Viva (Retro) Las Vegas

Christy and I are having an awesome time in Las Vegas! After I won $500 on the first $20 I put in a slot-machine at the MGM Grand (had to brag), we went to the Golden Nugget Casino to take a photo. I had one taken there on a family vacation in 1970 with my mom holding me in front of the casino sign, so I wanted to get a new photo to send her from 2011. 

The Golden Nugget is a cool old casino that’s decorated with hand-blown golden glass art and chandeliers surrounded by dark wood. We loved the energy there. It was very laid back, with normal looking people relaxing and having fun, so we decided to look around the area.

We had no idea about the amazing time we’d have on Fremont Street! It’s the street in Vegas where a row of classic casinos are covered by a huge arched canopy. Millions of lights are attached to the canopy. At night, the lights display video images as you hear music fill the 4-block area. It’s a sight you have to see, but the best part is the people watching experience. Performers sing, dance and play music. People dressed as cartoon characters, famous actors and singers, and an infinite number of Elvis impersonators, stroll around and take photos with you for a tip. Visitors (hate the word “tourists” for some reason) also join the show. They dance and sing along while others watch and smile.

Last night there was a big production by MTV Online Music Awards. Imagine seeing a dazzling light show and music videos displayed on a 4-block video screen above you while watching a live concert. Of course, I was drooling a bit over their production equipment that included a 40-foot video crane!

I had many favorite moments, but two stood out. The first was when they played “American Pie” (the classic version) while thousands of happy revelers sang along on the street. People were flying by above on zip-lines silhouetted against that amazing video display! My other favorite moment was seeing Rick Daly, stilt-performer-extraordinaire dancing to hip-hop music played by a DJ. There were girls on stage in sexy outfits, but when Rick danced in the audience, he stole the show! (Video of Rick and other fun stuff coming soon)

There were showgirls, margaritas, street artists and lots of souvenirs to buy. It was a fun, memorable experience to share with Christy! We’re going back tonight after we see Steve Martin in concert. Ah life is good 🙂

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