With 5,000 people moving here each month, somebody had to spill the beans!

April 29, 2010

OverheardOnTheStrip Having lived in Las Vegas since 2004, one of the most enjoyable things I do is visit The Strip. And one of the funniest parts of those visits is overhearing what others say while walking around with a 4-foot margarita strapped around their neck. I thought it would be cool to create a single online spot to list all these funny quotes and comments so PodWorx just launched a new website called Overheard on The Strip.

Here’s the URL: http://www.OverheardOnTheStrip.com

If you’ve heard something funny during your time on The Strip, we would love for you to join the fun. Please take a moment and stop by the website. Because much of the fun of a Las Vegas Strip visit is the people watching (and listening), I hope you enjoy your visit to our brand-new website!

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April 26, 2010

With a bar tap of $551.87, a limo, and the singing of Kumbaya at an Irish pub I’d never heard of, the Living in Las Vegas Podcast Spring 2010 Meet Up was a rousing success!

Here are all the photos! (Thanks to Sally for your contribution!)

Let the Party Begin

The festivities started promptly at 6:30PM at Brio.  Jacob, Sally and Cheryl were the first to arrive and secure the area around the fire pit (our favorite spot).  Neil, Sarah, Melissa and I arrived via cab shortly thereafter. (None of that fashionably latest stuff for our listeners!) It seemed that within 30-45 minutes or so, all the revelers were in place.  Some decided to dine on Brio’s good food.  All decided to sip from the adult nectar of joy.

The conversation and drinks flowed easily from the beginning and went well into the night.  It was GREAT fun hanging out with all the folks who joined us.  EVERYBODY was having fun, talking, laughing, meeting new people, re-connecting with folks we hadn’t seen in years. . .good stuff. 

Hey Bartender

And with good conversation, often there is good drink to be had as well.  In reviewing the bar tab, there was a wide variety of drinks being consumed during all the fun.  Here’s a list:

  • Captain and Diet
  • Bombay Sapphire Martini
  • Sangria
  • Corona
  • Bellini Martini
  • Wine (by the bottle!)
  • Mojito
  • Bacardi and Coke
  • Coors Light
  • Jack Daniels and Diet
  • Bombay Sapphire and Tonic
  • Bacardi Silver and Sierra Mist

(I leave it to your imagination which beverage was most consumed.  Interestingly, it appears I thought some form of flight was an option.)

Limousine Trip

So that we could drink without worrying about getting pulled over for a DUI, several of us decided to take a limo home.  As always, Presidential Limo delivered.  The car (super stretch) was great, there was champagne waiting, all the gals got roses and our driver Danny was outstanding.  Very classy.  Thanks Presidential Limo!  If you’re in the market for a limo in Las Vegas, give them a call. They’re fantastic!

When our limo pulled up outside Brio at 11PM, the party was still going strong! At this point in the evening, several of us felt we could go for something to eat, and continue with the fun a bit longer, so we decided to take advantage of our stylish transportation and had Danny take us to McMullan’s Irish Pub (on Tropicana).  I’d never been before, but David and Alicia recommended it. 

On our way to McMullan’s, Neil was kind enough to pour all of us a bit of champagne. 

From Italian (Brio) to Irish (McMullan)

Eleven of us ended up at McMullan’s.  We had a few more drinks but mostly chowed down.  (The Irish Nachos were as big as a bowling ball.)  We hung out there for a while and then decided to bring the evening to an end.

As we dropped off the last of our fellow limo riders, Melissa and I took the limo home and reflected on how much fun we had. 

It was a great time.

Personally, I felt that I had connected with all these people more than ever before.

I felt love.

And when I think love, I want to sing.  While holding hands.  With lots of other people.  Which explains what’s below. I leave you with video proof of the love that was in the air.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present, Kumbaya:


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April 21, 2010

For those of you who read this blog from outside of the Las Vegas area, you are missing out on a city-wide increase in energy that I’ve not seen since March of last year.  You feel it on the street corners, in the bars, and on The Strip. 

What’s all the buzz about?

People of all ages are uber-excited about the upcoming Living in Las Vegas Spring 2010 Meet Up!!

[queue thunderous applause]

In three short days, the who’s who of podcast listeners will gather at Brio in Town Square at 6:30PM to share stories and libations, meet new friends, and bask in the light that is magically created when we gather to celebrate this groovy little podcast.

“Who is going to be there, Scott?”

