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Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Definition of a "Feldman"

So you ask, what is a "Feldman"?  A "Feldman" is a term that I made up a few years ago in honor of an associate who enjoyed trips to Las Vegas.  "Feldman" was a nice guy, but was not really into gambling.  Instead he just liked to hang around with us in casinos and watch us play blackjack.  One of his moves was "comp riding."  We would play blackjack and he would stand behind us watching.  When the waitress would come around he would alway try and hustle drinks from her.  Usually this act worked and he got his share of free drinks, even though he was not gambling.  One of his moves was to collect the tip from each of us who ordered a drink and then give it to the waitress.  Of course, guess who conveniently did not tip?  That's right, Feldman.  So not only was he "comp riding" but he was not even toking for the free drink.

So in honor of "Feldman" and his sneaky ways, I have designated anyone who stands around in casino watching other people/friends gamble for more than one minute to be officially known as a "Feldman."

Next time you are in a casino take a look around you.  Look at how many people are standing around watching other people gamble.  These people are "Feldmans."

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Las Vegas - A "family friendly" destination...

You want to bring your children to Las Vegas for a family vacation?  Personally, I don't think bringing children to Las Vegas is a problem for younger children, since younger children (under 5) tend to be oblivious to their surroundings.  Where things will get interesting is if you bring children to Las Vegas who can read, and are more aware of their surroundings (usually 6 or over).  Trust me, they will see everything you see and will start asking questions.  So, take a look at this photo below and see what you think.  It was taken around 6:00 p.m. on a Sat. night on the LV Strip.  Now imagine you are walking along the LV Strip with your family taking in the sights.  Trucks with billboards like this drive up and down the strip all day and all night.  In case you don't know, this rolling billboard was for "escorts" who come to your hotel room and make "friends" with you.  Note Excalibur Hotel in background -- A "family friendly" destination in Las Vegas...

As noted in a prior blog the LV Strip is overrun with "handbillers" who pass out all kinds of smut advertising escort services and strip clubs, etc.  They are very aggressive and will attempt to get any male to take a card from them that walks by.  Usually, most of these cards end up the ground.  And guess what?  As you walk down the Strip your children get to see the cards (which have naked photos on them) scattered all over the ground.  If you are not careful, your children might even pick up a card or two just out of curiosity.  Here is just one example of what you and your children will see littered all over the place on the sidewalks of the Las Vegas Strip:
The card is from
"Jessica" will come to your hotel room...
They are running a "$35 special"...

Swimming pools are great for families in Las Vegas.  There are lazy rivers, beaches, wave pools, water slides, sprayers, etc.  Kids can really have a good time.  However, you really need to do your HW before you and your family decide to go camp at a hotel pool for Saturday afternoon.  Most Las Vegas pools cater to a very young crowd.  There tends to be blasting music, lots of drinking, lots of skimpy bikinis, and general debauchery -- and these are not even the hotel sponsored pool parties.  As a parent, do you want your children around a bunch of drunk 20 somethings going crazy at the pool?  Like I said, do your HW and find the pools that tend to be more on the family friendly side.  The last thing you need is to explain to your 9 year old girl is why that man has his hands on that ladies butt while they are in the pool.  Anyway, here are a few photos from the LV pool scene.  These photos are pretty much on the milder side.  Disclaimer:  I did not take these photos.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Day Trip -- Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is really something that needs to be seen at least one time if you visit the Las Vegas area. The shear size of the dam, plus the history behind the dam really makes the trip worthwhile. Here are just a few things to keep in mind before you go:

I strongly suggest to not go to Hoover Dam in the summer. If you have to go during the summer, get in and out of there before 11:00 a.m. There is little if any relief from the heat around the dam. A short walk on the top of the dam during the summer can be brutal.

Pay the $7.00 and park your car in the parking garage by the dam. Trying to find a "free" spot around the dam perimeter is frustrating. If it's hot, then your car will be covered and not an inferno. Don't be cheap -- pay the fee.

Bringing young children to the dam can be stressful. Be prepared for lots of walking and make sure they have something to drink. There are lots of people and a lot of cars on the dam -- watch you children.

The tour of the dam: Personally, I don't think it is worth the money. The tour has been scaled back considerably since 9/11. The basic tour provides a quick tour of the inside of the dam and is over in about 30 minutes. However, if you want to see the powerplant, then pay the money.


Note:  All photos on this post were taken by and are the property of Jimmy Hoofa.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

"But It's a Dry Heat"

I constantly get asked about what is it like to live in the summertime heat of Las Vegas.  People not from the area always seem to act like living in Las Vegas is like living on another planet.  Just like any place with extreme climate ranges, one must adapt but also have a strategy to handle the heat. 

First of all, the heat is relentless in the summer in Las Vegas.  People either deal with it or they leave.  The "but it's a dry heat" line is complete nonsense.   The heat is intense, it's brutal, and forces you to plan your day around it.  Here are few tips about the heat if you are planning on a visit or moving here:

I have a rule of thumb.  I call it the 90 by 9 rule.  If it's 90 degrees before 9:00 a.m. then it will be a scorcher.  Be prepared for a brutal day.

Any time the temperature goes to 104f degrees or higher, then watch it. 90-100f degrees is really nothing in the summer in Las Vegas.  101-103f degrees is toasty, but manageable.  From 104f and up things get interesting.  104f and up forces one to modify their activity and plans.  At 110f degrees it pretty much becomes impossible to do anything outside.  Any outside activity is probably a safety issue.  There is no difference between 110f and 115f.  It is an inferno, pure and simple.

I try and get as many things done in the morning during the summer.  The temperature is manageable up to around 11:00 a.m.  After that, forget it.  The hottest period of the day is the late afternoon.  It seems odd that with the sun going down, the temperature would magically drop.  Wrong!  Because of the all the nice black asphalt roads in Las Vegas, the roads release all that stored heat toward the end of the day and into the evening.  The heat is usually the most intense and brutal from around 2:00pm until the sun sets.  Even after sunset, there is usually very little relief until after 8:00pm.

If you must go out in the heat of the summer, here are a few tips.  Try and find shade of any kind to park your car under.  Trees, shade of buildings, parking garages, etc.  If possible try and keep your car out of direct sun.  Do not leave anything in your car that can melt or explode.  When walking around wear a hat and try and stay out the direct sun as much as possible.  Drink as much water as possible.