Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

I sit in the McCarran Airport (LAS - Las Vegas) after a rendezvous trip with  Rich.  After 16 years we decided to return to Vegas to reminisce about Wayne.  We both landed about 1pm Vegas time on Thursday and took a cab to the Palm Cemetery on Eastern.  Once there it we decided to try to find the grave (like the scene in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly).  Rich had done the homework and based on the Internet picture, the location was in Inspiration Garden near the Mausoleum.  It took about 15 minutes of searching but we found the grave site.

From there it was check in at the Rio - Wayne's favorite Casino.  We both signed up for Member Rewards and I discovered I was already in the system from the 1992 meeting of the three of us for an Acquire marathon tournament.  Rain prevented us from a side trip back to the Grand Canyon - but we enjoyed a show (Penn and Teller) and hopping (or should I say hope-ing) from Casino to Casino.  We played Deuces Wild (Wayne's favorite slots game) most of the time.

The Good:  Four days with Rich reminiscing about the days with Wayne.

The Bad:  Both left town overall behind.  But Wayne must have been looking after me with when I hit 4 Deuces at the Cosmopolitan.  Rich left the Airport slot machine with 5 tens.

The Ugly:  Las Vegas with all it's glitter and excitement shows too much of the excess in every way.

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