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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Some trip pics

First off, let me say Happy 11th birthday Michael!

One of my favorite finds this trip to Las Vegas was Roxy's Diner. It's a 50's/60's style diner located on the casino level of the Stratosphere. Every 10 minutes or so the waiters stop and sing an oldies favorite. Here they are singing Summer Nights from the Grease soundtrack, not exactly an oldie but definitely a favorite.

singing waiters

My mission once I went downtown was to get a 4 of kind on a treasure chest video poker machine. I've seen these machines before but I've never seen the treasure chest bonus when you get a 4 of a kind. You get 5 chests to pick from. The chests have an amount between $32.50 - $1199. I spent a ton of money just trying to get a 4 of a kind. Those were some tight machines. I even had Patti playing them like nuts trying to get one. We were convinced that there were no treasure chests.

Patti playing Treasure Chest Video Poker

Finally, I got a 4 of a kind!

and here are the chests!

So I picked the middle one, and I got 140 quarters. Bummer. If I was playing double double bonus poker and I got that exact hand I would have gotten 800 quarters.

Saturday we stopped by the Bellagio and checked out the Conservatory. It was easy thinking spring!

Bellagio Conservatory

Bellagio Conservatory

Think Spring

Went to the Observation Deck at the top of the Stratosphere.

You can walk outside on the second level of the deck. It was a beautiful day out, but it was just after Melanie Bell committed suicide by jumping off the Stratosphere. They had half of the deck roped off and there were some police very interested in something going on below but I couldn't see what they were looking at. You have to climb over 2 fences to jump.

Here is a great view of the Hilton from the top of the Strat.

We also stopped by to see the fountain show in front of the Bellagio. They had a great show. First time I remember ever seeing smoke created on the water just before the show.

smoke on the water


Another big trip highlight was the slot tournament that my friend Norm, pictured here with his wife at Roxy's Diner, and I did at the Stratosphere. The lucky guy he ended up winning first place!!!! Way to go Norm.

Norm and Andrea Posted by Hello

It was a fun trip, can't wait till the next one in May!

More poop in the news! Did you know that today is Bunsen Burner Day?

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

You can't always get what you want

I wanted to post some additional pictures from my trip but I can't seem to get them to load. Bummer. Maybe tomorrow it will work.

Dinosaur poo on view. No wonder its a big hit, free admission to the Crater Rock Museum!
Do you know your dinosaurs? You do not have to print this out and give it to your teacher, and its a good thing too, I scored 37.5 - I believe that is not a passing grade. Don't you wish they had the internet when we were going to school?

Only in Fargo. Why do you suppose they called the police?

I saw Steven Wright in Vegas last week with my friend Norm. We both enjoyed the show. Here are some quotes.

As I've told you before I do live under a rock, but it's a nice rock. I never heard of this before but last week I met two people that that talked about the Red Hat Society. Sounds like my kind of group they hold their conventions in Vegas. If you've seen ladies walking around in purple dresses and red hats then you've spotted some members. My friend Liz wants to start our own chapter, women under 50 wear lavender dresses and pink hats. We would be "Ladies in Waiting." Liz just wants to be Queen.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

From one extreme to the other

Las Vegas is all about extremes. Here is one example, you can go from the Deep Fried Twinkie available for 99 cents at the Mermaids Casino downtown. It looks alot like a corn dog. I wanted someone else to eat one so I could see the expression on their face after biting into it because I know this woman's expression is completely for show. According to CalorieKing it's only 420 calories and 45 carbs, too many for me.

Deep Fried Twinkies - Downtown LV

Now for the other extreme, the new Jean-Philippe Patisserie located just past the conservatory in the Bellagio Casino and Hotel. This is the chocolate fountain that greets you at the entrance. Yes its true it's only for show but its pretty and there are plenty of treats that you can eat there.

Chocolate Fountain

For instance check out this huge Rice Krispie Easter Egg. That would even take me a while to finish.

Rice Krispies Treat!

On a little fancier level, there is a large assortment of beautifully crafted desserts from which to choose.


but wait there's more

My friend Patti, who lives in Ontario, surprised me and showed up in Vegas. Here are our choices. She had the Chocolate covered strawberry and I found a sugar free, almond flour fruit tart. They were yummy.

