TR - June 23-29 continued
- From: "Carl Perretta" <cjperretta[at]comcast[dot]net>
- Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007 16:07:51 -0400
Sorry, my earlier draft got posted prematurely. Here is the rest.
This off-strip, privately owned restaurant gets high marks from critics and
patrons alike. This was my third visit here, fourth, if you count their
now-shuttered second location of Wild Sage in Summerlin. A creative,
diverse, and well executed menu. Get yourself off the strip, especially if
you have a car, and visit this place on Warm Springs Road. Discount dining
certificate at: http://tinyurl.com/2xzvsr .
Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay
This upscale burger joint, owned by famed restaurateur Hubert Keller, serves
up many variations of the American classic. Also available are terrific
sides like zucchini fries, onion rings and sweet potato fries. Dessert
burgers (the "burger" is chocolate fudge or something similar) and a good
selection of beers round out a very creative menu.
The main reason for this trip was for me and a couple of buddies to play in
the World Series of Poker Senior event. It was a $1000 buy-in tournament.
I am happy to report I finished in the money at 124th, netting a win of
about $1400. The old Texas road warrior, Oklahoma Johnny Hale, started off
the tournament by having everyone stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
I am as patriotic as the next guy, but I thought it was an inappropriate
venue for such a thing. I can only guess what the entrants from Sri Lanka
did while they were standing. Johnny then thanked all the servicemen and
women in uniform, and then asked the crowd to rise again (this time I
declined) while he read the names of the deceased members of the Poker Hall
of Fame, asking for a moment of silence. I gave him his silence, but now
I'm really miffed at a ceremony honoring a bunch of gamblers like they were
Jonah Salk and Louis Pasteur.
I won (really chopped) another small tournament at the Mirage, and did well
in a ring game at the Bellagio just before my departure. All-in-all, I
netted about $4000. Even my wife took a few hundred dollars away from the
I usually like to get out of the city for a drive somewhere, and this time
it was a trip to Lake Havasu City, AZ, to see the lake, river, and London
Bridge. I didn't realize you could actually drive over the bridge, and we
did. Stopped for lunch at one of the restaurants with a view of it, and
continued on our way. The car's thermometer hit 115 at one point. We took
a different route on the drive back, and this produced the most noteworthy
and pleasurable section of the excursion. Leaving Interstate 40 near the
town of Topock, AZ, you can drive north toward Kingman on an honest-to-God
two-lane blacktop remnant of old Route 66. The road passes through the tiny
burg of Oatman, now essentially a T-shirt outlet, but more famously the site
of Clark Gable and Carol Lombard's honeymoon night. The road continues
through some winding mountain passes and then on to Kingman. I recommend
this trip highly, as one can get a real feel for what driving the wide open
spaces was like many decades ago. We headed back to LV on US 93, over
McCarran rental car facility
A great experience, except for the woman who was the "shuttle bus loader" on
my arrival. She got into an altercation with a customer in line, I think
because she was doing her job badly, directing waiting patrons with
less-than-clear instructions, which resulted in later arriving patrons being
loaded before those who had arrived earlier. One fellow took umbrage, and
she insisted that he had threatened her. No one heard such a threat.
Leaving her post to summon security to prevent the offender from boarding
the bus then became more important than loading the buses efficiently,
resulting in more chaos, but she had to have her way. After even
non-offending patrons started shouting that she was not loading the buses in
the right sequence, and people who had been waiting in line were being
ignored so she could make her point, did she finally load those who had been
Other than that, the rental process and return could not have been better,
but as I reported earlier in this NG, volume was light.
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