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‘Encore Boston’ Casino, ‘The Buffet’ Is Adults Only!

by Anura Guruge



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I kid you not. This is way too serious a topic to joke about.

I actually called them to make sure that it wasn’t a mistake on their Web. It wasn’t, but the lady I spoke to admitted that it was not the cleverest thing they had done.

Why?

Because they put ‘The Buffet’ in the middle of the casino area. You can’t get it to it without having to walk through the casino.

We have been (and stayed at) plenty of casinos — Las Vegas, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. We have always gone to buffets with the kids. That is part of the magic of going to or staying at a casino. Good food at the casino for a reasonable price.

Not so at the Encore Boston. I am totally disgusted.

Yes, they have other restaurants that permit kids, but kids prefer a buffet.

Shame on YOU, Encore. What were you thinking.

This is why I am so glad I never did drugs.

Yes, we were going to go for dinner yesterday after the ‘Downton Abbey — The Exhibition’. Lucky that I checked on the Web.

 


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Foxwoods Casino, ‘Pequot Museum’ — Native New Year Clambake, May 27, 2017.

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Looks interesting, but at $85/person would seem a tad pricey — given that it is not ‘help yourself‘.

I will have to look into this ‘Native New Year’ claim. Never heard of it. May 27 would seem late in the year for a New Year — especially in North America.

I will keep you posted.


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“Mohegan Sun” vs. “Foxwoods” — Keno.

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I don’t play Keno (or for that matter any type of casino-related gambling) but have spent enough time in Las Vegas to know that it is very popular among some.

It is also BIG in Foxwoods. When we stayed at Foxwoods a few years ago, I think there was a Keno terminal in the room.

After Christmas 2016 we spent 4-nights at “Mohegan Sun” (Ct) from December 28, 2016 to January 1, 2017. And during that stay we made 2 trips to Foxwoods.

Given that I tend to notice such things I was struck that you could not escape Keno at Foxwoods. They have these giant displays like the one shown above. Then it occurred to me that I had not seen anything to do with Keno at Mohegan Sun.

Ahead of writing this I checked the handy-dandy, very fancy booklet I was given when I checked in at “Mohegan” with list of all the facilities and services. I can’t find a reference to Keno. I could be wrong, but I don’t think they had Keno at Mohegan.

So, just a heads up. IF Keno is important to YOU, better check with Mohegan Sun before you go there. I would hate for you to be disappointed.


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“Legends In Concert” Tribute Performance — Excellent, Very Well Done.

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Went to this “Legends in Concert“, tribute performance at ‘Foxwoods‘ on New Year’s Eve (i.e., December 31, 2016) during our 5-day stay at ‘Mohegan Sun post-Christmas.

It was very slick. Very professional. Immaculately produced and the performers really put their hearts into it. We have seen quite a few tribute shows in our time and this was, indubitably, one of the best, if not the best. Yes, of course, you can’t get the same quality and level of production in Wolfeboro as you can at Foxwoods.

Paul McCartney was supposed to be in the lineup but it appears that he did not do any of the post-Christmas shows in Foxwoods. Appears he was called upon, by the management, to perform at another venue. Though that was disappointing, the rest of the cast sure made up for it.

In my opinion ‘Michael Jackson‘ was 20 lbs too heavy, but he did a really remarkable job. I am not that familiar with ‘Taylor Swift‘ but was told that the impersonator was way too tall! But, she was good.

The show wasn’t packed. But there was, however, a lot of other stuff going on.

Glad we went. Quite a nice way to build up to New Year’s Eve. Highly recommended.


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The Beatles “Magical History Tour” Exhibition At Foxwoods, CT — Impressive & Educational.

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We went to ‘Foxwoods‘ (just 25 minutes away) on the second day of our 5-day stay at ‘Mohegan Sun’ post-Christmas. The main goal was to check out the ‘new’ Indian Museum, but that was closed. So we got to explore the ‘resort’ earlier than we had hoped. We had stayed there a few years ago and wanted to see how it was no vis-à-vis Mohegan Sun. [Teischan and I had had gone to the buffet there in August during our trip to Mystic, but we hadn’t spent much time there because it was late.]

I saw the signs to this Beatles exhibition as soon as we left the parking garage. It looked interesting. I also was planning to get tickets for the ‘Legends in Concert‘, at Foxwoods, for New Year’s Eve while we were there. So we proceeded to the ‘Theater District’. There was no problem getting the tickets. And they had a combo deal that included the Beatles exhibition for something like $10/ticket extra. So that was a no brainer.

We went to the exhibition as soon as we got the tickets. It wasn’t crowded.

Very well done. Some amazing exhibits. Well presented. Very slick.

Though I am a great (lifelong) fan, I, alas, am not an expert on the Beatles. I was in Ceylon during their meteoric early days, e.g., 1964. Ceylon did not get TV till 1985 so I never got to see the beatles on TV during the 60s. So, there was a lot I did not know. Like the market for the hotel bedsheets, carpets and ashtrays when the Beatles visited the U.S.

