Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 22, 2005

In This Issue: Latest From Las Vegas, Limos Are Hot, Dirk Arthur and Tigers Wallpaper, Barry Manilow Is #1, Free Internet Poker Advice, Photo of Rio Las Vegas, Members Mania, more ….

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Hello From Las Vegas! The Tropicana may or may not be a victim of an implosion later on this year, but Dirk Arthur is celebrating his one year anniversary there with no signs of letting up. Catch it while you can! Who would have thought that Barry Manilow would have a #1 selling CD? And the only place to see him is Las Vegas! We’ve got a great, free audio clip from our Gaming Expert Victor H. Royer in this issue, filling you on on how to win.

After a few cold and windy days (including some light rain last Sunday), the week ahead is looking good with highs in the 70’s!

Limos Are Hot and I mean red hot. I was sifting through some of the reservations we’ve taken just today, and you would be surprised at how many are flying on on Southwest or Allegiant or similar discount airline, then kicking off your vacation with a limo ride from the airport to your hotel.

An airline seat is an airline seat, but nothing rocks your vacation from the very first minute like being whisked away in a limo, and the grand entrance you make at the hotel is priceless! The cost? Not much more than a cab. Seriously. Click to check our our limo rates and see for yourself!

Last Chance To Win the book Powerful Profits At Internet Poker by our gaming expert Victor H. Royer. If you are new to internet poker, interested in it, or playing and not getting the results you want, you need this book. And we are giving away five copies! Enter Drawing For Powerful Profits From Internet Poker. We also have a link to a free 14 minute expert audio segment on this topic later in the newsletter.

Insider Vibe Broadcast/Podcast returns next week! We accomplished significant upgrades to handle the demand to listen, and I’m looking forward to being back “on the air!”

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Xtreme Magic starring
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Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur celebrates its first year at the Tropicana Resort & Casino this month. The success of the afternoon production show in the Tiffany Theatre has led to an extension through April 1, 2006. Magician Dirk Arthur continues to amaze audiences with his “Xtreme Magic.” He is known for his grand illusions, which include the appearance of a Robinson helicopter and an Amtrak train. He is also recognized for showcasing the largest number of exotic cats ever to appear in an afternoon show on the Las Vegas Strip. Click for Xtreme Magic starring Dirk Arthur Tickets

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Charting Manilow To The TopBarry Manilow, who headlines at the Las Vegas Hilton with “Manilow: Music and Passion” released his new The Greatest Songs of the Fifties. How’s this for fast? It debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Top 200, giving Barry his best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. The songs of the best-selling album? “Moments To Remember,” “It’s All In The Game,” “Unchained Melody,” “Venus,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing,” “Rags To Riches,” “Sincerely/Teach Me Tonight (Duet with Phyllis McGuire),” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” “Young At Heart,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “What A Difference A Day Made,” and “Beyond The Sea.”

La Femme and MGM Grand Welcome New Ownership of Famed Parent Show Crazy Horse in Paris – New Plans Set for Worldwide Crazy Horse Productions La Femme at MGM Grand and its parent show Crazy Horse in Paris are under new ownership. Founded by French entrepreneur Alain Bernardin in 1951, Crazy Horse had been owned and operated by Bernardin’s three children Didier, Pascal and Sophie since his death in 1994. The Bernardin siblings recently sold their rights to a group of shareholders led by Belgian businessmen Philippe Lhomme and Yannick Kalantarian. Click To Read Full Story …

Gambling Talk Free Audio Lesson: Powerful Profits From Internet Poker – with Victor H. Royer.The games are virtual – the profits are real! Poker is hotter than ever, and these days, you don’t need to live near a casino to play! Internet poker offers the ideal solution for players who know the basics and are looking for a fun, easy way to get into a game. Click and listen to learn how to win at internet poker!

Internationally known band, Chuy & Company Featuring Danielle, take the stage in the Celebration Lounge at The Tropicana. The band has performed all over the world in places such as Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Mazatlan, and Belize. While on tour, Chuy & Company Featuring Danielle served as the opening act for such well-known headliners as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and Paul Anka. They entertain audiences with an eclectic mix of music ranging from top hits and classic rock to jazz, Latin, and Country, while adding some impersonations to their show. Performances are Tuesday and Thursday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are no performances Sunday and Monday nights. The show is Free to the public.

