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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Gone with the Wind...Rhett Butler Vivian Leigh

Seventy-five years ago today, June 27,  a desperate Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) begged Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) not to abandon her, pleading, “Rhett, Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?” His famous retort, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” was an epic dis decades before the word dis existed. When Gone With the Wind premiered in 1939, Rhett’s line was shocking because the use of the word damn was a violation of the era’s production code. The fact that we still remember it today, when children’s films use spicier language, is a testament to the power of the cinematic dis. More than just an insult, a great movie dis is a summation of the relationship between the disser and the dissee. While no dis will ever top Rhett’s, these 12 great movie disses are eminently quotable.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Father's Day. Hug a man day.

Father's Day is a special day which father's secretly hold close to their hearts...I know this for a fact!

Although father's are busy working for their family's welfare, struggling daily to make ends meet, they are paying attention to the hulabaloo of the day or the entire weekend....Don't let them fool you.....tough guys feel responsible for the entire family unit...their hearts are soft...which is what drives them to work so hard to make everyone happy in the family...but especially his children......Patriarchs is what they are called and it is not an easy job!

A Patriarch is someone who is the head of the clan, group, or family.  The strong leader and head of household, the Patriarch generally is the strongest figure in the unit. Most all males defer to the head of the family in moments of heightened challenges; most females will respect and love them for their knowledge, abilities, and wisdom in times of fear, pain, broken hearts, and even nurturing....dads are cool and need to be shown...

Every Father's Day, in the early morning, as a dad wakes to the morning sunrise, there is a hopeful anticipation of what the day will bring....not in monetary gifts or gain, but in how much love is shared, shown, or given by his children.  Every father's measure of his self-worth is vulnerable on the one day of the year he is honored. The tough guy is very sensitive on this day....maybe more so than mother's are on their special day...Dad's don't ask for love. Dad's don't ask for a hug most days...Dad's are like a fixture that is SUPPOSED to be there for us....and we can take them for granted....

On Father's Day, I encourage everyone to make time--a lot of time--to visit your father, phone your father, bake for your father, love and hug your father...tell him how much he is loved, appreciated, adored, and how you acknowledge his strength day after day.

My father has passed on,--this is the 10th year anniversary and it hurts a great deal, still, to this day.  This one day hurts even more than any other day of the year because the day meant so much to him.....under his tough exterior was a big huggie bear...days and nights of worry and silent tears...the hell I put him through!

I always thought I would have moments with him to tell him all my heartfelt thanks..but I did not have the opportunity. He passed and then he was gone.  My memories of my dad are all great memories and I hope like heck he can hear my heart.

I leave you with this advice:  Love your dad next weekend. Call your dad next weekend. Celebrate his strength, his caring (and old-fashioned) ways. Dads work so hard and deserve to be put on a least for one day!

Inside the tough exterior, the little boy inside loves nothing more than the kind words or soft touch you can bring to him.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, those acting as dad's, single mom's who are the dads....uncles, brothers, sons....we have them all in our families...and they are all deserving to be called our heros...our John Waynes.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Discrimination. ANTI-Motherism...a scathing review of a local Resort and Casino

The most important disrespectful and disgusting item I want to blog about:  Mother's Day. (At great risk, I might add. People disappear in Las Vegas.)

Specifically, the Fiesta Resort and Casino on Lake Mead Blvd, southeast valley. 
Fact:  discrimination against women:  MOTHERS

On Mother's Day, after checking the website for the buffet hours and prices, decided to pay my due diligence and eat local....after all, Las Vegas has enough business!  I excitedly picked up my mother and son, so we could be together and eat at the buffet on Mother's Day for dinner.  

BUT what ensued was nothing less than ANTI-MOTHERISM and discrimination.

1)We get up to the cashier and tried to use my 2 for 1 buffet coupon as a member....the cashier stated the coupons were not valid on Mother's Day! but on any other day...of course, you can imagine what came out of my mouth next, "We can't use the coupon on Mother's Day? that's unAmerican...did you at least give us some better food?" (no, the food was the same, nothing special)

No comment from the cashier...had this been any other day, I would refuse to pay the price and went to eat where I would not be hijacked...but I stayed and more fun ensued....

2) The price total was $38 something for 3 of us...I immediately asked her to recalculate as the dinners should have been $8.99 for club members...the cashier informed me FOR MOTHER"S DAY, they raised the price to $11.99!!!  (I immediately turned to my standing-in-line neighbors and warned them for the two things above! "Be prepared to put away your 2 for 1s, and then pay 50% more for Mother's Day"...I was surprised however that I was not escorted out.....but I kept my cool -other than this--

3)When we walked through the line to submit our ticket to the waiter and be seated, he handed us an ugly white Carnation...I was insulted to say the least....for my mother, nothing less than a Rose was in order...but I had to remember, I was not in the Taj Mahal....I was at the Fiesta, and Carnations were a big deal there....needless to say, I handed it back to the waiter...yes, at this point I was getting somewhat snippy (one of my best qualities).

