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Join Jamey as he interviews Sophia Maria, a Las Vegas lounge and concert performer.  Topics will include performing with Debbie Reynolds, finding the balance between the stage and being a mother of three, and if the current wave of socio-political problems have affected Sophia’s career.

Episode 41 – Sophia Maria Interview Rundown

Intro & Hello to Sophia

(Sophia) Hello…

When did you start singing? When Professionally?

lasvegas.wikia.com/wiki/Debbie_Reynolds_Hotel_%26_Casino

WWF Hotel & Casino Fails after take over of Debbie Reynolds-

articles.latimes.com/1998/aug/07/business/fi-10835

What was your first Pro gig?When did you come to Vegas? First gig in Vegas?

What is the lounge scene like in Las Vegas?

In what other venues do you perform?

Good and Bad about being a Las Vegas performer?

Have you performed for/with any celebrities?

What singers do you model your style after?

Best experience on stage in Las Vegas? Worst?

Knowing current events, have you ever had any uncomfortable situations as an entertainer?

Being a Mother, is stage life difficult?

How long will you stick with it?

http://www.sophiamaria.com

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Join Jamey and Adam as they discuss the differences between Nerds and Millennials in Las Vegas.  Topics will also include Android Citizens, Rocket Roadsters, Net Neutrality and the Infinity War Trailer…with the Nerd Alert, Gear Grinders and area 52.

Episode #40 – Rundown

Nerds vs Millennials…Battlefield Vegas – Ep #40

 Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  How Should Las Vegas change for Nerds & Millennials…and are they the same?

–  Android Citizens, rocket cars and the Infinity War

–  with the Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

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– Stephieandfriends commented “Thanks for being old and relevant…we love the show…Do you think Las Vegas is still trendy?”

 Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  EA investigated & Net Neutrality

–  Sophia – Android Citizen

–  TESLA’s new Semi and Rocket Car

–  Infinity War Trailer

Concierge Chronicle – Keeping LV Relevant

–  Are Millenials & Nerds the Same?

–  How is Las Vegas catering to them?

–  Negative trends – Marijuana, Gas, terrorism

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  Victoria’s Secret is my Secret…Hands Off!

https://jezebel.com/victorias-secret-continues-its-tradition-of-racism-as-m-1820849157

http://www.businessinsider.com/victorias-secret-fashion-show-accused-cultural-appropriation-2017-11

Area 52 (Jamey)

–   Nevada has more mountain ranges (300) and more hot springs (over 300 occurring naturally) than any other state in the country.

Mountain Range – Definition

 

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Join Jamey with his guests Julia and John as they reminisce and discuss what it is like to live in Las Vegas and answer listener questions about Holiday traditions, cost of living and what the clubs are really like.  Also they cover how hard it is to be a woman in Las Vegas and what changes the gig economy and Millennial generations are demanding.

Episode #39 – Rundown

Coming up on this episode

–  Living in Las Vegas (Listener Questions)

–  Hospitality, Gaming and Club industry

–  with Area 52

(Jamey) Hello to John & Julia

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  1. Vegasjam36 – What is it like to live in Las Vegas?

        -Special Holiday traditions

  1. creekvalues – Is the cost of living high in Las Vegas?

        -$100 gallon of milk

        -119th in the world, 51st out of 101 in N America, 44th out         of 89 in USA

  1. stkinmdwst – Are the clubs as good as they look on TV?

        -Getting in, bottle service, VIP Hosts, music

  1. poweredgirl90 – Is it hard to be a woman in Las Vegas?

        -current atmosphere and past

  1. NYguy75 – Is Las Vegas catering to Millennial and beyond?

        -redesign space, interactive multiplayer, social media         connectivity

Area 52 (Jamey) –

  1. Population of Las Vegas as of 2016 632,912
  2. Original Lions mouth entrance in front of MGM was removed for 2 reasons: It was taking up prime real estate for the gambling floor but more importantly, it was considered bad luck by the Asian clientele/gamblers.

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Join Jamey, John, Adam and Sam for a discussion on some of the secret hotel rooms Vegas has hidden.  Plus, we look at why The Punisher and Wonder Woman may have some troubles on the horizon.  Also included is a Justice League movie review and the Rotten Tomato influence…and a controversial argument on Gal Gadot and why she may not be the hero we need right now.

Episode #38 – Rundown

Coming up on this episode

–  Secret Hotel Rooms of Las Vegas

–  Frank Castle and Wonder Women have troubles

–  with the Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

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– Demwarrior1999 commented “I do enjoy the podcast but Jamey, what is wrong with making superheroes relatable to people of today?

 Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Justice League Review – Rotten Tomatoes Delay

–  Punisher Debut – Troubles with Frank Castle

–  Does Gal Gadot deserve to be Wonder Woman?

Concierge Chronicle – Secret Hotel Rooms of Las Vegas

–  Paiza Club at Venetian and Palazzo, a by-invitation-only membership club, private gambling rooms, including high-stakes ones $200,000 a hand

–  the Villas at The Mirage accessed through a private gated entrance with their own secured entry from the casino floor

–  David Rockwell villa atop Nobu Hotel within Caesars (think in-room Nobu chefs at your disposal, a private Zen garden, sauna, and media room

Area 52 (Jamey) –

  1. 80,000 flowers are used in the current display at Bellagio Gardensand Conservatory
  2. The first Jerry Lewis/Muscular Dystrophy Telethonever was held there in Sept. 1973 at the Sahara Hotel. Carnegie Hall in 1956 with Dean Martin was first.
  3. Cost of Nevada marriage license, in dollars 35
  4. Average cost of filing for divorce in Nevada, in dollars 450

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Join Jamey as he joins Adam and Sam for discussions of Las Vegas Slot Club Cards and the myths behind them.  Also included is a special interview with Chris the host of the “Faces and Aces” Podcast as he discusses his experiences as a consumer of Las Vegas…with, of course, the Nerd Alert covering a Disney/Fox merger and the New Star Wars Trilogy and a controversial Nerd Grinders.

Episode #36 – Rundown

Coming up on this episode

–  Interview with Chris at FacesandAces podcast(update)

–  The Secrets of Slot Club Cards

–  with the Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

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– eddichan99 commented “Great show guys…LA loves – What is the most unlucky thing to do in Vegas?”

Guest Interview – Chris from FacesandAces Podcast

 Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Disney Fox merger, LOTR series to Amazon

–  Brian Michael Bendis signs with DC, New SW Trilogy

Concierge Chronicle – Secrets of Slot Club Cards (Jim)

–  They do not effects the machine, marketing only, data track

–  All giveaways have cost casino nothing…except turkeys

–  Phantom point loss, app glitches and purges

–  Sam’s input and back story

 Area 52 (Jamey) – Imperial Palace Swastika shaped building

Opened in 1979 by Ralph Engelstad – had 2 posthumous Adolph Hitler birthday celebrations with millions of dollars in nazi memorabilia.  Agreed to pay settlement to the State Gaming Control board for tarnishing the city’s rep.  Harrah’s now owns.

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Jamey, Adam and Sam bring you the last segment in the How to Navigate Las Vegas series…How to Leave Las Vegas.  Also included in this episode are discussions about Veganism in Vegas, the Pro Bull Riders tour and Planetary Safety…along with the Topless Report, Nerd Alert, Gear Grinders and Area 52.

Plus segments from contributing editors John Thorpe & Jamey Kirklin

A Couple of Classic ‘Vegas Restaurants – by John Thorpe

In episode 33, in response to a query from Danjam9, the panel discussed the best steak restaurants in Las Vegas. Jamey mentioned a classic Las Vegas steakhouse, The Golden Steer, and that reminded me of a couple of other iconic Las Vegas restaurants that wouldn’t be labeled as “steakhouses,” so fell outside the parameters of our discussion. Although the two I will discuss here serve meat dishes, they also offer a great deal more; and like The Golden Steer, they predate the celebrity chef invasion and offer a glimpse of the way Las Vegas was before the sad and regrettable corporate infestation of our beloved town. (“Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.”)

The perennial favorite restaurant among many well-informed locals for romantic occasions such as anniversaries and Valentine’s Day is Hugo’s Cellar, located downtown at the Four Queens Hotel. I’m not a particularly big fan of downtown Las Vegas, and the Four Queens can best be described as falling somewhere in that no man’s land between a shithole and a fleabag. You know that old, moldy sleeping bag you’ve got in the garage? The one caked with dust and stains of an unknown origin (or a known origin that you’d rather forget about)? The one that smells like a bear puked in it? Now imagine that sleeping bag turned into a hotel, much like Cinderella’s pumpkin transformed into a horse-drawn carriage. That nasty sleeping-bag-turned-hotel is the Four Queens. But don’t let the downtown location or the decrepit hotel that houses it deter you from dining at Hugo’s Cellar. It’s a Las Vegas institution and a first-class restaurant. Do stay away, however, if you’re just looking for a “quick bite” or want to eat and get on with your evening as soon as possible.  Hugo’s offers a true dining experience. Women are given roses. The waiters wear tuxedos and won’t refer to the Bananas Foster as being “awesome” or to your party as “you guys.” Many of the dishes are served table-side. Relax, have a drink, enjoy your dinner, and experience old Las Vegas in style. Here’s a link to their menu:

