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 Post subject: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthday
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2016, 2:58 pm 
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My best friend and his wife moved to Vegas this year. I will be there on vacation in January and February. My golden birthday is on the 31st. I have friends driving from LA and my girlfriend is flying in from Chicago for B Day celebration.

I want my internet friends there to. This means you. If you're reading this, you are invited. We've talked about an RV meetup for a few years now. Chicago has been mentioned. Vegas has been mentioned.

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When: January 31, 2017
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America
What: I'd like to meetup with yous guys for lunch. We'll have some great food and laughs. As day turns to night, there will be nightlife activities, but without the adult entertainment. No strippers. I'm firm on this rule, unless Pyro is the one stripping. He's already offered his services, and I have accepted. There will be gambling and drinks and general tomfoolery and balleyhoo. It's Vegas. There will also be an event of some sort. I'm thinking Cirque Du Solei's (not looking up the spelling) The Beatles' Love It looks neat, I like The Beatles, it isn't outrageously pricey and only lasts an hour and a half or less.

The reason I'm posting this now is because this is the sweet spot for roundtrip tickets. I just got some from Chicago and back for $130.

There are a couple maybe's already. Pyro says he'll be on leave and Topsummoner is considering it. Jaron doesn't want to take time off from work, but it's only one day, and if you guys come, he'll have to. I'd like to see you guys. Let me know.

I have friends that live in Vegas, so I can help you get hotel deals and I'm working on getting free tickets to Love. My buddy knows the Light Tech. The sooner you guys make a decision on this, the more time I will have to plan and make this a day of legend. You deserve a vacation. You want to meetup. Pull the trigger. Kick 2017 off with a :bzzz:

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2016, 10:23 pm 
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Jaron doesn't want to take time off from work, but it's only one day, and if you guys come, he'll have to.
It doesn't work like that :( >_>

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: November 3rd, 2016, 5:20 am 
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Saten Ruiko wrote:
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Jaron doesn't want to take time off from work, but it's only one day, and if you guys come, he'll have to.
It doesn't work like that :( >_>

You'll haaaaaaave to.

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: November 3rd, 2016, 7:15 am 
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Tell you what. I'm not going to book it off work. But if my 4 days off will line up with your holiday, then i'll head down.

You get there on the 31. When do you leave vegas?

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: November 3rd, 2016, 12:25 pm 
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I'll be in Vegas from 1/25/17-2/11/17 and at some point I'll be spending a half week in LA.

The party and meetup would be on my birthday on the 31st of January.

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: November 3rd, 2016, 1:29 pm 
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The party and meetup would be on my birthday on the 31st of January.


Oh, I see. You're hoping to have us there for just the one day/evening/night.
Alright. As the date approaches, I'll see if I can work my shift around.
I won't be able to confirm anything until mid january though

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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2016, 1:42 pm 
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I'm looking into making this happen, just worried about the financial side of it. But I want to come. And other people should come too y'hear?

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: November 3rd, 2016, 1:44 pm 
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The party and meetup would be on my birthday on the 31st of January.


Oh, I see. You're hoping to have us there for just the one day/evening/night.
Alright. As the date approaches, I'll see if I can work my shift around.
I won't be able to confirm anything until mid january though

You, sir, will be one of the Legends.

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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2016, 1:44 pm 
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I'm looking into making this happen, just worried about the financial side of it. But I want to come. And other people should come too y'hear?

You, sir, will be one of the Legends.

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PostPosted: November 3rd, 2016, 10:04 pm 
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Well, if nothing else I do know I don't have plans for that time. Yet...

Airfare to get back into the lower 48 is a bitch though. I suppose I can always cheese an AlaskaAir miles card or something...

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: November 3rd, 2016, 10:13 pm 
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Well, if nothing else I do know I don't have plans for that time. Yet...

Airfare to get back into the lower 48 is a bitch though. I suppose I can always cheese an AlaskaAir miles card or something...

You, sir, will be one of the Legends.

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: November 4th, 2016, 8:54 am 
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You, sir, will be one of the Legends.

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: January 14th, 2017, 10:10 pm 
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So, on Monday I'm going to call my boss and book off the 30th, 31st and 1st. I won't buy any plane tickets until I've spoken with him.
I should already have the 26-29 off, so I could come out a couple days early.
If I do, what would you guys suggest that I could do down there on my own, until everyone else gets there???

Also, who's all going?

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: January 31st, 2017, 11:54 am 
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Here's a bit of an update for you guys!
Arrived around noon yesterday and did a bit touring along the strip and visited some casinos. I checked into my room which overlooks their wildlife habitat. They have flamingos there!
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Happy hour was on from 5-6 at the Margaritaville bar. I had a few 5cent beers. Tried Craps for the first time.

