Well, it was the last full day in Vegas, the sun was just up and the temperature was rising. Trying to decide how to spend the day, the suggestion was made to take a cruise down the strip. With everybody in agreement, we hop in the car and head to the Las Vegas Strip. As we entered the south end, the first thing that jumps out at you is the construction site for the new giant ferris wheel that will soon allow visitors to see all the way down the strip from the friendly confines of a 40 person car that features cocktail service. This is not your fathers carnival ride.
We continued down the strip on a bright sunny March day with temps in the 80s, at the north end we come to the abandoned Sahara casino. Now closed for a couple of years, construction crews slowly remove all the items that show any connection to this grand old casino before installing and entire new look for the new SLS casino coming late next year. Construction in sin city slowly begins to build as the economy improves after 4 years of non-activity.
As we leave the strip behind us heading down LVB towards Fremont street, we pass the iconic Pawn Stars store. Now I have never been in this place because every time I go by there is a line 2 blocks long, but on this day, there was hardly a line in sight, so we ceased the opportunity found a parking spot and went in. Yes it was very cool. Now I dont watch the show but I recognized a guy with a pony tail behind the counter. The only problem is the dont let you take any pictures in the stars work area. I would imagine that would get very distracting over the course of a full day. SO, I got a few pictures, bought a t-shirt, and moved on…….
Now the pawn stars place was very very cool. BUT, I was more interested in what I saw next store. The bright colors caught my eye and I wandered over for a look. Now THIS is my kind of place. The Lost Vegas Antiques store may be small but it is PACKED, ceiling to floor with some of the most amazing items you will ever find in one place.
While a lot of the items in the pawn store were out of my price range, this place had plenty of cool stuff that didnt cost and arm or a leg. It didnt take long before I knew exactly what I was getting. Now I almost splurged for a signed photo of Sammy Davis Jr. for the Zen Bathroom for 150, and if it wasnt for the fact that is was signed to some lady named Barbara I would have pulled the trigger. INSTEAD, I found a couple of sweet autographed photos that more fit the eclectic theme of the collection now housed in the most famous bathroom in the Bal hinch……….
Pretty sweet right? The best part of the whole deal was they were on sale for only 10 bucks. Hell, the frames cost more than that. They will soon find their new home in the Zen Bathroom at THE LOVEDART LOUNGE for you viewing pleasure.
While I was checking out, (note the comma to the left) the man in the store asked me if I had a camera with me. Lucky for me it was handy in my pocket. He instructed me to go next store and check out something very very special. Boy was he ever right! Now this is one of those secret, dark, unknown, Las Vegas attractions that the normal tourist never even hears about, much less sees, and theres a good reason for that. Its housed in a dingy little peep/adult toy/theater/porn store that used to be a gas station. But, once again, this is the kind of place yours truly loves to find. SO, I grabbed my aunt, telling her this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and in the door we walked. The first thing you notice when you walk in, is a row of little closet sized viewing booths. I think we all know what goes on in there, moving to the left were the usual collection of adult toys, dvds, and various paraphernalia. Looking up on the wall I finally spied what we came to see. Once I noticed I started looking around and they were EVERYWHERE. Yes, here was holy grail of the porn world. THE LEGENDS OF EROTICA WALL OF FAME! You know the walk of fame in Los angeles where the stars press their hands into wet cement? Well, THIS AINT IT.
So if your ever in Vegas, I encourage everyone to visit the epic display of questionable taste. BUT, I also encourage you to visit at noon on a bright sunny day. This is not the type of place you want to venture into after the sun goes down. Unless of course you frequent these sort of establishments on a regular basis. In that case, let your freak flag fly and knock yourself out.
As we were leaving, we pulled around back to turn around and I spied this. Now I have no idea why this would be sitting behind a porn store, but Im sure that if it could talk, it would have a million interesting stories to tell. At the very least it was worth a few pictures.
WOW, what a day so far, this was Vegas adventure at its finest, and now, as the sun falls in the west, its time to wrap things up with a nice meal and some more great local music with our friend Tommy Rocker at his southside location. Its a mixed bag of great tunes, guest musicians, and great food. Tommy strolled in around 7:30 after playing a 5 hour gig at the Pioneer tavern in Jean Nevda. Its a biker bar thats been at its present location for over 100 years. Boy was the conversation at dinner ever an interesting one. lol. After dinner, Tommy took the stage and open things up with a few tunes before inviting people up to join him. Yes, yours truly was once again summoned to the stage for a Lovedart/Rocker duet on Why dont we get drunk and screw. Then evening wrapped up with some fine string work by a local musician trained in Spanish flamenco guitar. What a treat! As the clock closed in on midnight it was time to put this one to bed. Another awesome Las Vegas adventure that no one ever saw coming. Thats the way they roll here in Sin City, and thats why I call this place my second home. I would like to thank Tommy Rocker, Prince Ama, Mr. Nobody, Steve Fox and last but not least, my amazing parents for hosting this epic Vegas vacation. Thanks for joining us on our journey. We will see ya back in da Hinch.
Johnny Lovedart…………has left the building.