Today I went to pick up my friend Alice and take her for her blood test prior to her transfusion (Friday) to deal with an anemia problem.
Alice was in her housecoat when I arrived. She was glad to see me, but had no idea why I had come. She remembered the transfusion, but not the required on-premises blood test before the transfusion. She dressed quickly and we made it (across town) for the blood test.
I didn’t mind Alice’s slip because I did the very same thing two days earlier. I had been busy all morning and into the early afternoon, So to treat myself I decided to go gamble at the M resort. I was on St. Rose Parkway with the M in view when my car said I had a phone call from a friend whose name popped up on the screen. THEN I remembered. The two of us were to have dinner and see the show “BAZ” on Tuesday night, using another one of her “free dinner and a show” auction wins. I told my friend that I had, indeed, forgotten our date, but that I would meet her at LAVO restaurant in The Palazzo where we had a reservation.
I quickly turned down Las Vegas Boulevard and headed for the Strip, arriving 10 minutes early for dinner and seeing my friend who also had arrived early. The LAVO was lovely; our reasonably-priced food was quite wonderful (though the fried Oreo shared dessert was, for us, a one time event). All in all, the dinner was a treat, and I almost missed it. Note to self: LOOK at the calendar EVERY day!
About the show BAZ. My friend said she had a love/hate relationship with the show (she’s seen in four times) and I agree that’s a great description. I couldn’t take my eyes off The Palazzo Theatre action on stage – great singers and dancers, lighting, costumes and videos – but the story line (to me) is mighty confusing – particularly early in the show. I do recommend that folks who like live entertainment see this show. You’ll love the caliber of talent in this show, but don’t think you are alone if you feel a bit of confusion early on.
This same friend and I previously had seen Cocktail Cabaret at the Cleopatra Barge in Caesars Palace, another showcase of great Las Vegas talent. (The show runs at cocktail time, 5 p.m., hence the name.) This show is not confusing and again reminds audience members of some of the greatest songs ever written and reminds us all, again, how lucky we are to live in a place with so much on-stage talent. The music is delightful and the staging is unique with singers going and coming in unexpected ways. Be prepared for a couple of commercials about the delightful cocktails that can be purchased during the show (featuring Strip prices), but I can almost guarantee, you’ll love this show.
Another friend will be staying with me for awhile until his new knee is well enough to get out and about. His daughter is coming as well to be his full-time companion during the healing. My friend also has a dog who’s also moving in temporarily. I’m expecting lots of activity along with the healing. My friend is all positive, even though he’s had a tough time. Love those positive thinkers.
And why am I writing a column instead of attending a convention? Because I “assumed” the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) trade show would end at 5 p.m. like most trade shows do, and I planned a late Wednesday afternoon visit. When I was about to leave for the trade show location, I went on the WPPI web site for some research and then I saw it: Closing time on Wednesday was 3 p.m.! I missed the trade show altogether!
I need a full-time assistant.