March 21, 2011
We’re in Vegas! I have finally used the trip I won last year from my wonderful church’s fundraiser and Chris and I are in Vegas! About 5 hours into the drive we were questioning the validity of our decision, we drove why??? Instead of flying why??? I just couldn’t find a decent rate; flights were outrageous. So we took to the road not anticipating the 9 hour drive that followed. I had always driven from Southern CA when I visited Vegas so this was a new adventure. And we had some mighty nice surprises along the way. We crossed the Tehachapi Pass viewing snow covered mountains that positively glittered with new fallen snow. With the crisp air cleaned by the rain, everything sparkled! It was absolutely breathtaking to view this scene as I had never crossed that particular pass, and to see it like this! We stopped for lunch and ate the chicken salad sandwiches Chris made with garlic and bacon on sourdough, what yum, layered with fresh spinach, and had sustenance for the remainder of the journey. Ah, how a gay man can cook! We had the best conversations; I discovered that Chris is an astrological savant. For some reason he can remember the astrological sign of famous people. Angelina Jolie? Gemini. Brad Pitt? Sagittarius. Jennifer Anniston? Aquarius. So then I tried older folks. Spencer Tracy? Libra. Katherine Hepburn? Taurus. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers? Taurus and Cancer respectively. I couldn’t stump him. There’s got to be a way he can use this skill… tee hee… He can’t remember the stars’ names, but he remembers their signs. What part of the brain uses that??? We then started Counting RV’s (instead of Blue Cars) and got to 18 before we got bored. There really weren’t many on the road which is not surprising with gas over 3.89 and on the road over 4.11 a gallon. Road trips bring out the strangest conversations in passengers. Chris began a diatribe of drunk drivers and people on cell phones and wondered if they did both at the same time, would they cancel each other out and actually drive normally? Then I chimed in, would you call that drunk dialing while driving? I know, huh!! 8 hours 45 minutes is a long time to drive!! We experienced all kinds of weather: it rained on us of course, saw the snow going over the mountains, nearly turned the A/C on when it got hot with the sun bearing down on us, and experienced gail force winds – at least it felt like it. We only missed out on sleet and hail (not that we wanted to) We drove through the pass where it looked like lower Switzerland (and winter), the end of the pass where it looked like Ireland – green hills with craggy rocks protruding (summer) and when we left Sacramento, all the trees were blooming (spring) We only missed out on the look of Autumn, (which in a stretch we could say were the browns of the desert tee hee.. really a stretch!) We knew we should have left sooner when we were approaching 6 pm and still had 48 miles to go to hit the 146, check into our hotel and get to the Mirage to see the Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil at 7 pm! Needless to say we were a few minutes late, but saw the rest of the show and we were completely mesmerized by the immensity of imagination in this show! Hats made of horns, telephone booths and trampolines! Little faceless children dressed in suits marching, I’ve never seen such fantasy! It was Dr. Suess married to the psychedelic 60’s meets a combination of the New York City Ballet and the circus in a theater of the round. Wrap your minds around THAT image! I want to go again! The audience was wrapped in parachute silk, gazed on 20 foot high images of John and Paul and Ringo and George that brought waves of nostalgia enveloping me more than the silk covering. The costumes were from Fantasia and magic smoke curled over the stage and never once crossed the line into the audience. HOW did they do that? I’m in love with LOVE ! Cirque du Soleil outdid themselves, which says a lot, as there are 7 different shows currently running in 7 separate casinos. They’ve landed on a goldmine and aren’t about to stop. It’s absolutely fabulous!
I did start to contract a sore throat on the drive up though and after the show decided some preventive medicine was in order. We stopped at a CVS on the strip and when I reached the register I discovered that the prices weren’t marked where the products were placed. Twenty dollars for Oscillococcinum was just a bit too outrageous and there was no Buy One Get One Free on the Vitamin C. So I decided to nix that and Chris remembered there was a CVS on the way back to the hotel. The cashier must have been a local and said she didn’t blame me one bit and voided out my sale. Ah, the joys of having a car in Vegas. So get this, the second CVS had Oscillococcinum for 12.99 AND Buy One Get One Free Vitamin C for 8.99!! Score! The poor tourists stuck on the Strip apparently have to pay those exorbitant prices, but thank goodness we had wheels. So far so good, I don’t have a fever or aches or chills, just a sore throat and a froggy voice. Maybe I can stave this off! More later!!
Definitely not from my little piece of Mayberry,