from famine to feast  

rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
1805 posts
8/6/2006 6:42 pm

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from famine to feast


Seems I get stuck in a rut, then something, (make that someone), comes along and everything changes.

Believe it or not, I have a "date" for New Year's Eve. Already.

Yeah, here it is, the 6th of August, and I was just asked "out". Out is the optimum word here. This date will take place in Las Vegas. And, if that ain't out, I don't know what is.

Ahhhhhh... Vegas. One of my most favorite cities in the US. I haven't been there in a few years, and understand that it has, (again), changed. I do love it there.

But, this person has only been once, and wants to stay on the Strip. Uh yeah, good old Las Vegas Blvd. And here we think US 19 is an awful road. Try being on LV Blvd during Comdex. Holy crap. The worst fucking traffic I've been in since I was stuck on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago five hundred years ago...

However, this person has no desire to do anything else but the Strip. OK, granted... there are a lot of things to do/see on LV Blvd. A ton. But, there are just as many things to do outside of the Strip. North Las Vegas is a favorite place of mine, as are a lot of places on Boulder Hwy.

We were talking about the other things, too, last night/this morning. Like, the state parks, (Valley of Fire and Red Rock), Bonnie Springs and Blue Diamond, (which, by the way, has a sign giving demographics including the number of burros (which is ZERO )), plus Charleston Peak and Kyle Canyon. Cool as shit places to see. And, on top of Charleston Peak is a ski resort.

Now, I haven't been there. I tried to go, I really did. But, the person that was with me, MADE me look over the side of the mountain, and I FREAKED at the height. OK, OK. FREAK isn't really the word to describe how I was. Petrified was more like it. OMG. A full fledged panic attack. Annnnnnnnnnd, I was DRIVING. It was awful. I was crying and shaking. He was trying hard not to laugh, thinking that I wasn't really serious. Then, when he realized I was serious, he got VERY SERIOUS. Wanted me to pull over so he could drive down. I was afraid to pull over. I could see us tumbling down the mountainside.

So, here I was. Crying. Moaning. Shaking. Palms sweating. Finally, I pulled over. He got behind the wheel and down we went. By then, I was embarrassed. I'm a Florida girl, damn it. We don't have mountains here. I've driven a few times on I75/65 through the mountains of TN, etc, but, it was NOTHING like this. I'm OK as a passenger, but, not as a driver.

Anyway... I will be trying to change a mind about Vegas being all about the Strip. I may have my work cut out for me. But, whatever is decided, I will bring in the New Year in the City of Sin. Having a blast.

And, who knows? I may be able to see my favorite places again, and even MAYBE see a wild burro. Long story, but, I'm sure someone will have a laugh about that....

Suffice to say, I think that wild burros in Nevada is a tourist ploy. I don't think they really exist. According to a website I've seen, they say that 7,000 live in the areas surrounding Red Rock Canyon. Yeah right. I think the wild burros are like the characters in Disney World. They live below ground, and come up only to tease us poor unsuspecting tourists. I've never seen one... well, I did see the ass of one. (ass-burro... oxymoron, perhaps??) I still think it's all a hype.

But, dammit to bloody hell and back. I'm gonna see one, if it's the LAST thing I do. Even if they don't exist

brute472 75M
3480 posts
8/6/2006 10:48 pm

Made it to Las Vegas 20 years ago got as far as the first small casino and never even saw the strip. Wife number two dragged me out put us on a plane and we flew to Detroit.
Something about being a poker machine addict I think.
Anyway have a good new year and the rest of this one too.

rm_bucfannn replies on 8/7/2006 4:48 am:

I do love Vegas. I'm not big on gambling, but, I will hang out at the 21 tables or at a slot machine for a while. One can't go to Vegas and not gamble just a little

rm_jami95 67M
69 posts
8/6/2006 10:54 pm

Hmmmm....where to begin? To start with, I never MADE you look into the abyss, errrrr Valley below Mt Charleston. I just pointed out the incredibly beautiful view. Granted, it looked like the view from an airliner at a high altitude. It never occurred to me that someone that speaks of skiing with such passion would never have driven in the mountains before. I live two hours from Lake Tahoe (Squaw Valley, etc) and didn't relate to Florida skiers . . .

But, having had a fear of heights as a child I could relate to your terror. And yes, once the color left your face, your knuckles had the steering wheel in a death grip, you were refusing to pull over and started hyper ventilating, well let's just say I started to realize we were totally fucked. Interestingly enough my life didn't pass before my eyes, I was to busy shitting bricks. But You did get under control and pulled over. I even recall us laughing about it later (well one of us). . .

