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Friday, October 30, 2015

Viva Las Vegas!

Before I get started on Vegas I wanted to share an update on my last blog.  My computer problems are not as behind me as I thought.  Turns out that I got my laptop back with NO WORD PROCESSING PROGRAM!  AHH!!  I have no idea how it got deleted but Microsoft Works is GONE.  Sad.  But, Felicia Lynn may be coming to my rescue on that one.  Phew.

But now . . . on to Vegas!  I don't know about you, but I love vacations!  Especially when you're going from somewhere cool to a warmer locale.  And, that's just what I did last week when I went from New Jersey to Las Vegas.
I hadn't seen my friend Deb in several years since we live on opposite sides of the country and we decided Vegas was the perfect place to meet for a few days of fun.  We both started playing MyVegas a few months prior to the trip which earned us buy one/get one on the monorail.  We're both going to keep playing so we can put the points toward a discounted room rate for next year.

If you've been reading for awhile you'll know that I do love my shows.  I've been addicted to live theatre for as long as I can remember and I probably always be.  Deb and I arrived around dinner time on Wednesday and left early Saturday morning.  During that time we packed in five shows.  Penn & Teller at the Rio , Vegas! The Show  at Planet Hollywood, Tony & Tina's Wedding at Bally's, Showstoppers at the Wynn , and Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah's.

This was the fifth time I'd seen Million Dollar Quartet.  I'd seen it twice on Broadway, once Off-Broadway, and once on tour.  Out of those five times I got to see Victoria Matlock four times and I'm always happy to see her.  She's tremendously talented and artistic.  She was recently part of a successful Kickstarter campaign for the movie Meet Love Hope and I can't wait to see the fruits of those labors.

Not only did I get to see Victoria but I also got to see Derek Keeling as Johnny Cash.  He did the tour but had left the role before it came close to me.  So, I'd heard good things about his portrayal but had never been able to see it myself.  I was so happy to finally say I saw him take on that great role.  And, I hope it's not the last time either.

But, back to Vegas.  Deb and I stayed at the Excalibur and I don't think we spent much time there except to eat, sleep, and change.  We definitely spent more time out of the hotel than we did it in.  Maybe next time we'll actually check out some of the shows there.

We stopped by the Flamingo  to see the flamigos, MGM Grand to experience CSI and solve the crime (which we did).  MGM is the start of the monorail and the closest stop to our hotel.  So, we ended up spending a lot of time there.  We were even talking about staying there next time so we can be closer to the monorail.  And, I don't have to go as far if I leave my ticket in the room (which I did one night *sigh*)

All in all we had a lot of fun even if we came back from our trip very tired.  It was worth it to see a friend after a long time and have a lot of great, new experiences.




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