Here is Patti with our choices Posted by Hello

It was a great place to visit! I can't wait to get back there.

Speaking of chocolate, can't wait to see Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka!

Today on Oprah: Lisa Marie Presley said she consummated her marriage to Michael Jackson. Shocker. She didn't look like she was lying either. She looks soooooo much like her dad. She also said that she didn't tell her mother she was marrying him, Priscilla found out from the news. Kids. I can tell the future...from the April 5th issue of Time Magazine.

Monday, March 28, 2005

I'm back!

I didn't hit it big, but there is always a next time...
I missed the whole Easter thing traveling so I'm going to sneak in a couple things. Check out these cool Ukrainian Easter Eggs. It's a dangerous job but somebody has to do it. I had to put this snag from Bacon and Eh's cause it cracked me up, Unfortunate Easter Cards.

Odds and Ends:

This is not a good way to go, but what way is? Things that make you go hmmmm. What is that guy talking about? He's too weird to be innocent.

I was wondering what originally happened to Terri Schiavo, tragic.

Oprah is going to open a resort in Hawaii. She has her hands in everything.

Now that is thinking. He really is artistic.

What's your sign, here's your bad habit.

I've gotta go, I've got so much catching up to do!

Saturday, March 26, 2005

still fishin'

extended my trip till sunday, Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Gone Fishin'

Viva Las Vegas! I wish you would. I'll be back on March 25th!

Some of my favorite things to do in Vegas:
watch the Bellagio Fountains
Conservatory at the Bellagio
Shopping at Sephora, I don't know why I wait till Vegas, there is one right down the street
Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana
Play craps at the Casino Royale
Mystere at Treasure Island
Walk up and Down the Strip
Have a shrimp cocktail at The Golden Gate downtown
Play video poker and video slots!

Things I'm planning to do this trip:
Go to the Elvis-a-Rama Museum
Steven Wright at the Orleans with my friend Norm who lives in Vegas
Slot Tournament at the Stratoshere, wish Norm and I luck, 1st place is $10,000
Go see Bite at the Strat with my friend Las Vegas Gene
Ride the monorail, it better be working!
Monet exhibit at the Bellagio

Things I'm saving for my trip in May with Laura:
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
See Barry Manilow

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

I'm going to bed

I'm surprised that Robert Blake was acquitted. I know I wouldn't make a good juror, I don't the whole story, but I think he's guilty.

Most irritating cliche. Actually, the most irritating to me is the last one on the list, "I just wanted to touch base."

Marmite is brown spread. Vegemite is dark reddish brown. They sell Deep Fried Twinkies in Vegas.

The Earth from Above.

I'm tired cause I'm working like a dog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The lead singer from Molly Hatchet passed away. I really liked that song Flirtin' with Disaster when it was out a million years ago, oh it was 1979. Close enough. It says that the band was named after a 17th century Southern prostitute that beheaded and mutilated her clients. Yep, that is what it says under Stumpy's Big List of Band Name Origins. This cracked me up - misheard lyrics from Flirtin' with Disaster.

Buddy Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with many others, including U2. Complete list of inductees by year. Bono of U2 has launched a clothing company. Chiffon Dresses? Overachier.

Here is a site for ugly bridesmaid dresses. Check out Big Ass, Short Skirt and the Condom Dress hahahahh.

I was very excited to see that Harrah's Las Vegas and Toby Keith signed a deal to open a new country themed bar this year.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Sock it to me!

Thousands gathered in Nevada for a Mountain Oyster Fry $1 a pop. Hahah, batter up! I don't care what you do to them, I'm not eating them.

Watched a new show yesterday Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show. It reminds me of a modern day Laugh-in. Pretty funny. When I checked out the website, they even mentioned Laugh-in. Sock it 2 me!

Grossest six figure job. no comment, not this week anyway.