4) Cold ham, roast, and turkey meat were hidden between the Chinese and Mongolian bays...under BBQ.  Why the hell a ham and turkey were put in the BBQ section and not the American food section, I'll never know.....but I did walk for what seemed like minutes trying to find meat...not occurring to me it would be sandwiched between the Asian counters....I had to ask a customer where they found the meat.....had I wanted BBQ, I would have found a BAKED HAM and ROASTED TURKEY.... !!!!!!

Why the HELL the BBQ section was sandwiched between the Asian counters and not kept over by the AMERICAN food counter is another common sense decision obviously not applied.  BBQ food is American not Asian. BBQ and the meat all belonged in the American section...(this is my pet peeve) it is common have patrons walking back and forth is just plain STUPID.

COLD all the meat was COLD...dinner had just opened at 4 pm...we were there by 5....I feel very sorry for the folks who came after us.....and the story goes on...about carving fat and putting it on my plate?   I had to request real meat?  was it because I was a woman or Mother?

5) No problem?  I went up to the plate section to get some forks...feeling quite satisfied at least something would go right...except.....there were none, Not only were there no forks, there were no places for new forks, spoons, or knives...only soup spoons....what the heck?

So, I asked a waitress, who could not speak English.
I asked a second waiter, who told me to swipe one from an empty table....I explained that would only be someone else's problem a bit later....
I asked a third waiter, they told me to take sets off an empty table...again, I explained that would only leave the next person trying to find forks...
Couldn't I just get new sets from a drawer and leave the tables alone?

No, I was told no and waiter walked off....I was forced to either go without or swipe the forks out of the sets off new tables...

So, blood boiling to the point of no return, as I tried to remember high blood pressure can be reduced by breathing long luxurious breaths....I went to the front of the cashier's to find a manager.  No one. Not only were there no managers, no one spoke English.  (While in an English establishment, you must be at least bilingual.)

I had to stand in place, hold my hand outright as if I was directing traffic and stated, "STOP" to a waiter...who was seating people.....sign language worked.

I finally got my point across, and he did walk over to a drawer and secured sets of forks for my table...and alas, by doing so, saved other patrons this same find forks. 

But the fun didn't end there.  After the cold dinner, we had cardboard desserts. Worst ever. The Satin Chocolate Pie was WARM and mushy....the pieces were the size of 2 forks full only...I ended up eating cookies, almost fail proof.

And then we went to the bathroom...dirty dirty dirty, with towels overflowing, toilet paper all over the floors and seats....mind you, it was only the beginning of the dinner rush.

THE SUMMARY:  discrimination against women.....this whole disgusting and disrespectful treatment was on Mother's of the most American, wholesome, genuine, blessed day of the year.  Where most businesses are celebrating Mothers, the Fiesta used Mother's Day to try to make money....the treatment to jack up prices (on locals)  speaks to a very unscrupulous management team willing to discriminate against women on their special day. 

(none of this was posted on their website. "for Mother's Day we are going to refuse coupons, raise the prices by 50% and serve cold food and hot pudding pie")

Being that I am local, I have options!  You can BET (pardon my pun) I will take my business, all of my family's business (this is where they always stay) and move it....

Disrespect me as a women--I am incensed.
Disrespect my mother, is unforgivable.  


Here's a pic of the bathroom, not quite up to par like the strip lounges, huh?   I did not post all of them. 

No, I was told no.

BUSY BUSY New Year 2014

Should I say, HAPPY NEW YEAR?  sometime ago! what have I been doing where 5 months passed without me blogging?  Family.  In a nutshell, FAMILY.  And then there's BUSINESS.  Two entirely different animals. 

Mom came to Henderson last fall and we have been very busy all over Las Vegas.  Have I taken pictures? nope.  For once in my life, I didn't spend one minute snapping pictures and inconveniencing everyone around me...strange but true.  (maybe a couple of pics)

We have visited the Bellagio, had lunch at the Boulder City Hotel, spent a birthday at a buffet in the Aquarius , Laughlin, spent hours perusing through antique shops and thrift stores for treasures to collect. 

If you ever get the chance, you must visit Boulder City downtown, and don't forget the plaza....Brenda's Boutique is to die for (no, this is not my store) best little shop around, fair prices too......

We had a two day garage sale, sold mom's big furniture, and I was able to off-load some of my things....who knew Las Vegas collectibles would sell better in Las Vegas????? guess I"ll be starting over on that collection!

