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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Why I'm spending this weekend in my PJs...

I won't bore you with all the nuttiness of work over the past couple of weeks -- the very early morning and late night calls, disrupted sleep, etc.

No. Really, I'm just recovering from last weekend. And not just the errands and such.

Saturday night, Michael and I went to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley to see the fabulous Corinne Bailey Rae and John Legend. They were, indeed, both really fabulous. They even teamed up on a classic during his set -- "Where Is The Love?" -- though I think Michael and I may have been the only people there who were old enough to remember that 70's nugget.

Not so fabulous? The lawn at the Greek Theatre. It's very steep. Very. So steep that when I got there, and stood at the top of the lawn (after scaling an seemingly endless series of steps) scoping out seating locations, I realized that that was the only viable place to sit. That, and the bottom of the lawn, and that was full already. As I made the decision not to attempt to sit somewhere on the middle of the hill, a much younger and ostensibly nimbler gent proceeded to fall ONTO SOME OTHER CONCERTGOERS as he and his friends tried to get to a mid-lawn place to sit, confirming the wisdom of my choice.

This would be the theme of the night, watching people fall as they tried to navigate the incredibly steep grade of the lawn. I have a feeling the people who work there have security cameras trained on the lawn and get lots of laughs watching this spectacle. Happily, there was wine, good company, amazing performers, and a lovely view of the bay from the top of the lawn, so it was all good.

Sunday, I hopped on a plane to Vegas. For a day. I know. Sounds crazy, no? Hell, it's a short trip from here and worth the adventure to get to hang out with a Pirate who lives a million miles away but was vacationing in Vegas.

The thing I always forget about Vegas, though, is how long it takes to walk from place to place. Heading to the resort next to yours? It'll take you 15 minutes just to get from your room to the front door of your hotel, as all paths force you to pass through the casinos. And then to get from the front door to the actual street is another trek. It all looks like it's so close together but everything is so friggin' huuuuuuuge, it take forever to get around. Alas, we didn't make it over to the roller coaster at New York, New York...but we did head to the top of the faux Eiffel Tower (I stayed at Paris -- a fabulous hotel) and had dinner next to the faux canal in the Venetian. (Why are there no pictures? I forgot my camera. Dimwit. You'll have to be satisfied with his, once he gets his camera back. See, HE left his camera in Vegas...!) Oh, we even spent time in Margaritaville, talking over some terrible house band that was playing. Here's some advice: when the waitress tells you you've just ordered the strongest marg on the menu, believe her.

The other thing I always forget about Vegas is the cigarette smoke that's everywhere. You can't smoke in bars or restaurants in California, and I forget what it's like in places where it's still legal. My hair reeked of it a couple of hours after my arrival, and I wasn't even near anyone in particular who was smoking. It's just hanging in the air, and in the ventilation systems.

Still, it was great fun and one of the few times in my life I've just gone with an impulse. I need to do that more often.

Where should my next adventure be?

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At 15 April, 2007 16:10, Blogger Jon said...

You shall be punished for not taking your camera. I SOOOO want to take a 2-3 day trip to Vegas.

 
At 15 April, 2007 16:16, Blogger terry said...

punished?? what should my punishment be?

 
At 15 April, 2007 17:33, Blogger Blondie said...

I've always wanted to go to Vegas, but every time I investigate, it seems like it would cost me about a billion dollars to go. Flight, hotel, etc. I did fly through once and gambled in the airport. Vegas sounds like Chicago. If someone says they live 6 blocks away, it's actually over a mile. The blocks here are gigantic.

 
At 15 April, 2007 19:34, Blogger terry said...

yeah, blondie, i guess it's cheaper to get there from here. keep an eye out for bargains -- it's worth seeing this monument to excess at least once.

and i remember those long blocks in chicago from my single visit there.

 
At 15 April, 2007 19:49, Blogger The Savage said...

I'd have suggested Kansas City.. but hell....... it ain't that great...

Kisses and such....

 
At 15 April, 2007 20:10, Blogger What the Chuck said...

Hi T,

How AWESOME!

Glad to hear it was great fun!

XO

Chuck

 
At 15 April, 2007 20:36, Blogger terry said...

savage, there must be something fun to do in kansas city. aside from seeing you, i mean...

chuck, it WAS awesome! thanks!

 
At 16 April, 2007 08:55, Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

You'll have to wait a while longer for the pics, since my son went to the post office and turned right around again when he saw the two mile line for tax-return mailers...

But I promise that as soon as I can, I'll post pics of the ersatz queen and the artificial pirate hanging out in the faux tower...

Also, according to Rogers and Hammerstein: everything's up to date in Kansas City. They've gone about as fur as they kin go...

yeharr

 
At 16 April, 2007 10:25, Blogger Natalie said...

I am still laughing at those people falling down the hill. I'm not much of a gambler so that seemed more up my alley than Vegas

 
At 16 April, 2007 10:46, Blogger terry said...

pirate, i hear they went and built a skyscraper seven stories high...
about as high as a buildin' oughta grow...

natalie, it was quite a sight. i guess it's more accurate to say they were stumbling. the first guy fell.
and you don't need to be much of a gambler to goof off in vegas, though they'll try to make you gamble... hence all those paths through the casinos...

 
At 16 April, 2007 10:54, Blogger Natalia said...

Yes I was wanting pics of all the fabulousness too.

But it sounds delightfully lovely.

-N

 
At 16 April, 2007 13:44, Blogger terry said...

nat, it's all pirate's fault there are no pics.

hahahahahahaha.

 
At 16 April, 2007 19:28, Blogger Chelle said...

You should come to MIchigan!! ummm no wait.....boring!! lol I'll come ato SF.....

Glad you had fun in Vegas...I LOVE that place!

 

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