12.30.12 – Day 2 Snow Globe Festival

Here are today’s Snow Globe photos :-)

Robert DeLong started things out.  I quite like him.  Check out “Global Concepts” at this LINK!

Robert DeLongLazers (err lights) during MiMOSA.

LaZersA friend dropped off glowing things.

GlowThis is what happens to your water when it is 8 degrees F outside!

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12.29.12 – Snow Globe

What a magical place.  I was sent to the Snow Globe Music Festival, a festival that I have never heard of before a month ago.  It is full of beautiful people, awesome music, pretty lights, good vibes, and of course, snow.  It is easy to make friends in this place.  Smooth Productionz lent us some headphones so we could enjoy the silent disco from anywhere in the festival.  Thank you guys!  The girls we have working with us this weekend are awesome, the coordinators of the festival are really nice, the people working in VIP are really nice, local business owners are great, everyone is awesome, even the furry party goers.  Everyone wants to have a good time and that’s what they are doing :-)

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Silent Disco

12.27.12 – The Mountains

What a terrible day.  I cried for most of it which is why I passed out at 9 PM before I could eat dinner.  I slept for 11 hours, something I never do.  But, after every crying spell I still stepped outside into this beautiful world and smiled when I looked up at the tall pine trees.  The sky was blue and faded to black as the almost full moon rose out of the mountains.  Tomorrow, I will jump out into the snow and smile again.  The mountains and the smell of pine make me happy, even it’s only for a moment.

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12.26.12 – Que Sera Sera

Today I was reminded of a song that my mom used to sing to me when I was little.  This is a memory I remember on my own, no photographs, videos, nor stories told by other family members.  This memory is just me and my mom.  The song is called “Que Sera Sera” by Doris Day.  Click on the song title to hear the song.

Que sera sera, whatever will be will be, the future’s not ours to see, que sera sera

To this day, my mom is the smartest woman I have ever known.  I just wish she was still here to give me words of advice and sing her sweet songs.

I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

Christmas and the holidays are a time for family.  I think everyday should be a time for family, but it gets tough to have everybody – grandma and grandpa, aunts, uncles, parents, cousins, kids, second cousins, friends – over for dinner every night of the week.  This is why we celebrate holidays.  Sure Christmas has a historical meaning, sweet baby Jesus was born on this day, but it’s so much more than that.  Hell, not everyone who celebrates Christmas believes in Jesus anyway.  Christmas is recognized as a time to celebrate the love you have for those around you.  It may be the only time throughout the year when everyone can gather together around the same table and enjoy each other, cheesy potatoes, turkey, and grandma’s pirogies (they are the best).

Unfortunately, I was unable to spend Christmas with my family this year.  My family is the family that gets together for birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, summer vacations, multiple Christmases, baseball games, Saturday nights, Cousin Conventions, fishing trips, and any other event we can come up with.  As you know, my cousin just had a baby, Annie, who I would really like to meet.  I would love to give my cousin a big hug and tell her she is going to be the best mom in the world.  I missed the laughter, the hugs and kisses, the visit from Santa Claus, the food, spending time with my grandparents, the annual watching of “Piranha”, the secret Santa gift exchange, pulling each other’s hair in church, washing dishes, laying by the fire, letting my dog eat all the wrapping paper his heart desires, making my dad and brother try on their new outfits, and did I mention the food?  This is the second Christmas I did not get to spend with my family. I thought this year would be easier, but it hasn’t been.

There are always things that make being away from your family just a little easier.  You make the people around you your family.  Together you all eat an untraditional feast of breakfast for dinner even though you still, as tradition goes, stuff your face until your plate is empty.  You finagle the old 2 for 1 deal at the cinema and see “Les Misérables” in IMAX where the person you’re with doesn’t fall asleep during the 2.5 hour musical!  On a side note, go see “Les Misérables”.  You will love it if you are a musical fan and you will appreciate and actually like it even if you’re not.  “This is 40” is worth seeing as well.  Another way to make Christmas feel like Christmas when you are away from home and family is to play Santa Claus.  Make stockings full of goodies for your friends.  They will love the surprise when they open their doors in the morning, and you will feel the joy that comes with making some one smile.  Tell strangers “Merry Christmas”.  It makes them smile too and forces you to smile back.  Always remember to tell those you love that you love them, even if they are far away.

It’s a big deal, maybe even bigger than some of you will ever know, for me to miss Christmas, but I did what I could you make this year special.  I hope your Christmas was a special one too.  Thank you to those that spent time with me.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.

12.22.12 – Abracadabra!

It’s seems to me that happy hours are the cheapest way to eat in Las Vegas.  You can find a decent amount of them at restaurants on the strip or right off of the strip.  I initially expected to use Groupon a fair amount, but all of the restaurants listed on Groupon are far from the middle of things, too far for some one who does not have a car and doesn’t feel like hopping on a bus after work.  Vegas is hard to get around even if you do have a car!  There is always traffic, paring garages are a dangerous endeavor, and drunk people are everywhere.  Luckily, I have a friend here who was brave enough to drive to a happy hour down the road, and he just so happens to be lucky enough to have a friend that works the David Copperfield show.  I got to see the show from a spot that most people don’t even know exists.  I have always been one for the theatre and was happier just to be there than I was with the show.  Illusions are neat sometimes but even neater when you get the in on what is actually happening.  I’ll tell you something that is not an illusion and is nowhere near neat, I lost five bucks on a poker machine and five bucks on Starwars slots.  Can David Copperfield to pull my ten dollars out of a hat and give it back to me?

12.20.12 – Free Wine, Willie Nelson, and Thrill Rides on the Boulevard

I made a friend the other night while dining alone at a sushi bar.  The food was mediocre, but the company turned out to be wonderful.  This friend happens to work in the restaurant on the top of the Stratosphere.  Oh, by the way, I am in Las Vegas :-)  I am staying at the MGM Grand and that is where my journey began tonight.  Jon and I decided to make our way to the Stratosphere to visit my new friend and ride some thrill rides on top of the world.  The total distance of this journey is 3.3 miles <– map.  We deiced to see how far we could get on foot. This is Vegas!  There would be plenty of things to do and see on the way!  Many drinks and many hours later we made it to the Stratosphere.  It was time to celebrate  with wine and my new friend, but as it turns out, by the time we actually got to the restaurant my friend’s shift was over.  He went home.  Good thing there was a bounty of wine and fifteen dollar a piece thrill rides!  I finally summited the 1,148 feet to the observation deck and was flung even higher on the world’s highest thrill ride, The Big Shot.

The adventure home is another story that I will save for another day.

Below are some photos to accompany my Las Vegas Boulevard journey.  There are some other details worth mentioning.  I received free shots while dancing in a conga line.  I got hit on by a 40-year old woman who made me take a photo with her and Michael Jackson.  Michael Jackson then grabbed my ass and asked for my phone number.  Willie Nelson (‘s brother?) made it into my night and demonstrated the art of line dancing.  I discovered a hole in the wall restaurant that serves as much free house wine as you can drink while you are eating your dinner.

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Stratosphere