Sunday, July 14, 2013

Back to Las Vegas

Haven't been posting for a while, due to lots of travel. Had a trip to LA for business, we just got back from Paris, and at the very start of the summer we took our goddaughter and a friend of hers to the Bellagio in Las Vegas to celebrate their college graduation. So I need to get back in the saddle, so to speak.  I did a post on LA, so let's tackle Vegas.

We wanted to give our goddaughter and her a friend a real experience, so we started off with the stretch limo to the airport. However, the fun really happened in Vegas where our guests partied hard for the weekend. For Jim and I, there was the usual gambling, eating, and shopping. The girls and I rode the New York, New York roller coaster. I couldn't get Jim to ride it though (last time it banged his head around pretty hard). So instead, I coerced him into doing one of those video, lip syncing booths in the arcade. By the time he realized I would likely post the resulting, it was too late (insert scheming, villainous laugh). Of course, I was thwarted by the proprietary software used to create the video. I'll have to cam it.

Anyway, the highlight of the trip was taking the girls to see Mystere, as they had never seen any Cirque. We had a surprise treat in that Jim became an inadvertent part of the show. Some people question whether those audience members randomly selected to participate in the show are plants in the audience, but I can tell you they are definitely not. Jim would never have volunteered for this sort of duty.

Before the show started, the 'clown' was wandering through the audience messing with people. He started tossing popcorn at people for them to snap up with their mouths. When he came by Jim, he tried a few times but remained unsuccessful in getting him to catch the popcorn. Poor Jim had to take the brunt of the clown's frustration, as he dumped his popcorn all over Jim!

Then he went off and got another, much larger, box of popcorn and came back over. After a few moments...dump! It was really very funny, and it was perfect that it happened to Jim because he's not the kind of guy who likes to be 'center stage' like that. Still he bore it like a trouper.

So we had a great deal of fun in Sin City and managed to give the girls a great weekend after four years of hard work.

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