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

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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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Forget Rob Porter’s Security Clearance, Takis Veliotis Who Was In Charge Of Building U.S. Nuclear Submarines Was Not Even A U.S. Citizen!

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P. Takis Veliotis, EVP, General Dynamics & General Manager, Electric Boat Division.


I kid you not.

P. Takis Veliotis was appointed General Manager of General Dynamics’Electric Boat Division” on October 24, 1977.

Electric Boat Division, which had built USS Nautilus, World’s 1st Nuclear Submarine, had an ongoing contract with the U.S. Navy to build a slew of nuclear submarines.

At the time Veliotis took over as GM he, originally from Greece, had Canadian citizenship.

He was also taking huge kickbacks and bribes from contractors in his prior jobs.

There was NO WAY he could have passed a proper FBI background check, let alone get the necessary clearance!

But, nonetheless, he headed up “Electric Boat” for quite a FEW YEARS prior to becoming naturalized.

He spoke with the legendary Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, “Father Of the U.S. Nuclear Navy”, multiple times a day. Rickover, famed for his attention to detail, never spotted this.

Check this out. It is pretty amazing.

I discovered this while reading the book “Running Critical” early last year. We had visited the OUTSTANDING “Submarine Force Library & Museum” in Groton, Connecticut — a few miles from Mystic during our stay at ‘Mohegan Sun’ for New Year 2017. I had become intrigued about finding out more about the history of submarines. The author of this book, a veteran journalist, just mentions the citizenship in PASSING! To this day I do not understand why he did not talk about it. This has to have been one of the biggest security lapses in U.S. history and there must have been a few. {Smile}

So, Rob Porter is by no means an isolated incident.


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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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“Mohegan Sun” — Staying At The New “Earth Tower”.

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The ‘Earth Tower’ at ‘Mohegan Sun’ (CT) is new. It was completed in November 2016. It is the second tower at Mohegan and considerably shorter and stouter than the sweeping and elegant ‘Sky Tower’. I think they can extend it upwards in the future if they see a need.

We stayed in a Double Queen room, in the ‘Earth Tower’, for 4-nights after Christmas, December 28, 2016 to January 1, 2017. When making the reservation (eventually by phone after checking it out online) I purposefully chose the ‘Earth Tower’ because it was new. I don’t think I was given an option as to ‘view’. The room assigned to us, after waiting in line for 20 minutes, was on the 3rd floor sans a river-view. If we go there again I will make sure to specify that I want a room with river-view. Also a higher floor — just for a more expansive view.

But, it was NOT bad at all. Definitely an unmistakable air of freshness, light and modernity.

The Good Things:

1.  The room was a decent size, maybe a tad bigger than average for a double queen.

2.  Good lighting, lots of light … very fresh and welcoming.

3.  Well appointed, very well lit bathroom.

4.  Tons of built in USB ports for charging devices. YES. YES. YES.

5.  ‘Earth Tower’ is much closer to the self-parking ‘Winter Garage’ than the ‘Sky Tower’ — and that was good because we used the car every day.

6.  Electronic ‘Do Not’ disturb sign.

7.  Coffee maker and fridge.

8.  Built-in (though we didn’t have a need for one and Teischan used it to keep her snacks).

9.  Good water pressure on the shower.

10.  Easy enough to get to the restaurant and shops using the ‘Winter Garage’ entrance.

[11.  They sent us a FREE chocolate cake the first night. That was a bonus!]

Not So Good Things:

1.  No exhaust fan in the bathroom (and why this is so in hotels is an eternal mystery to me even after 60 years of staying in hotels).

2.  No drawers — just shelves.

3.  Bathroom cabinetry doesn’t extend all the way to the walls — so stuff falls off on the (dirty) floor.

4.  Still the usual coffee condiment packets that result in either the sweetener or the sugar sachets from getting needlessly thrown away.

5.  The pool at the ‘Earth Tower’ is a joke (as I spelled out in this post).

6.  Inexplicably, only one call button for the 4 elevators — when there should be one on each wall as is the case at the ‘Sky Tower’.


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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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“Mohegan Sun” — The Two Swimming Pools Are A Let Down!

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The one word that always comes to mind when I think of “Mohegan Sun” (which I have had the chance to visit three times) is ‘opulence‘.

