E-402: Gambley

• May 15th, 2022

Random Vegas 

After the Cosmopolitan deal is complete, MGM Resorts will control 40% of all the hotel rooms on the Vegas strip (@LasVegasLocally) 

Twitpic of the week 

It’s a version of the Flamingo that virtually no one remembers or at least does not get talked about.  It’s the motel version of the property that existed just before Hilton started building the high rises we know the property to have to this day.  That evolution began with the erection of the famous plumb signage.  A sign that would be removed during the property's expansion of the casino to the sidewalk. The image, shared this week by @PixVegas777, isn’t the most visually appealing property on the strip during its time but its an important building block in the evolution that made the Flamingo Fabulous. 

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E-401: Inferiation

• May 8th, 2022
Random Vegas
The first Vegas resort to have topless showgirls was The Dunes. (@  POVblog)
 
Twitpic of the week 
A single, solitary sultan, standing astride on top of a roof, hands on hips, somehow intimating that he has a large cock.  That last part may be my own inferiation but lets not open that can of worms or acknowledge the fact that I may have just made up a word.  Regardless, this marquee was a bad ass monument to a remarkable gambling den.  The Dunes would later replace said sultan with the iconic turret sign.  The sultan was then relocated to the golf course on property, near the freeway exit until it had an electrical fire destroy it beyond repair.  Which is a shame.  How cool would the sultan be at the Neon Museum.  We, we can only daydream about what could have been.  Thanks to @summacorp for sharing a picture that inspired a monologue.
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E-400: Confusing Boner

• May 1st, 2022
Random Vegas
The iconic Barbary Coast signage designed by Buzz Leming featured Tiffany-style glass, a burgundy and gold color scheme and a 19th century-style lettering that is known as "Barbary Coast Block" (Neon Museum)
 
Twitpic of the week
The Mirage Volcano.  It’s time to enjoy it while we still have it.  As sad as it can be, change is the only constant in Las Vegas.  We’ve lost some legends along the way.  The Sands, the Stardust, the Dunes were all lost in favor of progress, some better than others.  The most concerning point is that those that were creative enough to evolve Vegas into the place we know it as don’t appear to be around anymore, except Derek Stevens.  That guy gets it.  But this monologue is not about that, its about the signature attraction that kicked off a revolution in Vegas, The Mirage Volcano.  She will forever have a special place in my heart.  Thank you @vegasjaydubs for an epic picture of a game changer in the Vegas market.  Cheers to you Mirage Volcano.  Thanks for the memories.  You will not be forgotten.
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E-399: T-Rex Arm

• April 24th, 2022
Random Vegas
In 1999, the Stardust signed a 10-year deal with Wayne Newton for a reported $25 m per year, the largest entertainment contract in Vegas history at the time.  But after 5 ½ years Newton ended his run and was replaced by George Carlin in April 2005
 
Twitpic of the week 
I’ll admit it, this is the first Twitpic of the week that I’m not 100% sure where this is located.  My educated guess is the Stardust but my experiences with her were so limited.  Still, she seems to have the same level of elegance and tackiness as the legend.  Thanks to @VitalVegas, we got to thoroughly reflect on the strips past and present.
 
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E-398: Over Confident Keren

• April 16th, 2022

Random Vegas

In France, the movie “the Hangover” was given the title “Very Bad Trip”.  In Spanish-speaking countries, it was called “What Happened Yesterday” (@VitalVegas)

Twitpic of the week

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A moment in time capture by @_GrandPaD’s father in 1964 featuring the Stardust, a legend in her prime.  Still sporting the original road marquee as well as the properties original frontage.  Adding to the glamor is a parking lot full of vintage vehicles.  We’ll, back then they weren't vintage but you know what we mean.  It’s a great photo of a great place in the sun.

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