I checked my phone to find that John was wondering if I was interested in supper. I took them up on the offer.
I met three awesome people who took me to one of their favourite breweries to try a jalapeño beer. It was unique, and quite tastey. Think: all the best parts of jalapeño poppers, & beer. But now those two things have become one.
Then we went to a southern BBQ place for dinner. The pulled pork was quite good!
The entire area of town was built out of sea cans. They stacked them 3 high and arranged them in ways where shops, restaurants and stages could occupy them.
In front of this area there was a giant preying mantis which shot fire out its antenna, in beat to the music.
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We stopped by a patio for a nice specialty mixed drink.
Then we went to Freemont street to see the LED sky. It was literally as bright as day. The light show was in time with the music that was blasting through the streets. There were a lot of street performers here too!
We stopped by the Golden Nugget to see the sharks and fish, then played a bit of blackjack at the end of the night.
So far from blackjack, craps, and VLTs i'm down 80 bucks.

The real birthday party starts in about an hour and a half, so i'd better get out of bed and and find a coffee!

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: January 31st, 2017, 2:08 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: February 3rd, 2017, 12:19 am 
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Happy birthday Spiro. Hope you and Market had a great time! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: February 3rd, 2017, 7:35 am 
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I'm just waiting to get my hands on a few picture before I update this again.

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: February 23rd, 2017, 8:43 pm 
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I know most of you have been waiting on the edge of your seat for this update.
So feel free to resume breathing, because here it is!

The 31st was great fun!

We started with breakfast donuts, and breakfast coffee. These two shops came highly recommended, and I got to learn all about pour overs ;)
Then we all went over to the Stratosphere! On the way in, we grabbed some passes for the observation room and for some rides. Yeah! There were some rides at the top of the tower. Neat, eh?

All my life, I've never been afraid of heights. I've framed, stood trusses, helped roofers, climbed mountains... In each of these situations, there is an element that I can control. If I were to fall in any of these instances, there would be a few things to grab on the way down, and I could rely on strength and coordination to give me a hope of surviving.
The Stratosphere has none of this.
The observation room is wider than the tower, so there is nothing to grab on the way down. Not to mention the tower is smooth concrete.
I realized this as soon as we exited the elevator 112 floors up.
I was then apprehensive about the glass around the perimeter of the observation room. Even though I didn't really approach the glass, I could take a small amount of comfort knowing I was inside something that was probably structurally sound.
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That changed.
We had to climb one last flight of stairs that led to the balcony where the rides were mounted onto the roof.
There was a tiny little thought inside me that timidly voiced: do it! do it! if you don't now, you never will!
....the entire rest of me was PETRIFIED. hahaha
I was almost beside myself, as I walked out of the building. I followed John. We sat beside each other on a pair of chairs. The lap bar was latched into place.
I snapped back into reality as the ride jerked into motion.
After the initial shake, five pairs of chairs were slowly (painfully slowly) craned out to dangle way out over the edge. After we hung there for a moment, the ride began to spin. All 10 of us were rotating. As it spun faster, the chairs spread out. We were tilted and forced to look straight down.
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That was the scariest thing I had done in my life. I sat the second ride out. John can fill you in on what it was like to helplessly ride some rails out over the edge, and then bounce into a stopper.

The third ride was located in the centre of the rooftop. It was similar to a drop of doom type ride, but this one launched you skywards. Instantly, we felt 4G's as we rocketed to 70km/h. At these speeds, it felt like we would run out of track and get launched into the air!
I was pretty tense hahaha (this is the part where you get to laugh at the faces I was pulling, and you can refer to that one scene in Snatch)
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But, at the peak, a second actuator engaged, and we were propelled right back down.
The ride ended up being a fantastic amount of fun! So much so, that we convinced Johns girlfriend to join us as we rode it for a second time.
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all in all, I would recommend this to anyone.

Two more of Johns friends joined us, and we went to Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar for lunch. If you're ever here, order the nachos!


We took a break to SUIT UP!
Skyfall Lounge was stellar! It was at the top of the Delano. They had huge windows facing north along the strip, so we could see out over the nighttime skyline.
After a few drinks there, we headed for our steakhouse dinner reservations!
Dinner was delicious, and we finished off the night in the casinos.



The following day, I was touring the city, and someone, quite excitedly, ran up to me and began asking me about my show on Friday.
After a brief conversation, I discovered that they believed me to be Daniel Tosh haha
I had to walk over to a poster before she believed that I wasn't him.

....I don't really see it. Even when I try to mimic his smile. :P
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Also, if you're ever there, visit the canal shops and listen to the opera singers :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bound To Be Legendary 31st Las Vegas (and Golden) Birthd
PostPosted: February 23rd, 2017, 9:05 pm 
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Thanks for the update; glad you guys had a good time!

And yeah, I can kind of see the resemblance (though not in the hair).

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