Another Strange Month.

2013 had been giving me constant warnings that this was going to be a strange year.

Bear Force 5!  Engage!

Bear Force 5! Engage!

I wish it had been “Ha ha” strange, however.

I worked a few days on the TV show House of Lies over at Caesars Palace. Another pretty standard shoot, and the crew was nice. It was interesting in that they positioned me all over the scene, so I might not just be in the scene, but possibly everywhere at once. I’ll be really curious to see how the final scene ends up. At least it was a fun scene.

But for me, the real fun was eating every day at the Bacchanal Buffet. It’s one of the newest buffets on the Strip, and it is chock full of gourmet food with an incredible dessert section to round out the last bit of room left in one’s stomach. I ate here every day of filming, and it was amazing.

February turned out to have a few losses. One of the most bittersweet was my friend Christie moving to California. She and her fiance Pete threw a small going away party with Pete’s last stint in the band Gin. Jen, Shannon and I said good-bye to our friends they went forward to start a new life out of Sin City.

The gang says good-bye.

The gang says good-bye.

After that, Jen and I went to Laughlin, Nevada.

Laughlin!

Laughlin!

Laughlin is a teeny tiny version of Las Vegas with a full strip of casinos located next to a nice little Riverwalk. Much like Vegas, where the city is positionaed out in the middle of nowhere, Laughlin is the same, but it is civilized. Missing the roadtrips of old (and having never been there before), we made a full day of exploring the new casinos, having a nice lunch, and enjoying the water. There aren’t many “normal” towns in the state of Nevada, so when you find one, you better take what you can get.

View of the river.

View of the river.

The Colorado Belle.

The Colorado Belle.

The Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk.

The Golden Nugget.

The Golden Nugget.

The final bit of enjoyment was being involved with American Idol. While NDA forbids me from saying anything about what went on, the results were televised, so any fan of the show already knows what happened. But it was a very nice three days of stand-in work. I will say that the talent from the contestants is quite real, and even though I’m not a follower of the show, it’s a little hard not to get invested in the hopeful progress of the contestants.

That's right.  I'm judging you.

That’s right. I’m judging you.

And with the weather warming, I was able to get back out in the year for some clean up work.

Discussing renovation plans with my sidekick.

Discussing renovation plans with my sidekick.

Life started to seem that it was taking a direction for me, and March was just around the corner….

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