Another View of Vegas

MJP at the Wynn by Mary Jo

Anne Gracie has already posted an excellent overview blog of the Romantic Times convention in Las Vegas.  So now I'll poke around in some of the corners of the experience shared by Anne, Pat, me, and about 3,000 other people.  



Super librariansWe three Wenches were all at the special reception of historical authors for librarians and booksellers.  And mighty are the librarians!  Darlene McKenzie of Ravenna, Ohio is the SuperLibrarian, and I LOVE the back of her T-shirt!  Morgan Perry of Independence, Missouri is wearing the red T-shirt with LIBRARIAN spelled out in silver sparkles.  She said it was the Best. T-shirt. Ever. <G>

 Librarian T shirt
The reception was held in the Hotel Rio's Presidential Suite, which was occupied by Kathryn Falk and her honey and used for a variety of special events like the Presidential Suite, Kathryn Falkhistorical event.  Impressive, isn't it? And that's not even showing the piano inside!

I've been to many RT conventions over the years, and the event has continued to grow and add new twists.  It's the premier con for bringing readers, writers, and industry people together, and it's great exhausting fun.  A new feature was pop-up book signings by a cast of different authors.  I was one, and the event was beautifully organized.  My publisher, Kensington, sent Advanced Reading Copies of my upcoming book, Once a Soldier, and I signed my name on all 44 ARCs ahead of time.  

When my time slot arrived, the event was tweeted, and an instant line formed at the pop-up station.  A very efficient RT volunteered opened each book to the title page, where I'd signed my name, and the happy people in line presented me with a slip of paper with their names written out so I could customize the book.  Did I say efficient???  I signed 3 books a minute for 15 minutes, a record I am unlikely to surpass in Casino lightsthe future. <G>  I tried to at least have eye contact with each person I signed for!

I've been to Las Vegas before, and though I have zero interest in gambling, I consider the city Disneyland for adults.  The themed casino/hotels are deliciously over the top, with Venetianpirate battles and water shows outdoors, and interiors of crazed grandeur.  I only got to three casinos besides the Rio, but they were pretty dramatic.  Once was the Venetian, where  I attended a dinner. Naturally there was an Italian theme, as you can see in the picture on the right.  (The dinner was excellent, too.) 

One night Pat and Don Rice and Anne and I dined at an Irish pub in the Mandalay Bay casino.  The food Writer's Tears whiskeywas good, and the collection of whisky bottles behind glass was intriguing.  Not surprisingly, I was much taken by this one on the left.  Note that the bottle is empty. <G>

I breakfasted with some Kensington people at the Wynn, which is perhaps the grandest of them all.  Consider the carousel!  My publicist wanted to get a picture of me, so naturally I hid behind Carousel horse at The Wynna tree.  <G>  That's the picture at the top of this blog.

After all that crazed casino energy, it was pure delight to get out into the countryside.  Anne showed some pictures of Red Rock Canyon, a Nevada state park.  My picture below was taken in the visitors' center.  An impressive fellow, isn't he?  Cat person that I am, I hope he died of natural causes!
Red Rock Canyon visitors' center
The mountain views were splendid, too.  

Nevada mountains

Have you ever been to Las Vegas and visited some of the colorful casinos?  As I said, very like Disneyland.  Are there any you particularly enjoyed?

OnceASoldierHCLib COVERTo celebrate coming home again, I'll give away and Advance Reading copy of my upcoming Once a Soldier to one person who comments between now and Saturday night.  Here's your chance!

Mary Jo, jetlagged but happy

125 thoughts on “Another View of Vegas”

  1. Sounds fun to meet all the authors but I don’t know about all the 3,000 attendees! The older I get, the more I can’t do huge numbers of people. Too much input I think.
    Wow….3 books a minute!?!?!?
    My Las Vegas story was the year I turned 18 and my family and I were passing through and stayed at a campground. In the campground store/office there was a little backroom where they had a slot machine that campers over 18 could play! And they had them at the grocery store we went too as well. That was totally amazing…

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  2. Sounds fun to meet all the authors but I don’t know about all the 3,000 attendees! The older I get, the more I can’t do huge numbers of people. Too much input I think.
    Wow….3 books a minute!?!?!?
    My Las Vegas story was the year I turned 18 and my family and I were passing through and stayed at a campground. In the campground store/office there was a little backroom where they had a slot machine that campers over 18 could play! And they had them at the grocery store we went too as well. That was totally amazing…

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  3. Sounds fun to meet all the authors but I don’t know about all the 3,000 attendees! The older I get, the more I can’t do huge numbers of people. Too much input I think.
    Wow….3 books a minute!?!?!?
    My Las Vegas story was the year I turned 18 and my family and I were passing through and stayed at a campground. In the campground store/office there was a little backroom where they had a slot machine that campers over 18 could play! And they had them at the grocery store we went too as well. That was totally amazing…

