Well, I didn’t blog last week for a good reason. I was turning 40! Yes. Nov. 5, 1971 was the day that I was brought into the world and to celebrate, we all went to Las Vegas for a week.
Thursday, I drove up a little early to meet a High School friend of mine, Brian Sailors and his lovely bride, Holly, who I hadn’t seen in many years. We ended up touring the Hoover Dam and seeing the Blue Man Group! I had seen TBMG 20 years ago (or so) in 1992 (I think) when Dallas had taken me when I was visiting him in college. Not much has changed in the show in 20 years. It was just as fun, but the whole thing was just bigger! It was really great having a chance to catch up with Brian and Holly. I had forgotten how much fun they are! Thanks Brian and Holly!
Friday night was Guys Night Out and a bunch of us (including my brother, Dallas, and my father, Don) headed out on an extended night of debauchery led by none other than Stephan Valle and Daniel Moreno. These two had been talking about this night for about a year now so expectations were high and we were not disappointed. We headed over to the Hard Rock Hotel and got the VIP treatment in Vanity, a nightclub there. I won’t go into details, but it was a LOT of fun and I had no voice when we were done.
Saturday saw the arrival of many a relative and friend for the celebration. Aunt La (a.k.a. Carolyn), Uncle Jim, Uncle Bob, Cousin Scott, Cousin Todd and his belle, Ashleigh Rance, Brother Dallas, Dad, Peg, Marcos Ross, Brian and Holly Sailors, Brendan, James and Guisselle Morrison and sons, Ryan and Josh, Cheryl and Matt Morrison, Sarah Morrison, and , of course, Therese, Devon and Jada. The party was held at Dos Caminos restaurant in the Palazzo Hotel (next to the Venetian). The food was AMAZING! (You should go there) and the cake was INCREDIBLE!
Cheryl Morrison has a friend in Eureka, NV that makes custom cakes. We sent her a photo of a guitar I like and she made a HUGE cake that looked EXACTLY like it! It tasted amazing as well and it was very reasonable! AND Cheryl and Matt brought it all the way from Eureka in the back of their Buick! THANK YOU!!
Following dinner, we all headed over the see the Beatles “Love” Cirque Du Soleil show at the Mirage! SO FUN (as I am an ardent Beatles fan), but I would have liked a little more acrobatic excitement in the show. But we all had a blast!
Sunday was spent eating and eating and Peg treated us to “The Lion King” at Mandalay Bay. The sets and stage work was SO creative! We loved it! Thanks GOGO!
The rest of the week (until we returned late Thursday evening) was spent doing as many fun things around Vegas as we could find to do for FREE (or close to it). We went to Red Rocks and toured all of the casinos to see as many of the free cheesy shows we could find. It was good family fun time.
Then, Thursday morning, I see on Facebook that my cousin and his wife had just landed in a private jet at the Vegas airport! How cool! So we tracked them down, hugged their necks, met, Tim, their apparently wealthy benefactor who had treated them to this trip, and packed our stuff and left!
On the late night drive home, we stopped to help a young kid in a limo broken down on the side of the road. Apparently, he had just purchased this limo and was heading back to L.A. to get his chauffeur’s license and start a business, but, he had failed to get gas in Las Vegas and had run out of gas. He had no idea even how to turn on the flashers in this car as he had only had the car for an hour or so. We got him 2 gallons of gas and sent him on his way. I hope he got enough gas to get him back to L.A.
Anyway, all in all, it was the best birthday EVER!! Let’s do it again next year!