We have been visited by my daughter and new husband only to say good-bye as they started a new life in New York. Visited by grand children and their spouses, in-laws and out-laws.....we have been keeping Caesar's Pizza on Lake Mead Blvd and the Boulder Highway very busy!  ( I don't cook if I don't have to.)

We have had to visit numerous medical disciplines as mom transferred all her medical records...and had the good news she is as healthy as a 20 yr old.  She's a trooper.

In all,  I have been galloping around the Valley and noticing many changes in the skyline...the Observation Wheel doesn't fit if you ask me, but who am I to looks ridiculous...but so do my feet and I have to use them...guess we have to get used to that ugly round thing sticking up on the strip....

Gotta run, here's a pic of mom and me at Aquarius in Laughlin for her birthday brunch....a very nice buffet and has everything you might want or need...looking out over the river....a  very nice family affair!

Here's one of our garage sale! We were setting up, so there is more in was HUGE.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dashing through The Bellagio Las Vegas

Christmas Day is in 4 days or 3 evenings; the tree is full of dancing lights, stockings, personal cards, and well wishes from family and friends. Packages are gathering underneath in various array of colors and designs; upon the bright shiny bows are reflections of all the dancing lights.

Although, dashing through the snow for me the last 10 years has been somewhat a figment of my recollections, dashing through the neon lights of the #Las Vegas Boulevard -otherwise known as 'the strip'-is something of a no-brainer for a local during this most celebrated holiday!

This year, THIS year--my dash among the neon lights includes my mother.  Recently a narrowing escape from California, I fondly introduce her as a refugee from California....together we visited the #Bellagio gardens -- It did not disappoint.

Together we waltzed into the atrium to a sight of the most beautiful scene of winter wonderland.  We walked through the snow globe area into a make believe snow flurry flanked by wooden soldiers...and on the other side of this flurry, was the most beautifully decorated tree so huge, it was amazing at the thought of how it was brought in...amazing to think  how many hours were spent meticulously placing all the ornaments...but the trains!!  The trains whisked around the tree in their own little train world, among Poinsettias and Evergreens, over bridges, hills and dales--an occasional whistle topped off the storybook railways...  MUST SEE.........!

Not to be missed, was the full size Bellagio chocolate gingerbread house! Hard to believe, the entire house was made of chocolate.  I thought I might have died and went to chocolate heaven....before our eyes, were flying reindeer pulling a life-size sleigh also covered in some semblance of chocolate....for mom and I, the Christmas scene allowed us a little bit of child-like laughter, a minute or two of amazement and wonderment.....

the polar bears floating amid ice blocks and sharing their world with us added a dimension of playful joy as we pointed to the carnations, hundreds of them, which decorated each figure....(several floating).......

Christmas in #LasVegas at the #Bellagio is going to be a tradition of ours from here forward. Christmas in Las Vegas MUST be a dash among the neon lights...because we have no snow!!!

The presents have all been purchased and wrapped, the tree is decorated to it's full capacity, my house is over-packed with cabinets and chairs moved out of the way, my scale is put away until some time after the first of the year--lots of time I might add.

I have written and lost at least a dozen lists, I have declared "finished" a million and one times, I have added gifts to forgotten friends (I affectionately call "whoops" presents) and I have eaten two bags of chips promising to replace them....

At the end of the day, I am reminded Christmas is in 4 days or 3 can't get here fast enough...or is here too soon?....but however it comes, whenever it comes, it will be welcome....I can honestly say, Christmas for me, is every day with my mother as my cohort....and as soon as this Christmas has passed, I will be the first one shopping the clearance sales for next Christmas!!  and the both of us swearing off chocolates...and chips.

A MUST VISIT destination for your holiday pleasure...and it's FREE!!
Bellagio Gardens

Merry Christmas to all and try not to touch that chocolate house!! (almost impossible)
Cheers.  -=BW

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sometimes it does not suck to be me -in Las Vegas

Some days are better than others when it comes to trying to find "new" items which are actually "old" items...but new to me! There are some weekends I drive -it seems-a hundred miles in and around estate sales, moving sales, garage sales, community sales...etc. back and forth, following signs blown backwards with arrows turned sideways...u-turns, accidental running of neighborhood stop signs...stopping to go potty in the fast food restaurants along the way...and getting more coffee...some days it just sucks to be me with a hobby I love...the hunt is somewhat similar to what a hunter must feel while bagging a duck, deer, pheasant....and sometimes going home empty handed.....BUT
but then there are the days when my first stop inside a thrift store will knock my socks off...tons of old, tons of mid-century, tons of history, and I remember back to a time of yesteryear and collect it, proudly display my finds to the cashier...pack it up carefully as if I had diamonds....bring it home and display my wares....catalogue, inspect, wash and dry....and I say to myself, "Yep, some days it just doesn't suck to be me!" 

-=brenda. BWs Vintage Collectibles.