http://www.hugoscellar.com/files/menu.pdf

If you have your heart set on exceptional Italian food within the milieu of old ‘Vegas, then you’ll have a great time at Piero’s. Located in a stand-alone building at 355 Convention Center Drive, Piero’s is across from the Las Vegas Convention Center and less than a mile from Las Vegas Boulevard South (i.e., The Strip). Probably nothing exudes the old ‘Vegas vibe better than Piero’s high-backed leather booths and brick interior. Remember that fight scene in Casino between Sam (Robert De Niro) and Ginger (Sharon Stone)? The one in the restaurant? That scene was filmed at Piero’s. (Here’s a link to the scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0G_m7BAbQs). Hopefully, you and your dinner date will be on much better terms than Sam and Ginger, and although getting blown in the parking lot is unlikely, it can be arranged . . . just ask your concierge ; ) . All joking aside, I can pretty much guarantee you’re going to have a wonderful time at Piero’s. Here’s a link to their menu: http://pieroscuisine.com/menu-2/

One thing I like about both of these restaurants is that despite being elegant, classy, and traditional, they are not pretentious. If thoughts of a Belgium Endive Salad topped with St. Agur blue cheese, red wine poached pear, and candied walnuts and a plate of Foie Gras Au Torchon, served with rhubarb chutney, pickled mustard seeds, and a Pedro Ximénez reduction whet your appetite, then you should probably dine elsewhere. These are old-school establishments and the dishes they serve are recognizable, long-standing favorites, and probably haven’t changed much since these restaurants first opened.

When I worked with Jamey at the Venetian, I would occasionally get a perceptive and savvy guest who wanted a recommendation for an established, well-respected restaurant that wasn’t operated by a chef with his or her own TV show and an arrogant staff who thought they were doing their diners a favor by seating them. A restaurant that has withstood the numerous changes that Las Vegas has experienced over the years and still thrives. A place where the cognoscenti and the locals choose to dine. The three restaurants I would recommend to these guests were Hugo’s Cellar, Piero’s, and Lawry’s (which I mentioned on the podcast). I never had a guest come back and tell me that they had a lousy time at any of these restaurants. On the other hand, I did have people come back to complain about their experiences at restaurants that they specifically requested. What? You’re upset you spent 18 bucks for a side salad consisting of three Lacinato kale leaves, candied pine nuts, and a sea urchin aioli? You feel foolish because you couldn’t pronounce half the shit on the menu? Really? You weren’t impressed when the server set the plates down ever so gently in front of you, as if the small portion of what-the-fuck-is-that were about to explode if mishandled?

So do yourself a favor and get off the Strip and try one of Las Vegas’s classic restaurants. Unless, of course, you really are looking for a place where you can leave hungry, broke, and pissed off.

Vegas Vegas…The Truth from One Who Dared – by Jamey Kirklin

I am a man who enjoys a good ol’ stadium dog, a juicy burger on a soft bun (yes, with bacon) and a pizza right out of the oven with more cheese than meat – but barely.  I am also a man staring into both barrels of 50 years old and could now be victim to any one of the myriad problems facing men my age including brain numbing republicanism and social justice inducing lethargy.  Put simply, it was time to take stock of my consumption of life.

Now, I do have to admit that there were three outlying factors that caused a shift in my food intake.  One, was my wife and her desire to trim down and get back to her fighting weight of high school/college.  The second, although a bit disturbing on the outset, was the viewing of some of the more popular albeit controversial documentaries of the Plant Based (Vegan) lifestyle.  The third reason is one that again strikes deeply into the soul of men my age…the desire not to be a fat bastard and subsequently a dead fat bastard.

I must divulge that as this project came to the planning stages, my wife and I had a leg up.  We already had what I will call a decent dietary regimen which included most of the culturally accepted food groups and a good schedule of exercise.  We had never been slaves to the churches of sodium and high fructose corn syrup called Fast Food restaurants, and with the exception of a few smoothies and Starbuck’s coffees we were also not drinking our calories.  However, we were participating members of our society in that we espoused with little modification the Western Diet.