The grey album cover, autographed, on John kissing Yoko was fascinating. It was the actual album that John had autographed for David Chapman — his assassin! They had found it at the murder site and had served as police evidence. You can see the police markings on it.

I could have spent much more time there. But, the kids wanted to check out the shops.

I was very impressed. Highly recommended. If you get a chance to see this exhibit, do NOT hesitate. It will be well worth paying $25 or $30. Very good.


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6 Sony a6000 Images Of The Day — December 29, 2016.

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All at ‘Foxwoods,
Connecticut.

With my Sony a6000.
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Picture Of The Day (Sony a6000) — December 29, 2016.

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Taken with my Sony a6000.

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6 Sony a6000 Images Of The Day — December 31, 2016 (New Year’s Eve).

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Groton &  ‘Legends in Concert
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Picture Of The Day (Sony a6000) — December 31, 2016 (New Year’s Eve).

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 ‘Legends in Concert
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I Am Buying A Nikon D500.

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I have to confess with a modicum of embarrassment and, of course, some amusement, that deciding to buy a Nikon D500 was probably the HARDEST decision I have ever made in my life!

I appreciate that I have entered into marriage, filed for divorce and even refused to have kids because I felt I was ‘too young’ with considerably less thought and deliberation. Yes, two keywords that clearly defined much of my life have been ‘impulsive’ and ‘impetuous’. I am sure that getting older, and I will be 63 soon, had to have played a role — but I don’t think that that was all of it.

And, fortunately, it hasn’t to do with the cost either. Despite what some of you may think I am very careful and conservative when it comes to matters fiscal. I live within my means and budget. Way back, nine months ago, I had budgeted for the Fuji X-T1 successor (i.e., the X-T2) and had been forced to be somewhat generous as I had no idea as to whether Fuji planned to mark it up well above that of the X-T1. So budget wise I am OK. SMILE. So the agonizing, over the last 2 weeks, was not about the costs either.

As some of you know I rented a Nikon D500, with a Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lens, from LensRental, for 8 days (one week rental + one day complimentary). I would like to say that I fell in love with the D500 during that week. Not so.

I did not, at any stage, come anywhere close to loving the Nikon D500.

And hence the real horns of the dilemma.

I do NOT even LIKE the Nikon D500!

Yep, you read that right. So, I am going to buy an expensive camera that I do not like. Yes, that is it. And hence the soul-searching. Like an arranged marriage.

Why would I, even given my propensity for ‘craziness’, do something as crazy, if NOT outright stupid, as that.

Because during the last 3 days with the Nikon D500 I came to RESPECT it.

Over the decades I have come to realize that respecting someone or something is more important than liking that someone or something.

Let me show you.

I was lucky enough to be able to take pictures of Mystic Aquarium (in Connecticut), on consecutive days, first with the D500 (on August 17, 2016) and the next day with my now erstwhile Fuji X-E2s. I made sure I took the same subjects from the same vantage points. So have a look.

Nikon D500 on the left, Fuji X-E2s with the kit 18-55 lens on the right.

Yes, a more proficient photographer than I probably could have got better pictures from the X-E2s. I probably could have too, if I took more time. That is not my style. I like to shoot quick.

Yes, many will complain that the D500/Tamron is over 2.5x times the cost of the Fuji X-E2s. That is true. But my D500 is NOT a replacement for the X-E2s. I am getting a Nikon P900 to replace the X-E2s. The D500 is instead of the new Fuji X-T2.

And then there were these three pictures — all taken in and around Mystic.

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The first picture, taken at “Foxwoods“, when Teischan and I went there for dinner was the clincher.

I, as you know, take a LOT of concert pictures. I took this one, point-and-shoot using 300mm. I already had ISO at 8,000. So didn’t touch that. Cranked up exposure compensation ‘plus tow notches’ and shot — handheld. And I had so much more ISO left. I then realized that this was a camera to contend with.

Very personal. My camera. A LOT has to do with lenses and my shooting style. The 18-55mm was the ONLY Fuji lens that I liked — and 55mm, top end, was way too short for me. 300mm, like above, suits me. And then there is my style. I am basically a ‘point-and-shoot’ photographer who likes sophisticated cameras that give me lots of bells and whistles. Yes, I play around with ISO, exposure and White Balance. But once set for a ‘location’ I will shoot away without stopping to fiddle too much — bar checking exposure. Hence why the D500, in the end, came through.

All this said, I am not getting the D500 right now. Probably not in September. First need to get my “Brain Meditation” book published. I then want to spend at least two weeks reading up the D500 documentation and boning up on it. So, most likely order it in early October. Till then I will have the Nikon P900 to keep me amused and to provide you, with a a minimum, the “6 Images of the Day”.

OK? Yes, of course, I will keep you posted.


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