“Forever Plaid” Marks One Year Anniversary at the Gold Coast – “‘Forever Plaid’-The Heavenly Musical Hit” recently celebrated its one year anniversary at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino . The show debuted in the Gold Coast Showroom on Jan. 15, 2005. Since opening night, “Forever Plaid” has been a sensational hit, provoking laughter and tears, sometimes at the same time. The showroom continues to be filled with sophisticated audiences who adore ’50s and’60s music, a wholesome story, and never-ending comedic banter. Loyal Plaid enthusiasts return to see the show over and over again. In addition to a year of packed houses at the Gold Coast, the Las Vegas production had a successful six-year run at the Flamingo Las Vegas from 1995 to 2001. They are the first “Forever Plaid” production to reach this many performances. Click To Read The Full Story …

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – 1994 Coming Resorts. This historical clip features the Dunes Implosion, Bellagio announcement, New York-New York announcement, Stratosphere construction update, Boomtown (now Silverton), Buffalo Bills, Fiesta and more Click To Watch 1994 Coming Resorts Historical Video: Broadband (only)

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Readers Write

Dear Ted, I’ve just got back from a 7 night vacation in Las Vegas today (Fri) and miss it already. I only lost $10 overall so I’m pleased. I stayed at the Stardust and was very sad to find this magnificent piece of LV history is to die at the end of 2006 – Is there some way to save it and incorporate the main West Tower into the new complex and save the beautiful name?.

Anyway my fave place was off strip – The Rio. It’s floor show in the afternoon is second to none with photo opportunities too – extremely professional and fun too. Long live The Rio. Also what few people in my group realized that some of the best eating establishments are off strip, esp. the Gold Coast Buffet – What a choice – lunchtime buffet only $7.45 – I came out rather heavier than I went in. – Any surveys you run please include me so I can rate the best of Beautiful Las Vegas. Ted keep up the good work.

Regards – Owen (South Shields, England)

Ted Responds – Owen, glad you had such a great time! I’m thrilled and flattered by our friends around the world who love Las Vegas, travel so far to see us, and enjoy our information. Because of the scope of the size of the Stardust replacement, the building will come down. But listeners know that I am no fan of the replacement name “Echelon Place”. At the very least, it would be nice if part of the new complex kept some of the Stardust name. Thanks for writing!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 2, 2002

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:Hello from Las Vegas! Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. We’ve done a little face lift on the newsletter. Don’t worry … no drastic changes. We moved hotel specials back to the top to give you easy access to them and added the “What’s New” section to highlight the great stuff we add all the time.As usual, we were out all over the place last week. We ran into a reader at Tequila Joe’s (Imperial Palace) which we always enjoy. When at a resort area bar or lounge, I never tell anybody who I am or what I do so I can get people’s honest views of Las Vegas. It is always fun when I find out the person is a reader.Steve and his wife Maria from Windsor (Ontario, Canada) had noted his frustration with cocktail service at some slots. I shared some tips with him and he wrote me a couple of days ago to say hello and thank me. The letter is in feedback along with my tips. We enjoy being able to help!

Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Calendar For Charity – Now is the time to get a 2003 Las Vegas calendar and help a good cause. These are the same high quality Las Vegas calendars you find in hotels and gift shops at or below the gift shop price with all proceeds going to charity. See the beautiful photos and purchase info atá 2003 Las Vegas Calendar.

Best “Local’s” Casino – You voted and the results are in! Here are the top Las Vegas local’s casinos (casinos away from the tourist areas usually frequented by residents):

  1. Sam’s Town – Newly remodeled, Sam’s Town appeals not only to the country music fans, but those who want a comfortable place where the rules are good, the food is better, and Mystic Falls indoor park is one of the nicest faux outdoor places to enjoy a cocktail.
  2. The Orleans – Just a mile east of The Strip on Tropicana, The Orleans boasts a comfortable atmosphere, good buffet, great specialty restaurants, regular headliners and concerts, and one of the hottest cocktail waitress outfits in town.
  3. Sunset Station and Gold Coast (tie). You can’t go wrong with either. If you haven’t been in the Gold Coast the past year, you have not been. Remodeled and upgraded to compete with The Palms (across the street), they continue to have great gaming, cheap rooms, and a new buffet that is the best in town for the money.Sunset Station was the top-of-the-line of the Station Casino group until Green Valley Ranch opened. However, few must have made it up to Green Valley Ranch (a favorite of ours) and Sunset gets the win.

