The Thrill Is Gone?

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After I finished writing my memoir (still untitled), and into second revisions, my husband treated me to a week in Las Vegas.  It was great and extremely hotttt!  Unfortunately though, each time I go back there, I am finding more and more that Vegas just isn’t what it used to be.  It has lost it’s charm as more and more it becomes a metropolis.  Vegas had definitely gone from ‘Adult Wonderland’ to ‘Disneyworld.’  Baby carriages and kids abound everywhere; on the streets, walkways, even in the casinos.  Gone are the days of wearing your finery to the casinos, pit bosses handing out ‘comps’ to shows or dinner, and in some cases even receiving a smile.

Vegas is a place I have been going to for over thirty years.  Those were the years when Vegas was Vegas.  I sadly watched all the iconic hotels being destroyed one by one, only to be replaced with something ‘bigger and better’ and subsequently, to outdo the last biggest hotel that was put up.    The once super-sized inexpensive meals are now smaller, relative to the larger price tags and the vast amount of shows are equally expensive.  A taxi will start at $3.80 before you even sit yourself down in one and because of the enormous amount of traffic; pedestrian and vehicular, the gridlock will keep your meter clicking as you stand idol.  A three block ride on a busy Las Vegas Boulevard could easily run you near $20.00 with a tip.

I go there every year, sometimes two or three times a year.  I love the dry heat and playing in the poker tournaments.  As far as the ambiance goes, I am getting less and less impressed each time I go.  It seems paradoxical to me that Vegas is supposed to be a gambling mecca, yet by catering to the families and teens, I never saw as many gamblers in casinos as I saw people walking the streets and shops and restaurants.  I’m a bit surprised at the seeming sacrifice Vegas has made to give up more of the their bread and butter casino income to bringing in droves of kids.  Somehow to me, it aint Vegas.

Only in the moments when I watch tournaments being played at the WSOP or when I myself am playing in a tournament, do I actually feel like I am in ‘Old Vegas.’  Yes despite all said and felt, if enough time passes, somehow I can’t help but think that most likely, I will eventually go back again.  Somehow I can’t seem to shake that euphoric feeling that comes upon me every time I walk off that plane into McCarran Airport and once again feel like I am home.


Disaster Abounds – #Backup your Work!



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It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote a blog on the importance of backing up your work.  I went on vacation for a week and in that week it seems there were quite a few disasters globally.


While I was away, there was an airplane crash in San Francisco, a train crash in Quebec, hurricane in the Caribbean, fires in Las Vegas (where I was), and then I came home to the remnants of the flood in Toronto.



I came home and turned on my laptop yesterday to work on revisions from my editor only to find out after long hours of trying to get my laptop to work; that my hard drive crashed.  I spent numerous hours on the phone with Dell support and am now awaiting my new hard drive so I can be guided through the process of putting in a new one to spare me from having it sent away for two weeks.  I am not a techie, I keep saying, but it turns out I have turned into one.  I can hardly wait for the experience of downloading everything back into a new hard drive from scratch…………………not!


I had to resort to my old desktop which takes about five minutes to turn a page.  It turns out that my anti-virus wasn’t doing its job.  I spent all afternoon on the phone with Mcafee for that.  I also noticed when I used this clunker, that my wordpress site was full of porn ads.  Yes, lovely.  Mcafee kindly offered to get rid of them for only another $179.00.  Are you kidding me?


I spent the rest of the evening on forums trying to find a way to get rid of the ads and clean off what Mcafee didn’t.  Thanks to some folks on this wordpress forum I was offered some great links for removal.  So hence, here I am back, hopefully fading anymore disasters.  Again, I am grateful that my book is safely sleeping in cyber space with dropbox until this mess gets all cleared up and I can get back to my programs to work on it.  Eventually I will be posting an excerpt here so stay tuned!