Monday, October 26, 2015

Las Vegas, Part 3 - Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, Wednesday July 8, 2015

I had an ambitious Wednesday evening planned during my conference week: after the convention, I was hoping to see the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, the Mob Museum, a Las Vegas 51s minor league baseball game, and (finally) the Fremont Street Experience.  All of these things were located north of where I was staying.  Here are the pics from the first part of the afternoon / early evening.

The view from my hotel room at Treasure Island.

The view from my hotel room at Treasure Island.

The view from my hotel room at Treasure Island.

I was fortunate enough to be able to visit a couple of the attractions I mentioned with my colleague and her best friend.  We drove together past the Stratosphere to see the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.

Behold, in all its glory!  (As seen on TV)

Pawn Stars... love it or hate it, it's made this place super famous, and has made all of the men featured on the sign millionaires, several times over.

We were fortunate in that we visited the store during one of the rare occasions when there isn't a multiple hour wait in line.

First impression - it's not that big.

Firearms and other weapons are featured prominently.  'MERICA!

Notice the price tag.

Civil War firearm.

Seems a little pricey for such a letter, considering it's not from Edison himself... but what do I know.

Pawn Stars merchandise is the #1 seller.

LeBron James' high school jersey.

My colleague's friend Barb poses with a cutout of Rick Harrison, which is strangely lifelike from the right angle.  Barb's husband is a big fan of the show.

Bob Dylan's harmonica and other items.

Coming up next - the Mob Museum.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Las Vegas, Part 2 - Cirque du Soleil's "Mystere" @ Treasure Island, Tuesday July 7, 2015

Though I'd been to Las Vegas a few times in my life before my work conference, I had never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance.  Fortunately, our hotel, Treasure Island, gave us free tickets to "Mystere."  Also fortunate, they let audience members take non-flash photos to their hearts' content.  If only I knew that beforehand, as I would have brought my better camera.  Here are a handful of cell phone pics from the show.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Las Vegas, Part 1 - Monday July 6 and Tuesday July 7, 2015

The second week of July, my colleagues and I were shipped to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a Singapore Math conference.  There are far worse places to have a conference than in Las Vegas, that's for sure.  Here's day 1 and 2, minus the Cirque du Soleil show that evening (those photos are somewhere on my cell phone).

After arriving at McCarran International, we loaded into a limousine.  I decided to play nice and take shotgun, since most of my colleagues had never been inside a limo before. 

The driver (originally from The Bronx - go Yankees) was kind enough to pull over at some good lookout spots so I could snap a few pics of Las Vegas at night.

Driving down the Strip.

We stayed at Treasure Island.

The conference began the following morning at the Venetian, across the street from Treasure Island.

My colleague, Eddie, making his I-need-coffee-grimace-face.

Not a bad hotel.

I was excited to have free tickets to Mystere that night, as I had never seen a Cirque du Soleil show before.  Clearly living under a rock these past 20+ years, that's me.

Views from my walk to the conference.

The Stratosphere in the distance.

Here are some pics of my conference class.  Manipulatives, baby!

My fellow third grade teacher / partner in crime.

The Venetian is perpetually in twilight.  It's nice for a day, and then you start to go insane.

Coming up next = the Mob Museum and a minor league baseball game.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Toddler bike ride, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee (June 2015)

This post will be a father's indulgence = my son went for a bike ride just before his second birthday (and just before we had to fly home) at his grandparents' house in Tennessee.  Here are the cute pics.

My in-laws' house.