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    trombettista_vecchio

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    Great movie

    Post  trombettista_vecchio on Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:25 pm

    Just watched a movie (on demand) about old neon signage.

    It occurs to me that I'm a neon guy in a light emitting diode world.

    No wonder I don't go to Vegas anymore. I loved the place in my younger days. Of course, TSA doesn't help my mood either.
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    Mongrel

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    Re: Great movie

    Post  Mongrel on Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:34 am

    My first memories of Las Vegas are from the late 1950's when I was in elementary school. My parents would take me out of school for over a month and we'd drive to visit my mother's sister and family in Orange County just east of L.A. My father and uncle liked to gamble so we'd hop in a huge station wagon and drive the 288 miles to Las Vegas. We always stayed at the Stardust, a trim one story motel with attached casino. My mother would give me pennies so I could play the slots in the corridors leading from the motel rooms to the casino. When I was in my teens, we'd go to Vegas and I could get served booze and play the slots and Keno. It was a good time with cheap rooms, cheap good food, clean streets, mostly clean people, great free entertainment and about the safest streets in the Western World. Then it all went to shit when the Family turned it over to the Corporate World. The wife and I flew out for five days in November of 2011. I hadn't been there since 1975. I was shocked and disgusted with the air pollution, grid-lock traffic, human refuse on the streets, hotels, restaurants and casinos. It's like they took a pristine little desert oasis and turned it into a Chicago-like shit-hole in less than a generation.

    In a couple of weeks, the wife and I are taking a cruise out of Miami that stops in Havana for a day. I wanted to do this because my father used to go on junkets with his Italian country club buddies in the 1950's and I want to see what became of the buildings that housed the casinos. Reference Godfather II Havana scene sequence for what it was like.
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    Pky6471

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    Re: Great movie

    Post  Pky6471 on Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:03 pm

    As a student , I worked for 2 summers - 2jobs 16 hrs a day- in Reno and saved money for schooling,,,, So in a way I know how they make money. 2014 we went to Las Vegas for 2 days/1 night... fun but there is no need to go back , I am not a gambler and I could be entertained better in NYC. If U enjoy LV then by all means "go-n-enjoy" , it has a lot to offer to the right persons
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    Mongrel

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    Re: Great movie

    Post  Mongrel on Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:23 am

    The best movie ever made about Las Vegas is "Casino". And hearing Devo's version of "Satisfaction" always makes me smile.

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