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August 11, 2008

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Mike W

At the risk of becoming a Herculodge syncophant, I completely agree with you about LV. I went there once, in '99 for a bachelor party, and thought the whole place looked like a set from the old Twilight Zone series. Everything looks flashy from a distance, but walk up to it, and it turns into paper-mache.

Almost all of us on the trip worked full-time in Manhattan, but we wound up going to that little simulacrum of Gotham they put up. Kind of odd.

LV just made me want to go to someplace else, someplace real, Austin or Taos or rural New Hampshire or wherever.

The whole vast enterprise is premised on the notion that we never rise above our basest instincts, our bodily functions, our crass material needs. And those shabbily-dressed throngs of chain-smokers at the slot machines with the big plastic cups of coins - have you ever seen a sadder-looking collection of lost souls?

Sorry, you can have the soapbox back now.

jeffrey McMahon

Mike, at one point I thought LV was Hades and indeed I thought of a Twilight Zone episode with Sebastian Cabot as the Devil ushering lost souls in Hell as hedonism.

Jeff

Mike W

Always loved that episode. An evil Mr. French in a white suit..."This IS the other place!"

How you gonna beat that?

jeffrey McMahon

That was my favorite episode. My favorite part is when the bank robber, after he's overcome with ennui in the pleasure palace, says, "This is heaven, isn't it?" and Mr. French laughs devilishly while the camera descends into his flaming esophagus.

Ed S.

A nicer South Bay trip is Catalina Island..."26 miles across the sea." You must be sea-worthy to make the one-hour journey, however...no landlubbres with fluttery stomachs.
But for a day or two, it's great to go back to the 1940's and be miles away from traffic, crowds, and everyday concerns, surrounded by the prettiest bay of turquoise water you'll see on any exotic isle. Be sure to take the Submarine ride.

Tom Welch

There's a small town off I-40 in eastern Arizona that I once stopped to eat lunch. When you walked into the Denny's Resturant you felt you were in the Twilight Zone. I was expecting to see Rod Sterling come walking through the front door.

gerald j

definitely looks like the bar scene in star wars! if its up to me,, when hell freezes over baby! me in vegas that is.

gerald j

oh, got a vacation suggestion for you, sea islands of south carolina, kiawah,or seabrook island perhaps. i grew up here and im a little biased! they have a river cruise that takes you along the intracoastal waterway from charleston down to, and stopping over in savannah and then down to jacksonville and back. absolutely beautiful panaroma from a smallish river cruiser with private balconies. i did it two years ago,, heaven man.

jeffrey McMahon

Gerald,

Gerald,

That does sound nice. There's a mystery about the south that makes your idea sound compelling.

Tom,

Many parts of the south west seem haunted by ghosts from the wild west and indeed have a Twilight Zone feel.

jeffrey McMahon

Ed,

I've gone to Catalina about 7 times or so since I was 14, having grandparents in San Pedro.

It was essentially a girl-watching endeavor(the ferry boat being a rather smoldering experience) at the time and sadly that's about all I can associate it with.

But now I'm sure I could soak in the tiger sharks and sea horses through the glass-bottom boat.


Leeds Escorts

Wow, you've got lovely pictures here. Looked like you really had a good time in Vegas with all the fun there and some kind of "services" that the city offers. ;)
By the way, those M&M's are just cute.

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