So our journey began…

We set upon our task of researching how we should approach beginning the adventure of the Plant Based diet.  Of course, everything being true on the internet we started there first, quickly followed by a small binging of the documentaries currently available on our streaming services.  Our new lifestyle choice had show after show and article after article praising us and encouraging us to sally forth and prosper from our choices.  Each proponent provided us copious notes and boundless positivity regarding our newly adopted food goals.  We were going to be dazzled by exotic tastes, save countless dollars at our local grocery and feel gleefully justified by our new culinary life.  To our dismay, we found each of the preceding promises to be fanciful and fantastic lies.

How could this be?  How could we have been led astray by such seemingly forthright and healthy(if a bit combative) individuals?

Undaunted we forged ahead…what follows is an accounting(striving for brevity) of a real world experiencing of the switch to Veganism.

As I am sure with most individuals who embark on this adventure, our first step was to head to our local store for supplies.  We chose not to go to the groceries where the professional Veg-heads shop(i.e Sprouts, WholeFoods etc) but to frequent our local food store in hopes they could accommodate this freshman vegan effort.  Having spent both several hours and several hundred dollars, we drove back home with our Vegan bounty and staggered into the kitchen with bushels of brightly colored vegetables – not a meat, milk or cheese could be found; and I am sure that I will receive a hearty amen from my fellow newbie’s (if they will stand for the truth) when I tell you that we clearly purchased way more than we could possible eat…therein illustrating the first problem with this plan.  You must forgo the Costco mentality and embrace the fact that you will no longer be buying flat carts of food to fill your pantry for those months before and after the zombie apocalypse, but will soon become fast friends with the cashiers and baggers of your local store for you will constantly have to be there shopping for fresh produce.

Now, as to the exotic tastes promised by  these Plant Based snake oil salesman.  Yes, those of us who grew up in the United States do tend to rest our laurels and our menus on a rather bland set of colors in the crayon box.  Initially, one can be mesmerized by the brightly colored and oddly shaped new vegetables you now have in your crisper; and upon your first tastings you think to yourself that this may not be as big a disaster as first thought.  Then, as sudden as your first impression came upon you, the distinct feeling of déjà vu washes over you, and then again…and again.  Worried you have chosen poorly, you try something Red, then something Green, then Yellow and Purple and so on.  To your horror, the hidden truth, a truth buried deeply along with the JFK assassination and the fact LOST was really a terrible show, becomes all too clear…everything tastes the same! (insert long agonizing scream here)

I know at this point I have raised the ire of my Vegan friends, acquaintances and followers.  The accusation will be simply be that I am ‘doing it wrong’ or I am simply not showing enough creativity when making my meals.  Well, I am sure that most will agree, after a long day of work the last thing you really want to do is be creative.

Now, of course, I have written this article with a bit of levity and my tongue firmly placed in my cheek.  I must acquiesce to some of the Vegan tenets.  I have indeed lost weight and lost it properly over an appropriate time frame.  I do feel my digestive system, which did tend to be a bit testy, has shown marked improvements.  My energy, which was never an issue, has stayed high.  In short, I feel good and will most likely continue this lifestyle with modifications that fit my needs.

If you do intend to explore the Plant Based community and lifestyle, keep in mind that your fellow humans rarely show the capability or desire for moderation.  You will see, as you do with those who espouse the Western diet or diets that involve meats, opinions in the extreme.  Each side will try to convince you that the other has intentions of malice and will contribute to your ultimate demise.  Fear not, for if you strive to disseminate all of the material out there you will ultimately find the diet and nutritional information you need.  The plain fact is that most diets and most exercises work; you just have to stick with it.  Most importantly, if you plan to make changes to your life in these ways, do it for yourself and not for the growing number of groups that say you should.

 

Episode #35 – Rundown

Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  Final Step of our Las Vegas Series – Leaving Las Vegas

–  Vegan Vegas, PBR 2017, Planetary Safety

–  with the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

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– georgejungle12 commented “Thanks for the Vegas Truth…I hear it’s turning Vegan…say it ain’t so!?

          –Vegenation, Komol

Vegan Vegas – The truth from one who dared…

 The Topless Report! Where are they naked now…

–  The Show “Crazy Girls” marked its 30th year in Las Vegas.

        Currently at the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood

Top 3 Fun Facts

First all-female topless revue on the strip. A 2008 movie was produced called “Crazy Girls Underover” about the cast thwarting a terrorist attack for the CIA.

The cast is spray tanned multiple times a week for the show.

PBR 2017 – What is it really Like?

