Brian fooling around at the Siegfried and Roy memorialThis is Brian fooling around at the Siegfried and Roy memorial on the Strip. This will cover Friday, since I’m behind thanks to lack of Net access.

On Friday, Brian didn’t get up until very late because he’d been out
carousing and gambling until the small hours. I woke up at 7am and
dozed for half an hour before finally saying, “The heck with it” and
getting up and getting breakfast. Working and having a half-Siamese cat
has made it so I now have a hard time sleeping late.

So after eating, I spent some time wandering around the Forum Shops near
Caesar’s Palace. The architecture there is really neat—things that
look like marble (but are really cast resin) are everywhere. There are
sets of spiral escalators, and I wonder how they managed to do
that. Each escalator step is curved, but how do the curved sections
deal with the return cycle? They have to flip over, and I’d think that
would means the curves go the wrong way. The stores in that retail
section are almost all selling overpriced clothes, watches, and froufrou
“lifestyle accessories” though. There’s not a bookstore or consumer
electronics store to be found. I suppose the profit margins on books
and electronics aren’t high enough to support the insane rent they must
charge for stores like that.

We went to a few places on the east side of the Strip, including the M&M Store.  This is a 4-story building devoted to selling every kind of kitschy thing imaginable that has M&Ms on it.  That’s right, it’s a store devoted to selling products that advertise other products.  It was inevitable.  I said to Brian, “If any fundie Islamic nutjob saw this store, they’d probably have a hissy fit and then try to blow it up.”

Friday night, we went to see the Blue Man Group. They’ve been doing
shows in Vegas for years. It was an odd combo of highbrow performance art and mime with comedy and music. One of the things they did had the three Blue Men standing up with 3 stacks of large posters. Each poster had a bunch of words on it. The first set of posters said, “Pick one set of posters. Read that set and only that set.” Then they all dropped the first posters in the stack, and the subsequent posters all had different words on them. Despite the instructions, I read all 3 sets of posters, since I can read faster than the average person. Each set told roughly the same story: “There’s way too much stuff going on for you to pay attention to all of it. Are you sure you picked the right set of posters? The other posters are far more insightful than this set. We are sorry, this poster has been rewritten by 17 highly trained Ecuadorian Whooping Llamas. If only people could pay attention to more than one thing at once.”

If you really wanted to, you could think about what the posters were saying. That was not particularly necessary, though, and the segment only lasted 5 minutes. They followed it up with some percussion music played on lengths of PVC pipe, which also had some comedy in it.

When the show was over, we went back to the hotel and did some more gambling. I put $20 into one machine, got down to $1, won the smallest progressive bonus of $23.51, then cashed out.