This goes to show that we don’t rig our polls! You readers and other site visitors visit AccessVegas.Com and cast your votes, and our double-redundant system insures that nobody can stuff the ballet box. This month, we want to know “What is the best Las Vegas magic show”? Vote now on the main page of AccessVegas.Com

Sahara Korean Barbecue – Chef John recently enjoyed his visit and noted “The Kun-Mandu are beef pot stickers served with an excellent dipping sauce and our other main entree was Kalbee a.k.a. barbecued pork” andá “a Korean restaurant would also be a very good stop for a vegetarian looking for something beyond a tofu burger.” This restaurant is close to The Strip. Read the review with photos.

Larry G. Jones – continues his great, free show at the Fitzgerald’s downtown. So successful has he been, that the hotel has expanded and upgraded the showroom to meet demand! Jones is the “Man of 1,002 Voices.” Go see him now before the hotel figures out it should be charging much more than the one drink minimum to see him. For more info including show times, click to Larry G. Jones – Man of 1,002 Voices.

Readers Are Winning! – Message board members “kimimurad” and “kay” separately reported on recent jackpots here in Las Vegas. “kimimurad” hit at the Luxor for $1600 and $1200 and “kay” played Roaring 20’s slots at the Stardust for 8 hours on a $20 bill and walked away $750 ahead. Tell us about the big jackpot or the nice run you had at the slots in our Gambling / Jackpots forum!

Ladies Day Out – Treat Yourself to Something Special! Spend a fun-filled day doing what we love to do most and are great at…shopping, dining, and relaxing. More details at Ladies Day Out

Nellis Air Show – Nellis Air Force Base will host a two-day air show called Aviation Nation Oct. 5-6. The objective of this event is to give our friends and neighbors throughout Southern Nevada and visitors from throughout the world a behind the scenes look at AmericaÆs Air Force.

The air show will also depict the history of American aviation through numerous additional military and civilian air demonstrations and ground displays. Nearly 100 aircraft from a replica of the original Wright Flyer to some of the nationÆs newest military aircraft will be on display. Details at Nellis Air Show.

Legal Pot – You may have heard that Nevada will legalize marijuana. Maybe, but it won’t be this year. A measure on the ballot would basically legalize 3 oz. or less. It is trailing in the polls, but conjecture is that people don’t answer poll questions of this nature honestly. The bottom line: Nevada law requires constitutional measures to be passed twice to become law. So if it passes this time, another two year wait is ahead.

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Show Review: V The Ultimate Variety Show

Las Vegas is home to some of the greatest entertainment on earth, and because of that many great entertainers and entertainment groups make their home here. Many work in the shows, but what do the rest of them do all the time? Many do well performing private corporate events or home base out of here while spending time on the road.

Producer David Saxe found himself in an interesting situation lately. He had produced Melinda – The First Lady of Magic at The Venetian for the past few years and Melinda recently retired to start a family after a long successful career. Having been a successful Las Vegas show producer, he was familiar with all of the great acts around town and a light bulb went off: Why not bring Las Vegas a show full of cream of the crop acts for an entire show?