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Thor Ragnarok Review

–  Super Mario Odyssey for Switch

Concierge Chronicle – Leaving Las Vegas

–  Plan your last day to be relaxing, sober and focused

–  If you must gamble, play games like Keno over which you have a little control – Also hit the sports book, grab a tasty stadium dog and place a bet(horse, harness etc.)

–  You want to leave with a good feeling and desire to come back.  Pack early, make sure to check the room for those pesky items that get lost (chargers), leave a small tip for your house cleaner(if deserved)…why, because it’s a classy thing to do and you’re a pig.

–  Hit the cab stand or grab your car early and head out…don’t forget to play a last machine in the airport.

Do this and I guarantee you, you will feel great and not look like Nicolas Cage or Elizabeth Berkley.

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  It’s that guy again…had to shut down the “Once a Year” Vegas Expert…No you can’t Groupon a Bottle Table.

Area 52 (Jamey)

–   NASA creates one of the coolest jobs ever – and they have to come to Las Vegas:  Planetary Protection officer. Role was held by Catharine Conley ($124,00-$187,00 salary).

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Join Jamey, Adam, Sam and John for a Halloween themed Las Vegas Special.  Just some of the topics will be the Ghost of  Elvis, rotting corpses under hotel beds and the Science of Horror…why we get scared.  Also included will be the Headless Report, Nerd Alert, Brain Grinders and Area 52…plus Haunted Houses to visit in Las Vegas, Stranger Things 2 Launch Review and a Haunted Clown Motel.

…plus a New Segment by – John Thorpe

Horror Stories to Read on Halloween…by John Thorpe

In Episode 34, Jamey, Adam, Sam, and I discussed, in keeping with the Halloween theme, our favorite horror films, Halloween candy, and even our favorite horror-themed games. What got left out of the discussion was a list of horror stories for those who prefer to have their goosebumps delivered from printed words rather than from visual images. I’ve chosen three stories that are personal favorites of mine. There are countless others I could have selected, but I’ve chosen these three. They are all in the public domain—meaning that their copyrights have expired—and can be found in numerous places online and downloaded for free.

“The Willows” by Algernon Blackwood

If I had to choose a non de plume under which to write horror stories, I can’t think of a better one than “Algernon Blackwood.” Except that was the real name of a real writer. Born Algernon Henry Blackwood in 1869 (making him even older than me), Blackwood is one of the most important writers in the history of weird fiction. Although many of his stories are outstanding, if I were to pick a personal favorite, it would be his 1907 novella, “The Willows.” If you like plenty of gore and explicit description of murder and mayhem, then go read something else; there’s little of that in this story. Instead, Blackwood creates an incredibly creepy, frightening vision of nature as experienced by two men riding down the Danube in a canoe. You knew that Mother Nature could be a real bitch, as evidenced by the earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, typhoons, and other natural disasters that befall us, but you didn’t know that she might possibly harbor something even more evil as well. As the narrator notes, “Our only chance is to keep perfectly still. Our insignificance perhaps may save us.” And “us” extends beyond the narrator and his companion. You can download (or read online) “The Willows” at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11438.

“The Music of Erich Zann” by H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft is arguably the most influential writer of weird fiction in the 20th century. Yeah, the guy was a pompous snob, a blatant racist, and an all-around asshole, but his contributions to the field are undeniable. Many critics and aficionados cite “At the Mountains of Madness” as their favorite Lovecraft story, and although I like it, I much prefer his older stories, such as “The Music of Eric Zann” (1922).

Both this story and the one I’ll discuss below are told by unreliable narrators—a traditional and effective literary device in horror fiction because the reader can’t quite tell for sure whether the events described actually happened in real life, or only occurred in the batshit-crazy narrator’s tortured mind.

“The Music of Erich Zann” is one of the most atmospheric horror stories I’ve ever read. The narrator’s depiction of the sights and sounds he experiences are unnerving, perfect for a Halloween night reading. I remember on more than one occasion being in an unfamiliar city in Japan, wandering down nameless streets and alleys that didn’t quite run parallel, walking (okay, staggering), it seemed, in circles, trying to find the train station that was right here a fucking minute ago (Disclaimer: I admit to having had a beer or three. Did I mention how effective the unreliable narrator can be as a literary device?) It was during those drunken, aimless wanderings that I would think of this story and understand the narrator’s hopeless search for the Rue d’Auseil. Lovecraft’s fiction often involves glimpses of other worlds or dimensions too terrifying to fully perceive, comprehend, or describe. “The Music of Erich Zann” was Lovecraft’s personal favorite story because it was not overly explicit. Although some have criticized the story for that very reason—that it’s not explicit enough—I think the restraint works, and the mood, atmosphere, and themes are well served as a result. You can read the story here: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/mez.aspx

