I love Las Vegas.

Love, love, love it.

Even in its current state of over-commercialized Disneyfication, I can’t help but love it.

However, I’m quite saddened that I’ll never get to experience Vegas as it was in the early ’60s, in all its gloriously hedonistic glamorous splendor. If I had a TARDIS, I’d set it for the Sands Hotel, circa 1960. My mission, should I choose to accept it (of course I would!): Find Dean Martin (and the rest of the Rat Pack, but especially Dean):


Pretty!

Seriously, the Coolest Dudes Ever

Swoon! ♥

In March, I spent four days in Vegas, and had a wonderful time. I’d planned to find (and take copious photos of) anything related to the Rat Pack. Alas, my plans were foiled: unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much (at least not that I could find, and I searched pretty extensively) Rat Pack-ness left to be found. It’s quite sad.

Much of my search took place in old downtown, specifically Fremont Street/”Glitter Gulch”. I had lovely time there, strolling around in awe, exploring each of the casinos, and even wandering off of the beaten path a bit (unfortunately, that type of wandering was rather limited, as it was dark and I was exploring alone. After a few minutes on a rather deserted and creepy  (but interesting) side street, I started to worry that I was about to become the inspiration for an episode of C.S.I., and quickly darted back to Fremont).

Despite the failure of my search, and despite the fact that the Disneyfication of The Strip has, sadly enough, started to spread to Fremont Street, I enjoyed old downtown immensely, and took lots of photos:

The gorgeous Binion’s sign-

Binion's sign

The Fremont



The Golden Gate

Golden Gate sign

A lovely sign on the back of the Golden Gate-

Vintage Vegas sign

Vegas Vic!-

Vegas Vic

And I’m including this one (part of the Four Queens) just because it’s where Bono turns The Annoying up to eleven and sings into the Edge’s face in the “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” video-

Bono is annoying

(As my friend Paul said on Facebook, “I wonder at what point in his life The Edge decided he would not, in fact, smack Bono and say “oh will you please stop that?” I think that decision was very fateful.” True fact!)

Bono’s tediousness aside, it’s a lovely song. I’ve watched the video a zillion times since returning from Vegas, because I miss old downtown a lot, and love getting to see bits and pieces of it in the video.

This is getting long, so I’ll save the rest of my Vegas reminiscences and photos for another post.

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  1. Jambe says:

    Nice photos! I’m ambivalent towards Vegas. On the one hand, the showiness and glitz makes for a overwhelming visual soup of interesting gaudiness and the history of the place has many a bright spot, but on the other hand, all that water and electricity piped into the sweltering desert make Vegas stick out as a glowing symbol of American excess, exploitive greed, and baldly unsustainable business practices. I wonder what it will look like in 30-50 years as petroleum becomes ever-more expensive to extract…

    • Oh, definitely. Each time I’ve been there (I’ve been only three times), I have a few of those “Good lord, this is the most unnatural, ridiculous, bizarre, and unsustainable thing ever!” moments, usually while walking along the Strip.

  2. yokohamamama says:

    *Love* that photo of the RatPack! Dean Martin… *sigh* One of my favorite things from ‘Moonstruck’– Dean Martin singing ‘That’s Amore’ for the opening credits…

  3. Sibyl says:

    I abhor Las Vegas, Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras, Frat Parties, adultery, dalliances and any other occasion of ‘adult’ bacchanallia and addictive/compulsive heinous ungodly behavior, etc. for very good reason. My parents. My childhood.

    Any minimizing or romaticizing of this so-called ‘adult’ entertainment makes me nauseous.
    ‘Doing it my way’ lifestyle of Frank Sinatra, etc. is not doing it God’s way. Period.

    It’s the major cause of ruin in the world and the church.

    • John Yates says:

      I’m not normally one for quoting scripture, although this section from Ecclesiastes seems rather apt:

      Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.

      God doesn’t seem to have a problem with folk letting loose after a hard day’s work- I think you might need to read your holy text more carefully, Sibyl- and lighten up! :)

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