Wow! It’s going to be difficult to top the escalator story, but I’ll do my best.
When we booked our trip, we were given free tickets to the Cirque de Soleil show of our choice. I wanted to see “O”, but apparently it is sold out until the end of time, so we had to choose between Ka, Mystere, Zumanity and Love. I rock out to The Beatles all the time, so we decided to go to Love. I’m sad to say that the show wasn’t anything close to what I’d been expecting (after seeing Saltimbango when it came to town) and it only had a few crazy “wow” moments, but the music was awesome. There was really none of the acrobatics I was so looking forward to (climbing up the poles, strength poses, sheet acrobatics, etc.), even though everyone we’d spoken with had told us that the show was amazing. By the end, I was thinking of it as Cirque de So Lame.
I also decided to bring my camera in so I could shoot some wicked pics. You can bring a camera in, but photography is strictly forbidden because flashes could distract a performer and result in injuries…yah right, tell that the crazy strobe light operator who tried to put the crowd into an epileptic seizure near the end of the show while the performers were jumping around and performing dangerous maneuvers. Obviously, they just don’t want anyone to leak pics of the amazing shows. But come on, I’m a photographer, it’s what I do. How could I not take photos??? I spent the entire show making Greg lean forward so I could snap pics at crucial moments without the attendant noticing me- I even covered my camera with a black shirt, so the back LCD panel wouldn’t light up and give me away- only to run out of the theatre with bated breath and realize I had left my lens cap on the entire time. What can I say, I would obviously make a terrible sneaky paparazzi. I was so disappointed and felt sooooo ridiculous that I didn’t even tell anyone what happened. *sigh*. Jo, sometimes you are not very smart…this was one of those times!
I did get some fun pics in the lobby of the Love Theater. Here’s Jay and Shannon showing their LOOOOVVE for each other. Yuck, get a room.
I offered to take a pic for some kids who didn’t have a fast enough camera to get them all in mid jump in front of the Beatles sign.
Here’s Shan and I copying them. We are so original! I look as though I would make a great volleyball player (well, I actually used to be a great volleyball player)…look at that vertical!
The floor in that place was wild and it kept changing colors. Greg, Shannon and I stood together and waited for the colors to change while I snapped pics of our feet.
After the show finished, we decided to make our way down to Fremont Street to check out the huge TV screen that covers the entire block. It was around 11 p.m. and, even though the bus ride was 15 to 20 minutes, we thought we’d go anyway. We were unaware that the screen shuts down at 11 p.m. and we’d completely missed it by the time we got there. We walked around, did a little gambling, and, before we knew it, it was 3 a.m. and we were getting back on The Deuce (funniest name ever for a bus system, probably named that because they are all double deckers), only this time the bus was packed with drunken bar stars. Talk about a wild ride. This young guy in front of us was doing his best to pick up these two “older” ladies (the kind my redneck husband likes to call Cougars) and we had a great time listening to him say things like, “If you were a laser, you’d be set on stunning” and other good one liners! He was doing pretty well, too, until the bus driver yelled at him to “sit the hell down” or she’d “kick his behind off the bus”. There were no seats close to the ladies, so he ended up sitting at the front and, effectively, losing his chance at success!
The young ladies (and their guys) behind us were hilarious too. They were boisterously talking about a little YouTube video called “David After Dentist”, which happens to be one of my favorites and always makes me laugh out loud. The twist was that they were applying David’s expressions to their night out. For example, one of the girls was talking about being in the bar and realizing she was becoming much too drunk when she turned to her friend and said, “I feel funny. Is this gonna be forever?” If you’ve seen David After Dentist, you will understand why we were all laughing so hard. One of the guys with the group added to the hilarity when he piped up with an imitation of his girlfriend (during a drunken moment earlier in the Casino) when she had apparently looked cross eyed at her hands and said, “I have two fingers… and they are for pushing buttons on this slot machine.” Please, if you haven’t seen it, look it up on YouTube. You will die laughing.
The same group was also talking about another YouTube video called “Bubb Rubb and Lil Sis”. It’s all about a tail pipe that makes a “Whoo Whoo” sound. They were repeating the Whoo Whoo over and over and over again and, the next day, we found ourselves Whoo Whooing whenever the whim hit us. That 20 minute bus ride felt like 20 seconds because we were laughing so much.
Here’s another funny bus story to end off this post. Jay and Shannon decided that they wanted to go to an outdoor outlet mall that was supposedly near one end of the strip. They didn’t realize it, but they were supposed to get off the bus and catch another bus that would take them to the mall. They got off the first bus and just started walking, thinking that they would find the mall, but instead they ended up in a very undesirable part of town by the Chapel of the White Flowers (for those of you who are familiar with Vegas) and near a hotel that was open for business, but had the doors chained shut for some reason. They were fortunate enough to meet a few of the locals, who were quite helpful and friendly. They met an elderly couple and the first thing the wife said to them, after Jay and Shannon asked them for directions, was, “Noooo, you two need to get back on the bus, right now.” Shannon figured that the lady’s tone of voice and words could have roughly translated to, “If you don’t want to be mugged and raped or worse, you would be doing yourselves a big favor by getting back on the bus right away.” The couple then got into an argument and, when the wife wasn’t looking, the husband pretended to stab her in the back of the head with his comb, which Jay and Shannon thought was definitely not a very nice thing to do to the woman you love. They also met a nice man who introduced himself as “No Hope, Bob Hope’s brother.” No Hope was a nice enough guy and he tried to sell them some tasty Peppermint Bark dessert (nicely packaged and fresh from a grocery store, by the look of it). He had no teeth so he was a tad hard to understand, but they did gather from him that Jay Walking in Vegas is punishable by 60 days in jail, but he was out in 40 for good behavior. Before they found their way back to the bus stop, without the tasty Peppermint Bark, but with their wallets and their body parts intact, Shannon tried to convince Jay that they should renew their vows at the Chapel, but since the doors were chained shut, they figured it just wasn’t meant to be.
Tune in tomorrow for more Vegas escapades and adventures, as well as some gambling tips picked up by Jay and Shannon at the Black Jack tables.