And It Begins.

To say that the first four months of life in Vegas were “not ideal” may be the understatement of this blog. At least with this month, I can finally say that we are getting to the “good” part.

While life was still very much about therapies and lawsuits, Spring was in the air, and I was getting more outgoing in wanting to see what else Vegas had to offer. I was also in some dire need of “fun”.

Junie loves Easter.  And probably hates me for doing this to her.

Junie loves Easter. And probably hates me for doing this to her.

In any case, I flew Toby out from Texas to enjoy a week out on the town. Toby and I have had a long history together as friends, and our adventures are fairly the stuff of local legend. It was time to take it to Sin City.

After some sightseeing, we made our way to the Beatles’ LOVE

All you need is....

All you need is….

Our friend Glenn was one of the stage managers for the show, so we got to go behind the scenes to see some of the sets and costumes up close:

Little walky drum, rum pa pum pum....

Little walky drum, rum pa pum pum….

And after the tour, we met up with our friends Bryan and Martha. It was like a mini Texas reunion, that was… not in Texas. It’s a terrible analogy.

"The 'Can'" Returns....

“The ‘Can’” Returns….

Among other highlights was Star Trek: The Experience, this amazing bar/restaurant/ride in the Hilton that was the only place in town where you could drunkenly argue with a Klingon.

To boldly drink....

To boldly drink….

Gum does not fight alien breath or cavities.

Gum does not fight alien breath or cavities.

As much fun as Toby’s visit was, he eventually had to return to the Lone Star State, so the “House of Chapman” was left to new entertainments. Enter Sophie:

Junie was THRILLED to have a new sister....

Junie was THRILLED to have a new sister….

Another rescue like Junie, we took her in, much to Junie’s dismay. It didn’t help much that the Missus had both arms in casts, and Junie thought it would be hilarious to suddenly adopt a limp around the other lady’s yard as we introduced ourselves to Sophie. That lady must have thought I was an abusive monster.

Still, I went back to acting work, appearing in an indie short called My Demon World, part of a 48-hour film festival, where I met up with my first real cast of friends after moving out here.

The cast, and simpler times.

The cast, and simpler times.

And back at Planet Hollywood Resort and (well, you get the gist of it)…. I worked on the set of Race To Witch Mountain, my first return to a Disney movie set in years.

I played an alien, if that wasn't obvious.

I played an alien, if that wasn’t obvious.

And it was here, where life in Vegas finally began….