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Is Vegas Dying?…and other Fan questions – S2E58

 

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Jamey and John answer Fan Questions and discuss listener show comments.  Topics include Las Vegas architecture, photography, weird concierge requests and sports-book fears.

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The Burlesque Hall of Fame opens today in its new location at 1027 S. Main Street. Admission to the museum is $15 and $12 for locals.

According to a survey by Forbes, Las Vegas is the sixth most affordable city in the U.S. The salary needed to live comfortably in Las Vegas came in at $56,609, with the “cost of necessities” listed at $28,304 per year and median income at $50,822. Tucson, Arizona, ranked at number five and El Paso, Texas, placed in the number-one spot on the list with the cost of necessities at $25,075, median income $43,322, and salary $50,150.

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Jamey and John discuss how almost all of the musical genres have a song representing, celebrating and remembering Las Vegas.  This episode is a fun retrospective of musical artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Faith Hill, the B-52’s, AC/DC and many more.

Join Jamey and John for Part 2 of their discussion of how almost all of the musical genres have a song representing, celebrating and remembering Las Vegas.  Some of the artists covered include Clubstrophobia, Southern Culture on the Skids, Katy Perry and LMFAO.

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Two new gentlemen’s clubs have opened. The first is SCORES, back in town for a second run, but in a new location at the former Foxy’s just west of the Strip. The second is the reopening of the Library, located way east on Boulder Hwy. next to Boulder Station. Read reviews of both clubs at ToplessVegasOnline.com. (NOTE: Topless Vegas Online is fully illustrated throughout and contains adult language and imagery.)

As expected, Gwen Stefani is coming to Las Vegas. The former No Doubt lead singer and regular on TV’s “The Voice” will play a 25-show residency at Planet Hollywood.

 

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Jamey, John and Special Guest Julia discuss how the city of Las Vegas has leaked into many celebrated, classic and infamous novels and literary pieces throughout the recent decades.  The three also continue their discussions on how Las Vegas has positively and negatively changed their lives and perceptions.

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The Las Vegas Golden Knights qualified for the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup playoffs tonight after beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 at T-Mobile. The Golden Knights are the first expansion team ever to clinch a playoff spot in their inaugural season. The VGK are also the quickest expansion team to reach 100 points. It took the 1981-82 Edmonton Oilers three seasons to break 100 points with 111 points and the 1975-76 New York Islanders reached 101 points in their fourth season. Vegas actually has 103 points, with six games to go. By comparison, the 100-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs reached 103 points only once in the century, in their 2003-2004 season.

The elevated tram between the Mirage and Treasure Island has been taken offline and will be out of order till November at the earliest. Details are sketchy, but we’re told that the line is being “renovated,” so that it will be completely automated; though the cars are driverless, an employee apparently had to oversee its operation.

“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_and_Loathing_in_Las_Vegas

“The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kandy-Kolored_Tangerine-Flake_Streamline_Baby

“Learning from Las Vegas the Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_from_Las_Vegas

“Leaving Las Vegas”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaving_Las_Vegas_(novel)

“The Desert Rose”

http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Desert-Rose/Larry-McMurtry/9780684853840

“Beautiful Children”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Children

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by John Thorpe, Contributing Editor(The Pod Bay Door Show)

A few podcasts ago, I mentioned an essay about Las Vegas, written in 1964 by the American author Tom Wolfe. Before I get to the essay, I need to set the record straight: Tom Wolfe is an excellent writer. His novel Bonfire of the Vanities is one of the funniest novels I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a lot of novels. Tom Wolfe is also a pretentious prick. In fact, if you look up “douche bag” in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 6th edition this is what you’ll see:

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Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s look at his essay, “Las Vegas (What?) Las Vegas (Can’t Hear You! Too Noisy) Las Vegas!!!!.” You can find it in his collection, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, published in 1965. (You can read the entire Las Vegas essay on Google Books here: https://books.google.com/books?id=QwyU4YsvLsEC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false)