The the reason you were driving when we were in vegas and going up Mt Charleston is that you're the only person I have complete confidence in and am totally comfortable riding with. I still prefer riding with you to driving . . .

Then of course there is the "Denial Of seeing the Burro" issue. Well, let's don't go there...LOL

rm_bucfannn replies on 8/7/2006 4:47 am:
Skiing is one thing. Driving is another. I'm ALWAYS the passenger when driving in the mountains. I don't like to drive, as you are well aware...

Oh yes, let's discuss the burros, shall we? I know they don't really exist. That pair of ears and rump was most probably a human in a burro costume. I saw that before it headed down the elevator for his break...

toothysmile 51M
16517 posts
8/7/2006 12:20 am

looks like christmas came early this year... lol...

rm_bucfannn replies on 8/7/2006 4:49 am:
Who would have thunk?

asianXcaucasian 56M
108 posts
8/7/2006 3:48 am

I'm jealous. I wanna go to Vegas too. And Fremont Street is MUCH more "old school Vegas" than the glossy, commercialized, EXPENSIVE Strip! Talk the Kingsnake into going and lets take a road trip sometime. He's so tight when he lets go of a nickel the buffalo screams, but you probably knew that already. Using your feminine charms, I think you could talk him into it. . .

Bucfannn, I didn't know you liked to ski! You should've been w/me and the Gnarlin' Dawg Marlin (one of the Kingsnake's and my mutual buddies) on one of our road trips to Salt Lake City. We're the Kings of the Green (easy) runs!

I'm impressed you write so many blogs. I've written two since I've been on AdultFriendFinder {around nine months?} and they both sucked. I'm a lazy SOB when it comes to writin' 'em, anyway.

And darn, I was going to ask you out on NY Eve, but someone beat me to it. Just my luck. . .

rm_bucfannn replies on 8/7/2006 7:50 am:
Yes well... at least I just (now) talked him into renting a car, so the strip isn't the only thing on the menu...

I love to ski. Haven't done it in a few years though. I've only been to NC, though. Would like to try my hand at western slopes...

Xeryien 53M
1448 posts
8/7/2006 7:39 am

Too funny - but I can tell you that the burros exist! And they are NOT people in costumes (Those would be the furries in the CSI episode...).

I'll send you a couple of pictures when I can find them! I was out in Vegas a year or two ago and spent an afternoon at Red Rock Canyon - and loved it. The road looped around and I kept pulling off taking pictures and stuff, then all of a sudden I turned a corner and there where burros EVERYWHERE. Maybe they are just scared of you...

So, answer me this... If you are such a skier - how can you be scared of heights? Bunny slopes? (I can poke fun of you because I just recently discovered that I have developed a healthy respect for heights - quite bizarre!)

Anyway - bug me for the pictures if I forget!

rm_bucfannn replies on 8/7/2006 7:48 am:
DAMN! You see burros and I don't? As many times as I've been out there, too...

Find em, X. I want to make sure they are REAL and not disney costumes...

I love to snow ski. Being on top of a mountain doesn't scare me at all. And, I don't mind being in a car driving up the mountain. I just can't DRIVE going up one. That's what scares me...

Xeryien 53M
1448 posts
8/9/2006 7:15 am

Check your email - I sent burro pix!

seek_u_topia 52M

8/11/2006 10:16 am

Vegas on New Year's eve is an experience like no other, just, I guess, as is Vegas in general. You will have a great time, wild burros not withstanding! Cheers!

HeardLankaMalls 56M
2925 posts
8/14/2006 8:04 am

Bit of a late comment here Cat, but wanted to get my early wishes in for a great New Years in Vegas. I love it too. Been about 2 years since my last visit, and I can't wait to get back (in 2008 if not sooner). As you wrote, there is tons to do besides the Strip. But the strip is great; especially if you like to people watch. Just pull up a chair/stool at a bar, and watch the people walk by and interact. Red Rock is great too, as is Valley of Fire. And there's always the Las Vegas Speedway (see if the Richard Petty Experience will be there; you can take a drive around the track at 150 mph; or even drive the car if you'd like; I took the ride at Daytona, and it was awesome!). And Hoover Dam. And, of course, the food/restaurants are great!

Regarding the burros...they are there, as well as wild horses, as I have seen both at Valley of Fire, and as we were going to an old western ghost town near Red Rock (the friends with us noticed the burro's "winky" was sticking out as we drove )

I might be in your neck of the woods again for New Years. Friends asked us down to TI for the week again. But no definite plans yet.

Hugs, C

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