Sunday, October 25, 2009

Vegas, baby!

Our family went to Vegas and the first thing we did after checking into our hotel is search for Thai food in a strip mall.If Jonathan Gold says Lotus of Siam is the best Thai food in the US, then we have to try it.

Mark and Iris walked around the strip one evening, to watch the fountains and such, but I stayed in the room to rest.  I haven't been feeling well lately and smoke was the last thing I needed.

What else did we do?  Bad Dad was there to work, but we made a mommy and me trip to the Hoover Dam.

We took Belle along on the trip; she is in almost every photo.  We took the long tour inside the dam.  They measure the distance between the metal pins to gauge shifting.

The obligatory photo of the generators.

Look at the bicycle inside Hoover Dam!

Photo op at the air vent.
The new visitor center has a very nice exhibit showing how they built the dam, and how they generate electricity from the potential energy of the water.  More on that later.

We also visited the Liberace museum.

Many think he was a kitsch joke.  But he was so much more than that.  He invited my sister, our mom and myself to one of his concerts and put us up in the VIP box.  Our violin teacher played in his orchestra.  By all accounts, he was a very nice man.  Besides, he loved clothes and kept a whole army of couturiers employed.  More on that later.


  1. So what did you think of Lotus of Siam? On my last trip to Vegas I went there several times. The Internet told me to go for dinner and that the lunch buffet was nothing special, but actually (maybe because of adjusted expectations) I enjoyed the lunch buffet best.

  2. I used to have a Snoopy and Belle like that, with little outfits that had rear cutouts for the tail to fit through. I miss them!

    My dad bought a newer version of Snoopy, but he is larger than the one I had, and his outfits are not nearly as cute.

  3. cool pics of the dam generators


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