Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Las Vegas Navidad, I Love It - Part 2

Room 24-303 - Monte Carlo
For real, ask for this real reason why, just that I stayed in it. Like the uncool real world suite. We get in our room, relieve ourselves. Jonny stinks the room up for just the 1st time. We then decide what our plan of action is. We decide that we would do our normal Vegas ritual and get some daiquiri's at the New York New York , the Coyote Ugly to be precise. And I should let it be known, that you should always get the extra shot. It used to be $1, but due to rising prices of just about everything, is now $2....this is by far the best $2 investment you can make for it is about 4 shots worth of liquor. Yeah, one of these bad boys and I was feeling pretty damn good.

To The Pool!

Ok, we realize we are running low on sleep and that these drinks are giving us a good buzz...generally a bad comination. We decide to hang low and chill by the pool for most of the day. First thing was first though, we needed to refill our 64 oz of football drunkeness. What we do for this, to me, is ingenious. We get kool-aid packs, pack some cheap booze, and refill. It has been a staple in all of my Vegas trips, it saves lots of money. I, however, was forced to try Tang and Rum, it really wasn't too bad actually.

Now, the Monte Carlo has a wave pool and a lazy river...we were feeling lazy. So, we rented some tubes and plopped ourselves in the water. The lifeguard was quick to tell us that we could not bring our drinks in the water, but that she would happily let us store them under her chair for when we made our rounds.


COLD, MY GOD....ok, it is better now

We lap around, enjoy ourselves, stop for drinks, do it again. Then, some lady asked Aaron how the water was....a normal answer would be "cold, but it gets better". Aaron's answer is grabbing her arms and pulling her in, not knowing if she had a phone or anything on her, not to mention it is a 3 ft pool. Thankfully, she laughed about it, but WOW!

Eventually I noticed Streich and Jonny macking on some girl reading a book...I decide to investigate. We hang out for a bit, then Jonny informs me she is 17....NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVERMIND. Anyhow, she goes to put her book away and join us in splashy fun, but we all left for some wave pool and sun action.

I actually spent most of the rest of our time outside talking to some Canadians and fellow Sconnies from Superior, they were nice, and I am sure I was a fool, for I was getting to be pretty drunk. It was time for me to pass out. And that I did, Jonny and I actually slept until 9:30, right when everyone was getting back from dinner. Still tired though, and we all call it an early night so we can be rested up for tomorrow. However, our slumber was interrupted by Mandy, who had just landed and needed a place to sleep. Me, being the gentleman I am, gave up my bed spot for the floor, which was a bad move.

Next up, Thursday and Friday ...............

Let me tell you, Friday will be a good one for you to read about!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Vegas Vacation (w/o Chevy Chase) - PART 1

Who needs sleep anyways?!
No, this isn't the theme of the trip, this was actually the night before we left. Yes, we slept, a good 1 to 2 hours. Reasoning:

Monday afternoon after hearing about the Indians vs Angels series being moved to Milwaukee I figured I would be an idiot to not go Tue. night, so I call up some people and both Streich and Guss decide to tag along. Mind you Streich is going to Vegas as well. Once again, had to go watch the Indians once again call Milwaukee home, since Major League

After the 8th inning, it was getting to be past ***ALERT - MARK BUEHRLE JUST THREW A NO HITTER*** anyhow, the 8th inning past, it was after 9 and we had to drive to Algonquin to leave for our flight at 3 (it took off at 6) because of inclimate weather we wanted to make sure we got there in time. After finally meeting up with Mike, Andrea, and Jonny, we went back to Mike's place and crashed at 12:30 for a solid 2 hours.

After the alarm sounded I awoke is funny how I can't get up for an alarm for work after sleeping 9 hours, but can wake up no problem after 2 hours to go to Vegas.

Who needs to see while driving anyways?
I am obviously original in my headings! Streich and I followed the other 3 to the O'Hare extended lot. We were all wondering and hoping our flight would take off on time, we heard how snow was already accumulating in Milwaukee and it was cold and rainy in Chicagoland, very rainy! So rainy actually, I couldn't see. Wipers weren't fast enough, and the headlights weren't bright enough. An accident is the last thing I wanted (not that it is ever the first thing). Things got worse, the rain turned to sleet, then snow which meant things were getting slicker and slicker. Turns out Mike's car lost traction a couple of times. I think you can guess how this ends...we make it. We board the train bound for O'Hare, now hopefully the plane gets off before we have to sit around.....the suspense.

hint, it took off on time.