Check out the photos - Who says Arizona ain't green? Saguaro National Park, Sedona

I should be smarter: Art of the Day - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle #1, The School of Athens

Sunday, March 13, 2005

It's starting out to be a great week

Here I am in 30 years. I went to play bingo today with my SIL Tina and her sister Margaret (I'll be nice and not mention the you should not be saving seats with bingo dabbers fiasco). It's a good thing I had them with me because it took all three of us to get me to yell "Lightning" when I won. It's a special pull tab game with 3 numbers on it. All your numbers have to come up to win. I won $50! and a couple games later Margaret won $75. This week starts with me winning bingo and ends with me going to Vegas. It's going to be a great week. I feel Lucky! Maybe it's the luck of the Irish, I know it's a little early but they did dye the Chicago River green this weekend.

One of my favorite places online to play free games, including bingo is Pogo. I play some video poker games here. I play free slots here. I play Texas Hold'em here.

I should be smarter: word of the day, Art of the day Masaccio The Expulsion from Paradise, Geography of the day

What next?

This is kinda fun - Montage-a-google.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Just some stuff

I haven't had a chance to really check this out yet, but my nephew Jon, writes stories and he posts them on Fiction Press. They have over 110,000 writers that post their works on this site.

Nicole DeHuff, who starred in Meet The Parents died back in February. It must have been a busy couple of news weeks with Michael Jackson's antics and killers on the loose and killers killing themselves. I was surprised to hear that someone so young died from pneumonia, she was only 31.

Monday on TLC, there is a special on the BTK killer.

It's the little things in life that piss me off, like when I buy a Tivo expecting a rebate from Circuit City only to find out that you have to apply online before the deadline. Every other rebate I've ever done I get some time to mail in, Thanks for telling me.

This looks pretty funny - Humor Gazette

Conan did a skit a couple times on his show about a band spoofing Slipknot, now I cannot get this song out of my head, Thanks Conan.
"We are the slipnuts, We're slipping on nuts.Dancing around, And slipping on nuts. No ifs, ands or buts,Just slipping on nuts.Oops! he fell down""I slipped on some nuts"

You know I should be smarter: Word of the Day, I already knew that one though. Art of the Day - Giotto The Arena Chapel Frescoes 33 scenes from the lives of Christ and Mary, Geography Lesson - Padua

Friday, March 11, 2005

Let's go on a road trip somewhere

First things first: That's one way to handle it. hahahhahah, way to go Leno!

I'm in the mood to plan a road trip. From Roadside America - The Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions. Hope Cemetery headstones. What is so interesting about a corn field? oh. What kind of vacation does this guy take? And then you can go see Mount St. Helens. Now you don't have to travel there to see it. I was just missing Christmas the other day. My sister and her kids wouldn't get out of the car. I saw some of these in Arizona, they were kinda cool. When I was here, I didn't have a chance to go to this one, I went to the book depository instead. I went to one of these places in Wisconsin and I felt sick. hmmmm, no thanks once a month is enough. Good for a picture I guess. Bug art! wow. I could go to this tomorrow if I wanted to. This one's kind of gruesome. This place reminds me a bit of the contents of the house on the rock. I love her.

Locally, Body Worlds. Where I would like to go in May. I would like to go back and see the Jungle Room.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

All things lead to....

The song at your funeral, Brits choose Angels by Robbie Williams. I don't know this Angels song. I listened to the sound bite on Amazon and I'm not sure I want to part with the 88 cents to get the song to hear it in its entirety. I do like the My Way choice, but in my head I'll think of Elvis singing it. Yes, that is the best song, make a note of it Laura. I should get a velvet Elvis just because. I can put it in the same room with my Elvis Presley Blvd sign. hahah, that cracked me up how tiny that was. You will find with me sooner or later all conversations lead to Vegas or people who played in Vegas.

My friend Joann said she saw this watch and just had to get it for me. I love it! What a sweetie she is! Said she got it from Avon but I couldn't find it in the online catalog. Thanks JoAnn

las vegas watch my friend joann gave me Posted by Hello

Good Luck to them.
So in hindsight, was the contest worth it?

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


Check out this slide show of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Here is a slide show of the current eruption. Click on the photo gallery button near the top. Mount St. Helens Webcam, it updates every 5 minutes.

How sad, Chis LeDoux died today. He had a some great hits including Cadillac Ranch and What You Gonna Do With a Cowboy.

I was on this Architecture tour not that long before this happened. I guess he finally decided he was guilty. Bad Dave Matthew's bus driver!

