I’m Back

I just returned from spending a week (that included my birthday and Christmas Day) in Las Vegas with my family.

It was a lot of fun, and I’m thinking of doing it again next year. As I thought, the town wasn’t very busy during Christmas Week. It did seem to be filling up quickly for New Year’s Week. So, it wasn’t hard to find spots at tables for frugal gamblers like me who like low minimums and favorable rules. I hope we’re as successful next year at missing the worst weather in both Seattle and Las Vegas.

We saw, and actually enjoyed, Donny & Marie perform the first night we arrived. As I wrote to a friend, they actually sound good, and still do the playful insults that they did during their show long ago. Also, I’ll always admire Donny for the dancing he did on Weird Al’s “White & Nerdy” video. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. And, I think I’ve always had a bit of a crush on Marie.

I also saw Penn & Teller (I guess it was a shows-with-ampersands-in-their-titles themed week) again with my son. It’s still a very fun show. They’ve made a few changes to the act since the last time I saw it. Also, Penn seemed even more strident than I remember in his criticism of fake psychics (redundant, I know) who pretend to be real and violate the memories of their victims when they are most vulnerable.

Also, we ate a lot of (too much!) good food.

But, perhaps best of all, I overcame the odds and ended a week of gambling with a profit!

So, life is good.

I haven’t been following the news closely, but I don’t think I missed much. Thanks for keeping things together while I was away.

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