Just the coolest people evah!  Here’s some of the folks that have already RSVP’d:

  • Scott (Hey, that’s me!)
  • Melissa (Naughty Jelly Sweet)
  • Jacob (Blogs on the LiLV site with me)
  • Sally  (Wife of he who is Jacob and photographer of the stars)
  • Neil (from the UK(!) – LiLV is International Baby!!)
  • Sarah (from the UK(!) – wife of Neil and Melissa-level shopper)
  • Cheryl (Ph.D in smart podcast listening (and other stuff I can’t explain))
  • David (Listener Email theme? He wrote that.  Did our new logo, too.)
  • Alicia (Groovy gal, wife of David, and owes me chocolate)
  • Malya (not a vampire, muy funero)
  • Ira (new listener, often emailer, new in town)
  • Ted (AccessVegas.com bossman, Las Vegas insider)
  • Oprah (Not really, just checking to see if you’re really reading this)
  • Maria (Recognized Melissa whilst shopping! How cool is that?)
  • Ron (Best stylist in Las Vegas)

Are you coming?  Let me know!! Just click meetup@livinginlv.com and tell me you’ll be there!  If I already know you, I’ll add you to the list above, along with an insightful parenthetical comment.  And if I don’t know you, I’ll add you to our list, along with a less-then-insightful parenthetical comment.  Either way, you’ll be famous!  And your Ma and Pa will think you’re swell.

By the way, If you don’t live in Las Vegas but will BE HERE this Saturday, you should come by and say HI!!  Much fun will be had.  And you could probably use a break from your mind-numbing gambling loss.  (Thanks for that, however.  Our taxes are low ‘cause of great people like you!)

As a reminder, here’s the details:

LOCATION: Brio Restaurant, Town Square (South Las Vegas Blvd, by Fry’s)

See you on Saturday!!!  Come have some fun and bring a friend!

p.s. Mark G. from Georgia, who won our deer naming content, has asked that I take his winnings and transfer them to a Meet Up attendee.  So, I will buy the third person to arrive a drink – further proof that our listeners are all about giving.

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April 12, 2010

Our good friends Neil and Sarah are coming to Las Vegas in a couple weeks to celebrate Sarah’s birthday. Only thing is, up until about a week ago, Sarah didn’t know anything about it. Neil asked us to shoot a video explaining how angry we were that Neil wouldn’t let us tell Sarah we knew about her Las Vegas trip. He added this video to the end/credits of a DVD he created for Sarah unveiling the big trip!

For those members of the Motion Picture Academy, we appreciate your support.

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April 4, 2010

Well that was a first.

At 3:40PM today, a 6.9 7.2 earthquake struck Baja California, about 110 miles east-southeast of Tijuana.  The reason I’m blogging about this is because for the first time, I FELT AN EARTHQUAKE IN LAS VEGAS.

I was working in my office when, out of the blue, I started feeling a little dizzy.  A moment later, the dizziness went away.  I kept on working and then started feeling dizzy again.

At this point, I figured I was working too damn hard.  As I left my office and walked into the living room, I happened to be looking out into the backyard and notice the pool water was sloshing back and forth.

“That’s odd”, I thought.

Then, I turned to look at the two chandeliers in our home; one in the dining room and the other in the bar/lounge area.  Both were swinging about 2-3 inches either way.

“I’m not having a stroke!  We had an earthquake!!”

Having grown up in Southern California AND having gone through the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, I’m usually not surprised by them.  BUT NOT IN LAS VEGAS!! It was crazy! I had no idea it was an earthquake.

A check on Twitter showed a steady stream of Tweets about the earthquake.  And CNN.com has been covering the earthquake for the last 45 minutes or so.

p.s. The Loma Prieta was a 6.9 (moment magnitude) earthquake as well.  Its “surface-wave magnitude” was 7.1.  Those are some big quakes!

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April 1, 2010

For those new to the show and our website, the Friends of the Living in Las Vegas Podcast page was started way back in November of 2006.  We’ve added people from around the world, enjoying every additional smile place on our pages.  However, today is the first time we’ve achieved a certain level of balance previously lacking.

Thanks to the efforts of our latest friend, Greg M., we have created a warm and embracing bookend to this page of friends.  With Greg’s photo, our very first photo (Sheena) and our last photo are both from the great state of Massachusetts (and yes, I had to spell check the name of the state. . .don’t judge me.)

The minute I added Greg’s photo, I felt a certain sense of feng shui come over me.  As I published the updated page, a small bluebird landed on the windowsill outside my office, gave me a wink and a nod, and said that all is right in the world.

This, naturally, scared the crap out of me.

But, as is the case with all great Disney movies (Mary Poppins, for example), I buried my fears and decided to interact with the animated bird.

During our conversation (which included tea. . .he likes decafe like me), I asked him if this balance means I should stop accepting new photos.  ‘Billy’ said no — that in fact this balance required many more photos to further the good of all mankind.

So, welcome to the page, Greg.  And to the rest of you reading this, Billy wants you to send a photo.  Remember, it’s for the good of all mankind.  Sure, he’s only an animated bluebird, but I think he’s got a little vulture in him. 

Not pretty.

Do you understand the power that is Billy?!  Just attach a photo of yourself to an email and send it, along with your name and location, to friends@livinginlv.com.  It’s Easy.  It’s Free. And it’ll keep a flock of angry bluebirds off your front porch.

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