Hello From Las Vegas! – The 100F days continue to persist. Every time it appears we’re done with them and 90’s are on the horizon, a few of them pop back up again. This week’s South Point 400 NASCAR race looks like it took the record for being the hottest ever start to a NASCAR race. Having said that, we’re finally headed into a more seasonal low 90’s for the last two weeks of the month.
Speaking of sports, it was a HUGE sports weekend this previous one. Besides the race, we had the big Calelo vs. GGG 2 fight on Saturday night. Followed by the Vegas Golden Knights dropping the puck on their preseason on Sunday evening. (The VGK beat Phoenix handily, although it obviously doesn’t count towards anything).
By the way, we have awesome Vegas Golden Knights seats. I didn’t say cheap. I said awesome. You can check them out at Vegas Golden Knights Tickets. Snag some to take in the action during you next visit, or check out the schedule and availability and plan a guys trip to see your team play ours!
Long Wait To Be Seated? – So, it is a busy weekend or during a big convention, you have your heart set on a certain nice restaurant here, and they tell you that it is a long wait. We have a primary and secondary solution:
1. Use Open Table and make a reservation before you head to the restaurant. Even if the restaurant is simply in the hotel you are staying at. They might have a reservation 30 minutes from now. Grab it. That means 30 minutes from now, instead of waiting some more with all the people who are waiting, you can waltz up and say “We have a reservation”. This isn’t fool-proof. But it can’t hurt to try. We’ve heard tales of good success!
2. See if there is space at the bar. Obviously, this isn’t going to work if you are looking for a romantic meal, or if the restaurant features a view you are particularly interested in. However, if your visit is focused around trying the food, you’ll usually get the same menu. Plus, you’ll actually get quicker and more personalized service as the bartender is right there in front of you.
Told You So About The TSA – Longtime readers know I’m not the biggest fan of the TSA. They are a bunch of rent-a-cops who have an over-inflated opinion of themselves. (Side Note: I’ve never had a run-in with them or anything. I just don’t like anything which makes travel more of a hassle). I’ve always noted — with confirmation from friends who have worked in aviation — that if someone wants to bring down a plane, or wreak havoc, they can find a way to do it. And, after 9/11, terrorists know that if they want to hijack a plane, the entire plane is probably going to attack them.
My notions were recently confirmed when that airport worker stole the passenger plane in Seattle and went for a joyride until he crashed it. He could have run it into a building. I understand there was a big stadium event also happening at the time. Take it from someone who has a 20+ year Flight Simulator hobby. (I even have a computer dedicated just to “Flight Simming”). The basics of flying an airplane are not super-hard to learn.
Unfortunately, we’ll never get back to the days when you could meet your loved ones right at the airline gate, or show up and the airport 20 minutes before your flight and still make it on. However, you are still far more likely to die on the drive to the airport than you are during the flight. Regardless of cause. I say we vow to enjoy life and stop trying to protect ourselves to the point life becomes cumbersome.
No More 5 Cent Beer – We have bad news and good news. As The Flamingo has been phasing out the Margaritaville Casino, swept out the door was the nickel beers from 5-6 PM. This has been replaced by a two-part happy hour at the bar in the same location:
50 cent beer
$1 Light Rum Punch
$5 Sauza Martaritas
$3 House Shots (you’ll need to ask what is covered).
$3 Coor Light or Miller Light drafts
$5 Sauza Martaritas
$3 House Shots (you’ll need to ask what is covered).
$8 Padron Reposado Single Barrel shot
$9 32 oz. domestic draft
Also, along the same lines: Casino Royale no longer has their $1 Michelob beers. (Which had gone up to $2 in recent months). They now offer a variety of beers for $3. Still, in an era when a beer at most Strip casinos will cost you double (or more) of that, and where the $18 cocktail is turning into the $21 cocktail, they have the cheapest drinks on The Strip.
Honorary Mention: A best kept secret is the Stage Door bar, which is on Flamingo just past the end of The Cromwell parking garage. (Stand on The Strip, look east down Flamingo, and note where the monorail track is. That’s where it is at).
This isn’t for the hoity-toity crowd. However, it is a decent, safe environment. Specials are always subject to change, but as of this spring, they were offering $1 Michelob, $2 Corona, $5 shots of Jim Beam’s more premium brands (Black, Double Oak, Devel’s Cut, Rye) and similar. They also have a longstanding special of a beer and a 1/4 pound hot dog for $3. Seriously… it is worth the 4 minute walk from The Strip.
Hope you are enjoying this issue!
Ted Newkirk, Publisher
Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley
Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler
Lady Gaga is heading to Las Vegas for a residency in December and offering fans two kinds of shows. The singer announced Tuesday that she will kick off the first of 27 performances at the Park Theater on Dec. 28. “Lady Gaga Enigma” will highlight the pop star’s biggest and upbeat hits, while “Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano” will feature more stripped-down songs. Tickets go on sale Aug. 13.
The food hall to end all food halls now dishes out hot chicken, pork sandwiches, Vietnamese chicken wings, doughnuts, and sushi and hand rolls. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ new dining hall Block 16 Urban Food Hall takes over the second level of the resort, near Marquee, with a roster of dining outlets new to Las Vegas.
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The Palace Station Casino on Sahara has been around for more than 40 years. Recently, they’ve done some major renovations, and now now they’re celebrating the new improvements with a grand re-opening celebration just in time for Labor Day.
The newest addition at The Mirage is making quite the splash. Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat welcomed a female bottlenose dolphin calf at 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 11. “The new calf is a welcome addition to our family and will serve as an adorable educational ambassador,” David Blasko, director of animal care at The Mirage, said in a press release.
My husband and I were ‘long hauled’ while in Vegas this week. A trip from the airport to the Stratosphere ran almost $35. Had we not been exhausted at the time, having travelled from the East Coast, I would have reported it or at least complained. Which made us wonder…would it have made any difference? I know these type of complaints are on the rise, but are they taken seriously? Would the driver have been reprimanded, or would we have been entitled to a refund?
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While many of you are now taking Uber or Lyft (which I also love, and which we highly recommend), for various reasons many are still using taxis. So, I thought this would be a good time for a refresher course.
– We STRONGLY suggest taking a picture of the outside of the cab before you get in. Noting the cab company name, their number and (very important) the number of the actual cab you are getting into. For two very strong reasons: 1. If you leave something in the cab (left my wallet in one once, don’t think it won’t happen to you), this will allow you to get on the phone ASAP, contact the cab company, and tell them exactly what cab it was. 2. If you are long-hauled (taken a longer way to run up the fare), you’ll have the info so you can make a complaint.
Unfortunately, in re-researching this, I found out that the Nevada Taxicab Authority no longer offers a phone number you can report the incident to. (I’m alerting a couple of reporters I know at the Review-Journal about this change). You actually have to go online to taxi.nv.gov/Complaints/Complaints/; and download a form. Which can be emailed or postal mailed into the authority. Using the info you saved from your phone.
– Drivers at least used to be reprimanded after three complaints. I’m not sure of the current status.
– If you get long-hauled, take an additional picture of the placard with the drivers info on it. When you get to your destination, ask them why they took the long way. Tell them that you have all of their info and will be filing a complaint with the taxi authority. See what they are willing to do for you. (IE, cut the price to make up for it or similar). Don’t tip them.
– If you are not so much one for confrontation or you are simply too worn out to deal with it, nothing is stopping you from filing the complaint once you get home. Revenge is sweet!
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