Stories's Log
This log represents the Life and Times of the Las Vegas Dude.
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03/10/2009 19:59:08
 jim  Cannery w/Emily,Amy,Becky,Sonny,Robert
03/10/2009 11:37:32
 jim  The Old House Looks the Same
Ricco's palm tree was hit by lightning. We have new neighbors. Many stores have opened, many have closed. The inside of the house hasn't changed since we left in August. It's nice, when everything else is changing, to see some kind of consistency exists.
03/09/2009 09:07:24
 jim   Vegas Cannery - 2009/03/09
03/09/2009 09:07:24
 jim   (Reply)Vegas,NV-Cannery
03/09/2009 09:07:11
 jim  Vegas,NV-Cannery
03/09/2009 09:07:10
 jim  Vegas Cannery Colors - 2009/03/09
03/07/2009 18:44:34
 jim  Vegas,NV-Becky,Sonny,Pix
03/07/2009 06:56:51
 jim  Vegas,NV-Strip
03/07/2009 06:56:50
 jim   Vegas Strip - 2009/03/07
03/07/2009 06:11:40
 jim  There is no place like Vegas!
I think I've been around a lot now, and Vegas is the NY Times Square on steroids.
Coming in last night, and just driving down the strip, we must have passed at least 20,000 people, and we just drove a few blocks.
Some business have died, but most are BOOMING! Vegas has grown tremendously in the last 6 months.
I don't understand the stock market.
Why would stock prices in Las Vegas casinos fall. All the parking lots are full. Its more crowded than New York City.
THEY ARE MAKING A KILLING HERE! And its all for partying and having fun.
It seems to me, if a business is obviously turning hugh profits and are expanding, their stock prices shouldn't fall. It makes no sense to me, at all.
I heard Boyd Properties (whose stock fell from $40 to $4 a share) is buying the Station Casino's.
That would make it one of the 5 largest casino corporations in town.
And The Cannery East, that casino that's about 5 blocks away from our house, is BEAUTIFUL.
They did a great job on it.
We are now next to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign on Boulder Highway.
03/06/2009 21:18:01
 jim  Vegas,NV-McCarrenAirport-Becky
03/06/2009 15:30:19
 jim  PA to NV, a 6 hour flight
03/06/2009 15:06:20
 SAE  .Driving home from work - headed for Vegas
Good flight back, to Lost Wages, Jimmy?

Why won't your job be there after your vacation? Vacations are legal and acceptable in PA. Specially in Pittstown.

How does Sonny and the house look? Intact?

I am sure Jeff will hold down the fort at work while you're gone.