“The Rats in the Walls” by H.P. Lovecraft

If you’ve been thinking about hocking a glob of spit and sending it to 23andme to find out about your ancestral lineage, you might want to reconsider after reading “The Rats in the Walls.” The themes of forbidden knowledge or the perils of discovering the true nature of your past stand out in this exemplary supernatural tale. And if you don’t like to read and would rather listen to a dramatized telling of story, you can’t do any better than the superb 1964 Black Mass production. The squeals of vermin help to make this a wonderfully creepy 30-minute broadcast that pairs with The Pod Bay Door’s Halloween special like champagne and caviar. You can listen to the Black Mass production at either one of these sites:

https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/thriller/black-mass/rats-in-the-walls-1964-07-03

http://www.kpfahistory.info/black_mass_index.html/

http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/rw.aspx

As I mentioned at the outset, I could have selected countless other stories but chose these three. Two others that quickly come to mind are “The Repairer of Reputations” by Robert W. Chambers (contained in his collection The King in Yellow, considered by numerous critics to be a masterpiece of the genre) and “Orange is for Anguish, Blue is for Insanity” by David Morrell (he wrote First Blood, the basis for the Rambo movies, but I won’t hold that against him and neither should you). This is one of my favorite horror stories published in the past 30 years (it was written in 1988).

Both are worthy of your attention.

Show #34 Rundown

Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  Elvis, Rotting corpses & the science of horror

–  Favorite movies, candy and games

–  with the Halloween Themed  Headless report, Nerd alert, Brain grinders and Area 52

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– Jasonsmask90 commented “Hello from Canada…love the show…What is the best Haunted House in Vegas?”

Asylum & Hotel Fear, Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror & Escape or Die (Apocalyptic Escape Room)www.vegashauntedhouses.com

 –  Cindykins45 commented “What is the most haunted hotel in Vegas?”

Consistently, based on reports by guests, it is the Westgate Hotel-formerly the Las Vegas Hilton-formerly The International…Elvis has apparently not left the building.

The Headless Report! Where are they haunting now…

–  Rotting Corpse under the Hotel Bed – Urban Legend or not!?

Did not actually happen in Vegas but in Kansas City, KA-Pasadena, CA & Atlantic City, NJ

 –  Haunted Swings of Foxridge Park

Henderson, NV – Boy hit by car it’s said he now haunts Foxridge, with people reporting they’ve seen his ghost quietly using the swings. He doesn’t disturb anyone, but if you approach him, he suddenly turns demonic and disappears. 

 –  Water Babies of Pyramid Lake

Long ago, indigenous Paiute people threw premature or deformed babies into Pyramid Lake in order to keep their tribe strong. The spirits of these infants were angry at being cast aside and now haunt the lake, taking revenge on lake dwellers who dare cross their paths. For some reason, they are active only in the spring, and like to drag people to a watery grave. 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  What are your top 3 Horror films and why?

–  What are the top Horror games?

–  Stranger Things 2 launch review

–  What is the best/worst Halloween candy?

–  Science of Horror – Do people love to be scared?

Tension, relevance & unrealism

Fight or flight response

Thalamus – where to send fear

sensory cortex – what is the fear data

hippocampus – memories of fear and stimuli context

amygdala – decodes emotions

hypothalamus – activates fight or flight

Concierge Chronicle – Halloween Memories

–  Slimer pees in the hotel fountain

–  He-Man and She-Ra having sex in the elevator

–  Way too many Topless girls to count…Yay!

 Brain Grinders – Las Vegas

–  Partying until you Puke…every time…realy!?

 Area 52 (Jamey)

–    coulrophobia (the clinical term for fear of clowns)

Bob Perchetti’s motel next to a historic cemetery, be prepared to look after the 600 clowns inside.  Hundreds of clowns staring at you with lifeless eyes — but for the owner, employees and visitors, the Clown Motel in the small mining town of Tonopah is a refuge.

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Welcome Back Everybody!  Join Jamey, Adam, Sam and John for discussions on what to do when you finally get to your room in Las Vegas .  Also on tap are talks of the best steak in town, Nude Poker, The Mummy(in the …And This is Why Review), Giant Robots and Lost Games of Vegas…with the Topless Report, Nerd Alert, Gear Grinders and Area 52.