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  4. Sounds fun to meet all the authors but I don’t know about all the 3,000 attendees! The older I get, the more I can’t do huge numbers of people. Too much input I think.
    Wow….3 books a minute!?!?!?
    My Las Vegas story was the year I turned 18 and my family and I were passing through and stayed at a campground. In the campground store/office there was a little backroom where they had a slot machine that campers over 18 could play! And they had them at the grocery store we went too as well. That was totally amazing…

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  5. Sounds fun to meet all the authors but I don’t know about all the 3,000 attendees! The older I get, the more I can’t do huge numbers of people. Too much input I think.
    Wow….3 books a minute!?!?!?
    My Las Vegas story was the year I turned 18 and my family and I were passing through and stayed at a campground. In the campground store/office there was a little backroom where they had a slot machine that campers over 18 could play! And they had them at the grocery store we went too as well. That was totally amazing…

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  6. As I have mentioned before, the RT conventions have become W-A-A-Y too large for my comfort. Oh, to regain the energy of my 80-year-old self and to have joined you!
    My granddaughter and her then Air Force husband were stationed at Nellis for awhile. We hoped to join them there and visit Vegas, but the chance eluded us. So my closest visits will probably remain the posts she sent us from their journeys to town.
    He’s now retired and working in the Yorktown, Virginia area. I HAVE been to Yorktown and we may achieve a visit to theme while they are there. Yorktown is much more my style, anyway. Vegas has history, but it’s buried in all that glamor. Yorktown shares its history.

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  7. As I have mentioned before, the RT conventions have become W-A-A-Y too large for my comfort. Oh, to regain the energy of my 80-year-old self and to have joined you!
    My granddaughter and her then Air Force husband were stationed at Nellis for awhile. We hoped to join them there and visit Vegas, but the chance eluded us. So my closest visits will probably remain the posts she sent us from their journeys to town.
    He’s now retired and working in the Yorktown, Virginia area. I HAVE been to Yorktown and we may achieve a visit to theme while they are there. Yorktown is much more my style, anyway. Vegas has history, but it’s buried in all that glamor. Yorktown shares its history.

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  8. As I have mentioned before, the RT conventions have become W-A-A-Y too large for my comfort. Oh, to regain the energy of my 80-year-old self and to have joined you!
    My granddaughter and her then Air Force husband were stationed at Nellis for awhile. We hoped to join them there and visit Vegas, but the chance eluded us. So my closest visits will probably remain the posts she sent us from their journeys to town.
    He’s now retired and working in the Yorktown, Virginia area. I HAVE been to Yorktown and we may achieve a visit to theme while they are there. Yorktown is much more my style, anyway. Vegas has history, but it’s buried in all that glamor. Yorktown shares its history.

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  9. As I have mentioned before, the RT conventions have become W-A-A-Y too large for my comfort. Oh, to regain the energy of my 80-year-old self and to have joined you!
    My granddaughter and her then Air Force husband were stationed at Nellis for awhile. We hoped to join them there and visit Vegas, but the chance eluded us. So my closest visits will probably remain the posts she sent us from their journeys to town.
    He’s now retired and working in the Yorktown, Virginia area. I HAVE been to Yorktown and we may achieve a visit to theme while they are there. Yorktown is much more my style, anyway. Vegas has history, but it’s buried in all that glamor. Yorktown shares its history.

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  10. As I have mentioned before, the RT conventions have become W-A-A-Y too large for my comfort. Oh, to regain the energy of my 80-year-old self and to have joined you!
    My granddaughter and her then Air Force husband were stationed at Nellis for awhile. We hoped to join them there and visit Vegas, but the chance eluded us. So my closest visits will probably remain the posts she sent us from their journeys to town.
    He’s now retired and working in the Yorktown, Virginia area. I HAVE been to Yorktown and we may achieve a visit to theme while they are there. Yorktown is much more my style, anyway. Vegas has history, but it’s buried in all that glamor. Yorktown shares its history.

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  11. That should have been “18 year old self” I’m not sure how the 80 got in. (I’m now 88+, but I don’t look back fondly to 8 years ago — 70 years ago is quite another matter!

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  12. That should have been “18 year old self” I’m not sure how the 80 got in. (I’m now 88+, but I don’t look back fondly to 8 years ago — 70 years ago is quite another matter!

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  13. That should have been “18 year old self” I’m not sure how the 80 got in. (I’m now 88+, but I don’t look back fondly to 8 years ago — 70 years ago is quite another matter!

