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Las Vegas Shouldn’t Just Ban ‘Ornamental’ Grass, They Should Also Ban Non-Native Exotic Plants In Casinos.

by Anura Guruge


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I was amused to read about this proposed ban of ‘grass that is NOT walked upon‘. Great idea. Bravo. The initial article I read, in a U.K. tabloid, just said that Las Vegas wants to ban grass. I genuinely thought that they were talking about a different type of ‘grass’ & was confused since I had assumed that Las Vegas must be all in favor of that.

I used to go to Las Vegas, on business, 4 to 6 times a year in the 1990s — mainly to conduct stand-up seminars or to attend trade shows. I used to notice that I invariably had ‘cold symptoms’ when I was in Las Vegas. I initially blamed it on the ubiquitous air conditioning. It was not fun bit feeling 100% since most times I had to be on my feet, presenting with gusto, for 6 – 7 hours a day.

So, one day I looked it up. BINGO. High pollen counts in the casinos (which, of course, is where I would be) due to all the non-native EXOTIC plants. Bingo. That was the problem. This was prior to the days when I started taking a Zyrtec everyday (as I have for the last 8-years, or so).

It is crazy. Yes, it looks awfully pretty & impressive, BUT do we need all these plants?

I am glad that Las Vegas has started to think about this problem. Bravo. I like Las Vegas.


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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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So, So Happy That Boston Magician ‘Shin Lim’ Won “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) 2018.

by Anura Guruge


AGT 2018 Performance at the Final
(this week).


Encore Performance at the ‘Results’ show
(on Wednesday of this week).


Click to access his magical Website.


Click to ENLARGE and read. Yes, he is, of course, on Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_Lim


We have been hooked on him since the very first time we saw him on AGT a few months ago.

We have been rooting for him ever since.

One of the AGT judges, maybe Simon Cowell, said that he could end up alongside Houdini. And that is definitely possible.

I think he will, in a few years, he considered the GREATEST MAGICIAN of all times!

We so wanted him to win, but knew that a magician had never won AGT. Plus, he faced some stiff competition.

So, we were so, so happy that he won.

Can be no doubt or debate that he was a worthy winner. He is something else.

I will go to Las Vegas to see him. No question about that.

If you haven’t seen him, PLEASE, PLEASE watch on YouTube. This is MAGIC. He is MAGIC.


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$85, 10.5 lbs “Belly Of The Beast” Ginormous Burger Will NOT Feed 7 IF I Am One Of Them!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and savor here. For original menu: trufflesnbacon.com. In the June 24, 2018, U.K. “Daily Mail” at: dailymail.co.uk.


I happened to see this article (see insert above) in today’s U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘ which I assiduously read, multiple times a day.

The claim that it can feed 7 people amused me MUCH! {Laugh} NOT, if I am one of them.

Anywho … the ‘Daily Mail‘, which was never noted for its veracity, got the ‘size’, i.e., weight, wrong by nearly 50%! YIKES.

Well, I went looking for the restaurant since I plan to visit it the next time I am in Vegas. It is 10.5 pounds, NOT 15 pounds.

Eating 2 pounds of meat, especially steak/burger, is child’s play to I. If it is going to me my main meal of the day I can tuck into 4 – 5 pounds of meat and still be slightly hungry!

I kid you not. My prodigious appetite, especially when it comes to meat, defies credulity. But, if you see me you would see it at once — that creeping obesity. I have to control myself. I could eat most of this burger, sans the bread, on my own and I would still have slight hunger pangs.

Well, I now want to go to Vegas. Usually I splurge on the all-you-can-eat buffets. But, this burger could make a decent breakfast.


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YIKES! Entire Truck Carrying Sony Equipment For Las Vegas NAB Show — Including a7 III/a9 — STOLEN!

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If this is indeed true it will be a tragedy!

YIKES & Wow. Talk about a master hijack. Appears that this has happened before — albeit in Canada.

This could definitely impact the announcement.

Stay tuned. I am.


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Will The Rumored Sony a9 Full Frame Be Announced At Video-Oriented NAB Show On April 23, 2017?

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From the ‘New Camera’, March 24, 2017. Click image to access the original.




Yes, it is possible.

Sony hasn’t, as yet, announced ANYTHING in 2017.

That is unusual to go this long into a year without something from Sony.

Yes, this is very much a broadcasting-centric show; hence the emphasis is on video, film, virtual reality, mobile etc.

However, ANY camera Sony now announces will indeed have some impressive video capabilities. So there is that.

April 23 is just under a month away.

I guess we will just have to wait and see.

I do hope they make THE announcement. I really do want to go ahead and order a camera


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“Mohegan Sun” vs. “Foxwoods” — Keno.

by Anura Guruge


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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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Sony Has No New Camera Announcements At CES 2017 In Las Vegas.

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They announced 7 cameras in 2016 — which included the Sony a6500 in October and the a6300 in February.

I guess the next ‘biggie’ will be in March 2017.

Just a heads up for the Sony fans re. CES 2017.


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The Grand Canyon Experience Keeps On Getting Better Over The Decades. Better Now Than It Was A Decade Ago.

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Anura Guruge


A few of you may have noticed that I had not done any posts for nearly 5 days — finally doing one late last night. That was because we were at the Grand Canyon, this having been vacation week in northern New Hampshire. It was the first trip to Arizona for Deanna and the two younger kids. I, on the other hand, have spent a lot of time in AZ starting in 1980 — doing a ton of work for ITT Courier (in Tempe) and POS equipment manufacturer Hyperterm. I can’t remember whether this was my eighth or ninth trip to the Canyon since I used to do daytrips from Tempe to the Canyon and back. I first visited in the Summer of 1980. My last trip prior to this was in February 2001, with the two older kids, when we took a helicopter from Las Vegas to Western part of the Canyon. My last time to the South Rim village was in 2000.