As I mentioned on the podcast, Wolfe describes a Las Vegas that no longer exists. It did at one time, but like no other city that I know of, Las Vegas reinvents itself every generation. It tears itself down and then rebuilds itself anew, rising from the rubble like the mythical Phoenix. Sure, other cities remodel and renovate, but they don’t fundamentally change their identity. Kim Kardashian can dye her hair or change the style of clothes she wears, but she’s still the same sexy but inherently skanky-trashy-slutty celebrity that many people, for whatever reason, find fascinating. Las Vegas isn’t like Kim Kardashian. Las Vegas is more like Caitlin Jenner. Whatever happened to Bruce? He existed at one time, but he’s gone now. Yeah, Caitlin Jenner sure looks like Bruce Jenner in drag, but the Bruce Jenner who competed in the 1976 Olympics lives only in the memories of those of us old enough to remember him.

Here is one paragraph from Wolfe’s essay worth examining. There are countless others, but this one will do:

He had been rolling up and down the incredible electric-sign gauntlet of Las Vegas’ Strip, U.S. Route 91, where the neon and the par lamps—bubbling, spiraling, rocketing, and exploding in sunbursts ten stories high out in the middle of the desert—celebrate one-story casinos. He had been gambling and drinking and eating now and again at the buffet tables the casinos keep heaped with food day and night, but mostly hopping himself up with good old amphetamine, cooling himself down with meprobamate, then hooking down more alcohol, until now, after sixty hours, he was slipping into the symptoms of toxic schizophrenia.

My how the hotels and their guests have changed since Wolfe wrote this back in February 1964! Although Las Vegas Boulevard is still bright beyond belief—I can easily discern which hotel is which late at night from the veranda of my house, some 12 miles away—the flashing neon we associate with Las Vegas of yesteryear (and which still exists in downtown Las Vegas) is largely gone, either blown up, torn down, thrown out, or carted off to the Neon Museum boneyard. Also gone, of course, are the “one-story casinos.” It’s interesting that Wolfe refers to them as “one-story casinos” and not “one-story hotels” because today the emphasis is on the hotel, not on the casino. When I worked at the Venetian, the maps and brochures bore the name, The Venetian Resort * Hotel * Casino, clearly placing the focus on the hotel and its resort aspects—the rooms, the restaurants, the spa and fitness facilities—more so than on the casino, which gets third billing.

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A business card from the Venetian. Notice the order listed: resort, hotel, and then casino.

Stefan Al, professor of urban design at the University of Pennsylvania, has made the interesting observation that the architecture of the Las Vegas Strip reflects the history of recreation and social change in the United States. Al notes that the post-World War II years marked the emergence of the suburbs, as returning GIs sought to ditch crowded urban areas. This trend helped secure the single-story family home with a swimming pool as the frontispiece of the American Dream, and influenced the architecture of the Strip during this period. Hotels and casinos were shaped, in Al’s words, like “bungalow[s] on steroids,” and all competed with one another to see who could create the most elaborate, spectacular swimming pool.

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The swimming pool at the old Desert Inn in 1951. Check out the broads!

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“A one-story casino.” The Flamingo in the early days.

As Americans eventually woke up from this sepia-toned wet dream and whipped up a new one, the architecture on the Strip changed as well. Baby boomers were no longer babies. They had grown up and had kids of their own. In response, Las Vegas developers scrambled to cash in on this family traveler demographic. The result? The 1990s version of Las Vegas that brought us a fairy tale-like castle (Excalibur), a pirate cove (Treasure Island), and an amusement park (Grand Adventure at MGM). Even the venerable Sahara, long in the tooth and ripe for the bulldozer, tried to join the fruit punch-only party by opening the NASCAR Café and spending in excess of $6 million on a rollercoaster, just in case the grease bomb served hot off the griddle wasn’t enough to make Mom, Dad, and offspring heave their guts out. To the broken down, incorrigible and chronic gambler like the one Tom Wolfe describes, the Family Values Vegas was a sacrilege, the equivalent, in reverse, of seeing Mr. Rogers throw aside his red knit sweater in favor of a studded jacket and leather jockstrap.

