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

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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July 25, 2009

Melissa and I were hanging out at Aliante Station last night and while having a drink at the MRKT sea & land bar, we learned that they offer 1/2 off their menu (not including lobster and surf and turf) from Sunday through Thursday for those folks with a “Boarding Pass”.

Seems like a pretty good deal to me!

We’re definitely going to take advantage of that some time this week.  And although our last experience at MRKT was mixed (we gave it a half and half on Hot and Horrible), the food, when it arrived, was pretty good.

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November 12, 2008

. . .and was surprised by what we saw.  Stay tuned. . .we’re planning to record the podcast reviewing the Aliante Station Casino grand opening tomorrow night.

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November 11, 2008

There has been a nice buzz around these parts about tonight’s Aliante Station Casino opening.  We’ve seen a handful of news channel features about the new property over the last month or so along with several articles in the local newspapers.  I’ve always been VERY impressed with much of what Station Casinos does so I was surprised when I heard on Channel 3’s 11PM news that for the third quarter of 2008 (which ends on September 30) the company lost $23 million.  To compare, for Q3 2007, the company made $3.7 million. 

In the words of Keanu Reeves — “Whooaah”.

Both Melissa and I were surprise by that.  I always had the impression that all ten Station Casinos properties were doing very well.  Every time we visited Red Rock or Santa Fe, they looked pretty busy. 

Here’s hoping their eleventh casino at Aliante will be the beginning of a big turn around.  The company is obviously spending a lot of money on getting the word out. . .billboards, TV commercials, newspaper ads.  Just yesterday, they paid for the insertion of a 16 page “Promotional Feature” section in the Review-Journal.  That had to be expensive!

We will be checking the place out at their 11/11/08 at 11:11PM opening and putting out a new LiLV Podcast episode soon thereafter. 

Our fingers are crossed!!

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July 3, 2008

Just heard that Aliante Station Casino will be hiring 1000 people for the North Las Vegas property.  The hiring process is to begin on Sunday, July 6.

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June 25, 2008

Just saw a news blurb on TV that Aliante Station Casino is set to open on November 11, 2008. We’re looking forward to seeing what the folks at the Aliante Casino have in store for us. Melissa and I were talking to each other this weekend as we drove by the new property that things are moving along quickly. The new bridge is 1/2 completed (literally…you can see below the east side of the bridge but looking at it from the west. . .it’s still filled with dirt) and the area is buzzing with workers build, build, building.

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