I love Las Vegas (part one)
I love Las Vegas.
Love, love, love it.
Even in its current state of over-commercialized Disneyfication, I can’t help but love it.
However, I’m quite saddened that I’ll never get to experience Vegas as it was in the early ’60s, in all its gloriously hedonistic glamorous splendor. If I had a TARDIS, I’d set it for the Sands Hotel, circa 1960. My mission, should I choose to accept it (of course I would!): Find Dean Martin (and the rest of the Rat Pack, but especially Dean):
In March, I spent four days in Vegas, and had a wonderful time. I’d planned to find (and take copious photos of) anything related to the Rat Pack. Alas, my plans were foiled: unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much (at least not that I could find, and I searched pretty extensively) Rat Pack-ness left to be found. It’s quite sad.
Much of my search took place in old downtown, specifically Fremont Street/”Glitter Gulch”. I had lovely time there, strolling around in awe, exploring each of the casinos, and even wandering off of the beaten path a bit (unfortunately, that type of wandering was rather limited, as it was dark and I was exploring alone. After a few minutes on a rather deserted and creepy (but interesting) side street, I started to worry that I was about to become the inspiration for an episode of C.S.I., and quickly darted back to Fremont).
Despite the failure of my search, and despite the fact that the Disneyfication of The Strip has, sadly enough, started to spread to Fremont Street, I enjoyed old downtown immensely, and took lots of photos:
The gorgeous Binion’s sign-
The Golden Gate–
And I’m including this one (part of the Four Queens) just because it’s where Bono turns The Annoying up to eleven and sings into the Edge’s face in the “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” video-
(As my friend Paul said on Facebook, “I wonder at what point in his life The Edge decided he would not, in fact, smack Bono and say “oh will you please stop that?” I think that decision was very fateful.” True fact!)
Bono’s tediousness aside, it’s a lovely song. I’ve watched the video a zillion times since returning from Vegas, because I miss old downtown a lot, and love getting to see bits and pieces of it in the video.
This is getting long, so I’ll save the rest of my Vegas reminiscences and photos for another post.