given a bit of slack, I’ll wander all over the place when telling
from the introduction to Strange
and Unexpected: Backpack on the Road
-- and this time, Bob and Terry are joined by Ellen and Richard.
not just two trips to Las Vegas found in these pages. The group
of four also heads out to the Hoover Dam, drives Route 66, and
ends up watching a sunset at the Grand Canyon.
let's face it... as great and fun and worthy as those adventures
are, the majority of material is placed in the heart of Las Vegas.
had the chance to interview a great performer for my web site
Vargas. And as a lead to the piece, I made an attempt at connecting
to his efforts and classic Las Vegas, and to bring the interview’s
reader to a classic atmosphere.
the opening passage…
two words, and yet I would imagine everyone immediately created
some sort of imagery in their mind. A haze hangs in the air
of a dimly lit lounge. Round tables spread throughout the room,
with candles at the center of each one. Two or four people are
seated together at every table, drinks in front of them. And
the attention of the 500 or so in the room is directed at a
band is playing… crisp, tight, and perfectly tuned. In front
of that band stands a man, impeccably dressed in formal attire.
And whether you hear jazz, blues, swing or the golden standards
filling the air, the joint is rocking.
That… is Vegas Cool.
a state of mind. An image that transcends time. A powerful connection
between people and a laid back emotion.
person that visits Vegas is going to find something completely
different. If for no other reason… free alcohol and losing money
creates an amazing kaleidoscope of chaos and emotions. Believe
me though… there are countless other reasons.
about anything you are looking for… short of taking a boat out
on the ocean… you can find here. (Including beaches, water and
sandcasltes.) Some of the greatest shopping, biggest names in
the culinary world, and greatest performers and productions in
entertainment -- all can be found in Las Vegas.
are dreams of riches… fantasies of scantily clad women… realities
of drive-thru wedding chapels.
to Las Vegas."