$6.25B sale of Venetian properties on Vegas Strip complete

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Gondola at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada
Gondola at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The new and old owners of the Venetian and Palazzo casino resorts and former Sands Expo and Convention Center announced Wednesday they have completed the sale of the iconic Las Vegas Strip properties for $6.25 billion.

Apollo Global Management and Las Vegas Sands Corp. said in separate statements that gamblers, conventioneers and hotel guests should see few changes at the luxury hotel complex including the renamed Venetian Expo.

The names will remain the same and George Markantonis, CEO of The Venetian Resort, said the management team will stay in place.

“We have an exciting opportunity to build on our past successes while capturing future opportunities,” Markantonis said, citing hospitality, meetings and events, gambling and entertainment.

New York-based VICI Properties acquired assets associated with the Venetian Resort Las Vegas and the expo for $4 billion. Apollo Global Management bought Venetian operations for $2.25 billion.

Apollo executives told Nevada casino regulators last week the company will step into an ongoing partnership with Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. to continue development of the $1.9 billion, 17,500-seat MSG Sphere being built just east of The Venetian Expo, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Sands, the company led by Sheldon Adelson until his death last year, will effectively cease U.S. operations to focus on operations in Asia.

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Mob on the Run 1987

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From Las Vegas Mafia History

“I’m sure that some old school Vegas locals remember watching this, but for those who haven’t this is one of the best Mob documentaries I’ve ever seen. I am also sure that this influenced both Martin Scorsese & Nick Pileggi to make Casino, and it shows some of the real footage that inspired some of Casino’s best scenes.PS: The old A&E show American Justice also did a great 2-hour special.”
RIP Ned Day


Blondie performing Rapture from the album Autoamerican

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Official video of Blondie performing Rapture from the album Autoamerican.

“Debuting in 1981, the music video was the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV. It took place in the East Village section of Manhattan.”

“Rapture” is a song by American rock band Blondie from their fifth studio album Autoamerican (1980). Written by band members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, and produced by Mike Chapman, the song was released as the second and final single from Autoamerican on January 12, 1981, by Chrysalis Records. Musically, “Rapture” is a combination of new wave, disco and hip hop with a rap section forming an extended coda.

“Rapture” was another commercial success for the band, shipping one million copies in the United States, where it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, their fourth and last single to reach number one. It was the first number-one single in the United States to feature rap vocals. The single also peaked at number three in Canada, and number five in Australia and the United Kingdom.”


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February’s Full Snow Moon: 11:59 A.M. February 16, 2022 EST

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Full Snow Moon
Full Snow Moon
From the Old Farmer’s Almanac:

“February’s Full Snow Moon reaches peak illumination at 11:59 A.M. EST on Wednesday, February 16. For the best view of this Moon, look for it that night or the night before; it will drift above the horizon in the east around sunset and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight. See when the Moon will be visible in your area.”

Watch a Video of the Full Snow Moon (below.)

“The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not just to the full Moon itself.”

The Snow Moon
The explanation behind February’s full Moon name is a fairly straightforward one: it’s known as the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall that occurs in February. On average, February is the United States’ snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service. In the 1760s, Captain Jonathan Carver, who had visited with the Naudowessie (Dakota), wrote that the name used for this period was the Snow Moon, “because more snow commonly falls during this month than any other in the winter.”

Names for this month’s Moon have historically had a connection to animals. The Cree traditionally called this the Bald Eagle Moon or Eagle Moon. The Ojibwe Bear Moon and Tlingit Black Bear Moon refer to the time when bear cubs are born. The Dakota also call this the Raccoon Moon, certain Algonquin peoples named it the Groundhog Moon, and the Haida named it Goose Moon.

Another theme of this month’s Moon names is scarcity. The Cherokee names of Month of the Bony Moon and Hungry Moon give evidence to the fact that food was hard to come by at this time.



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Vegas Tripping.com

About VegasTripping

VegasTripping was born over blackjack wound-licking meal at Golden Nugget’s Carson Street Cafe (it’s gone now.) The idea was simple – the internet needed a no-holds-barred honest guide to Las Vegas devoid of corporate approved marketing hype. The name VegasTripping – a multi-dimensional play on letters and words – was quickly sketched out in crayon on a Keno card. The following day, May 4, 2004, we purchased the domain name VegasTripping.com.


The 116th National Western Stock Show

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National Western Stock Show
National Western Stock Show

National Western Stock Show
4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80216

P: 303-296-NWSS (6977)
F: 303-292-1708
Tickets: 1-888-551-5004

Serving the agriculture industry since 1906.
The National Western Stock Show, established in 1906, is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing education in agriculture, including college and graduate-level scholarships in agriculture and veterinary medicine for practice in rural areas.

The National Western Stock Show, one of Colorado’s preeminent tourist destinations, is held every January for 16 days. A nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event, the stock show hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows, and Colorado’s largest western trade show, attracting attendance numbers over 700,000 visitors each year.

Throughout this historic event, the National Western strives to strengthen American agriculture through enrichment programs and youth education in livestock, equestrian, farming, ranching, animal awareness, and appreciation. We celebrate western lifestyles, our communities, and provide life-long memories and family traditions.

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Hotel California Gabriella Quevedo

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I’d love to have this sparkling beverage in my cup——in my room on the top floor of the Hotel California.
Seriously though folks, Gabriella is a superb guitarist; this is, without doubt, the best Eagles cover ever recorded even though it’s just one instrument. Click photo to listen, then go to her Facebook Group for more… https://www.facebook.com/…/851909…/user/100044336984141/

From WIKI:
“Gabriella Evelina Quevedo (born 12 January 1997, Kinna, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist. She grew up in Kinna and developed an interest in guitar because her father played the instrument. Her father is from Argentina and her mother is Argentine-Swedish. In addition to Swedish, she also speaks English and she understands Spanish.’

