Jul 28, 2011

Flying Home From Vegas

Heading back to Pennsylvania after our wedding and honeymoon.

Jul 26, 2011

Chihuly At City Center

Dale Chihuly Exhibition At CityCenter
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S - Las Vegas, NV
There is an incredible gallery of Dale Chihuly's glass art on display in his gallery at CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip.  It's just outside of the Aria Casino.

Below are some scans of the visitors guide and a few of the photos from our visit.

Jul 25, 2011

An Air Conditioned Pyramid In The Desert

Luxor Casino Hotel
The Strip - Las Vegas, NV
If they ever decide to turn The Stand into a theatrical movie, they really ought to consider switching Randall Flagg's base of operations from the MGM Grand to the top of the Luxor pyramid.  It's a 30 story casino hotel next to The Excalibur on the Vegas Strip.  We're staying here for our honeymoon, and let me tell ya, this place brings cheesy fun to a whole new level.

Work started on the pyramid in 1992 and was finished by the following summer at a cost of $375 million dollars.  The Luxor opened on October 15th, 1993 with 2,526 rooms and it was the tallest building on The Strip at the time.

Every part of this casino hotel makes you feel like you're at an ancient Egyptian theme park.  In previous years, it had even more of a theme park feel.  They used to have a Nile River ride that took you around the casino, but it closed in 1996.  There was also a replica of the tomb of King Tutankhamen, but that closed in 2010 and was replaced with something even better (more about that later).

Map of the Luxor

The lobby, atrium showroom and casino floor of the Luxor is in the center of the pyramid with the hotel rooms rising up above.

Our room is on the 20th floor.  The hallway (with an incredibly loud carpet) overlooks the entrance to the atrium showroom.  I can imagine that it can be a pretty dizzying experience to find the way back to your room after a few drinks.

The ancient Egyptian theme continues into the room.  The combination entertainment center/dresser is covered in hieroglyphics and there are stone carvings of glyphs hanging on the wall.  However the craziest part is the window to the outside.  The hotel rooms go right up to the edge of the pyramid, so the window wall is at an extreme slant.

The window overlooks one of the swimming pools, the parking lot, and the desert and mountains that surround the Vegas Strip.

At night, the Luxor Sky Beam shoots out of the top of the pyramid into the sky.  It's created by a total of 39 xenon lamps which are 7,000 watts each, and a series of curved mirrors are used to focus them into a single beam.  It's the strongest beam of light in the world and is visible up to 275 miles away.

Jul 24, 2011

I Do

...and they lived happily ever after.

Jul 21, 2011

Rest In Peace: Waldenbooks

"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking."
- Jerry Seinfeld

Jul 19, 2011

Hollywood And Punk

Cole Hamels and CM Punk
Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL (July 18, 2011)
The WWE World Heavyweight Champion skipped Monday Night Raw to take in last night's game between the Cubs and Phillies.  He even brought the title belt out of the refrigerator and posed for a pregame photo with 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels.

The Chicago native picked a good night to go out and support his team.  Ex-Phillie Rodrigo L√≥pez outdueled Roy Halladay to give the Cubs a 6-1 victory.  The Phillies only run came from a Jimmy Rollins homer to lead off the top of the 4th inning.

Jul 18, 2011

Cold Storage

Last night at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view, CM Punk defeated John Cena to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  He then ran out of the arena and quit the company, but he was kind enough to send this tweet to the WWE Universe to let them know that he's keeping the title belt safe and sound.  I have a few questions:

  • Who stores peanut butter in the refrigerator?
  • Is that a Tim Lincecum cup on the shelf with the belt?