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Farewell to Bristol

It is with great regret that I must inform you that Tourdion will not be back at Bristol this season. The new management only contacted us now, at this late date, to offer us a single weekend appearance, unfortunately, on a weekend that isn’t available to us.

Tourdion has been a part of the show for the past 11 seasons, through thick and thin, and we are saddened that we won’t be seeing our incredibly supportive friends and fans for what would have been our 12th straight year.

Have a great season, everyone. We’ll miss you.

20 Important Albums Meme

As usual no tagging from me—got this from Ken Pfrenger on Facebook...
Think of 20 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 20 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you're it!

Don't make too much fun! Feel free to guess (or ask) why particular albums are there.

In no particular order, and I included the original release dates for fun:

1. Joe's Garage: Act 1 - Frank Zappa (1979)
2. Discipline - King Crimson (1981)
3. Meet the Beatles - The Beatles (1964)
4. M. F. Horn Vol. 1 - Maynard Ferguson (1970)
5. The Wall - Pink Floyd (1979)
6. Kiss Alive II - Kiss (1977)
7. Stan Getz & the Oscar Peterson Trio - Stan Getz & the Oscar Peterson Trio (1957)
8. Druid Wood - Celtic Stone (1984)
9. So - Peter Gabriel (1986)
10. 1984 - Van Halen (1984)
11. Blow Up - The Smithereens (1991)
12. A Wild and Crazy Guy - Steve Martin (1978)
13. South of the Border - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1964)
14. Dizzy Gillespie in Paris Vol. 1 - Dizzy Gillespie (1953)
15. Freedom of Choice - DEVO (1980)
16. Get the Knack - The Knack (1979)
17. Haymarket Minstrels - Curtis & Loretta (1989)
18. Dream Police - Cheap Trick (1979)
19. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC (1976)
20. Setting Sail - Tourdion (1998)

Wow, this is really a microscopic number of albums that were/are important to me—to force some variety, I purposely limited myself to one title per artist.

Tag "This" – 25 random things meme

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

I'm answering since I've been tagged by various people on Facebook, and have seen it here on LJ many times—but mainly because I'm just really fried and need a diversion at the moment. So, here are my 25, however, I'm not tagging—feel free to do it if you feel like it.

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Las Vegas Love

So jesslin  and I are back from only our second-ever trip to Las Vegas, and we're already planning the next one. We picked a great week to go, especially since the weather was less than ideal here at home while we were gone—suffice it to say that it was clear, sunny, and cool (40s-50s) in Vegas—just beautiful. It's also funny to think that two people that don't really party very much, don't go clubbing, aren't really into gambling (other than poker for me), don't care for crowds or masses of stupid drunk people, or care about anything trendy, fancy clothes, or...etc. REALLY enjoy the place—but we do.

This trip, we stayed at the Mirage, since out main objective was to see Love, and that's where it plays. It's a great hotel, relatively not too expensive, good service, good food, and has a great location on the strip, but other than the poker room, its casino is nothing special and only offers rather high minimums at it's table games, and has far too many evil 6/5 blackjack tables. There are some standard 3/2 tables, but they are dealt out of the multideck auto shuffle shoes only. Oh, and the new version of the Mirage Volcano is awesome (see below), as is the Secret Garden with its lions, tigers, leopards, and dolphins (didn't expect the free show there, either, the dolphins were a bit frisky—got to witness 'hot dolphin sex' O.O—even more amusing since there were a bunch of families there at the time—explain that one to your 7-year olds, HA!) definitely one of the highlights of the trip, and I can't forget to mention the utterly outstanding milkshakes at BLT Burger.

We also managed to catch the Fab Four Live, to further help get in the spirit for Love, and wow, these guys were great, and that's coming from someone who has been a rather serious Beatles fan all his life. It helps when the musicians are real fans, themselves. It was also proof that some of the "second tier" shows in Vegas are still very-much worth seeing.

So, about Love: Jesslin and I are both fans of Cirque du Soleil already, so we expected a good show, but Love is truly a special one—not anything we expected, but in a very, very good way—a bit more dance and story oriented, and of course the tribute to the Beatles music—especially their message. There was so much going on, we're sure we missed a bunch of things—truly an amazing experience.

OK, what else...unexpected Hindu shrine in Caesar's Palace garden area, Star Trek TOS Slot Machines, the Dueling Piano Bar at Harah's, Perfect Margarita's at Margaritaville and a kickin' house band, the Bird Habitat at the Flamingo, Lions at MGM, the Shops at Caesar's, Planet Hollywood, and the Venetian, the odd concept of the new City Center still in the works, big empty holes where the Frontier and the Stardust used to be, the new Pallazo and Encore hotels, winning swag, free slot tourneys, etc., etc., etc., a lot more I'm sure I'm forgetting already, too many miles put in on the shoe leather, too many miles put on the credit cards, too few hours of sleep...too much fun...too long a wait until we can go back. (Sorry, too lazy to make links to everything—if you want to find something and can't, let me know.)

So, here are just a couple pics, and a bit of video I took of the Mirage Volcano from our room...

The view from our room at the Mirage:

One of the Lions at MGM:

Looking North on the Strip at twilight:

May post more later as the brain continues to digest everything.