Don’t forget to check back in with us next week for our Las Vegas Halloween Special!!

 

…AND THIS IS WHY! (Movie Review) – The Mummy

I am well aware that Tom Cruise has a spotty history as it regards the roles he has chosen to play.  Of course, the cyclical nature of his career can be directly correlated to his personal life.  Leaving aside the specter of Scientology that constantly looms over Mr. Cruise, one can then focus on his body of work…and frankly I have enjoyed most of it…because of the plain fact that Tom Cruise makes screen filling, fun escapist films.

The Mummy of course, like most big box-office today, drops the flag on a potential franchise of films.  In this case it is the beginning of a reboot and mixture (The Dark Universe) of the classic horror films brought to us by Bella Lugosi and Lon Chaney during the 1930’s.  Good Idea?  I’m not sure but the films of the 1930’s (sorry cinephiles) are unwatchable to me probably due to the fact that my brain needs the technology, visuals and direction of today’s films.

Is The Mummy a good film?  Ignoring the fact that this is a completely unfair and leadingly negative question, I will say yes.  Does it have the intellectual underpinnings of a Kafka film while sifting thru your psyche for the meaning of life?…no.  Does it slog thru our emotional baggage waiting for the odd trigger word to enact our innate need to identify vicitimization?…no.  But it does have monsters – and Russell Crowe!

The Mummy is big, and loud and tosses around as much sand as it does portly dialogue.  But it does it with a childlike enjoyment akin to watching a puppy attack his favorite stuffed monkey.  It even has Tom Cruise again trying out his comedy chops which often falls flat with an “AWWW he tried to tell a joke again” response.  Cruise just hasn’t nailed the comedy timing in my opinion as, for example, Brad Pitt does with his quirky Ocean’s irreverence.  However, his delivery is always helped by the beaming and forever young smile that is Cruise’s signature.

If you have not seen The Mummy…see it…you will come away not having watched an Oscar contender but having escaped our tragic world for 1hr 51min…and said to yourself…hmmm, I wonder  who’s going to play the Wolfman?

 

[The Pod Bay Door Show – Episode #33 – Rundown

“Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  What the hell to do once you get to Vegas!

–  Steaks, Nude Poker, The Mummy, Lost Games of Vegas

–  with the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

– Danjam9 commented “Coming to Vegas baby!…Where is the best steak?” – Anthony’s (M), Carnevino(Palazzo), Golden Steer, Texas De Brazil (honorable mention)

–  KrisGw1 commented “How is the Virtual Arena at MGM really?”

-Multiple comments – #vegasstrong memorial at Welcome Sign

 The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

Pool Season coming to a close…

-Man sues after getting penis stuck in pool filter

-Mothers  Group starts campaign against topless pools

-Poker by the Pool at BARE – Mirage

 Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Kilonova – how gold is made

–  Giant Robot dual outcome

–  Blade Runner/Foreigner

 

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

This Week we have:  You’ve Arrived, Checked in…now What!?

–  You must focus…Don’t get Cold Stone Syndrome

–  Pick a Pool and stay there…get out tip money and be a VIP

–  Call the concierge and get your dinner/show res

–  Eat Like a European – Drink like you’re in a marathon-Hydrate

–  Set aside gambling money/play with winnings/walk away

–  Take 1 day to be a tourist – See Vegas in the morning

 Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  Having recently spent some quality time abroad recently, I have come to realize the negative and deleterious effect the human race has on its natural and manmade monuments.

-Graffiti, theft, trash, racist thoughts…for God’s Sake Stop!

 Area 52 (Jamey)

–    Bellagio has more rooms than residents in the original town of Bellagio, Italy(3950).

–  Vegas is the home of the largest piece of the Titanic ever salvaged.  Dubbed the “Big Piece” it rests now at the Luxor along with many other pieces of memorabilia from the classic ship.

–  A lost Vegas game – FaroPharaoh, or Farobank is a late 17th-century French gambling card game. It is descended from basset, and belongs to the lansquenet and Monte Bank family of games due to the use of a banker and several players. Winning or losing occurs when cards turned up by the banker match those already exposed.

 

Made a bit more famous by the movie Tombstone starring Kurt Russel and Val Kilmer (Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday).

Now found only at the Clark County Museum – Last place to run a Faro table was the Bingo Palace now Palace Station in 1978-1979.  Not enough percentage wins for the house and very easy to cheat.  The box that dealt the cards could be rigged in favor of the house so players began to grab the deck and drive a nail into it in the middle of the table to assure a fair deal.]

