Saturday, January 09, 2010

Vegas - Day 2

I meant to ask - is this a known thing that happens? Yesterday, on takeoff of both flights, as soon as we were airborne, I got so sleepy, I couldn't keep my eyes open and had to take a little nap. Is that an altitude thing? Weird.

In spite of trying to sleep in, we were both awake at 5:00 am, having had 8 hours sleep. We had a delicious breakfast in the Pyramid Cafe in The Luxor. But pretty early in the day, we were over the jet lag/time confusion thing.

I don't gamble.


Simon will be pleased that I can no longer say I don't gamble. "Who does that, Mom?? Who goes to Vegas and doesn't gamble?" When I got out of the shower this morning, Steve was watching the Players Network on TV, where different games were explained. I was kind of taken with Roulette, I gotta say. That's because it is literally a game of chance. All the other games require more brain power than I'm willing to give in order to give away money at lightning speed.

So we did a little casino hopping and ended up playing roulette at New York, New York. We had the table to ourselves and the dealer was a young kid, very personable and helpful to us. Turns out his wife is from Rochester and he used to visit his grandparents in Utica. We joked later that he pulled those city names from his dealer database to suit the players. For the next set of tourists, his wife was from Nashville, TN and he visited his grandparents in Memphis.

When I say I gambled, I should be clear, that I gambled with Steve's money, which turns out to be not that hard to do. :-) At one point I considered whipping out my own cash but couldn't quite do it. Guess I haven't totally gone over to the dark side. Too much tightwad in me to ever have a gambling problem.

We walked around different hotels for hours. We drank smoothies and milkshakes at a Haagen Dazs place. We went to see the lions at MGM and this time there were cubs there! Two years ago there were trainers playing with adult lions. This time there were three young women throwing balls for two cubs. They were like little kittens with balls of yarn except the balls were 18" in diameter and chewed to shreds. And the kittens had paws the size of my head. Still, cute as hell, we could have stood there all day.

We walked around one of the new hotels, Aria - just opened in the City Center a few weeks ago. That space was a big construction zone when we were here 2 years ago. This is a 4-ton, 19' tall typewriter eraser sculpture by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen. They are known for all sorts of "pop art" - large sculptures of everyday objects.

Here's another sculpture - bunch of boats stuck together. It's, um, colorful. By Nancy Rubins.

There was other glass art that I saw through a window - but I can't find it online now to show you. It was very cool - in a gallery, I think. But the art that really blew my mind was some white cut paper art in the windows of Tiffany's. I don't know if it was by Jeff Rudell, but he is who came to mind immediately, because I know he did some unbelievable work for Tiffany's in New York City a while back. I saw these windows as we were walking back to the hotel after a show and was kinda of tired and didn't think a photo through the glass would come out too well at night. I can't find it online anywhere. I explained to Steve that Jeff Rudell's work is the holy grail to us paper artists, a big deal aplenty.

Heck, it might have been the work of Molly Jey - the style was very similar to hers.

We went back to the hotel after a while and read. I soon got so sleepy that I ended up taking a nap. I mean a good solid in-my-nightshirt, under-the-covers nap. My cell phone rang, medium-high with vibration, on the table next to my head and I never heard a note.

At 7:30 we went to see the Cirque du Soleil show, "O". Unbelievably wonderful! It's all set in and on top of water. From the moment the audience files into the auditorium and there are performers hanging out in the audience doing bits - to the way the curtain is removed - not even parted, but removed creatively, you know you're in for a mind-blowing experience. So much happening at once, so much to see.

You may recall we saw Cirque's "Love" last time, set to Beatles music. I had high expectations and they were exceeded but Steve didn't know what to expect so he was completely blown away. Even though by now we're both experienced, this show was nothing short of outstanding.

Dave Taylor writes a great review with lots of pictures. He has also written a piece about behind the scenes, which I'm off to read now. You can't watch one of these Cirque shows without wondering about the logistics of such a performance.

A good, long day. Lots of fun.



Blogger bozoette said...

So glad you liked "O"! It's my favorite Cirque show!

Monday, January 11, 2010  
Blogger Ann Martin said...

Glad you're having fun! Need an assignment for today? Go back to Tiffany and take pics - inquiring minds wanna see! :D j/k That eraser sculpture is wild... who under the age of 40 will know what the heck it is?!

Monday, January 11, 2010  
Blogger Leslie Hanna said...

It sounds like you guys are having a really good time!

I wonder how many people have no idea what a typewriter eraser is ...

Monday, January 11, 2010  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

I am so jealous!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010  

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