Here is a slideshow of 91 Chicago dogs. I said awwww, 90 times. (One pic didn't come up.)

I thought this stuff only happened on TV. I wish they had a pic, not because I'm gruesome or anything but because I want to see how this could be true. "Kanaoka's three elderly children, all in their 70s or older, told police they thought their father was still alive but that one of them recently had consulted a relative about the possibility that he might be dead, the spokesman said. "

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Lots of People

Phew.....what a relief! In May 2006, King Tut returns to Chicago for a visit at the Field Museum. King Tut was a big draw back on his original visit in 1977. I went and I remember waiting in line a very long time. His visit led to Steve Martin writing a song about him.
If you go the the Field Museum you can visit my friends Jackie and Sue. The exhibit displays many of Jackie's outfits and there are plenty of videos that showcase her life. Jackie is the mom of a very beatutiful man , (yes I loved looking at him). He was even cute as a boy. I took the pics of Sue below on my last visit.

Sue at the Field

You can't really read the sign, but it says that she is 42 feet long, weighed 7 tons when alive, she was found at the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota on August 12, 1990, her sex is unknown, and that she was named after the person who found her, Susan Hendrickson.

Stuff about Sue

Here is the view from the second floor.

Sue from the second floor

The head on Sue is manmade, her acutal head is displayed separately on the second floor. Her skeleton cannot support her head because it is too heavy .

Sue's head Posted by Hello

I read that Rosie O'Donnell has a blog. I miss her talk show, I have alot of catching up to do.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Brand spanking new

I was watching Blue Hawaii starring my favorite, Elvis Presley. Just to show you how dated the movie is, Elvis spanks a teenager who was misbehaving. As well, there isn't a woman alive that would put up with his antics (well maybe if he was Elvis). He's kissed other girls in front of his girlfriend and told her he was almost always true while he was gone. These days someone would have told her "he's just not that into you." Angela Lansbury from Murder She Wrote fame, was only 10 years older than Elvis at the time this was filmed, she played his mother. Must have been a rude awakening for Angela. There were alot of good songs in the film. The trivia section says that you can hear fans screaming in the background when Elvis first appears in the doorway of the plane.

A First grader expelled because his mother wouldn't spank him. When we were kids, my mom used this on us. (see they are out of stock) I used to get them in my stocking at Christmas and in my Easter basket. A paddle ball with a Santa Claus on it, what a cruel joke. I don't know why I ever wanted one of these, as soon as the ball fell off....

There is a very odd movie that I watched recently with James Spader, he spanks his secretary. You can skip this one....

Fun snag from growabrain: need some prop blood? Bizarre stuff you can make in your kitchen
from fishbucket: remember Kaboom? (I couldn't get it to work very well on my pc, but it was fun for a couple minutes.)

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Sunday night and I'm at work!

One sure way to cure yourself from being blue about having to go to work tomorrow: confuse yourself and already be there when it sets in.

Easter is just around the corner, check out what is new with Peeps. I notice that sugar-free/low carb peeps are not on the list, but I did email them and ask what the future possibility is. I miss the peep. The history of the Peep.

The Tivo of the Radio World. I think its cool, but its not on my list.

Bob Newhart to guest star on Desperate Housewives. Bob sure has done alot of stuff.

Ripley's Believe it or Not - ok, I can't hardly watch this stuff in oddities, but I did go through the vault.

Interesting snags: From growabrain - This is so cute and funny, check out this guys date. Awww, check out these kittens...maybe I should just paste his blog inside my blog and call it a day.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

7 Wonders of the World

It's amazing that I ever made it through school. I didn't study very much until my second go around of college. There is a lot of things I don't remember learning. Here is a site I found called Did You Know?

I got one question I should know that I don't....There is only one of the seven wonders of the world remaining today. Can you name any of them much less the remaining one? 7 Wonders of the World. If we were picking teams for trivial pursuit, I'd be last.

Ok, that is enough to try to remember for one day, let's see if it sticks for more than one day.

Got a new cd today. The Funeral, by The Arcade Fire. It reminds me alot of Keane.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Courtesy of Marc

My old roommate wrote this top 10 list about me and wanted me to post it in my blog.

