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Hello From Las Vegas! Wow… what a huge week. We usually don’t publish over the weekend, but better late than never. NASCAR is rolling through town, and rolled right up The Strip (as we previewed last week). Numerous drivers did meet-and-greets around town, with the most lavish being Kurt Busch’s appearance at PT’s Sierra Gold Ultra-Tavern (also as previewed last week). We’ll have photos of both next issue!
We also have over 25 new writers and bloggers, many already out on assignment. A few weeks ago, we asked your opinion of how we were doing with the newsletter and virtually everyone said “Don’t Change Anything.” So we aren’t changing. We are expanding our overall coverage! The newsletter will basically stay the same, but new blogs will cover specific niche topics so you can better stay informed on exactly what you enjoy about Las Vegas!
I Want To Rock and Roll All Night – Norm! of the Review-Journal is floating the rumor that Paul Stanley of KISS may be joining Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular (Tickets). Unlike many gossip mongers who throw caution (and accuracy) to the wind, Norm’s info is usually sourced pretty well. This could be huge: KISS has a large, loyal fan base that spans generations and Phantom has some serious theatrics and special effects sure to please KISS fans and expand the reach of Phantom’s crowd. We’ll keep you posted!
How can anyone live here? This frequent comment is heard by visitors during the summer months when we can have day after day of temps pushing 110 degrees (F). Funny… we were sitting watching all of the snow, ice, freezing rain, cars sliding all over the road and people bundled up head-to-toe this past week in much of the northern parts of the U.S. and we were thinking the same thing: How do you live there? I was in shorts and a golf shirt most of the past week.
What are the best jobs in Las Vegas? The Las Vegas Business Press ran down some of the “I really get paid to do this” job in Las Vegas, including a casino host, helicopter tour pilot, and more. (Not sure how they left me off this list). A fun read at Las Vegas’ hottest jobs … and who has them Some of the city’s jobs are almost as cool as some of its guests
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Fergie Set To Perform At Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 22 – Multi-platinum and three-time Grammy Award-winner Fergie hits the stage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 22. (Tickets) The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Fergie first joined The Black Eyed Peas in 2002 and was on hand when the release of their first disc together, Elephunk, went triple platinum, thrusting the group into the industry spotlight. The mega-single “Let’s Get It Started,” earned the group its first Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Click to Read The Full Story …
Pink Taco Hosts Grand Re-Opening And Launches New Monthly Festivity “Cinco de Taco” – After 12 years of offering guests a dining experience beyond the ordinary, Pink Taco celebrated its success with a grand re-opening party, a newly expanded bar and the launch of its new monthly affair known as “Cinco de Taco.” This monthly occurrence takes place every 5th of each month offering $2 Coronas and Corona Lights, $3 Sauza Hornitos shots, $3.75 Sauza Hornitos margaritas as well as half-off appetizers from 4 p.m. until closing. “Cinco de Taco” features a live Mariachi band beginning at 6 p.m., and girls dressed in lingerie participate in three unique Pinata bashings filled with Love Jones lingerie. Click to Read The Full Story …
Comedian Roseanne Barr Announces An Engagement At The Sahara Hotel And Casino – Grammy award-winning comedian Roseanne Barr brings her everyday humor and observations to the Sahara Hotel and Casino, beginning March 1, 2008. (Tickets) Barr will perform in the Sahara’s legendary Congo Room, a 520-capacity entertainment venue, with a 9:30 p.m. show time. “Fresh out of rehab and ready to PARTY! Seriously though, I’m thrilled to be back in Las Vegas for another run and cannot wait to see you all at The Sahara,” said Barr. Click to Read The Full Story …
Gambling Talk: Video Keno – Part Six – with Victor H. Royer. 3-6-9 – Among keno players, this ticket and game are known as “the three way kiss.” You figure it out. It is another version of the 9-spot way ticket that I have just shown you immediately above. On this ticket, however, you can only pick three groups of 3 numbers, making a total of three 3-spots, three 6-spots (although it really should be six 6-spots), and one 9-spot. Therefore, on the pay table there are only three possible winning combinations, and these are pays for the 3-spots, pays for the 6-spots, and the pays for the 9-spot. Click to Read Complete Article…
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Hello and thank you for your newsletter. My friends and I visit Vegas 2-3 times a year and find access Vegas very helpful in keeping up with all that is happening. I just wanted to say that you mentioned doing a different format for the news links. I find them very useful the way they are.
