But nothing screams “what the fuck!” louder than the scene I witnessed last week here in Las Vegas. Sitting atop the glass counter above all kinds of expensive gold and diamond jewelry was — a tip jar. I shit you not.
Casino pioneer Jackie Gaughan in 1965, in front of his El Cortez Hotel and Casino
The name Jackie Gaughan may not be familiar to as many people as it should.
So, please allow me to take some time to tell you why this man was important, and so beloved, by so many, for so long.
Mr. Gaughan was one of the last surviving of Las Vegas’ early pioneers. He was cast in the same mold as his iconic contemporaries — including Benny Binion, Bill Harrah, and Sam Boyd — all legends who embodied the casinos they built along with the reputations they earned and established over decades of changes within Las Vegas and the gambling industry, earning universal respect and admiration.
I just learned Mr. Gaughan passed away last night. He was 93.
This one involves actor Tobey Maguire, probably best known for his role as “Spiderman.” He’s appeared in several noteworthy films over the years, including Pleasantville (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), Wonder Boys (2000), Seabiscuit (2003), and most recently The Great Gatsby (2013).
I’ve had several direct encounters with Maguire in the past, all relating to my work in poker.
During the poker boom several Hollywood “A-Listers” began playing poker regularly. They not only joined private games held mostly in Los Angeles, but also attended major poker tournaments. Some of these actors are still a part of the game today, most notably — Jennifer Tilly and James Woods. [See Footnote 1]
Sorry to disappoint everyone, but today’s post isn’t about sex.
It’s about dogs, namely two cutesy canines I saw yesterday while driving on the streets of Las Vegas.
These weren’t your typical mutts. To the contrary, these dogs know how to travel in style.
The photograph below is a close up-shot of a doggie driver who looks like he’s about ready to start the engine and drive away. Gee, I wonder if he flashes his middle paw out the window and barks when other drivers cut him off in traffic? And, how come he’s not wearing a seat belt?
Check out the aisle display at a local supermarket here in Las Vegas. Diane Von Furstenberg, who I believe is famous for designing womens’ clothing or making perfume or whatever, now has her own line of water.
I had to head-shake back and forth and do a double take on this scene, as well. For a moment, I thought this shameful display was a prank.
Diane Von Furstenberg Water?
Hey, but at least there’s one good thing about this product. At least it wasn’t Trump.