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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-03 06:25
Subject: [personal] Miscellaneous updatery from high above the Strip
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Tags:books, calendula, child, kalimpura, kauai, las vegas, personal, travel, work, writing
Yesterday was a mighty full day at the Day Jobbe trade show here in Las Vegas. Afterwards, I went to dinner with friends here at Picasso's in the Bellagio. The conversation was wide ranging and excellent, and the food was, well, nigh indescribable.

ZOMG, that was the finest meal I've eaten in years. It began with an amuse-boche which was a tapas-style chicken fritter, followed by a roasted quail and field greens salad, followed by foie gras steak and braised pineapple followed by fallow dear medallions with pickled cabbage and new potatoes, followed by an absolutely bizarre and wondrous dessert of chocolate truffle beignets plus chocolate-dipped peanut butter ice cream, plus part of one my fellow diners' cheese plate.

I blew my diet from here to Mars, but wow. Back to virtue today.

Odd, unhappy dreams last night, first of [info]calendula_witch, then of me and Mother of the Child involved in some madcap blues music adventure with Charles Barkley wearing a Don King wig.

In retrospect, I'm not sure I should have eaten that meal after all.

Also, I did manage to squeeze in an hour of effort on Kalimpura revisions, just barely.

Walked the Strip this morning again in the other direction, toward Mandalay Bay. Not quite as obnoxious as yesterday's walk, and I continue to admire the architecture. Though in truth the Luxor mostly makes me think of the Tyrell Corporation.

Even more full today — including the closing reception I think I'm working about 12 hours straight through. A facilities tour tomorrow, then flying home just in time to hop it for Kauai on Thursday morning with [info]the_child.

Be well, write more, stay busy, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

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ubiquitous_a: chihuly-blue
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2011-05-03 14:34 (UTC)
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Ooh! The Bellagio has an amazing installation of Chihuly art glass, I believe in the lobby!

You should definitely take pictures. :)
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User: dionysus1999
Date: 2011-05-03 14:35 (UTC)
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Took my first trip to Vegas with wife and brother-in-law at the end of January. It was Chinese New Year, rabbits were everywhere.

BIL took us to the Palm, Caesar's Palace, I think. The food was amazing.

Walking the strip is a surreal experience. I enjoyed the desert trips and Hoover Dam more.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2011-05-03 14:49 (UTC)
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My one and only trip to Las Vegas (to date) what pleased and astonished me was the people. The Elvis impersonator and the drag queen slow dancing at a club (both smoking prodigious cigars). The pensive-looking bride in full wedding regalia standing on a pedestrian walkway over the strip one night, smoking a cigarette, looking at the traffic, her veil flaring out behind her in the breeze; the middle aged middle class couple hypnotized by a slot machine at an outdoor slots place at 9am, pumping in quarters and saying, like a mantra "All we need's the cherry, all we need's the cherry."

It's one of the most foreign places I've ever been.
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-05-03 16:41 (UTC)
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That place is amazing. I did Vegas for my 30th this past summer and we hit Picaso's before going to see Zumanity. The bill was astronomical but worth every last cent.
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2011-05-03 18:53 (UTC)
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I kinda like Las Vegas but not in the ways you'd expect. It is like a foreign land where every building is it's own shopping mall. It's forever day time indoors. There is a little bit of every sight you'd ever want to see in the world there. And the people watching and the shows. I don't really gamble and I find the casinos a sad place. In fact the whole place has a faux happiness to it. It's fascinating and sad at the same time.
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User: msconduct
Date: 2011-05-03 23:28 (UTC)
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God, yes, Picasso is amazing. Quite apart from the food, I tried not to let my mouth hang open gawping at the Picassos, sans velvet ropes and museum guards, casually dotted around the place.
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