(Not) Top 10 Things You Should Know About My Friend Paula
10. went to the Horseshoe Casino for lunch
9. I think you're off the mark (no pun intended) on the ones I made you take out anyway
8. completed her NFL picks for the office pool
7. paging Dr. Hymlic, Dr. Paula Hymlic
6. still waiting to be cast for an upcoming "Real World"
5. bought 5 bottles of wine from her overly flirtatious waiter
4. "hooked-up"
3. discovered that her cell phone was stolen and replaced with an exact duplicate
2. picked up her car from Lincoln Towing only to discover that they aren't interested in her dispute with System Parking
1. fell on her ASS!!!!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

MMMM Martha!

Well Martha's last day as a prisoner is today. She's been there since October 8th. I honestly cannot imagine being in prison, and I'm sure that Martha never thought she would be there either. I bet Martha will be back on top in no time at all.

This sounds to me like it was probably an accident, but maybe he'll end up in jail too. "Manslaughter is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in the state penitentiary."

Lack of contractions might = Liar! Anne Bird, Scott Peterson's sister speaks out, she wrote a book called Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty.

I wish I could speed read. I used to read on my daily commute, but since I moved across the street from work, I don't get much reading done anymore. I have gobs of books that I haven't read, somehow I always manage to buy more instead of going to the pile I already have to find one to read. USA Today has a bunch of excerpts from books (there are popups). Or you could steal someone elses list, like Defective Yeti's for instance. I buy almost all my books and cd's from

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Yeah, I know the Oscars are over, but I was amazed when I read what was included in the in the giftbag! This is just some of what is included...

• A Krups kitchen set. Not just a coffeemaker, either. This year's gift includes a toaster, an electric kettle and a year's supply of coffee and tea ($700)
• A two-night stay at The Carlyle hotel in New York ($2,300)
• A red leather case filled with Shu Uemura cosmetics, including mink eyelashes ($600)
• A year's supply of Vonage broadband phone service ($500)
• A three-night stay for two at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina ($3,600)
• A two-night stay for two at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley (Calif.) wine country ($2,500)
• A three-night stay for two (plus a "personal surf-butler") at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif. ($5,900)
• A dinner party at any Morton's, The Steakhouse ($1,500)
• Kay Unger cashmere pajama bottoms ($500)
• An assortment of Manni Oils' extra virgin olive oil ($540)
• An unlimited day of services at Cornelia Day Resort, which just opened this month on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue ($3,500)
• A three-night stay at San Ysidro Ranch, a popular celebrity honeymoon spot in Montecito, Calif. ($3,000)

Mink eyelashes??? Don't tell PETA
So, I was thinking, if one wanted to go stargazing...and can I stay at the Motel 6 and just visit these other places?

My friend Marc and I went to a comedy club tonight to see Mitch Hedberg . Found this quote about him on a web page and I would say this completely sums him up. "He's like the genius kid in high school that smoked dope constantly and still got a 1500 on his SATs."
"I think a rotisserie is a really morbid Ferris wheel for chickens." -
-Mitch Hedberg

Randy Kagan opened up for him, he was hilarious! Here is his blog.


Tuesday, March 01, 2005

It ends it on a high note

As of April 15th you will no longer be able to bring lighters on US flights, but matches are still allowed, hmmmm... Southwest Airlines released new software called Ding that will send alerts of exclusive offers and sales directly to you.

It is reported, but I find it hard to believe, that 30% of couples in the Philippines do not know where babies come from.

Still in the beyond comprehension category, but to a much deeper degree, here is the latest on the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) guy. The scary thing about this guy is that he looks like a perfectly normal guy to me, they all do. My Tivo is filled with A&E stories of murder about normal looking people. It's clear that a lot of time is spent profiling the criminal mind. Links: Dr. Phil's 14 characteristics of serial killers, Court TV's Crime Library.

Ron Jeremy, former porn star, who recently appeared on The Surreal Life and who used to look like this, is posing nude, well sort of to help PETA get the word out to spay and neuter your pets. I'm all for that, I do, however enjoy a good steak and if you do too, don't spend too much time at the PETA site.

I feel I must end on a light note...Terragalleria
"Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A
happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would
launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send
thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth -
boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight.
Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and
copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people
would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with
their imagination."
- Robert Fulghum