Hello everyone and welcome to my Corner!
Whew! We just came back from a week-long trip to Las Vegas. It was an interesting experience. My father, a drummer and percussionist, was hired along with a few other musicians at our church to perform at a chapel for Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Keith Thurman. There were worship services and Bible studies the whole week before the fight (maybe if Thurman had a chapel, he would have beaten the ageless Pac-man. Just sayin’). The last night. Friday night, we were housed in the Kà theater and got a backstage view of it, which was very cool.
It turns out, the Kà production puts to use the largest airbag in the United States, and one of the largest in the world. Even at sixty-five feet wide, forty-six feet long, and five feet high, it takes the thirteen fans under one minute to inflate it. Also, one ton of granulated cork is used in an impressive sand “wash-up” scene. The cork is collected in hoppers and recycled into the next show after a cleaning session inside a modified grain-processor. Cirque de Soleil certainly has some tricks up its sleeve.
On this trip, we were introduced to some very high (priced) dining (who would’ve thought I’d be eating an entire soft-shell crab and rabbit-meat ravioli?). Unfortunately, we had to walk a bit of the Strip to get there and were exposed to some not-so-nice things. Jaden said he wouldn’t like to go back to Vegas any time soon, but I bet he’ll talk all about it in his Junction. I can’t say I disagree. The casinos just had the worst smoke-filled atmosphere.
One of the highlights of the trip was going to see Hoover Dam (and getting about ten feet into Arizona. Not much, but it counts. Three states in one trip! Wow!). We watched a National Geographic video by Megastructures on how it was made as we drove there. Did you know many of the people who worked on the ropes above the dam were circus performers? Also, Boulder City was built as an alternative to the inhumane living conditions the workers and their families were given previously. That night, of course, we had to watch Superman.
My dad got a few selfies in as well.
Another fun outing was to the Pinball Hall of Fame (which happens to include much more than pinball). The retro arcade games ranged from twenty-five cents to a dollar! Each game also had a little post-it note describing that particular unit’s history.
It was a very Throwback Thursday experience for my dad. Especially since we went on a Thursday.
Also, it turns out that our mom is a Super Mario Bros WIZARD!! My dad isn’t too bad a Frogger either. Of course, we kids got schooled (old-schooled). We’ll have to work on our Centipede life skills.
Anyway, it’s good to be back.