Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sunrise

I managed to snap this on my way it work this morning (yes I was on time). This sunrise stood out to me this morning, I think because it's been so windy here and with all of the dust in the air. This photo is untouched.

Tomorrow is theme day stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

See No Donkeys

A view of Red Rock Canyon and look...no donkeys or burros. I'm telling you they don't exist, they are just an urban legend.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Getting Warmer..

Sometimes you have to stop and smell the donkeys. I was driving home today and drove right by this farm, I felt compelled to turn around and break out the camera. You see I am the ONLY Las Vegan who has never seen a single wild burro or donkey, out at Red Rock. So when I saw this donkey farm I had to stop. Besides that who could resist a donkey named Jacque Benny! I think this is a sign that I will soon see a donkey out at Red Rock Canyon.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sahara Hotel And Casino

Located at the north end of the Strip, on the way to Downtown Las Vegas is the Sahara Hotel and Casino. This is one of the older hotels, built in 1952. Bill Bennett bought it in 1995, he passed away in 2002. Bennett was famous locally for firing his family members. I never met Bill Bennett, but I had a friend who was the Vice President of the Sahara for awhile.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Friday, April 25, 2008

Downtown Reflection

This Downton reflection was shot from Main Street facing east. The Plaza Hotel and Casino's reflection,captured in another Downtown building. Happy Friday everyone.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dice Girls Mural

The Williams Costume Company located on 3rd St and Colorado downtown is where you will find this mural. The Fabulous Dice Girls were a big part of the El Rancho back in 1949.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

An Unusual Scoreboard

This is an interesting shot of a bulldozer. I can't even begin to imagine what they could be keeping score of on a bulldozer blade. Anyone want to take a guess as to what they're tracking?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Inmate #118060

Meet my new partner in crime, Inmate# 118060 AKA Suzie, sprung from the NSPCA yesterday afternoon. She was on death row at the Lied Animal Shelter before she was rescued and brought to the NSPCA , which is a no kill shelter. Many animals are ending up in these shelters due to the foreclosure crisis. This is also about the time of year, when shelters become over burdened with kittens. If you're looking for pet please try the shelters first.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Shadows On The Brooklyn Bridge

Early morning shadows on New York New York's Brooklyn Bridge. Shot facing north on Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip.)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Excalibur

A view of the Excalibur, located on the corner of Tropicana and the Strip. I've been away from home this weekend, makes me miss my castle. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Eiffel Tower Through The Trees Again

A different view of the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower. This is facing south on Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip). You get a glimpse of the statue of Abbot Suger too in this shot.
Hope you're having a great weekend.

Friday, April 18, 2008

MGM Lion

The MGM lion on the corner of the Strip and Tropicana. Wishing you all a happyFriday and a great weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Eiffel Tower

A view through the trees, shot from across the Strip on the sidewalk in front of the Bellaggio. This is Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower, this Paris Las Vegas replica stands about 540 feet, about 1/2 the size of the original.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Abbot Suger

Part of Paris Las Vegas, this is a statute of Abbot Suger. Abbot Suger is said to be responsible for the Saint Denis Abey which was the first Gothic style cathedral built in France during the 12th century.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sinister Smile

A shot of a Carnival character that adores the Masquerade village at the Rio. While I like this shot,(in a creepy way) she's kinda sinister looking to me. What do you think?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Pint Size Lady Liberty

This replica is about half the size of the original Statue of Liberty, which graces New York Harbor. Las Vegas' Statue of Liberty sits in front of the New York New York Hotel and Casino. Complete with a mini harbor and a NYFD boat, she sits on the corner of Tropicana and the Strip.



Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fun City


Fun City Motel was probably a happening place along time ago. From what info I could gather it was built in 1969 or 1970. This shot is from Sahara Ave.

