DECEMBER 26, 2008

black friday

Las Vegas gets only about 4.2 inches of rain payday loans weekend transfer a year. Well back in 2008 on Christmas day, I decided to take a quick trip down the strip just to see how much activity goes on, on Christmas day. It was around 63 degrees and cloudy as I approached Las Vegas Blvd. What took place over the next hour, I could have never expected…………..(in a related note, the hole at the north end of the strip where the Frontier, Stardust, and Westward Ho used to stand is still a hole. Ecshelon had started building on their new resort, but walked away due to the recession, hoping to return at a later date to complete construction. To date, the hole is still there and there’s not a construction crew in sight.) Ok, here we go………………

LIVIN LA VIDA LOVEDART…….LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS…….DAY 5

WELL LOUNGERS, 2008 IS WINDING DOWN, AND AS IT DOES, ITS SAD TO REPORT THAT OLD VEGAS THE WAY MOST PEOPLE REMEMBER IT IS DYING A SLOW DEATH IF NOT ALREADY DEAD.ON A FUNKY CHRISTMAS DAY YOUR OLD PAL JOHNNY LOVEDART DECIDED TO DO A LITTLE ROAD FARMING VEGAS STYLE.AFTER A BREAKFAST OF BACON SANDWICHES AND HIENEKEN (ELVIS WOULD BE PROUD) I DECIDED TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS DAY RUN DOWN THE LAS VEGAS STRIP. AFTER ALL, IT IS CHISTMAS DAY, HOW CROWDED CAN IT BE? RIGHT? WELL I GUESS HERE IN VEGAS, CHRISTMAS TRADITION THE WAY MOST OF US KNOW IT FALLS ON DEAF EARS, EITHER THAT, OR EVERYONE I SAW HAD THEIR HEARING AIDS TURNED OFF.

AS I PULLED OFF THE 215 AND ON TO LAS VEGAS BLVD. TRAFFIC QUICKLY GROUND TO A HALT ABOUT A QUARTER MILE BEFORE YOU GET TO MANDALAY BAY. (JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR). AS www cash net usa com I SAT IN TRAFFIC, DARK STORM CLOUDS STARTED TO ROLL IN TO THE NORTH. THESE WERE DARK, LOW, APOCALYPTIC TYPE CLOUDS. (OH WELL, IF THE WORLD IS COMMING TO AN END I MIGHT AS WELL GO OUT ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP). AS THE WIND PICKED UP I CRAWLED TOWARDS TROPICANA BLVD. ON MY RIGHT WAS THE STREETS NAMESAKE, THE TROPICANA HOTEL, A WARM FRIENDLY FACE IN THE NEON JUNGLE. THE TROP ADVERTISES VEGAS THE WAY IT WAS MEANT TO BE, AND THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. ON THE MARQEE WAS THE WORLD FAMOUS FOLLIES BERGERE, THE SAME SHOW I SAW WHEN I WAS HERE IN 1977 ON THE DAY ELVIS DIED.

AS I ROLLED THRU THE INTERSECTION A LIGHT RAIN STARTED TO FALL. (ACTUALLY IT WAS BLOWING SIDE WAYS IN THE HIGH WIND). CRAWLING NORTH PAST WHERE THE BOARDWALK HOTEL USED TO STAND TO THE LEFT OF ME, ALL I COULD SEE WAS THE STEEL GIRDERS RISING FROM THE CONSTURCTION SITE OF THE NEW CITY CENTER. THE CITY WITHIN A CITY THATS SET TO OPEN A YEAR FROM NOW. THE OLD ROLLER COASTER WAS GONE. THE BEST 99 CENT SHIRMP COCKTAIL ON THE STRIP WAS GONE. ALL YOU COULD SEE WAS,…..PROGRESS???

AS I HEADED INTO THE CENTER OF THE STRIP, THINGS GOT A LITTLE MORE FAMILIAR. CEASERS ON THE LEFT, FLAMINGO ON THE RIGHT, BUT WHAT I NOTICED WAS THAT, ON THIS DAY WHEN FAMILIES WERE SUPPOSED TO BE SITTING AROUND THE FIREPLACE DRINKING EGG NOG, THE STRIP WAS PACKED!!!!! PEOPLE WERE JAMMED UP AND DOWN THE SIDEWALKS. IF THIS WAS CHRISTMAS DAY, YOU SURE COULDNT TELL IT HERE.

AS I ROLLED THRU FLAMINGO BLVD, ALL HELL STARTED TO BREAK cash advances canada LOOSE. RAIN STARTED BLOWING SO HARD THAT YOU COULD BARELY SEE THE LIGHTS AT THE TOP OF THE HOTELS. DIRT, TRASH, UMBRELLAS AND FREE PORN HANDOUTS STARTED FLYING THRU THE AIR AND THE STREETS WERE STILL PACKED WITH FREAKED OUT TOURISTS WONDERING IF CHRISTMAS DAY IN LAS VEGAS WAS SUCH A GOOD IDEA AFTER ALL.