The Canyon, of course, despite the inevitable but not perceptible erosion, remains unparalleled and breathtaking. That is my metric. It took my breath away the first time I saw it, though I had steeled myself to be ‘cool’, and it has taken my breath away each time I have seen it since.

But, the whole Grand Canyon tourist experience has got much better over the years and I am so delighted by what I saw and experienced this last 4 days.


South Rim, from the Village, opposite Bright Angel Lodge, with the Lookout Studio (with the white roof) to the left. All pictures (or at least 99.5% of the 1,571 that were on the 3 digital cameras) by Deanna. All the pictures will ENLARGE if you click on them.


Teischan’s first view of the Canyon. She wasn’t sure how to frame and process what she was confronted with. She seems to be pointing at it. This is smack dab in the middle of the Village. Right opposite Bright Angel Lodge.


From my perspective here are the things that have changed for the better (and all involved, in particular the Park Service and Xanterra South Rim LLC (which runs all of the hospitality services including the lodges and eateries) deserve kudos.

1. Concerted emphasis on ecology, conservation and all things ‘green-related’: A lot of what they (in particular Xanterra) is pushing and enforcing at the South Rim should be the order of the day right across the world. They no longer sell bottled water at the South Rim and proactively discourage the use of plastic straws — with the servers at some of the restaurants wearing big ‘STRAW FREE’ pins. I have never understood people’s fascination with bottled water. Now at the South Rim they were enforcing what I have always believed in and advocated. Use reusable bottles and fill them up from a tap (and here I am talking as one who nearly died, when I was about 12, from drinking contaminated water from a rainwater barrel).  I had never really thought about the straws but that makes a lot of sense too. Altogether the unremitting messaging about conservation and saving the planet was positive and was never grating. This messaging should be universal and not just limited to the Canyon. I have never been prouder of the Park Service — and I have always had a soft spot for them.

2. Total eradication of noise pollution: Wow. The thing that I most savored was the deep, profound silence of the Canyon. You could hear the silence. The total absorbance of sound was magical — and it isn’t as if I am subject to much noise on my dirt road in rural, central NH. What they have done, as they had wanted to do for decades, was to ban sightseeing helicopters and planes from the 50 mile, main section of the Canyon. What a difference. In the past you could never get away from the constant and annoying buzz and drone. Now, just white noise level ‘nothing’, occasionally punctuated by the harsh call of black crows (which they call ravens out there). We saw helicopters, but they were being used to haul heavy material to Phantom Ranch at the bottom for the start of the season. But, they flew far out and were not around for long. In marked contrast, sunset in Sedona was like being at an airport.

3. Proliferation of wildlife: The first morning as we drove up to the Village we saw a herd of Elk grazing by the railway line and the mule corrals. I first thought that we had lucked out. Not so. Elk abound. We even saw an Elk grazing away on the lawn of the famous El Tovar Grand Hotel. It has become like Yosemite or Skyline Drive. Come dusk Elk everywhere. Talking to a Ranger I discovered that the deer and the Elk have actually become a problem. Devanee heard that they are planning to plant a different type of grass in the Village to curb the migration into the very midst of the main tourist area. We also got to see a condor.



4. Reasonably priced food: The food prices, in general, were not that different to what you would pay at McDonalds! That was a pleasant surprise and respite. Makes a total mockery of the prices charged by NH ski resorts like Gunstock and Loon. The Grand Canyon really is in the middle of nowhere. Hauling stuff to it is expensive. So they could justify expensive prices. That they don’t is great. It is a pity that our ski resorts (and the NH Highland Games) just want to exploit the punters.

5. Use of natural gas powered buses and encouraging people to use them.

To be fair there was just one thing that I was not impressed about and it is one of my perennial issues with contemporary life – lack of a dress code in fancy restaurants. We made a reservation and went to dinner at the El Tovar. Now the ‘El’ is billed as one of the Grand Hotels in the U.S. and the dining room is classed as ‘Grand’. Well, the dining room and the service was immaculate, BUT having hobos coming into dine in shorts and T-shirts just detracts from the experience. Yes, I complained verbally and in writing.

The other thing that I noticed and bemused me is the mobile device addiction. You are at the Grand and people have their noses stuck on a small screen. It is a pity — though watching people take pictures using a 10″ iPad was cool, given the large viewfinder so to speak.

Overall it was a great few days. Deanna is still going: ‘Wow, Wow, Wow …’. The kids were overwhelmed.





Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012: Review By Professional Pretty Close To My Assessment


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012:
Fruity, Tangy, Fragrant & Light. A Keeper. A Winner

Nov. 14, 2012.

Click image to read the entire review in the ‘Las Vegas Review Journal’.


Yes, of course, there will be those (including my dear wife) that will readily and gladly quip that given the many, many, many gallons of wine I have consumed over the years, I couldn’t help but be an expert of sorts, I was amused and pleased that a professional came to much the same conclusion as me re. the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2012. To be honest, I haven’t read a wine review in over a decade, and even then wine reviews were not something I read often given that I really bought or drank any ‘fancy’ wine. I had very pedestrian, though pragmatic criteria: it had to be wet and not too acidic. I am easy to please. I am enjoying my 2nd glass f the 2012 Nouveau as I write. It really is a pleasant, unobtrusive wine — as such ideal for writing with; i.e., lubricant for the rusty old brain.

Cheers.