As I was walking back to my car I was treated to a homeless guy and security guard going at it. The homeless guy was high on something and trying out his martial arts moves on the security guard. The security guard was chasing him with some sort of zapper and then threw rocks at
him. I was pretty shocked at the rock throwing, he didn't hit him fortunately. Las Vegas is not a fun city if you're homeless.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Sphinx

This the Sphinx above the entrance as you exit the tram that runs between the Excalibur, the Luxor, Mandalay Bay Hotels and Casinos. When we first moved here we had friends who stayed at the Luxor. I was surprised when we rode what I thought was an elevator to meet them at their room, was actually an inclinator.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Historic Las Vegas Home For Sale $1,850,000.00


This 6,260 square foot home is where Ted Binion was found dead. Ted's death was originally labeled a suicide; since Ted Binion had a penchant for heavy drinking and smoking tar heroin. His sister Becky thought this was BS and hired a private investigator. She eventually was able to get the DA to file murder charges against his girlfriend (ex stripper)and her accomplice (boyfriend).
So, the boyfriend gets busted 2 days after Ted's death 60 miles away from Las Vegas in neighboring Pahrump. The boyfriend emptying Ted's underground vault which contained a bunch of silver bars and coins which rack up to be about 7 million dollars. Ooops ,I forgot to mention he was emptying the vault at 2 am. Oh yeah it gets better, They both get convicted of murder,win the appeal,get another trial, and get convicted of lesser charges conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary and grand larceny. She is free and he is still in prison eligible for parole in 2009.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Local Color

Another shot of Binion's this is an entrance facing the Fremont Street Experience. While no longer owned by the Binion Family,there are many interesting stories about the Binion Family. I'll tell just one that I remember about late Ted Binion. I remember Ted Binion in trouble with the Nevada Gaming Commission, and having to undergo drug testing. Ted didn't want to lose his gaming license so he shaved EVERY hair off of his body. Ted eventual lost his license and was murdered. That's a story for another day.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

All Lit Up

Well, here we are all "lit" up. Yesterday I was going on about some of the old things I remember about Binion's. Please indulge me again. Up until 2004 it was named Binion's Horseshoe, now it's just Binion's. In the old days you never heard music in the casino, this time I heard music being piped in. Back in the day if you asked the bartender for a chardonnay, he would retort "a chardon who?"Really, I'll never forget that. I'm not willing to tempt fate, for fear it might come of a box or worse yet a jug with a screw top!





Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Almost Lit

One the Binion's signs at the Fremont Street Experience. Binion's has changed quite a bit over the years. No longer the home of the World Series of Poker, gone is the deli that served the best corned beef sandwiches (brisket too). Once the first Downtown casino to be carpeted, now is covered with Pergo floors.

Monday, April 7, 2008

SinCo

I ran into an old friend on Friday night, this is Lupe Ortega and his band SinCo. They were performing outside of Tinoco's Bistro part of the Arts Factory. SinCo plays rock n roll, latin and blues. SinCo performs every First Friday, if you're in Las Vegas for First Friday you have to check them out.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Little Dusty


This 1930's Depression era cottage is the home of A Little Dusty an antique and collectibles shop. A Little Dusty, located in the heart of Las Vegas' Art District at 205 E Colorado. Not quite open yet, but I did get a tour from Pam. They are in the process of painting (bright and cheerful colors) and getting ready to open. We will be sure to check them out next First Friday.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

All Dressed Up For First Friday



As we were walking around First Friday last night my friend said "look at that dog with the boa!" I smirked and proclaimed "I know that dog." That's Sugar, who also likes to wear bunny ears, especially when she goes for a ride in the car. You haven't lived until you witness Sugar being driven past you on the 95 wearing her bunny ears.

We had a great time last night and I have some more photos to share from last night. I ran into some old friends and made some new ones. Can't wait for next month.


Friday, April 4, 2008

Profile

This a view of the Luxor from the Excalibur's parking lot. I love the lines. Happy Friday.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Lights On The Brooklyn Bridge, Las Vegas

Early morning at New York New York's Brooklyn Bridge. I like that way the light bulbs looked. We will have to revisit this one evening to see them lit.

The Las Vegas Brooklyn Bridge is 1/3 scale of the original bridge without the East River.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Runner Up

Yesterday was Theme Day and the theme was water. This was my second choice. This is the very beautiful and lovely, Bellagio Fountains another MUST SEE when in Las Vegas.


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Theme Day Water

As I was roaming around the Arts District, I stepped off the curb, looked down, and there it was. To most people this is just a penny in a puddle. To me it's my Theme Day Photo. And yes I did pick it up! Check out these other cities:

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