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Reader Feedback

Steve from Windsor, Ontario wrote;

I took your advice and sat down on quarters slot machines to see if the drink service was any better than when I sat down on a nickel machine. I tried this at the Palms and knowing my luck it was no better so I went to the Rio and the service was excellent. I couldn’t even drink the first one fast enough and she was back with another one. I tipped her a dollar every time she came around and after the third one she didn’t even bother to ask me if I wanted one she just brought me one and kept doing so until I told her I was leaving.Why was I leaving a place where I was in my glory you might ask, because the Red, White, and Blue two coin machine I was playing hit on the Double, Red 7, Red 7 so I cashed out. I only had put 20 dollars into the machine and had been playing it for quite some time. Then I went to the Strat to try my luck. I sat at a nickel machine right near the bar and the service was excellent. At the Sahara I played one dollar craps and service was excellent. Actually at Slots Of Fun and Casino Royale where they also had dollar craps the service was good, so I think from my experience your advice worked on where to go to get good drink service.Looking forward on returning to Vegas in January. Keep up the good work on the newsletter as I look forward to seeing it.It was great to meet Steve and his wife. He was telling me how bad cocktail service had been in the nickel areas of various casinos. Turns out that he was often playing the nickel games “loaded” (full coins in — couldn’t get good enough cocktail service to get loaded the other way). Some of those nickel machines take 45 coins ($2.25) a pull and nickel machines are generally the tightest in the casino (letting you win the least).

I noted the simple fact that nickel areas often get the worst cocktail service because nickel players have the reputation for being the worst tippers. Don’t blame the messenger here. That is the perception of cocktail waitresses who work the casino floor day in and day out. I suggested that instead he move up to quarter or even dollar machines.

You can play many quarter machines loaded for 3-5 quarters, and some dollar machines are loaded at $2. This gives you a much better shot at great cocktail service, you are actually playing less per pull than nickels loaded, and the higher denomination machines are usually looser! Of course, tipping the waitress $1 each time doesn’t hurt (which he had already been doing). Speaking of, check out our new In-Depth Tipping Guide.

Gulf Coast Question – Message board member “GulfCoast” is headed here with his wife this fall from the Panama City, Florida area and is wondering if he should fly out of there, Pensacola, or even Atlanta. I know we have readers in the great Southeast and Gulf Coast regions (and we are hoping many of you aren’t harmed by the approaching Lili). Help a neighbor out by letting them know which city you fly here out of in our Travel Questions/Trip Suggestions forum.

Watching The Fireworks – Message board member “me me” asked us about a good place to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks. Read our suggestions or tell us where you watched them from in years past at our New Year’s Eve forum. Check out our Las Vegas New Year’s Eve page to see what all the fuss is about New Year’s here with photos and free streaming video.

Buffets – The buffet discussion is getting hot and heavy in the forums. If you are a new visitor, stop by and get some great opinions. And if you have been here … co’mon … you know you hit a couple of buffets. Good or bad, go for it in our Interactive Information Forums (message boards). Get on board!

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

Senior Content Editor

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

TERRIBLES HOTEL & CASINO – has just opened at Paradise and Flamingo (about a mile from Bellagio). It is the site of the former Continental, but bears no resemblance to that dive. The hotel has been completely renovated and transformed into an Italian Tuscany-style resort. Story at and we have hotel info and rates at (Terribles Hotel link).

LAS VEGAS BOWL – UNLV and Arkansas both won games at the end of the season to become bowl eligible, and will meet up on Dec. 21 here in Las Vegas. The game will be televised on ESPN but rooms that week are running under $40 at some Strip hotels for those that want to see it live. Stories at and , rooms at , and tickets at

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – hit the MGM last night. Full story at and a list of winners at Britney Spears didn’t make a lot of friends at Gordon Biersch, failing to leave a tip on a comped meal. Story on that at

MEAL DEALS – The day of the 99 cent buffet is long gone, but Las Vegas still has a few great meal deals around. The catch? Many of them are off the menu. Every few months, we mention the Hard Rock’s complete steak and shrimp dinner for $5.95 (available in the coffee shop). The R-J notes a number of others at Print that article out and bring it on your next trip!

