I love a players club I can sign up for and view online and I’m happy to see all clubs moving this way. I’ve signed up and I’ll be ready to roll in December! I’ll have a giggle every time I see this name because it makes me think of the Carrot Top and FANTASY commercials I used to hear in every cab ride in Vegas a few years ago. Whisper with me…IDENTITY! Additionally, it sounds like a men’s fragrance. OK, I’m done giggling. Thank you.
There’s nothing special here, but it’s been fun watching the Tropicana catching up to the competition. There isn’t much incentive to visit Tropicana as opposed to any other casino. If you plan on going here, this is a nice perk.
The changes at Tropicana are great to watch, but I’m looking forward and wondering what happens after they catch up to the competition.
I was tweeting back and forth with a few people the other night and I was brought back one of my favorite Vegas memories that I’m finally deciding to share.
As I’ve said before a lot of my Vegas memories are tied to music that I hear on a particular trip. The soundtrack to this day was Dido’s “White Flag“, a song I would normally not listen to, notice or think about.
This trip to Las Vegas was for a friends bachelor party a few years ago. I wasn’t as experienced as I am now, but I was one of the few people that had been to Las Vegas, so I knew where we needed to be and when and how often.
We decided to get an early start to our first morning in town. After a 99 cent mimosas over breakfast at Harrah’s we headed over to Bellagio for a little blackjack at 10:something AM. After a few amazing vodka drinks most of us were buzzed by 11am. This is when I noticed Dido playing for the first of many times this day.
It wasn’t even noon when we left the Bellagio and headed downtown. It was my first time downtown. We did a lot of exploring, but since it was a bachelor party we, initially, decided to skip gambling and went to the world famous Glitter Gulch for some more drinks and entertainment.
Harrah’s will use the proceeds to finish its 660-room Octavius Tower at Caesars Las Vegas, develop the LINQ retail and entertainment area next to the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip, and invest in the potential joint-venture development of two Ohio casinos with Rock Gaming LLC, the company said today in a U.S. regulatory filing.
I don’t think LINQ will actually be finished with this batch of funding. I don’t think there’s enough money to get everything done.
Another 660 rooms in a market with too much room availability isn’t really needed but it will nice to see the Octavious Tower at Caesars Palace finally completed.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas continued their wonderful lead in marketing as they prepare to open in December. Last night they premiered a 60 second commercial spot during the MAD MEN Season finale last night. The tag line for the commercial is “Just The Right Amount of Wrong.”
I love a lot of the pre-opening marketing the Cosmopolitan has been doing and I think this fits right in line with everything. They aren’t just selling a hotel and casino here. They are selling a lifestyle.
This ad plays very well to that with some stark imagery and quirkiness set to a cool music bed.
The placement of the ad during the season finale of MAD MEN is great as that’s a show all the cool kids watch (as evidence by me not watching).
As the tone and lifestyle are set I’m sure there will be more straight forward marketing about the wrap around balconies, pools, restaurants, etc. For now the Cosmopolitan continues to brand themselves very uniquely with an independent stamp on everything.
I love when unexpected discounts pop up. I was tweeting about an upcoming trip to the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas to see Alice in Chains when the tweeter from Rare 120 (steakhouse) caught my attention and made me aware of a pretty excellent discount offer they have.
Rare 120 seems as if it’s Hard Rock’s take on an expensive steakhouse. I’m all for a good steak and I’m all for a little savings. They offer 30% discounts to all show goers at The Joint with a ticket stub. This is a pretty substantial discount and enough for me consider changing my plans.
I usually spend about $100/person for a good steak dinner with drinks. A $30 savings is great and better than most offers I see. I have $100 dinner plans each night I’m in Vegas, so I’m not sure I’ll partake this time. I’ll let my friend chose this time. Who am I to say no?
I’m slightly neurotic and that has it’s upside and downside. It comes in handy when I travel as I plan things pretty well. With a trip to Las Vegas coming up I thought I’d share how I pack in less than 10 minutes.
- Send out dry cleaning 2 weeks in advance. This gives ample time for it to be ready and for me to pick up. I usually wear button down shirts, shorts and slacks, so this covers most of my clothes.
- Do a load of laundry of only clothes I plan on bringing with me the weekend before I leave. I wash and fold underwear and socks while putting shirts on hangers.
- Keep as much clothes on hangers as possible. This minimizes folding time.
- Map out what I want to wear by day. I don’t actually follow the map, but this guide allows me to know exactly what to pack. See example below.
- Use same toiletries. I just switch this from bag to bag depending on trip.
Here’s an example of my pack list (w/shorthand):
All in all, a little preparation goes a long way in packing quickly. Having everything folded and on hangers in advance speeds up the process immensely. I place all hanger items to be folded over once. This limits fold marks too which is nice. I also have multiple phone chargers toiletries so packing goes even quicker for me.
I’m up for ideas on how to speed up the process.
Update: I forgot to mention that socks go inside shoes and that everything not on hangers gets packed the night before. This splits the time to about 80/20 as it takes a few minutes to fold the clothes on hangers.
I was flipping channels one night and saw a commercial for the Criss Angel Magic Kit. I had a chuckle as the commercial was very campy and almost looked like a parody of a real commercial.
There are plenty of people that like Criss Angel, judging by the longevity of his show at Luxor in Las Vegas.
I like sports, not magic so I’m not going to judge beyond this hokey commercial. Evidently he dated Holly Madison, so that’s cool.
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When the Plaza’s 1,037 hotel rooms reopen in September 2011, they will feature top-flight wallpaper, carpet, tile, sofas, chairs, desks, dressers, side tables and bed frames courtesy of the Fontainebleau, the stalled luxury property with an estimated $3.5 billion price tag that was designed to compete against Las Vegas’ swankiest resorts.
I’m sure this was a cheap way to get materials that would probably be out of the price range of the Plaza. I’m sure it will be a nice touch, but as the saying goes you can take the girl out of downtown, but you can’t take the downtown out of the girl.
I didn’t realize that today was a holiday until I saw that the Rangers and Islanders were playing a matinee. That made me ask a question: why are they playing Monday afternoon? Answer: Hockey is not a major sport and it really doesn’t matter. It wasn’t that way when I was growing up. There were four major professional sports; baseball, football, hockey and basketball.
Today is Columbus day, a holiday that’s not really a holiday. The stock market is open, UPS is delivering, everyone I know is working and so forth. It’s fitting that the NHL would choose to have a special event on a day that isn’t really special.
There are only 3 major professional sports and most people are fine with that. Hockey holds a special place in my heart as I grew up enjoying the game. Like most people, I’ve moved on from it. That’s too bad, but these things happen.
On the flip side, the lack of hockey passion makes “Slap Shots” only $5 on DVD. That’s awesome!