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Riding on an Inclinator

Is not as exciting as one might expect. Once you get used to the "ooo, it goes sideways," it's not any different than any other elevator (I thought it at least had glass walls so you could see out or something).

On the other hand, the Pyramid is kinda cool, if somewhat early 90's primitive - this internet connection, for example, is wireless, but I can't get it at night (which is why I didn't post this last night) and the signal strength is always "very low." There's no hookup at all for a wired connection, and the table I'm sitting at is the bathroom vanity 'cause there's no desk. There is a "business center" downstairs, but who wants to truck down there to make LJ posts?

Very busy yesterday. The main reason Mom wanted to come out here this month is because of the new show at Caesars - Bette Midler has taken over Celine Dion's position at the Colosseum and Mom LOVES Bette. She paid an OH-MY-GOD amount for tickets on the floor and, to be honest, Bette does an AWESOME show. In a few months Cher will be joining her (I think they're going to be alternating shows), and as I sat there waiting for the show to start, I thought to myself, "Wow, Bette Midler, Cher, and Elton John. Can Caesars BE any gayer?" and lo & behold, Bette herself did the same joke early in the show, even projecting a picture of the three of them taken back in the 70's, all in full Elton regalia. She'd called out to the audience, "where are my people, the Jews?" and got applause, then "and the Christians? They love me!" and got more applause, then "and where are the gays?" and the room positively exploded. I thought I'd seen more than a few gay couples strolling around here yesterday.

In short, it was a gloriously good show, and she does her level best to give folks their money's worth. I certainly couldn't have afforded it, but I sure enjoyed it.

Also got taken to see the "Big Elvis" show at one of the little casinos on the Strip, what used to be Barbary Coast (and is now "Bill's Casino"). I'm of two minds about this guy. On the one hand, he does a pretty credible job of singing the part, and he kinda looked it, too... except the man weighs about 400 pounds. Now, I know all the Fat Elvis jokes - but as Mom asked, since the backdrop show being projected on the screen was "Aloha From Hawaii" (see icon), "When was he in Hawaii?" to which I replied, "'73, '74." "But he was so skinny! I thought he was fat by then." Wrong. It was only the last year or so of his life when he got so heavy and all the jokes started; plus, Elvis really never got that fat - certainly not by today's standards of heavy. And he was very sick. Astounding that it still bothers me this much after all this time... but as impersonators go, not too bad.

Now I am VERY sore after trooping all over Vegas yesterday. I really need to consider the shoes I wear when I come here, the trouble is, my foot is still sore enough that my good gym shoes (which I never broke in before the surgery) are still a bit rough on them and I can only wear them for a short time (say, the amount of time for a workout). Fortunately, we have a massage in a few hours, and then I will sit in the hot tub/steam room for a while.

Of course, then I expect Mom to be fully refreshed and ready to start again.

I only have this weak connection for one day (they still charge for it), so I probably won't be back until I get home Sunday, unless I hit a hot spot at the airport (I didn't try at the Phoenix airport). And speaking of the Phoenix airport, I finally had one of those problems that everyone talks about - my flight was supposed to take off at 7:00 (and, due to the time difference, also land at 7:00), but our plane was late getting in from wherever it had been, so we didn't actually board until about 7:10, and then, about 7:30 or so, after everyone was finally on board and ready to go and our drink orders taken, they said there was a problem with one of the windows in the cockpit and there would be a twenty minute delay. I should have gotten my phone out and called Mom to let her know, but it was up in the overhead compartment, which were all closed, and buckled in, so I just dealt with it. We didn't land in Vegas until after 8:00, and Mom couldn't hear her phone ringing anyway, so while I called several times after I landed, I was actually standing in the Luxor before we found each other (oddly, I didn't hear my phone, either, although I have a loud ringtone and had it on my belt so I could get to it easily; I opened it to make another call and there was a voice message).

But there it is.

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evil_little_dog
Mar. 8th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
I want to go to Vegas some day....
wildrider
Mar. 9th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
It's fun. It's tacky and loud and crowded, but always fun.

evil_little_dog
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm ready for some fun in my life. /wry
cornerofmadness
Mar. 8th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
sounds like a great time. THe Luxor keeps sending me perk packages. I was going to go next week then mom pushed back her surgery to this week. sigh.
wildrider
Mar. 9th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you need to be out here. It was 74 degrees yesterday (I saw your storm on the news, of course).

I enjoyed the Luxor, although I really would have preferred NOT seeing Carrot Top's mug everyplace we went (including on my room key)...

cornerofmadness
Mar. 9th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
we got record snows! It's all melting today.

Oh tell me about it. Luckily my room key didn't have his mug, but rather the girls from Fantasies and they're much easier to look at.
wildrider
Mar. 9th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
I saw that! WOW. And I was amused by the stories of Roy and the other side of the door. Of course cats assume we control the weather, that's part of our job. *g*

Yes, definitely...

cornerofmadness
Mar. 10th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
it was pretty impressive.

Roy went out today and promptly rolled in the mud.
rahirah
Mar. 8th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, your mom called here to see if you'd taken off on time, and I told her that as far as I knew you had. Dumb airport...
wildrider
Mar. 9th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, well. I should have dug out my phone and made some calls, but I'm still not in the Cell Phone Mentality.

I should be home on time, though (knock wood).

ljs
Mar. 8th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Bette Midler sounds awesome. :-)

And good thoughts for the rest of your weekend, too.
wildrider
Mar. 9th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
She was great!

Thanks!
nutmeg3
Mar. 8th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Plus, Bette Midler used to date Peter Riegert, lucky broad!

Did I ever tell you the Fat!Elvis story the guide told us at Graceland?

Have fun - win big!
wildrider
Mar. 9th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Ah, I did not know that! He is cute.

No, you haven't - I don't remember anything they actually said at Graceland, I think I was too high. I need to go again sometime (especially now I can have the souvenir snapshot taken with me not weighing 260 pounds).

No big wins this time, but we did okay!
typographer
Mar. 8th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
When Barb mentioned you were in vegas, I almost posted to ask if you were going to see the Divine Miss M.


AND YOU DID!!!!!

I am so envious, I'm past green into some sideways dimension of ultra greenness...

I should go take a cold shower, then come pack to read the rest of you post, because I started squee-ing at the mention of Bette...
wildrider
Mar. 9th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
*g* It was a wonderful show! She did indeed look divine! She does a whole segment as Delores Delago, and a great bit as Sophie, all the classics, and all her big hits. Such fun.

Maybe you guys can get to see her while she's there; as she said a couple times during the show, "I'll be here forever!"

sillymagpie
Mar. 9th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great time, despite the shoe problems. Bette Midler would be fun to see.

I wonder how I would deal with an elevator that goes sideways--that's one of the things they do in my nightmares, and the results are never fun. Then again, in my nightmares, they often appear to be made from poorly tacked together sheets of cardboard, so...
wildrider
Mar. 9th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
You don't even notice it after a second. It wasn't unlike every other elevator in existence (and probably safer, really, since there's no way of dropping straight down).

Bette was astounding fun. :-)

And OH, the lions!!! They had two-year-olds, brother and sister, there this time, and I was there in time to see one of the feedings! FUN!!!
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