GOLD POINT GHOST TOWN – If you really want to explore the “wild west,” this one is for you. Multi-jackpot winner (some people have all the luck)! Herb Robbins used some of the cash to buy the ghost town of Gold Point, NV. He has spruced the place up just a little, and if you are willing to take the 3 hour drive north of Las Vegas, you can get bed and breakfast and take yourself back in time a bit. Story at , photos at , and info and reservations at

GUGGENHEIM – Two of the most prestigious names in the art world, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the State Hermitage Museum of Russia, announced plans for an ambitious project in Las Vegas, including a seven-story museum. Full story at

MONORAIL – The Strip monorail project is on track, and will run from the MGM to The Sahara. Interestingly enough, it turns east in the Vicinity of The Venetian, missing much of the upper Strip. Story and map at

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

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SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at

EFX – Changes are afloat. Rick Springfield takes over the lead roll from Tommy Tune in two months, and plans to take the show in more of an energetic rock direction. Full story at

AT THE COPA – is no more. The show has sold well, but rumors of conflict between producer (and star) David Cassidy and costar Sheena Easton have been in the air almost from day one. Full story at

GUNS ‘N ROSES – are playing Las Vegas New Year’s Eve at the House of Blues. Full story and ticket info at Although I was a marginal fan of the group, I won’t be shelling out the $150 – $250 for a band who’s singer has a habit of wrecking shows with his tantrums.

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Friday – 64/41 Partly Cloudy
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hoover-dam.jpg (17845 bytes)Hoover Dam has often been referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. If you have flown in from the east or the south, you might have seen it from the air, but nothing can compare to seeing it up close and in person.

Built between 1931 – 1935 to harness the flow of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam is primarily responsible for storing the water used by people and agriculture in the desert southwest including Arizona, California, and Nevada. California is entitled to 4,400,000 acre-feet, Arizona 2,800,000 acre-feet, and Nevada, 300,000 acre-feet a year from the river, and the dam stores it for constant release regardless of season. Sitting only 30 miles from the Strip, it is also a top tourist attraction for Las Vegas visitors.

Visiting the dam is a unique experience! With US 93 running across it, you are completely free to roam on the top of the dam. The view over the edge 550+ feet in the air and down Black Canyon on the Colorado River is worth the trip all by itself. For a $4 admission, the visitor’s center contains quite a bit of historical and interesting photos and exhibits. There is also a self-guided tour which you can print out online at

However, the real fun are the two tours offered. The shorter tour is fine for most. Taking 30 minutes, you go down into the dam and view the generators and are taken at to the base of the dam, where you can peer down the canyon and up toward the top of the towering structure. However, if you have a sense of adventure or are more interested in the technical inner workings, the one hour Hard Hat tours is a must.

You descend into the side of the dam in an elevator cut through the volcanic rock, and after a short walk through a pure rock tunnel, emerge in the generator room. Unlike the short tour, you are taken via another elevator to the floor of the generating area where you stand next to the huge encased turbines.

You also are taken down below the generating area where you stand just above one of the pipes feeding water through the giant electrical turbines, and can actually see the shaft of the turbine rotating. From there it is outside, for the same magnificent view of the canyon and up at the dam that you enjoy with the shorter tour. You are also taken into tunnels where you can see the huge pipes that were buried in the walls of the canyon.

A real highlight of this trip is touring the inside of the dam itself, which is lined with two miles of tunnels that serve both for drainage (all dams have a minor amount of seepage inside) and inspection. When looking down over the edge of the dam (and especially looking up from the bottom), you might notice a few vents on the side of the dam. Guess what — on the hard hat tour you can actually walk to the vent and peer out at the canyon from the inner center of the dam. Truly amazing.

The tours is not for the claustrophobic, especially the hard hat tour where you take 10 separate elevator rides with 20 people to each elevator car, and also walk the interior tunnels of the dam which are around 5 feet wide and 7 feet tall.

The visitor center is open from 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM. Tours start at 8:30 AM and run the remainder of the day. Parking on the Nevada side (in the garage) is $3.00. Parking on the Arizona side is free. The Traditional tour is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $2 for kids 7 – 16. The Hard Hat tour is $25 and includes a hard hat which you get to keep.

For those without transportation, we offer Hoover Dam tours at If you have drove to town or are renting a car, the dam is easy to find. Head south on The Strip to I-215. Go east on I-215 for about 10 miles until the freeway ends at a set of stoplights. Continue straight about 1/2 mile (I-215 turns into Lake Mead Dr.) to the junction with US 93/95 and head south. Stay on US 93 for the next 20 miles or so (through and past Boulder City). US 93 crosses the dam so once on US 93, you can’t get lost.

