Friday, August 14, 2015


The only time I've ever gotten an Emergency Alert on my iPhone was in Las Vegas this week. On Thursday, I got one for a Flash Flood Warning and on Friday I got one for a Dust Storm Warning. What time are the locusts arriving?

Anyone who left the casino for a moment would have noticed the torrential rain. (So no one.)
At the Golden Nugget, the ceiling over the craps tables sprung a leak and had to be dried out with a wet-vac.
This is the Frank Gehry-designed Cleveland Clinic. It sort of looks like someone left Disney Hall out in the sun too long.
The bathroom at The Four Queens in downtown Vegas has amenities that the so-called luxury casinos just don't have.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Next stop on the Vietnam tour was the beach city of Hoi An. Whoever art directed this place is a genius.

At one point it occurred to me: "I'm usually on the other side of this ocean." Could you see me waving?

For reasons I am still unclear on, Vietnamese beach trash receptacles are shaped like penguins. Eat my garbage, Happy Feet!

On a scooter tour of the countryside, we got to see a woman who makes zillions of rice crackers in her home.

She dries them out on the porch like laundry.

For now: lovable pets. Later on: Bún Thịt Nướng.

I can't remember if this was tea or something stronger... like snake wine. Or gasoline.

The tour guide was delighted when I told him that I had a scooter in college, and encouraged me to take the wheel for awhile.

Considering the hyper aggressiveness of Vietnamese motorists, the caption of this photo easily could have been "Died trying to drive a Vespa in Vietnam."

Sunday, August 2, 2015


The toilets in Vietnam covered the whole spectrum. From the electronic bidet in the fancy hotels... the airport toilet that included a sticker warning users not to squat on top of the bowl.