Posts tagged ‘Las Vegas’
I got back today from Las Vegas, after having gone there for a long weekend with some friends. I am feeling lazy/tired/dead, so I was going to post nothing … but then I had a thought.
Right now there are things like the Nike+ Fuel Band, from Nike’s site:
Through a sports-tested accelerometer, Nike+ FuelBand tracks your daily activity including running, walking, basketball, dancing and dozens of everyday activities. It tracks each step taken and calorie burned. It also tells the time of day.
Cool … ish? There are also Garmin watches that tell you how far you’ve gone (they’re great for running).
Consider this – there are apps that allow you to input what you have eaten, so that you can be very well aware of how healthy or unhealthy you are.
What’s next? – There are eventual going to be apps (if there aren’t already) that allow you to take a picture of what you’ve just eaten. That app will process the picture and give you an estimate on the stats for that food. Calories, grams of protein, grams of fat, etc.
What’s my point? – In Las Vegas, that app will not function. I thought of this because I was thinking about how much stuff that’s bad for me I consumed over the past few days, and I thought it could be interesting and terrible to have an accurate measure of that information.
I didn’t want to think and do a real post, so here’s this … (also, so you know, my money doesn’t go toward gambling. For me it’s food, booze, and a show or two. And the people watching, but that’s free.)
I did an audio recording where I pretended to find romance and then (gasp!) it turned out to be me calling for ‘Frank, from the TSA’ and I had thought of him because I’d just gone to the bathroom and found a latex glove.
Now that’s COMEDY!
Unfortunately you have to pay a bit extra to do an audio post, so instead here are some pictures.
My senior year of college some friends and I drove from Dallas, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada. Otherwise known as VEGAS BABY! While there we were delighted to learn that there was going to be an IMPLOSION!
The Star Dust Resort and Casino was imploded on March 13th, 2007 around 2:33 am. Only in Vegas would an implosion become a must-see show taking place at 2:30 am.
Again, VEGAS BABY!
Other people were also excited about this
Pre-KaBOOM Show (1/2)
Pre-KaBOOM Show (2/2)
Let the smoke clear before …
My pictures of the actual implosion sucked – but this guys vid is cool
You could maybe tell the cloud of … doom … moved quickly
Very, very quickly …
Notice the smart guy with the mask on. Right after the implosion I was still standing there awed by the awesome-ness of it, but everyone else is putting on masks, or covering their mouths with something …
Vegas = Drinking. Vegas + Implosion = Ruh Roh.
Some random car (and this parking lot was a ways off)
What a handsome young man (frightening)
It’s kind of fun until you realize that’s building covering my face/hair/body/throat. Thankfully, again, it was Vegas – so we weren’t the dirtiest people around.
Fine – since it’s a Vegas post – here’s some nudity.
Big congratulations to the bro and new sister-in-law. I headed to Vegas on Tuesday night, the wedding was Wednesday, and then I hung out with my family until Sunday when I flew back to Houston.
I wrote a speech for the wedding, which I didn’t end up giving. But you know what? I like the speech. Thankfully I have this self-centered blog that revolves around me. So blog, do your thing. I changed my sister’s name to E$, like you do. And the bro’s name to: T.
I didn’t know if I had to make a speech or not, and I didn’t want to ask T because that’d be too easy, so I asked mom and E$ and they said write one just in case.
So that’s the opening line of my speech.
Anyway. I’m going to tell you a story about T and I. The family all moved out to Arizona because we figured Dad was lonely, and we wanted to teach him to never make that mistake again.
One day, everyone was gone but T and I. We were bored.
We’d probably already been in the pool about 20 hours that day, and watched plenty of TV, so we found a new distraction – two-square. Like how 4th graders do. We were on the driveway going back and forth, trying to set a record. One tap. Two taps. Three taps! Dang, messed up. One time I accidentally hit the ball to the ‘yard’ – which consists of small, sharp rocks. T, the athlete, jumped after it with abandon, killing his feet. He saved the ball, but I was too busy laughing at him sacrificing his body to react. He and I cracked up at the fact that T just wrecked his feet for stupid two-square.
Life was good.
E$ was gone when that was happening. She was here in Vegas actually. She got back and she later told me she was ‘disgruntled’ because T and I got all buddy-buddy and were ganging up on her for a change rather than E$/me or T/E$. E$ is very much a good middle sibling, peace keeper. She’s a very good listener, at least she tells me that – like daily – so T and I talk to E$ much more than we talk to each other.
I guess what I’m saying is E$ more of a best man than I am. Look at her. All manly and such.
No, I’m just kidding I guess.
T has had a very big impact on my life. Emotionally. You know. Like with emotions. For example, a lot of you may not know this – I didn’t either, until I made this up when I wrote this speech (just kidding) – anyway, I didn’t like reading when I was growing up. My dad taught me that books are for sissies. But then one day, T, the coolest sissy I knew, gave me ‘The Sword of Shannara.’
I read that, and it’s a book about dudes with swords and magic and all that nonsense. And I think a large part of my not having a girlfriend until college was because of that. But a nice thing was that I really liked the book. And it’s like 800 pages. Nothing to sneeze at. So I read the book, and I loved it, and then I read the next one, and the next one, and so on. I was crazy for the books.
I still remember T’s favorite character was Panamon Creel. He had a hook for a hand. Yeah. There was another character who was a ninja (my favorite), but T chose the guy with a hook for a hand. Take that as you will. I’m also picturing that the character T liked wore sequins. No, I’m kidding about that part. But now that you know T chose a pirate over a ninja, sequins probably fits the bill for him.
Anyhow. When I moved to Houston recently it was very daunting and scary and a little squishy, emotionally that is, and so I did what has become a norm for me ever since that summer I first read ‘The Sword of Shannara’ – I escaped in books about dudes with swords and magic and all that nonsense.
So I appreciate T more than he realizes. And I would thank all of you to not acknowledge the fact that a genuine compliment was given in this speech, because I am a WASP and it is against my religion to acknowledge the showing of emotions. ‘And God said, shut your pie hole about it,’ Job 3:14.
But T has been a huge part of my life, and I am much the better person for it. He’s ocasionally sprinkled some knowledge my way, and in return what did I do? I grew to be taller than him. I’m not very nice, am I?
Anyway let’s all raise our glasses and toast the newly married couple – T & H [his wife], their future, and of course let’s also toast dudes with swords.
Below are three lovely photos from the enjoyable week with the fam.
The bro, sis and I. Plus Jozy (sp?) making an appearance on the left.
Couple o’ studs.
The fam, sans T and the newbie.
What happens in Vegas does NOT stay in Vegas. At this fancy club I went to at the Wynn, there were stripper poles. And apparently, you get a bunch of Vegas hooches together, get the booze flowing, and girls turn into strippers. Vegas, huh? This particularly lovely lady, right after this picture, went BAM right to the ground on her back. Even better? The stripper poles, at the base, had a sort of fountain. Soaking wet, drunk, and full of shame – classic Vegas.