With 5,000 people moving here each month, somebody had to spill the beans!

December 31, 2009

IMG_0677 Melissa and I want to wish all of our Living in Las Vegas Podcast listeners a very Happy New Year!  For us, the New Year celebration will be an intimate one—we’re having a few friends over to the Whitney Villa to join us and our daughter Savannah and her boyfriend Dak for some adult beverages, games and joyous noise.  (You might be surprised how many drinking games can be created by combining Wii Fit with Mr. Boston Platinum Edition Drink Mixing Guide.)

We know that 2009 has been a rough one for many folks.  We were fortunate to have steady employment and pretty good health throughout the year.  For those in more difficult times, we’re putting out warm thoughts on your behalf.  I sense that 2010 will be an exciting and recuperative year for many folks in need of such relief.  If you fit into that category, be prepared for a great year!

Finally, thanks for playing along with the two of us over the course of the last few years.  January 12, 2010 will mark the four-year anniversary of the show, and during those four years, we’ve made great friends and have had some wonderful times!  We are grateful for both.

Happy New Year, Everybody!  Have FUN and be SAFE!

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December 23, 2009

Christmas Gathering

Last weekend Melissa and I had a GREAT time joining a bunch of friends we’ve made via the LiLV Podcast for dinner and drinks at Buca Di Beppo, on Lake Mead Blvd.  Besides enjoying the company of Jacob, Sally, Alicia, David, Cheryl, Brad, Sally, Kerry and Perry, we were joined by the Pope himself.

Hard to beat that!

Afterwards, Melissa, David, Alicia and I headed down to Frankie’s Tiki Room

I’ve included a link to some photos I’ve uploaded on Picasa.  (Some of those Frankie’s photos did not make it online.  Yikes!)

Merry Christmas to all!

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December 16, 2009

While it is true that yours truly sports a goatee, I assure you that Tony C. from New York, our latest Friend of the Living in Las Vegas Podcast proves the look is golden.  Tony’s “Friends” photo does two things: it features him posed goldenly at Hoover Dam and supports Melissa’s argument that I should keep my goatee.

Welcome to the website, Tony!

By the way, are YOU on our Friends page? It’s easy! Just attach a photo of yourself to an email and send it to friends@livinginlv.com. Include your name and location and you too will be golden, just like Tony!

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December 10, 2009

Living in Las Vegas Podcast Logo (DI) Just a quicky here—wanted to publicly thank LiLV listener David Ivy for his work on our new and improved Living in Las Vegas Podcast Logo.  I asked him to take what we had and make it “more substantial and shiny”.

I think he did a great job!

By the way, David also wrote the kick-ass music for the Listener’s Email section of the show!  (A talented guy, that David.)

If you’d like David to whip up some graphical magic for you, check out his website.

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December 9, 2009

Having answered their question about being ripped off in Las Vegas during their upcoming New Years 2010 visit (in episode #73 Hip Checks and Short Skirts - Roller Derby in Las Vegas), I think Kevin and Karen saw Melissa and myself as, well, their new favorite Las Vegas friends.

To that I say, “We are, K&K.  We are!”

And what do Living in Las Vegas Podcast friends do to reciprocate their friendship?

Well. . .preferably they’d send cash.

But more times then not, they follow Kevin and Karen’s lead and submit a smiling photo to our Friends of the LiLV Podcast page!

Welcome to the Friends page, K&K!  We’re glad to have you aboard!

By the way, are YOU on our Friends page?  If you’re not, you should be!  Just attach a photo of yourself to an email and send it to friends@livinginlv.com.  Life as you know it will improve in a dozen different ways when you do so!

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December 4, 2009

Location: Sunset Park, 2601 E Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV 89120
Date: Now through January 3
Hours: Sun-Thur 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm
Cost: $15/vehicle Fri-Sun and Holidays, $13/vehicle Mon-Thur

With some 8 million holiday lights that line a two-mile tour that features 400 displays, you’ll see dinosaurs, a 100-foot-long dragon, an animated reindeer band and Santa on his cell phone. Get $2 off with any bag of gently used items donated to Goodwill of Southern Nevada on-site or at any Goodwill location in Las Vegas or Henderson.

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December 4, 2009

Location: 6300 W Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Date: Now through January 2
Hours: Sun – Thur: 5:30-9pm, Fri-Sat: 5:30-10pm
Cost: $9.50 adults, $7.50 children 3-11

The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village features light displays, carousel rides, train rides, lots of entertainment and other festive activities. Bring in gently used items for the thrift store and get $2 off admission on Thursday nights.

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December 3, 2009

Location: 30 Strada Di Villaggio, Monte Lago Village at Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV 89011
Date: Now through February 15
Hours: M-F 3-9pm, Sat/Sun/Holidays noon-9pm
Cost: General Admission-$15 adults, $12 for children 12 and under. Call 702.564.1600 for $5 off coupon

If you haven’t been to Lake Las Vegas, you should make it a point to visit.  The floating ice rink at the The Village (which has some great restaurants and shopping) is very cool. . .and they offer ice skating lessons as well!

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December 2, 2009

Location: 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, NV 89014
Date: Now through January 1
Hours: Sundown - 10pm

I’ve heard this is really something to behold.  The Holiday Cactus Garden at Ethel’s Chocolate Factory has 500,000 lights (can you imagine? I have a hard time adding a couple string of lights to the house!) and also features Santa Claus, and live entertainment. 

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December 2, 2009

Cirque25 The folks at Cirque du Soleil have a locals-only deal that’s pretty impressive.  Locals get a second ticket to Mystere, O, LOVE, KA, BeLIEve, or Zumanity for $25.  Considering tickets to some of these shows is well into the $100s, this is a great deal.

The offer expires on February 28, 2010.  Additionally, those to take advantage of this deal will also receive:

  • $25 gift certificate toward purchase of their next Cirque show
  • 20% off goodies at Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil boutiques

As a reminder, this is a LOCAL’S ONLY deal.  You must show proof of Nevada residency at the box office.  There are some other limitations (for example, “O” is only available for their 10:30 show and are very limited).

For the full scoop, go here: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/lasvegas/en/special/landing25.asp

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