The plane took off on time, whew
After checking in, we met up with Giddee, Pootie, Halbach, and Jock-wee at the gate. I will be honest, I was shocked they beat us. Giddee looked like death coming off of a bacterial infection, I sure hopes she feels better.

Thankfully, everything is on time and we board Ted. After watching our safety video with the girl who talked out of the side of her mouth and the seats flying up around her, we were off. Even through the storm, Ted flew smooth...thanks Ted!

Jonny and I played some Nintendo DS, I watched some Pursuit of Happyness, I slept, I watched the Simpsons....MY GOD WILL THIS DAMN CONTRAPTION LAND ALREADY! Now, I fly all the time for work, but this was excrutiating....I was too damn excited. Finally I feel the pressure on my ears, we were descending....aaaaaaahhhhhhhh shiiiiiiiiit

Premature aaaaaaaahhhhhh shiiiiiiiit
Ok, 30 more minutes before we touch down, but whatever. Then we have to take the monorail "MONORAIL!!!" (as sung on Simpsons). Then wait for bags. However, I was suddenly interested in seeing the show with the topless girls which was being advertised in the airport.

After getting on the shuttle to the Monte Carlo, we do more waiting...for Mike to check in. Meanwhile the mean bellhop takes our bags in a forceable fashion. We couldn't check in for 20-30 minutes, so Sbarro was on all of our lists. After watching Mike do some gambling (I figured I could wait at least a couple hours before I started up) we finally head to our room. Room 24-303, remember that, and request it next time. NOW! WE CAN SAY IT, aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh shiiiiiiiiit


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Idiot On Air

Don Imus

This has been straight up annoying me! Every top news story, every headline, seems to be about Don Imus and his racial remarks. First off, I hate when the media latches on to a story and blows it up. What is worse, is that Don Imus might be the ugliest human being on this planet, so everytime there is a story, I am forced to look at his hideous mug. He honestly is exactly what I picture a serial killer would look like.

To the point - Don Imus on his radio show called the Rutger's women's basketball team "nappy headed ho's". Now, before I talk about the racial issues on this, I have to mention this. How classless can you be to completely insult student athletes on this level. Now, criticism is one thing, you see it all the time with men's college athletes, but you never here anyone calling the men "assholes", now calling women "ho's" is just about the equivelent, actually, much worse. Then to throw "nappy headed" in front of that? That is just stupid. Now I talk a lot of trash and often say insensitive things, but I would know this would be a tough statement to say....and to say it on the RADIO! Ugly has set into this guy's brain.

Now, is he a racist? Was he intending it to be racist? My opinion, no, I don't think so. The guy is just classless. From what I heard, I think what he was trying to say that Tennessee seemed to be groomed better for being on a national stage and the Rutgers team were "slobs". I think. This still would be a terrible thing to say, but it wouldn't have the racist terms in there. I might be wrong, this guy could very well be as racist as they come, I have never listened to him and can't form a proper opinion of him one way or another. I just feel he did not intend racism, he is just too stupid to realize that it would be a racist remark.

This brings me up to another annoyance, the word racism was involved, so guess who has to pop his nose in things, that is right, the Reverand Al Sharpton. Rev. Sharpton's heart is pure, and he is attempting to make the world a better place for all people of all races...but I get tired of seeing and hearing this man for every little issue. When pure hatred is spoken, I hope Rev. Sharpton is the first in line to condemn that person. I think I am just annoyed this time around, because with the extra attention he brought, it is just that much more I have to see Imus on T.V. Please don't get me wrong Rev. Sharpton has done many great things throughout his life and has paid his dues to be able to say what he feels needs saying.

With this blog covering racism, I want to mention something that is on a positive note. Jackie Robinson. Sunday the 15th is the 60th anniversary of Jackie's first day with MLB. It is a monumental day for civil rights. Jackie Robinson is respected by, what I would assume to be 99.99% of America. He helped to open up opportunites for African Americans as well as other minorities, in not just sports, but everyday life. Jackie Robinson made an impression on many whites as well, particularly the youth who were able to start realizing that segregation and discrimination is something that needed to changed. This weekend, MLB is honoring the man who "broke the color barrier" And we should all honor him, for he was a part of the change that helped make America better for all people! Jackie Robinson is truly an American Hero.