. . .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.
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!!
Melissa and I woke up this morning ready to participate in the 2008 Presidential Election! With reports of 2-3 hour lines, we were ready for a long wait. Over the past couple of days, we've seen long lines for early voters and expected the same.
Luckily, that wasn't the case.
We arrived at about 6:50AM. At 7:00AM they started letting folks in. And by 7:25AM, we each had our \"I VOTED\" stickers.
The whole process was well organized. First, we got into one of several lines, depending on our voting precinct. We signed in and received a paper receipt/tracking card that we then presented to a gal (at the end of another line) who scanned it to program a magnetic card (like a credit card or a hotel room card key). Then, we waited a few minutes to get to one of the 20 or so voting machines that were all lined up single file at the back of the room. There was a couple helper-bees floating around the voting machines providing instructions and answering questions. The machine worked well--simply insert the magnetic card and use the touch screen-based machine, using your fingers. Our ballot had about 20 screens worth of votes. The whole process, start to finish, was 35 minutes.