EXTRA-EXTRA

 

Source: Stranger in a Strange Hotel – Experiencing Las Vegas

Join Jamey, Adam, Sam and John for discussions of our continuing series Experiencing Las Vegas with the check-in process.  Topics also include, mannequin attacks, fascism, casino chips, Tomb Raider reboot and reviews of Isle of Dogs, Kingsman, The Gifted and Start Trek…with of course the Topless Report, Nerd Alert, a political Gear Grinders and Area 52 (with a Las Vegas Lightening Round trivia).

The Pod Bay Door Show

Episode #32 – Rundown

 

Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  Las Vegas Hotel Check in Do’s and Don’ts from pros

–  Mannequin attacks, Fascism & Casino Chips

–  with the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

– JulieJSK commented (mixcloud) – Love all the Vegas 411…and nerd stuff…What is your favorite hotel now?

–  fredsnose commented (wordpress) – I do enjoy the show…love all of the trivia tidbits…Sam needs to be more positive on his movie watching/reviews.

 

 The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

– Man arrested at the Mob museum after viciously attacking a naked mannequin.  Sting operation – homeless attacks.

 

(New Seg.) – …and this is why (Movie Review) – King Arthur

 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Tomb Raider Reboot-movie/game

–  Isle of Dogs – Kingsman review

–  The Gifted/Star Trek starting soon

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

This Week we have:  Stranger in a Strange Hotel – Las Vegas Check in Stories

–  You made it from the Airport…now what!?

–  What to do if your room isn’t ready.

–  Long lines…but cocktails are coming.

–  The reality of upgrades in Las Vegas.

–  Dirty rooms…blood, sweat & tears.

–   Room Service…Yes or NO!!!!

 

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  On whatever side of the aisle you stand…speak intelligently and thoughtfully…Fascism & Nietsche not swords to swing

 

Area 52 (Jamey)

–   Lightening Round Trivia

  1. How tall is the Stratosphere – 1149ft
  2. What does Pai Gow mean – Makes 9
  3. Las Vegas resides at the corners of which Deserts (Great Basin, Sonoran and Mojave.

 

–    Las Vegas chips – Casino token (also known as casino or gaming chipschecks, or cheques) are small discs used in lieu of currency. Colored metal, injection-molded plastic or compression molded clay – RFID chips embedded – 8.5-10 grams

 

***Next Episode (#33) available on Oct 24th

Join Jamey, Adam and Sam this episode for talks of what it is like to step off the plane in Las Vegas.  Topics also include Hellboy First Look, unsanctioned Wet T Shirt Contests, the iPhone X, and JJ Abrams Star Wars re-up…with the Topless Report, Nerd Alert, Gear Grinders and Area 52.

The Pod Bay Door Show

 

Episode #31 – Rundown

 

Coming up on this episode we will discuss

–  What’s it like to arrive in Las Vegas…

–  Hellboy First Look and iPhone X

–  with the Topless report, Nerd alert, Gear grinders and Area 52

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all –

 

–  TerriNam4 commented (tumblr) – “Thanks for being my Vegas Nerd Connect…more stories about dancers.”

–  Dave commented (WordPress) – “By far my favorite podcast…honest explanation of Players Clubs”

 

 The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

–  Did you know that Las Vegas is the location for the World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club (Sapphire) – 70,000sqft

– Male college students host unsanctioned Wet T-Shirt contest on the strip.

 

 

 

 

 

(Jamey)  Time for The Nerd Alert!

 

Nerd Alert (Adam)

–  Cassini’s Final dive

–  iPhone X

–  Hellboy – First Look

– JJ back on Star Wars

 

 

 

The Concierge Chronicle (Jamey)

 

This Week we have:  Las Vegas…I have just arrived

Useless info:  45.4 mil passengers end of 2015, 3.5 million international (a new record).

–  Disembark…take the time to look around, play a machine, look at the ones leaving, head for Baggage.

–  The bags, the ads, the bachelorettes, the pseudo celebs

–  The mysterious ZERO LEVEL (Terminal 1 Doors 1-13)

–  Ubers and Lyfts and Cabs…oh my!

 

Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

–  Do you seriously not see me working right in front of you?

 

Area 52 (Jamey)

–  Boulder City is one of only two towns in Nevada where gambling is illegal, the other city being Panaca. Originally, this town was created to house the workers on Hoover Dam.

–   In 1957 at the Dunes Casino the first topless showgirls debuted on the Las Vegas Strip in “Minsky’s Follies”.