Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Signs of Survival

In Las Vegas, when a hotel/casino is imploded, it's "dropped". Locals can demonstrate coolness by casual use of the word dropped in a sentence describing the implosion of a "property". To wit, "they dropped the Castaways". Cool.

Well, when a strip property is dropped, the sign is often left. No idea why. We love our signs, though.

But wait, it gets better. The sign in the background of the above picture, the one advertising the multi-billion-dollar high rise condo Turnberry Towers? Well, look below...

Yep. It's actually made of huge tarps covering the sign for the not droppped (it burned) El Rancho, the strip's very first resort!

I love this town.

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Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.

-Hunter S. Thompson

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That, and the occasional ranting about nothing in particular.