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Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Blog, Essays, What's Left | 0 comments

The Flight that Never Ends




What’s the longest flight you’ve ever taken?

Several hours?  Perhaps a day or so?

How did you feel at the end of that flight?  I mean, both physically and mentally.  Were you fresh?  Did you feel alive?

No.  Of course not.

You were totally exhausted.  Completely spent.  When the plane finally landed, all you could think about was getting off that airplane, going outside, moving around a little, and stretching your legs.  Getting home, where you could go on with living, probably became an obsession.

We tolerate being trapped inside what amounts to a small room for several hours at a time because we know the annoyances of modern air travel will eventually end.  We know the discomfort of not being able to move around is only a temporary condition.  We know the lousy food, cramped atmosphere, and unhealthy surroundings will last only a limited time before we’re able to run free and enjoy all that’s out there in the world, meant to be savored.

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, What's Left | 5 comments

Ancient Rome Meets Modern Las Vegas




Can someone please tell me what year we’re living in exactly?

Because my calender must be wrong.

Seriously, this can’t be the 21st century, can it?  I swear, we must be living sometime around 65 A.D.  Judging by some of the things going on, it’s hard to tell the difference.

Consider a time and place when terrified beasts were paraded into giant arenas purely for the selfish titillation of the crowd, and then forced to compete against men adorned in strange costumes bearing all kinds of weapons and tools.  Flags from every region of the vast empire were waving wildly.  The citizens of the republic stood and cheered, in a common blood lust for more excitement.

It’s either the Roman Colosseum during the reign of Tiberius we’re talking about, or the Thomas and Mack Center this week.  Take your pick.

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