‘She began playing guitar at age twelve, quickly discovering, and mastering fingerstyle guitar techniques, which led to her recording a number of covers of other guitarists’ performances and her own guitar arrangements on YouTube. As of April 2021, Gabriella’s YouTube channel had 1.44 million subscribers and 237 million views. Selected covers have also been published in other channels. In July 2018 an album entitled Acoustic Cover Songs Vol. 1 containing 16 songs appeared on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, YouTube Music and Apple Music. Gabriella’s first original songs, “Last Time” and “Remember”, were released at the end of 2019. They were recorded at Mono Music studio in Stockholm, established by former ABBA member Benny Andersson.”

I KNOW THE WAY by William “Bill” Carbone

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I Know The Way by William "Bill" Carbone
I Know The Way by William “Bill” Carbone

Note: The studio’s name was Devonshire Studios, Stix Hooper did not play drums, there was a substitute at the last minute, lost records preclude having the information.

Recorded in 1972 at Devonshire Studios in Hollywood, California, my partners and I: Ron Brown, Bobby W Boyer, and William S Davidson put together an amazing ensemble of Los Angeles’ musical talent. Ron Brown did the lion’s share of the work—from the inside, he was a working, studio Fender-Bassman—sometimes working three, three-hour dates in a single day. Ron Brown also played (Fender bass) for Stevie Wonder’s Northern California gigs. He also is credited on many of Dinah Washington’s recordings. Ron hired first-rate keyboardist, Joe Sample of (Jazz) Crusaders fame, they worked many gigs together. Also from the Crusaders: Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson, and possibly, Larry Carlton (uncertainty because of lost records.) *Al McKay, from The 103rd Street Watts Band (partly managed by disgraced comedian, Bill Cosby) to Earth, Wind & Fire, to The Al McKay All Stars; one of his songs was on Obama’s public, list of favorites. *FYI Ron Brown, Bobby Boyer and I did some recordings with Al McKay in the 60s. Also, the amazing, first-call, Los Angeles guitarist/musician, Dean Parks, was there playing my acoustic, Martin D-35 guitar. Dean has an unbelievable discography. Among the songs on which he played are: (the main, guitar part on) Michael Jackson’s BEAT IT, and—one of my favorite songs (the talk-box guitar part on) Steely Dan’s HAITIAN DIVORCE. Check out Dean’s discography. We hired the string-section from among the students at UCLA’s School of Music. Altogether there were around two-dozen players: rhythm section, strings, horns, keys etc. etc. etc. Glenn Pace was the principal engineer. FYI The great producer, Bones Howe, was there in an advisory position. We touched greatness once again in 1974 when I had the 2″ 16-track tape copied/transferred at Caribou Ranch Recording Studio in Nederland, Co. Kismit brought us to Caribou the same week that Elton John was recording his Caribou album, one of my kids snacked from EJs buffet-table.

I wanted to Show Off the song with different mixes. Originally the song was a vocal—I still have the vocal version. Here are two instrumental mixes, both on SoundCloud:

FYI The late, Chuck Edward Weiss, aired this song around 1974 when he had a program on Denver’s KFML radio. One of my earliest life dreams was ‘to listen to one of my songs on the radio—while driving down Colfax.’ Thanks Chuck! I was somewhere between Colorado Boulevard and Downtown Denver when I heard my song. What a thrill!

I STRONGLY suggest wearing Ear Phones to capture
all of the nuances of the music!

I Know The Way, Instrumental with Violins and Cellos Opening by William “Bill” Carbone
I Know The Way Spotlighting the 12-String Guitar and Electric Guitar by William “Bill” Carbone

How to see the once-in-a-lifetime ‘Christmas comet’ this week

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by: Tracy Bloom, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Dec 21, 2021 / 09:43 AM CST / Updated: Dec 21, 2021 / 09:43 AM CST
From Fox 2 Now

(KTLA) – This time last year, skygazers were treated to the “Christmas Star,” when Jupiter and Saturn aligned and appeared the closest together from Earth’s vantage point in nearly 800 years.

Flash forward to the week of Dec. 20, 2021, and a “Christmas comet” is streaking through the evening sky.

Comet Leonard, or C/2021 as it is officially known, is the brightest comet of 2021. The celestial object actually made its closest approach to Earth on Dec. 12, when it was about 21 million miles away from our planet.

However, stargazers can still catch this once-in-a-lifetime sighting this week as it passes through the solar system, according to Gregory Leonard, a senior research specialist at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Leonard first discovered the comet earlier this year, and it’s named after him. Read more…

The Full Cold Moon will be 100% full December 18, 2021 at 11:37 PM EST

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Full Cold Moon
Full Cold Moon

Full Cold Moon information is from Almanac.Com

December’s Cold Moon reaches peak illumination on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:37 P.M. EST. December’s full Moon is most commonly known as the Cold Moon—a Mohawk name that conveys the frigid conditions of this time of year, when cold weather truly begins to grip us.

Bundle Up for December’s Full Cold Moon!

December’s full Cold Moon rises on Saturday, December 18, 2021! And it’s a “Micromoon.” Learn more about what the Cold Moon and what makes it special (click the link below.)

When to See December’s Full Moon
December’s Cold Moon reaches peak illumination on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:37 P.M. EST (click the link below.)

Start looking for the full Moon just before sunset as it begins to peek above the horizon. To find the exact time that it will appear in your area, consult our Moonrise Calculator (click the link below.)

More about the Full Cold Moon…


Full Cold Moon