Friday, June 27, 2008

Outside of the Venetian

Looking towards the Fashion Show Mall. Yes, they have regularly scheduled fashion shows every hour, on the hour in the mall.

Planet Hollywood Casino

(how's that for an original title for this post)

Overview of the PH Casino from the upstairs 'celeb' balcony. It's amazing how tourists can now pretty much shoot anything, anywhere at anytime. I need massive amounts of permissions and assistance, and not just with the photos. Tamar who does PR there was helpful in walking me around to get these shots. Thanks!

Habitrail for Humans

This is the entrance to Bally's Casino and Hotel where I've been staying for the past week. It's amazing how un-human one can start to feel like a hamster in this maze of flashing lights, white noise turned up to eleven and the constant ding, ding, ding of the casinos.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Room with a View

View from my window at Bally's - Las Vegas, Nevada

Monday, June 09, 2008

Flying High in Style

When MT emailed me end of day Friday I was exhausted, just wrapping up my first closed deals at work, finally. He needed to know immediately, did I want to take the open seat on Lisa's business charter flight down and back to LA on Saturday - YES or NO?? Business class IS all that, just ask anyone that has flown more than 6 hours up front on a commercial airliner. But I'd never flown on a private charter jet before.
"I'm in!!!" I quickly replied. "What kind of aircraft is it?" I added.

Our good friend Lisa Dybal is one of two on call pilots for the planes owner. She was flying down to Southern California to pick up some of the owners relatives to bring them up to the Bay Area for the day and had some space on the down and return legs.

"Dude - I am not shittin' you ... Italian turbo prop," was his answer awaiting me when I got home to pack and run out the door. Turns out that the Piaggio Avanti II is the world's fastest turbo prop business class airplane cruising at 25,000 feet above the earth at about 400 mph.

Reading Private Jet Life magazine on the flight down, Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith who is featured on the front cover, talks about his love for charter jet flying. It's contagious. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves but all I can say is - OMG!!!