It is quite the resort and it is visually stunning — a veritable smorgasbord of visual stimulation.

Everything is ‘First Class’ but for the two swimming pools and that is very incongruous and disappointing.

Teischan (10) likes to swim in hotel pools, and those two last words have to go together. In other words she only likes pools attached to a hotel. She is also not that keen on swimming in lakes which is a shame since we do have beach rights to a nice lake. So, whenever we go on vacation I try to make sure that the hotels we are staying at have pools.

I saw that “Mohegan Sun” had two pools and that seemed to fit the bill.

But, we were surprised by what we discovered. And this post is to give other a ‘Heads Up’ if you are planning a stay at “Mohegan” and swimming is something you are planning to do.

  1. The pool (on the ground floor) of the newly opened ‘Earth Tower‘ is MINISCULE. Not much bigger than a large hot tub (and I am not exaggerating by that much).
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  2.  The pool (on the 3rd floor) of the ‘Sky Tower‘ is ‘large’ (maybe even ‘huge’) but it has a constant depth of 3.5′ — i.e., there is no deep end. [This is also case with the titchy pool in the ‘Earth Tower’.] I guess this eliminates the danger of folks diving and is probably better for kids. While you can of course swim in 3.5′ feet it feels strange and there is something perverse about not being able to take a breather at one end of the pool without your feet on the bottom.
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  3. There is NO HOT TUB at either pool. This seems ludicrous. {Continue reading …}
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  4. There is a large bar, serving alcoholic drinks, by the large pool — but it is not what I call a true poolside bar in that you can’t get served without getting out. I would rather have a hot tub than a bar.
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  5. The water temperature in both pools was a couple degrees BELOW ideal. And not having a hot tub to help warm up meant that the whole experience was slightly degraded.
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  6. At the large pool they have ‘Towel Monitors’! While I fully appreciate that maintaining a supply of towels at a busy pool is a COSTLY proposition it seems crazy that they make you feel guilty about asking for a couple of towels — given what you are paying to stay there!
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  7. Neither pool has an attached changing room. At the big pool the changing rooms, which are inside the respective gender-specific bathrooms, are across the hall and you have to walk across dripping.
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  8. The little pool is in a little, dark, claustrophobic room. [Not so the large pool. That is in a huge, well lit, atrium-like hall.]

So, just letting you know. It did not ruin our vacation and we went swimming on 3-days but the experience could have been better.


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6 Sony a6000 Images Of The Day — December 28, 2016.

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Yes, first day at ‘Mohegan Sun’,
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Picture Of The Day (Sony a6000) — December 28, 2016.

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Taken with my Sony a6000.

Yes, first day at ‘Mohegan Sun‘,
Connecticut.

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Have You Heard Of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, “Father Of the U.S. Nuclear Navy”?

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No. I had never heard of him — but then again I am not an aficionado of any navy or for that matter armed forces in general.

I came across Admiral Hyman G. Rickover at the EXCELLENT “Submarine Force Library & Museum” in Groton, Connecticut — a few miles from Mystic during our stay at ‘Mohegan Sun‘ for the New Year.

The whole area around Mystic is famous for its submarines. That I knew.

Finding and visiting this Museum, which has the original nuclear-powered ‘Nautilus‘, SSN 571, was serendipitous.

On Saturday, December 31, 2016, New Year’s Eve, we were driving around Mystic taking in the sights when the sign to the museum caught my eye. I knew that they would, at a minimum, have a few submarines on display outside. I was not disappointed. PLUS, IT IS FREE. Our tax money at work — in the best possible way.

Great, WONDERFUL museum. Very well done. Kudos. Bravo. Yes, I will do a post on it — with more pictures.

I have been inside at least two submarines — at museums, of course. So, I am not a total stranger to submarines and what it is like to be inside one. So, for I, the MOST interesting this I learned at this museum was about Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. What a guy. Intriguing and inspirational.

Reminded me of General Leslie Groves & Robert Oppenheimer who together made the U.S. atomic bomb a reality. Exceptional men.

rickoverI ordered a book on Rickover that same day. I probably will get a couple more books. Folks like that truly inspire me.

Check him out. Wikipedia has a decent write-up. He is the only person who has ever been awarded two Congressional Gold Medals! Wow. 63-years of ACTIVE duty. They forced him to retire when he was 80. Wow. Wow. Wow.


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