INCHING FORWARD PAST MARGARITAVILLE I WAS WONDERING IF JIMMY BUFFETT HIMSELF HAD WHIPPED UP A HURRICAIN, VEGAS STYLE. WATER STARTED FILLING UP THE STREETS, PEOPLE (MANY IN SHORTS WITH NO COATS OR UMBRELLAS) WERE RUNNING FOR COVER. THE DUCE (THE DOUBLE DECKER BUS) WAS ROCKING SIDE TO SIDE AND FROM THE LOOKS OF THE PASSENGERS INSIDE I FIGURED LOTS OF STRONG COCKTAILS WERE IN THEIR FUTURE IF THEY EVER GOT OFF THAT THING ALIVE.

AS I PASSED THE FASHION MALL ON THE LEFT A HUGE HOLE OPENED UP. THIS HOLE USED TO CONTAIN THE FRONTIER, THE STARDUST, AND THE WESTWARD HO. GONE, ALL GONE. NOTHING BUT 10 FOOT PLYWOOD WALLS FRONTING THE STREET, PAINTED WITH ADVERTISING ANNOUNCING THE COMMING OF ECHELON, A MEGAPLEX (CREATED TO GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH STEVE WYNNS PENIS EXTENSION ACROSS THE STREET) THAT WILL TIE ITSELF TO TRUMPS TWIN TOWERS ON THE SOUTH TO CREATE THE LARGEST MONSTROSITY THE STRIP HAS EVER SEEN. (GEE, I CANT WAIT)

WATER STARTED BLASTING UP THRU THE STORM DRAINS AS SEWER SYSTEMS REACHED THIER CAPACITY. FINALLY, THE FACE OF AN OLD FRIEND. ON THE LEFT JUST NORTH OF THE HOLE, THERE IT WAS, SLOTS OF FUN. NOTHING IS MORE OLD SCHOOL VEGAS THAN THIS PLACE. BACK IN 77 YOUR COULD GET A FOOT LONG HOT DOG AND A HIENEKEN FOR A BUCK. THATS BEEN REPLACED BY A bbb ratings of online payday loans SUBWAY COUNTER, BUT OTHER THAN THAT, THIS PLACE HASNT CHANGED A BIT. MUCH TO THE DISSMAY OF THE VEGAS POWER PLAYERS, THIS PLACE HAS BEEN GRANDFATHERED IN AND IF THERE IS ANY JUSTICE, IT WILL STILL BE STANDING WHEN MY SON TAKES HIS BOY TO HIS FIRST STRIP CLUB MANY YEARS FROM NOW. (OR AT LEAST THATS HOW I SEE IT IN MY FANTASY WORLD. LOL.)

AS I MAKE A RIGHT JUST PAST THE RIVIERA AT THE NORTH END OF THE STRIP, SIRENS AND FLASHING LIGHTS CONVERGE ON A HUGE ACCIDENT THAT TURNS THE NORTH END OF THE STRIP INTO ABSOLUTE GRIDLOCK. WATER IS NOW UP OVER THE SIDWALKS AND STILL PEOPLE ARE SLOGGING THRU THE MESS TO GET TO THIER NEXT SLOT MACHINE.

TIME TO GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE. I MOVE AWAY FROM THE STRIP HEADING EAST IN SEARCH OF THE QUICKEST WAY BACK TO HOME BASE. THE TOTAL TIME FOR THE CHRISTMAS DAY EXCURSION? 1 HOUR, 12 MINUTES. SO MUCH FOR A NORMAN ROCKWELL CHRISTMAS.

ILL BE GOING BACK LATER THIS WEEK TO TRY MY HAND AT THE ROULETTE TABLES AT THE FLAMINGO, BUT I NOW KNOW FOR SURE, THE ONLY THING REMAINING OF OLD VEGAS IS THE BOOKENDS OF THE TROPICANA TO THE SOUTH AND CIRCUS CIRCUS AND THE RIV TO THE NORTH. EVERYTHING ELSE AS I USED TO KNOW IT HAS VANISHED INTO DESERT NIGHT. SOON TO BE REPLACED WITH BIGGER BETTER, MORE SPECTAULAR VENUES THAN EVER BEFORE. (YEAH, RIGHT)

TIME TO GO BACK TO MY FOLKS HOUSE AND FIX MYSELF A BACON SANDWICH, GRAB A HIENEKEN, AND SIT BY THE FIREPLACE.

MERRY FUCKIN CHRISTMAS. LOL.

SEE YA TOMORROW……………….J. LOVE.

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