Over time, the hotels’ bottom lines showed the dolts in management that people who travel with their kids do two things that people shouldn’t do when they travel to Las Vegas: behave themselves and pinch their pennies. These two behaviors—or rather, lack thereof—are partners on a tandem bicycle: one gives impetus to the other, and the hotels, casinos, strip clubs, and bars in Las Vegas have historically thrived when this bike kicks into high gear and crosses the intersection of Loose Morals and Loose Wallet. Tighten them up and the city chokes.

Once it became clear that the family-oriented iteration of Las Vegas was a flop, Cinderella and her ilk, thankfully, were kicked to the pavement and tossed out of town on their ear, and the whores and the drunks welcomed back with open arms.

The most recent wave of hotel construction—the wave that started just after the massive economic crash in 2008—brought us the Aria, the Cosmopolitan, and the Vdara. All of these hotels have downplayed their casinos (the Vdara doesn’t even have one) and have instead focused on restaurants, high-end shops, and clubs. That’s because millennials—a favorite and frequent whipping boy on the Podbay Door—don’t gamble like their parents did, and what money they do spend, they spend on food, frou-frou drinks, and assorted trendy shit.

Personally, I’m sick of the current iteration and a new round of death and resurrection cannot come fast enough. I just hope that the result is something not built on the current trend of nickel-and-dime, Mickey Mouse bullshit that seeks to wring every possible dollar out of everything that breathes. If the last marketing motto was “What Happens in ‘Vegas Stays in ‘Vegas,” the new one, unstated but exemplified through hidden “resort fees” and increased parking/valet fees, would be “I’ll fuck anything that mooooves!!” (If you don’t know or can’t place the movie reference, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N755jvOUCNI).

-John Thorpe, contributing editor(The Pod Bay Door Show)

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Jamey, John and Special Guest Julia discuss how the city of Las Vegas has leaked into many celebrated, classic and infamous novels and literary pieces throughout the recent decades.  These discussions are paired with their anecdotes of living and working in the city like no other.

“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_and_Loathing_in_Las_Vegas

“The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kandy-Kolored_Tangerine-Flake_Streamline_Baby

“Learning from Las Vegas the Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_from_Las_Vegas

“Leaving Las Vegas”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaving_Las_Vegas_(novel)

“The Desert Rose”

http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Desert-Rose/Larry-McMurtry/9780684853840

“Beautiful Children”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Children

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The plug has been pulled on Renegades at Caesars Palace. The experimental show that was essentially a rap session with former sports bad boys, e.g. Jose Canseco and Jim McMahon, closed without warning prior to the end of its originally planned run.

Westgate Las Vegas has installed a system on its machines that allows players to order drinks without having to wait for a cocktail waitress. The order is relayed to the bar where the drink is prepared and delivered. As an added feature, the menu presented lets players know what they can be comped, with higher-tier players offered a bigger selection. It will be interesting to see how this goes over. The process has been put in place in Atlantic City and its prompting complaints from cocktail waitresses who don’t like being reduced to cocktail retrievers and, we presume, are getting fewer tokes.

Two new triple-zero-roulette wheels have been spotted. One is at Planet Hollywood and the other is at New York-New York, meaning that both Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts have joined in the gouge that had belonged solely to the Venetian before now. The extra zero raises the casino edge from 5.26% to 7.69%.

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Jamey and John discuss some the classic cars of Vegas entertainment both present and past – including cars from “The Hangover”, “Casino” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

 

 

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Word is the next high-profile Las Vegas residency will be Gwen Stefani. The former No Doubt lead singer and regular on “The Voice” TV show is expected to take over for Britney Spears in the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. No official confirmation has come from Caesars Entertainment, so timetables and other particulars remain unknown.

