January 20, 2011
Vegas has finally outlived its early reputation for gaudy flashy signage. Those same gaudy flashy signs are now a cherished part of history. Someone with fore sight saw fit to save bunches of the old signs and they are now displayed on the old Las Vegas “strip”, Fremont Street. These signs have bulbs and neon. Some are still part of working businesses. All fun and flashy, trying to draw you in. The more flash the better. Others are part of a Neon Museum which we will visit this week, along with the Fremont Street light show some night this week.
This rather conservative neon sign was and early one. A nearby placque explains that the first lighted sign on the street was erected in 1929.
The Aladdin Casino didn’t survive, but its lamp is still on.
This sign is on Fitzgeralds Casino and the script tells you, How To Get Out Of A Bad Hand. It kind of resembles a get out of jail free card.
I loved the name of this place. It’s a piano bar that plays everything, blues, a bit of soul, rock, pop, country. The warning signs on the window suggest it can get pretty rowdy. But, on Sundays they play classical music. If I were a night owl, this is where I’d hang out.
The new Vegas clubs are behemoths, resort style places. They don’t care for the old Vegas sizzle, let it-all-hang-out sexiness. Y’all-come on in honey. But, if you are looking for that old fun razzmatazz, there is still some to be had here.
There’s still eye popping girls, girls, girls around town not too sophisticated to let you take a picture-for a tip, of course.
I liked the mix of the new and the old. This restaurant has a modern lighted sign, but its doors are right out of Arabian Nights.
The lure of easy riches prevails. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
And, a real 61 pound solid gold nugget on display at….where else? The Golden Nugget Casino.
We are looking forward to seeing this big fellow lit up. Its hard not to lament the passing of the old Vegas. But, progress is progress.
Now you can zoom overhead on a zip-line above the old Vegas Strip.
Or sit on underwater lounges at the Golden Nugget and watch people sliding through glass tubes with sharks swimming about. Hey, not too shabby.
Or enjoy people watching from the deck at Mickie Finnz while you enjoy a cool brew or sandwich.
And, you can still look for that luck to bless you with untold riches. That’s what its all about. Ca-Chinka, ca-chinka, ca-chinka. $$$$$