Saturday, December 2, 2017

Two meals in the last full day in Las Vegas

Brunch was our traditional stop at Bouchon, Thomas Keller's wonderful bistro.  We enjoyed mostly breakfast foods, but we always split the pastry board.

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Dinner took us to Jaleo, Jose Andre's Spanish restaurant in the Cosmopolitan, another traditional stop of ours.  No trip there would be complete without some Jamon Iberico de Bellota Fermin and some pan con tomate.

Wow, was this a delicious combination--and my most frequent snack in Barcelona whenever I can get it.

In between, we walked shops, people-watched, and had a little gelato. 

After dinner, we took in the La Reve show at the Wynn.  A magical, water-based show, it was a great conclusion to a fun trip. 

By the way, for those who noticed, I am posting this Sunday morning because I had to get up in the sixes and so crashed as soon as I could after I returned to the room and caught up on work.

Sunday goes to flying home!

Friday, December 1, 2017

A fight that was a privilege to watch

Earlier tonight, I was fortunate enough to get to see live the fight card that was the finale of this season of The Ultimate Fighter.  The final bout was a match between Nicco Montano and Roxanne Modafferi.  At stake was not only the title of being this season's Ultimate Fighter, but also the right to be the first UFC women's flyweight champion. 

The fight was one I felt privileged to watch.  Montano and Modafferi went to war for five rounds in a match that showed skill and heart and determination.  If anyone still believes women can't be great mixed martial artists, they need to watch this fight. 

I was rooting for Roxy Modafferi, and though she lost, I still admire her.  I hope she gets another chance at the title.  I also very much like Montano, and she earned the belt fair and square.

The whole fight card was strong, but this championship bout was amazing. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vegas highlights today

I'd write more, but it's late, and I'm tired.  Today's features included...

A simple but tasty lunch from the Bouchon Bakery in the Venetian.  Their ham-and-cheese baguette is delicious.

A fair amount of walking, as usual, including time in the Bellagio.  Alas, the Christmas scene is still under construction.

More work than I should have done.

The WOW (World of Wonder) show at the Rio.  I should probably write a review of this one, but for now suffice to say that I enjoyed it, but it's nowhere near Cirque's level.

A lovely dinner at Craftsteak, which is as reliably good as always.

Now, to rest!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Travel day tale in seven snippets

I'm now in Las Vegas.

First-class flights were wonderful. 

Walked about 4.5 miles today, a surprising amount in airports.

Shake Shack remains the best chain burger.

The people watching here remains amazing.

Blue Man Group makes you happy and leaves you smiling, even as you wonder why. 

Loud drums are wonderful. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Heading to Las Vegas

Wake-up comes in the sixes, which is a horrid time for me, so I'm keeping this short.  When I next write, it will be from Las Vegas.

In the meantime, enjoy this song, which has been on my mind since I watched the first episode of the second season of the completely insane and wonderful Preacher TV show.

What's not to like in this tune?

Monday, November 27, 2017

A quick quiz about the upcoming Death Wish remake

If you haven't seen the trailer, check it out first.

Now, the quiz:

1.  Did anyone really need this movie?

2.  Will you go see it?

3.  Who looks less life-like:  Bruce Willis in this one, or Charles Bronson in the original?

In case you're wondering, my answers are obvious:

1.  Absolutely not.

2.  Absolutely yes.

3.  Willis by a bit, but, really, as long as they're shooting, who gives a hoot? 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Why I haven't told a story at The Monti's StorySlam in a long time

Enough folks have asked me about my absence from the local StorySlams by The Monti that I thought I'd answer the question here.  Though it would be more interesting to say I had given up in frustration at not winning, or that I was having some sort of feud with the organizers, the truth is simpler and more boring:  with one exception, I haven't been in town during an event in months and months. 

The next one, for example, is this Wednesday, when I'll be in Las Vegas.  My travel schedule this year has been particularly brutal, so I've missed almost all of the events.  The one exception I can recall was an event the day after I landed from Europe, and by the time I noticed it and decided to go, it was sold out. 

I do plan to go back at some point, because I enjoy telling stories in that format, but right now, I have no idea when I will.  I'm home most of December, but then the next two months are chock-a-block with trips. 

I'll try to remember to let folks know here the next time I manage to attend. 


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