lot of rainbow things - necklaces, pennants, feather boas... and drag queens. And gay couples holding hands. Walking. Waving rainbow flags. I wormed my way through the crowd to find the Pride Parade Vegas 2007 had just ended! I was very sorry to have missed the fun - and that I wasn't there with my wife instead of my mother, who was not exactly understanding of the hoopla - she's fine with me, but she was dismayed at the very public shows of affection... especially in front of the weird, lone freaky protester who stood on the street corner a block or so away from the parade with a horrible sign about how Jesus hates gays (I can't remember the exact wording, but I DID want to go explain to her that Jesus never said anything about gays, but he said plenty about hypocrites who preach on street corners). Of course it would inspire a number of couples to kiss and grope in front of her. The skies did not open up.

I am reading a wonderful, poignant, pithy, hilarious book with intense lead characters, interesting supporting characters, filled with biting commentary on today's society (internationally, not just America), television, politics, people - it's so well written that sometimes it blasts me out of the story as I marvel at the simple ease with with the words are placed. It's Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson - yeah, the comedian/talk show host - and I have to agree with the reviewer blurb on the back that says, "After reading, you will know Craig Ferguson is not a talk-show host moonlighting as an author - it might be the other way around."

Some fun bits:

It was hard to be the minister of a snake-handling cult, after all. Other religions promised community and togetherness and the solace of communal worship, just like the snake handlers but without the rather unpleasant devotional duty of handling icky creatures that might well inject you with a highly toxic venom.

He had to get his snakes under the counter, you can't just buy a deadly snake in America, someone could get hurt. Anyway, if you really need something dangerous, get a gun. It's easy, it's cheap, and it's the American Way.

Then the music started again and the Reverend got down from on high and got a sleepy-looking snake out of a cardboard shoe box that had holes cut in it. He danced around, holding the snake in the air, trying to make it look more evil. (This was the snake's favorite part of the whole deal; if it had had vocal cords it would have gone "Wheeeeeeee," but like all good actors, it internalized the wheeeeee. Less is more.)

Brainyism was the latest funky religion that was catching on with the privileged and bored in the entertainment business in Los Angeles. A bit like the way Christianity caught on with upper-class Romans. Brainastics, or Boondtists, as they called themselves, were members of a cult that had built up in Hollywood around the teaching of a bankrupt ex-carnival roustabout who had died in the 1970's.

Like many people, mostly politicians, Vermont confused the legality of a substance with its addictive properties, forgetting always the biggest killer of all, alcohol, was legal, white, and sanitized for your convenience.

There's tons more great ones, but it would take hours to re-read the whole book and find them all (and I'm still a few chapters from the end; but I devoured this book).

So I got in at close to midnight and still had to get up and go to work today. It was a very fast day, though, thankfully, and I'll hit the hay as soon as Heroes ends.

Yay!

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cornerofmadness
May. 15th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
that is such a cool picture. I'm glad you had a great time
wildrider
May. 15th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks!
wisemack
May. 15th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Oh, coolness - I loved Craig's book so much I've read it three times now. It's one of those rarities that bears repeated handling, and just gets better each time. Glad you're enjoying it. ;)
wildrider
May. 15th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
I figured it might when I finished it last night and thought, "I need to re-read that." It left me with that "good book glow" where the thought of picking up another book doesn't quite match up somehow. There were passages where I was laughing out loud at the airport (and yesterday, at work when I was reading at lunch).

I suspect I may need to borrow some of nutmeg3's Craig icons, now. (Or get Tivo specifically to watch his show - to me he's still Mr. Wicke, from The Drew Carey Show...)
mustangsally78
May. 16th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Pride Parade Vegas 2007
Is kind of redunant.

I mean, Vegas is a 24/7/365 drag show of a town, isn't it?

I'm glad your mom is cool with your life, you are so lucky!

Dude, I'm a single, straight woman and I can't get my mom's approval for just about ANYTHING!! Maybe I should get down with my gay self so she has something to focus on!

Love to B and the people of fur.

Sal
wildrider
May. 16th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
Re: Pride Parade Vegas 2007
Well, yes, it IS a very gay town (although the fundies DO go, judging by a number of sour expressions I witnessed - and ignored).

It took me forever to get up the courage to come out to Mom, and when I did, naturally the response was basically, "Well, DUH." She doesn't approve of the public displays of affection, though; I told her when it ceases to be a big deal, then gays will cease to make a big deal. The conversation didn't go much further.

The people of fur give love back (and B, too!).

nutmeg3
May. 16th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
When you say the slide goes through the shark tank, you mean in a completely enclosed tube, right? And isn't Craig brilliant? I went to a reading he did in NYC when the book came out and left it more in love with him than ever.
wildrider
May. 16th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Yes, it's a fully enclosed tube. Of course! :-D

I'd love to hear him read it, although I have to admit, it "reads" in a Scottish accent, anyway. Geez, what a good book. I'd read it again right away but I've already lent out my copy so more people will read it. *g*

sillymagpie
May. 17th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
::GASP!:: Must go to Vegas and swim right NOW!
EEEEEEEeeeeeee!
wildrider
May. 17th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
Keen, innit?
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