DECEMBER 28, 2008

BOULDER

There are parts of Las Vegas most people never see. One of legitimate pay day loans these areas used to be the main drag for tourists as they drove into town. Its now a strip of ancient motels, bars, diners, and stores that your average visitor wouldnt think of stopping at or staying in. The road is still a main artery into town, but you dont see many drivers hitting the brake lights. Im talking about Boulder Highway. Recently, the city has been working hard to fix up this once grand motorway, but 4 years ago, it was still a mighty sketchy area to go sightseeing. Well thats exactly what your old pal Johnny Lovedart decided to do. Join us, as we take you on a tour of the ounce grand  Boulder Highway …….4 years ago today……..

LIVIN LA VIDA LOVEDART…….LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS…..DAY 7

HELLO LOUNGERS………TODAY WE ARE KICKIN IT OLD SCHOOL ON THE BOULDER HIGHWAY!!!

ON A CRISP, SUNNY, SATURDAY MORNING, (WHILE IS WAS A BALMY 65 BACK HOME) WE START ABOUT 8 MILES OUT OF DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS. WE TURN ON TO BOULDER HIGHWAY AND POINT THE CAR WEST TOWARDS FREMONT STREET. THE STRATOSPHERE IS VISIBLE payday loan places in jefferson city mo JUST OFF TO THE LEFT AS THE VEGAS STRIP SKYLINE TRAILS OFF TO THE SOUTH. THERES NOT MUCH GLITZ OUT HERE BUT YOU CAN SEE SIGNS FROM A TIME LONG FORGOT WHEN THIS STRETCH OF HIGHWAY USED TO BE THE GATEWAY TO SIN CITY. A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD YOU HAVE THE SAME “WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS” SIGN YOU SEE IN ALL THE POSTCARDS, BUT THERES NO TOWERING HOTELS OR THRONGS OF TOURISTS WALKING THE STREETS OUT HERE. JUST SOME TRAILER PARKS, USED CAR LOTS, AND A FEW TRANSIENTS STRAGGERING INTO TOWN. THERES NO WAYNE NEWTON, BUT YOU MIGHT FIND, DEWAYNE HIS 3RD COUSIN, TWICE REMOVED, HITCHIN A RIDE INTO TOWN WITH HIS THUMB OUT AND A 40 IN HIS COAT POCKET.

NO, THE DAYS OF HIGH ROLLERS AND CELEBRITIES ARE LONG GONE. BUT THERE ARE STILL SIGNS OF THAT GLORIOUS PAST AND THATS WHAT WE ARE IN SEARCH OF TODAY.

THIS USED TO BE THE MAJOR PIPELINE INTO TOWN FROM THE NORTH AND THE EAST. TOURISTS USED TO CLOG THIS HIGHWAY AS THE POURED INTO TOWN TO SEE A short term installment loans direct lenders PLACE WHERE THE LIQUOR FLOWED, GOOD TIMES WERE CHEAP, AND COWBOYS LOST THEIR PAYCHECKS ON A DAILY BASIS. NOW ITS JUST SHELL OF ITS FORMER SELF, BUT THERE ARE STILL A FEW LANDMARKS OF THIS LOST TIME AND THE FIRST ONE COMES UP ON OUR RIGHT. THE “JOKERS WILD” CASINO. IT HAS BEEN GIVEN A FACELIFT A FEW YEARS AGO AND ACTUALLY LOOKS PRETTY NICE. ITS ONLY ABOUT THE SIZE OF A WAL MART STORE, BUT YOU CAN STILL GET A HOT DOG FOR 25 CENTS AND 50 CENT DRAFT BEER AND THERES NOTHING ON THE RESTAURANT MENU THATS OVER 10 BUCKS.

NEXT ON THE LEFT ARE TWO RELICS OF YESTERYEAR, THE “KLONDIKE” CASINO AND THE “SKYLINE” CASINO. ONLY THE LOCALS COME HERE. IF YOUR NEW TO TOWN YOU PROBABLY JUST LOOKS AT THESE PLACES AS YOU DRIVE AND WONDER “WHO IN THE HELL WOULD GO IN THERE”? WELL I,LL TELL YA WHO, YOUR OLD PAL JOHNNY LOVEDART THATS WHO. WE STOP IN TO THE SKYLINE FOR A MANHATTAN AND A 99 CENT SHRIMP COCKTAIL. THE unsecured personal loans for bad credit wisconsin SLOT MACHINES STILL PAY OUT IN COINS AND THE WAITRESSES LOOK MORE LIKE YOUR AUNT EDNA INSTEAD OF A PLAYBOY MODEL. THIS IS OLD SCHOOL VEGAS AND THE LOCALS LOVE IT. ITS CHEAP, ITS FUN, AND YOUR MUCH MORE LIKELY TO WALK OUT WITH MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET THAN YOU CAME IN WITH. (UNLIKE THE TEMPLES OF CORPORATE GREED ON THE STRIP).

NEXT STOP, THE KLONDIKE. NOW I HAVE TO ADMIT, THIS PLACE CAN LOOK A LITTLE SCARY. IT HASNT CHANGED IN YEARS AND IT SHOWS IT AGE LIKE DON RICKLES ON A BAD NIGHT. BUT THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE IN VEGAS WHERE  YOU WILL FIND 10 CENT ROULETTE AND DOLLAR BLACKJACK. THE ONLY CELEBRITY IN HERE IS AN OLD ITALIAN LOCAL NAMED PAPA CITRO WHO THROWS DOLLAR BILLS AROUND LIKE P. DIDDY THROWS THROWS HUNDREDS DOWN AT CAESARS. WE GAMBLE FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF AND WALK OUT 5 DRINKS LATER, 11 DOLLARS AND 30 CENTS UP. JACKPOT BABY!!!!!

WE ARE NOW ABOUT 4 MILES OUT, THERE IT IS ON THE LEFT, THE “WELCOME secured loans TO LAS VEGAS” SIGN. NO MANDALAY BAY BACK DROP HERE. JUST AN OLD SHUTTERED CASINO CALLED THE ROADHOUSE ON THE RIGHT. ITS HUGE NEON SIGN  STRUGGLING JUST TO STAY STANDING AND ITS AMPLE PARKING LOT, HOLDING NOTHING MORE THAN GHOSTS OF IT GLORIOUS PAST.

THIS IS WHERE THINGS START TO GET REALLY SEEDY. NO MORE STOPS FROM HERE ON IN, EXCEPT TO PULL OVER, GET A QUICK PHOTO AND GET THE HELL OUT BEFORE THE DRUG DEALERS REALIZE THERES A JAGUAR SITTING IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE “DANNYS SLOT COUNTRY” CASINO.

OK KIDDIES ITS TIME TO ROLL UP THE WINDOWS AND LOCK THE DOORS BECAUSE ITS ALL DOWN HILL FROM HERE………….

WELL, ITS ALMOST 10AND TIME TO GO TO TOMMY ROCKERS FOR SOME BREAKFAST COCKTAILS AND THE BEARS GAME. WE WILL BRING YOU PART 2 OF KICKIN IT OLD SCHOOL ON THE BOULDER HIGHWAY TOMORROW.

UNTIL THEN DONT FORGET TO READ DAY 6 OF OUR BLOG LIVIN LA VIDA LOVEDART……LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE VEGAS BAR BAND NAME.

SEE YA THEN……J. LOVE

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