An alternate, more scenic route is to skip turning off to US 93/95 and stay on Lake Mead drive. Just stay on it (there will only be one fork in the road: veer right) — it is named Lake Mead Drive for a reason! This route is about 10 miles longer but skirts the lake with some great views before returning to US 93 just a couple miles from the dam. There is a toll station collecting $5 per car on this route.

IMPORTANT: Hoover Dam is a very popular attraction and US 93 also carries thousands of cars each day as the main road southeast out of Las Vegas. Plus, the dam is at a lower elevation than Las Vegas, resulting in temperatures that can be 10 degrees hotter than in the city. This can be brutal late spring to early fall. Also, the tours are usually the least crowded and most available early in the day. Hit the road early. Grab a cheap buffet breakfast at the Railroad Pass Casino (on your left just after crossing the railroad tracks as you head out of town on US 93/95) and get there early to beat the crowds and the heat.

Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


Mike and Nancy P. wrote:

>Based on your review, we had booked tickets for Jerry Lewis through
>the service listed in your newsletter.á We paid a little extra and got
>2nd row center seats.á Jerry puts on a truly spectacular show.á I
>can’t believe how he can go on for 2 hours, and still close with
>energy.á Sitting up close is definitely worth the few dollars extra to
>pick up his facial expressions.á I was amazed that the Friday night
>show (Nov 17) was not sold out.á Everyone should see this show.
>We stopped by the Aladdin and were not impressed.á My wife thought it
>was gaudy and tacky.á And they still have 100 trailers out back loaded
>with more stuff to put inside.
>We also went to Mandalay Bay and thought that was nice.á Any comments
>on how the rooms there compare to the Venetian?
>Thanks for the newsletter, it’s great.

Thanks for the kind words. Everybody continues to note that the service fee is a small price for guaranteed tickets before you arrive. You can always punch in the dates of your visit at and see which shows and headliners are playing and how much the tickets are.

I am in my mid-30’s and went to see Jerry Lewis to review the show and see a living legend, but not expecting much. Boy was I wrong! For those who missed my Jerry Lewis review a few months ago, it is archived at

I’ve only seen the Venetian rooms (very impressive true suites). Readers, have you stayed at both Mandalay and Venetian? Give us a room comparison at

Alyce Templeton wrote:

>I, along with a small group of friends recently returned from a week
>long visit to Las Vegas – my first visit – what a great experience.
>It is truly an amazing town to explore and it offers some great side
>trips out of town which we took advantage of, namely the West Rim of
>the Grand Canyon and a Hoover Dam tour.á I have been receiving your
>Vegas e-mail column for about 4 months now and from the feedback I
>have been reading – was a bit skeptical about using any taxi service
>when in town.á However, I must say the few times we used a taxi to
>save time, our experience was nothing but good.á Drivers were very
>friendly and helpful (although one had the driving skills of a New
>York City Cabbie – he was polite also).á I asked one taxi driver why
>he thought they had such a negative reputation and he responded by
>saying he has found that either a driver is very good or very bad –
>not much middle ground.á I guess we were very lucky!á Hope to return
>in a few years to see all the new additions and changes in the works
>for this interesting town.á Thanks for this great newsletter which
>helps me to remember a very memorable vacation!

We are glad you had a great time! Unfortunately, it is feast or famine with the taxi drivers. The cab companies, like many other businesses, are having trouble finding and keeping good help. If you are at all geographically inclined, it never hurts to buy a Las Vegas city map so you can have a clue whether they are taking you the best route. If you ever have a dispute or feel that you got ripped off by a cab driver, get the name of the company and the cab number from the side of the cab and call the Taxicab Authority at (702) 486-6532

>We visiting Vegas in January.á My husband was in a car crash in March of
>this year and broke both ankles.á He still has trouble walking very
>far, so we need a way to get around on the strip and downtown.á Any
>information will help. has quite a bit of info, and if you can’t find the answers there you can email their webmaster at

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December 6, 2000 ISSN: 1529-2770