Return from Vegas

Just returned from a four day trip to Las Vegas where we had tickets for Bette Midler at Caesar’s and ventriloquist Terry Fator, last year’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner, at the Hilton.

Both great shows. Midler is a performer of the first order. Funny and still raunchy. The voice isn’t quite what it used to be, but she’s Bette Midler.

I was really looking forward to seeing Fator, and he didn’t disappoint. The theatre at the Hilton is smaller, which makes for a much more intimate venue, which works well for his act. Very funny and imaginative and the man is incredibly talented. It is hard to believe that he needed the TV win to become a star.

We didn’t spend much time on the Strip so I can’t honestly speculate on how the downturn in the U.S. economy has affected the revenue coming into the casinos. Although they didn’t look too busy from what little we did see. Lots of people on the street though, but who knows how much money they’re spending.

On the other hand, if the line-up for the $32 (taxes included) Sunday buffet at Wynn’s is any measure you wouldn’t think that there was any trouble in paradise.

The trip had its exciting moments. We almost had our rental car wiped out by an idiot who decided to suddenly change lanes in order to make a right turn. Unfortunately we were already occupying that space. Good brakes were the saviour. Then we were almost run over by a cabbie who decided to proceed forward while we were directly in front of his car. Uncomplementary words were spoken at high volume.

The weather was good – in the mid to high seventies F. A bit warmer than here at home where it was forecast to be +2 C today. But sunny and today I may have played my last game of golf for the season. Although we’ll keep our options open for next week.

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