Tag: Las Vegas

Ricochetti Adventures in Vegas and LA

 

I previously posted about our hot weekend (113°F) in Vegas at FreedomFest 2017 whilst interviewing a treasure trove of luminaries, but I left off details and photos of our two meet ups from the weekend. The first, on Friday night was hosted by @addictionisachoice:

@cowgirl and Addiction Is a Choice are in the rear of the photo, with virtuoso pianist Hyperion Knight to the right of him, then me, @nicegrizzly, and @Whiskeypolitics Dave. On the other side of the table, @docjay is seated next to Cowgirl, and next to him we have three guests who will be joining Ricochet soon: Garin Bader, fantastic magician and pianist who performs regularly and is a friend of Hyperion’s, and Nancy and her daughter, Sarah.

Say Hello to the Las Vegas Raiders … Eventually

 

The NFL owners have voted (by a vote of 31-1) to allow the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. What’s not clear is exactly when the move will take place. A new $1.9 billion dollar stadium (which would make it the most expensive stadium to date) is planned to be built in Las Vegas but is not scheduled to be open until 2020.

The Raiders will play in Oakland in 2017 and have an option in Oakland for 2018. Whether Oakland will still want them in 2018 is probably an open question and, in any case, with the new stadium not ready until 2020, arrangements will need to be made for a stadium and a city to play in for the 2019 season.

This article from a week ago in the San Jose Mercury News discusses the business plan and economics of the move for both the city of Las Vegas and for the Raiders.

The Strip

 

If there is a quiet space, they will pipe in music to fill it.  Where the pipes don’t reach, the street performers swarm, busking for dollars (or $5.00 if you want to take your picture with them).  The smell is unmistakable: a combination of cigarette smoke, booze, competing cherry and vanilla air fresheners, salted foods, body odor, perfumes, and waffle cones.

The people are dressed to the nines, barely dressed at all (sometimes both at once), slovenly and uncouth, or just tidy and unremarkable, and all intermixed at once.  You cannot drive anywhere, but then people don’t drive except to show off their rides, so you walk and walk up and down the bright streets, over the elevated walkways, and through the gaming floors with their miasma of smoke and hammering noise.

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Most folks will be getting into town at some point on Friday afternoon or evening.  I am no Las Vegas pro.  If anything, I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-within-reason kind of girl.  In this spirit, I’m giving general ideas up for suggestion or change.  Suggestions will be taken before Wednesday next week.  After that, it’s too close to […]

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This is a really fun conference at a reasonably-priced hotel (I got my room for less than $100 per night).  Ricochetti interested in meeting up for meals, drinks and conversation, as well as hanging out with some well-known pundits can contact me for details; maygodawdy@yahoo.com.   If you’re interested in attending the conference here is […]

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The Debate That Was

 

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TDS-Logo-BLast night, CNN hosted the fifth Republican primary debate, held at Las Vegas’s lovely Venetian hotel and casino. There were, of course, two debates. But the one that people were interested in was the prime-time debate. Unfortunately for everyone involved (especially anyone who had to write about it after), the undercard debate didn’t finish until 8:12 pm ET and the primetime debate, scheduled for 8:30, didn’t start until later. The first candidate didn’t speak until 8:42. (Not that we were tapping our foot with annoyance or anything.)

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FreedomFest is the perfect event for Ricochetti to once again gather and solve the problems of the world amidst the glamour and fun of Las Vegas.  For those lucky enough to live within driving distance of Oceanside, CA, we have chartered a flight.  PM me for details if you want a ride; 4 seats left. […]

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The Vice Spiral

 

shutterstock_139513784The beauty of Ricochet is how one thought spawns another, a true ricochet of thoughts bouncing from one member to the next. David Sussman‘s post on Las Vegas got me thinking about the spiraling effects of lawmakers preying on their constituents’ weaknesses in order to wring every last available dollar out of them for, you know, the children.

Nevada has always been the industry leader. When divorce was a complicated procedure in America, Nevada filled the gap. In 1931, the state simplified its divorce laws and reduced its residency requirement to six weeks. They essentially created divorce tourism. By 1940, almost 5% of the total number of divorces filed in the US were in Nevada.

Divorce resorts cropped up everywhere, but especially in Reno. The town’s name became synonymous with the “quickie divorce.” In The Awful Truth (1937), Cary Grant quips, “The road to Reno is paved with suspicions.”

Vegas 2015: The Death of Cool

 

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Just got back from a four-day convention in Las Vegas. It was a microcosm of what Vegas has become. Like Las Vegas Boulevard, one block to the West, the entire LV Convention Center was filled with suits and multimillion-dollar booths blasting how great they were, numbing your senses.

I once lived there, from ’93 to ’97, as the city’s population grew from 800,000 to 1.2 million. As the city increased in size by 50 percent over four years, it was a grand time to have been in Vegas. Everything was fresh and new, and everyone was from somewhere else. I opened a business there, and eventually met my future ex-wife. I went to new restaurants and saw many of the greatest heavyweight fighters ringside–when boxing was also cool.

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Las Vegas turned into a great Girls’ Weekend thanks to renewing member Rex, who flew us out in his private plane on Saturday morning.  Anne Yenny, her sister Pat, and new member Andrea were joined Saturday afternoon by freshly wed Addiction is a Choice and the Mrs. as we lounged by the Golden Nugget pool. […]

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UPDATE:  We will all be meeting at the Grassroots Juice Bar at 124 S. 6th St. Ste. 160 Las Vegas at about 3:00 PM on Saturday.  Join us there before 3:30, as we’ll be moving along to adventures for the evening and dinner somewhere.  We are staying a the Golden Nugget, 129 E. Fremont St. Saturday night […]

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I will be conveniently located in LA between Jan. 14 and March 11.  If we want to do a Las Vegas meetup in February or early March, one possibility is to rent a very large private home (with a pool and kitchen!).  Vegas has dozens of properties available that are like mini-hotels that cost between […]

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