I thank everyone for the kind words. Rest assured that we won’t be cutting down on the type of information we do. However the newsletter is getting unbelievably long. It was only a couple pages long when we started in 1999 and now prints out at about 12-15 pages! What we may do is publish all of the news links in a secondary section which you can reach with one click. But rest assured, we’ll be providing as much (if not more) news and information as we ever have!
As a frequent visitor to Vegas, and a former cab driver, I would like to share a couple of stories about cab rides. A few years back I was out at MGM Grand. I had done pretty well on Blackjack and it was time to head back to the Plaza (where we were staying at the time) when I got in the cab the driver took a right on Tropicana and I asked him ” you’re not going to take Paradise Road?” He said no. I then said “Oh, your going to run the interstate to get the fare up?”His reply was “Are you from Vegas” When I replied no, he then asked “so what makes you an expert! I went on to explain that if he ran Paradise Road, the fare would be around 7 dollars to the Plaza and running the “SLAB” would more than double that. He laughed. I told to go which ever way he wanted, but the most he would get from me was the amount on the meter plus a tip to total $20. When I arrived at the Plaza, via the interstate, the fare was $19.85. I gave him a 20 and said keep the change. If he would have run Paradise road, he would have gotten a 13 dollar tip instead of 15 cents.
A few years later we were staying at the Nugget. There was a group of ten. We took two cabs. Our driver ran the downtown streets to Paradise Road and straight to the Airport. The fare was under 10 bucks so we each gave him a five for a $15 dollar tip. The other group’s driver ran the Interstate and the fare was $22 . He got a $3 dollar tip.
Since that time 11 years ago. I have been renting cars when I come to Vegas 3 times a year and have saved a ton of money on cab fares.
This long-hauling just doesn’t stop. Locally (away from The Strip), I recently needed to use a cab. The intersection I asked the cabbie to take me to was north of our location. The cabbie headed south. After about three blocks, I asked why we weren’t headed north to the cross-streets I asked for. He u-turned and noted that he doesn’t usually work that part of town. Funny… he could have asked me where to go, or got out a map.
Just a reminder about leaving the car rental lot: I was by that area today and traffic was stacked on Warm Springs Road (which runs from the rental car lot to Las Vegas Blvd). One again, you don’t have to turn south (to the right) when you leave the rental car facility. When exiting the garage, jog to the left a bit and turn LEFT out of the facility on to Gilespie (road rental facility is on). You’ll start to see the Strip Hotels about a block up the street. Keep driving north towards the hotels in the distance until you are forced to turn left on Sunset. Then a quick right on to Las Vegas Blvd. and you just saved yourself 10-15 minutes of sitting in traffic!
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Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:
- St. Patrick’s Day March 17
- Easter Sunday March 23
- Cinco de Mayo May 5
- Mother’s Day May 11
- Victoria Day, Canada May 17-19 (3 day weekend)
- Memorial Day May 24-26 (3 day weekend)
- Father’s Day June 15
- Canada Day, Canada July 1
- Independence Day July 4-6 (3 day weekend)
- Civic Holiday, Canada August 2-4 (3 day weekend)
- Labor Day, U.S August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
- Labour Day, Canada August 30-September 1 (3 day weekend)
- Grandparent’s Day September 7
- Jewish New Year September 30
- Yom Kippur October 9
- Columbus Day October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
- Thanksgiving Day, Canada October 11-13 (3 day weekend)
- Halloween October 31
- Veteran’s Day November 11
- Thanksgiving Day November 27-30 (4 day weekend)
- Hanukkah Dec. 22 – Dec. 29
- Christmas December 25
- New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 1
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 19-21 (3 day weekend)
- Chinese/Lunar New Year January 26
- Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
- Valentine’s Day February 14
- President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 14-16 (3 day weekend)
- Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
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