In a survey of the best hamburgers in all 50 states, MSN.com has selected Las Vegas’ Fukuburger as number one in Nevada. “There are so many burger places in Las Vegas that it’s hard to stand out,” MSN writes, “but Fukuburger does just that with its eponymous burger. The all-beef patty is topped with standard fare and given an Asian twist with the seasoning in the patty, as well as wasabi mayo and Fuku sauce.” Fukuburger is located at the Hawaiian Marketplace on the Strip and has a roving food truck.

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More Vegas stories with Jamey and John…this time they discuss the changes that have occurred in Vegas in gambling, dining and customer base…with another entry to Area 52. Part 2

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In its first six months of legal recreational marijuana (July-December 2017), Nevada’s retail pot outlets grossed a little more than $195 million. This generated $30 million in tax revenues (on a 15% tax on wholesale and a 10% tax on retail cannabis). Cannabis analytics firm New Frontier projects that Nevada’s marijuana market will reach annual sales of more than $600 million by 2020.

Nevada’s 12-member Gaming Policy Committee took less than an hour in a recent meeting to issue a unanimous resolution affirming the separation of marijuana and casinos. At least for the foreseeable future, there will be no pot-smoking lounges or marijuana shops in casinos, or financial transactions that benefit both a casino and pot provider — in short, nothing that might run afoul of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The only association allowable between the two industries will be when casinos host marijuana conventions, conferences, and exhibitions. A related issue that wasn’t addressed was how casinos should deal with employees who test positive for pot. As of now, that’s up to the properties themselves, though the state legislature might have to establish standards for employers.

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More Vegas stories with Jamey and John…this time they discuss the types of gamblers and high-rollers they have encountered. Also on the show are talks of the MGM (MGM China) and its positioning for Q1, the new marijuana airport drop-boxes, EDC & Psycho Vegas…with another entry to Area 52. Part 1

Vegas Gossip – The Big Apple roller coaster at New York-New York now offers a virtual-reality experience. Riders are given headsets that provide a VR feed simulating an alien pursuit synced to the coaster’s movements. Tickets for the ride are $15, or $20 with the VR add-on. Must be 13 years old and at least 54 inches tall to ride. Not to be outdone, a Star Wars-themed VR experience will soon open in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire” is a walk-around experience, allowing customers to explore a facility with a mobile VR headset.

The Las Vegas Aces WNBA team will open the 2018 season away on May 20 against the Connecticut Sun. The home opener will be May 27 at Mandalay Bay against the Seattle Storm.

Planet Hollywood’s theater has a new name. The Axis is now Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, reflecting a partnership with the Zappos brand. We’re thinking that most will just call it the Zappos Theater.

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Join Jamey and John for their 1st anniversary episode (part two) as they reminisce about the past year in Las Vegas.  Topics include what is missed in Las Vegas, the continuing evils of the millennial, the evolution of Podcasting and how consumerism should change in the coming years.  Plus The Pod Bay Door Show anniversary gear give-away…download for details.  Thank you to all of our listeners – We appreciate you!

We are also celebrating our One Year Anniversary with The Pod Bay Door Gear Give-Away…

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The giveaway ends on 2-23-18.  We will announce the winners on the 2-27-18

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Join Jamey and John for their 1st anniversary episode (part one) as they reminisce about the past year in Las Vegas.  Topics include what is missed in Las Vegas, the continuing evils of the millennial, the evolution of Podcasting and how consumerism should change in the coming years.  Plus The Pod Bay Door Show anniversary gear give-away…download for details.  Thank you to all of our listeners – We appreciate you!

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Give The Pod Bay Door a quick review & rating

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The first 10 reviewers will get the requested TPBD Gear…for FREE!

The giveaway ends on 2-23-18.  We will announce the winners on the 2-27-18

Thank you to everyone who enters!

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