Let's IM some time. When you aren't "Mobile".....
03/06/2009 15:06:20
 jim   (Reply)Driving home from work - headed for Vegas
It felt funny. It felt like it was the last time I'd see this stretch of road to the apartment.
All vacations are exciting.
All flights are boredom filled with anticipation.
I guess what I'm saying is, maybe I won't be back. Life has been full of surprises.
The way this life has been going the last 7 years, its all been a crap shoot.
I'm hoping this trip will be full of adventure and my return to Pittsburgh will be warmly welcomed.
But what I'd like to say the most of all is live each day of your life like it was your last.
Live like us! Live it, and love it.
02/28/2009 07:12:29
 jim  Another rainy week has gone by
It's been raining a lot, and the snow finally melted away. The trees look like they're ready for spring in a couple of weeks.
My new job location takes 30 to 40 minutes to get too, so I haven't been watching the news that much.
It seems like all my time has been revolving around work.
Its the same old thing. Get up at 6, get home at 5, then try to muster enough energy to enjoy the rest of the night.
Usually that involves having a harmless beer at a local bar (I like Blue Moon with an orange in it), or coming home, and watching a movie or playing Wii with Becky.
I guess, at this time of the year, life can't really be described as being depressing, it's more like just plain ol' boring. Its too cold to go out and play.
It takes 10 minutes to put on my t-shirt, shirt, sweater, overcoat, scarf and of coarse, the pants and stuff.
We went to New Jersey and New York.
Every place is starting to look the same to me. Unless there's something that is unusually beautiful, its just another sight. Houses strewn together, factories, shipyards, bridges, tall buildings, and lots of people. The Statue of Liberty and the ferry to and from there was, well, just not that exciting.
On the other hand, the taxi drivers in New York made the trip worthwhile for me.
Those guys are the best racers I have ever seen.
They come within inches of other cars, and don't even sweat it. Most of the roads don't bother with lines to mark the lanes.
Driving in New York is more like a free-for-all. I enjoyed driving there, but when we finally decided to take cabs, those guys made me feel like a beginner.
On the other plus sides of the week
I talked to Robert and Rod this week. Its nice to reaffirm we have friends out there.
Soon, we'll be headed back to Vegas for a short stay. I can't imagine what the economy has done to it.
Our friend Jeff is picking dropping us off at the airport and picking us up.
I keeping hearing about local layoffs in large proportions
Its funny though, I don't see much about it in the news. I really think the big things that are happening aren't being reported to the public.
Once again, I really feel lucky to be working at this time.
Its odd though, I'm working in a large building complex where maybe only 1 in 5 cubes are being used.
I guess most of the people at work think it is life as usual, but I can't help myself from seeing things in a different way.
Welp...that's my babble for a cold Saturday morning.
Love to all, and may happiness fill your days.
02/25/2009 08:04:35
 jim  Wednesday Blues
You know, I was thinking about that 19 year old that posed for the Statue of Liberty. What a sight!!! She's in a sheet, holding a torche, and a book, wearing sandles. Doesn't that make you wonder what was on her mind.
02/19/2009 09:27:58
 jim   Wexford Snow 2009/02/19
02/15/2009 18:40:02
 jim  RockefellerCenter - 2009/02/15
02/15/2009 11:04:22
 SAE  .New York People - 2009/02/15
Jimmy - Ask Jeff to look at your photos here, and ask him if he thinks you are turning into BL...
02/15/2009 11:04:22
 jim   (Reply)New York People - 2009/02/15
02/15/2009 11:04:22
 SAE   (Reply)...New York People - 2009/02/15
BL stands for "Bryan Lund". Also known as BLLB for Bryan Lund, Lover Boy....

BL and I went to high school together and Jeff worked with him for a good number of years, as recently as 2003, at CDG in LA.

Why are you always "Mobile"? I want to IM with Jimmy...
02/15/2009 10:50:28
 jim   NewYork StatueOfLiberty - 2009/02/15
02/15/2009 10:50:28
 SAE   (Reply).NewYork StatueOfLiberty - 2009/02/15
Did you slug this cop, after you took the photo?

I actually got to go up "Lady Liberty" and look out from her crown. And then up her right arm to the torch.

See how studly I am for having not wait so long to go to NYC!!! That was back in the 1970s.

I am so glad you finally made it to NYC, one of the world's great cities. Someday, I think you should go back for a week and see all the city has to offer a visitor. Museums, plays, more of the people, the feel of the city during a work day. See the NY Stock Exchange from the observation deck on a trading day. And much more.

But this weekend trip was a great start.
02/14/2009 16:19:24
 jim   Hoboken Bay Shiphyard - 2009/02/14
02/14/2009 16:11:50
 jim  New York - 2009/02/14
02/14/2009 16:09:38
 jim  Hoboken Jeff,House - 2009/02/14
02/14/2009 16:01:22
 jim  .Hoboken, NJ 2009/02/14
Ahhhh..there's more to come...these are just some of my crappy pictures...hahaha
02/14/2009 16:01:22
 SAE   (Reply).Hoboken, NJ 2009/02/14
So, you went to NJ on the long weekend? And with Jeff!!! He's from NJ, you know. Did you also go to the "Rotten Apple" (New York City) too?

NYC is one studly city. Even too studly for Jimmy.
02/10/2009 23:23:50
 jim  A Song Writes Itself, Everyday of Our lives
I'm working in a new office. The people there are great! I can't think of a group of people that I've enjoyed more.
Its a family of sorts, and I feel like I've been invited in.
If my life were a song, it would be happy one.
And I'm proud to say, if I had the chance to do anything differently, I wouldn't change a thing.
Its all been a pleasure. This life has been a beautiful gift. I couldn't imagine anything better.

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