Things I Know

  • I said two or three years ago after visiting Lake Placid NY that my travels would be more enjoyable if Ben & Jerry’s was open for breakfast.  I haven’t revisited Lake Placid since then, but at the Jet Blue Terminal at Kennedy Airport on Thursday, Ben & Jerry’s was open for breakfast!  Haagen Dazs in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas isn’t though.

  • President Obama visited Las Vegas again today (third time) to stump for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  I suppose the President and his advisors know that there is early voting in Nevada, so some of the people he hopes to convince have already voted.

  • According to news reports this week, Osama Bin Laden is living in relative comfort in a house in Pakistan.  If we can’t blow him up with a predator drone, we should at least get his bank to foreclose on his mortgage.

  • I’m in Las Vegas where I walked through the New York New York casino today.  In the place, they have a food stand called “Stadium Snacks.”  Comparing the prices there with the prices at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, I have to say the prices at Stadium Snacks are nowhere near high enough, and Stadium Snacks is the only place I’ve found in Las Vegas I can say that about.

  • I don’t patronize pawn shops, but the only one I’ve ever seen a line outside is Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard.  That’s the one the TV show “Pawn Stars” is about.  We didn’t stop, get on line and go in.

  • You can’t argue with the sign on a souvenir stand that says, ““If It’s In Stock, We Have It.”  However, before I’d agree that the particular store is the world’s largest souvenir stand, as another of its signs claims, I’d want to measure South of the Border.

  • The economy in Las Vegas is among the worst in the country.  New unemployment figures say it’s 15% in Vegas.  Starbucks seems to be doing just fine though.  I’ve seen more than one Starbucks in more than one of the casinos I’ve visited so far.

  • I’ve been in communities with smaller populations than some of the big Vegas hotel-casinos.  I’ve been in lots of communities like that.

  • For Halloween, I don’t recommend going out as Lady Gaga in a raw meat dress.  There are probably dogs in your neighborhood and that could get ugly.  If you’re flying someplace, I don’t recommend bringing that dress on the plane as carrion luggage either.

  • If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Ginny Thomas, wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas this week, it’s don’t leave a voice mail message if you don’t want that message plastered all over the news.

  • Texas wins.  If San Francisco wins too, we may never get Channel 5 back on Cablevision, or the Fox station in Philadelphia either (I think that one is Channel 29).

Author: Tom

I know my ABC's, I can write my name and I can count to a hundred.