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  14. That should have been “18 year old self” I’m not sure how the 80 got in. (I’m now 88+, but I don’t look back fondly to 8 years ago — 70 years ago is quite another matter!

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  15. That should have been “18 year old self” I’m not sure how the 80 got in. (I’m now 88+, but I don’t look back fondly to 8 years ago — 70 years ago is quite another matter!

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  16. Do not think I would like Vegas – I hate crowds and am very country at heart. Liked the picture of the mountains the best and would have had to toss up between that and the cat if he wasn’t stuffed! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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  17. Do not think I would like Vegas – I hate crowds and am very country at heart. Liked the picture of the mountains the best and would have had to toss up between that and the cat if he wasn’t stuffed! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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  18. Do not think I would like Vegas – I hate crowds and am very country at heart. Liked the picture of the mountains the best and would have had to toss up between that and the cat if he wasn’t stuffed! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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  19. Do not think I would like Vegas – I hate crowds and am very country at heart. Liked the picture of the mountains the best and would have had to toss up between that and the cat if he wasn’t stuffed! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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  20. Do not think I would like Vegas – I hate crowds and am very country at heart. Liked the picture of the mountains the best and would have had to toss up between that and the cat if he wasn’t stuffed! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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  21. Thanks for sharing Vegas–sounds like a grand time was had by all. My memories of Vegas (and Reno) come from a far different time–the early 60’s–when the area still half city and half desert. My family lived in Nevada for a year, and that is where I started the first grade. My mother, with her blonde prettiness, big smile and Southern manners, easily found work in the gift shops of the casinos. She saw many famous people and sold them candy and smokes. I was fascinated by all the bright lights and people milling around. Sometimes, I would drop a nickel in a slot machine when no one was looking–there were slot machines in stores and other places than casinos. One of my fondest and funniest memories is the look on my grandmother’s face when she was startled by a jackrabbit as we walked home from getting ice cream one evening–she and the jackrabbit both stood up on their toes and sized each other up! Another amusing tidbit from our time in Nevada is that people thought we were from Britain or Australia because of our Virginia accents.Best wishes for “Once a Soldier”–I would love to win a copy!

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  22. Thanks for sharing Vegas–sounds like a grand time was had by all. My memories of Vegas (and Reno) come from a far different time–the early 60’s–when the area still half city and half desert. My family lived in Nevada for a year, and that is where I started the first grade. My mother, with her blonde prettiness, big smile and Southern manners, easily found work in the gift shops of the casinos. She saw many famous people and sold them candy and smokes. I was fascinated by all the bright lights and people milling around. Sometimes, I would drop a nickel in a slot machine when no one was looking–there were slot machines in stores and other places than casinos. One of my fondest and funniest memories is the look on my grandmother’s face when she was startled by a jackrabbit as we walked home from getting ice cream one evening–she and the jackrabbit both stood up on their toes and sized each other up! Another amusing tidbit from our time in Nevada is that people thought we were from Britain or Australia because of our Virginia accents.Best wishes for “Once a Soldier”–I would love to win a copy!

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  23. Thanks for sharing Vegas–sounds like a grand time was had by all. My memories of Vegas (and Reno) come from a far different time–the early 60’s–when the area still half city and half desert. My family lived in Nevada for a year, and that is where I started the first grade. My mother, with her blonde prettiness, big smile and Southern manners, easily found work in the gift shops of the casinos. She saw many famous people and sold them candy and smokes. I was fascinated by all the bright lights and people milling around. Sometimes, I would drop a nickel in a slot machine when no one was looking–there were slot machines in stores and other places than casinos. One of my fondest and funniest memories is the look on my grandmother’s face when she was startled by a jackrabbit as we walked home from getting ice cream one evening–she and the jackrabbit both stood up on their toes and sized each other up! Another amusing tidbit from our time in Nevada is that people thought we were from Britain or Australia because of our Virginia accents.Best wishes for “Once a Soldier”–I would love to win a copy!

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  24. Thanks for sharing Vegas–sounds like a grand time was had by all. My memories of Vegas (and Reno) come from a far different time–the early 60’s–when the area still half city and half desert. My family lived in Nevada for a year, and that is where I started the first grade. My mother, with her blonde prettiness, big smile and Southern manners, easily found work in the gift shops of the casinos. She saw many famous people and sold them candy and smokes. I was fascinated by all the bright lights and people milling around. Sometimes, I would drop a nickel in a slot machine when no one was looking–there were slot machines in stores and other places than casinos. One of my fondest and funniest memories is the look on my grandmother’s face when she was startled by a jackrabbit as we walked home from getting ice cream one evening–she and the jackrabbit both stood up on their toes and sized each other up! Another amusing tidbit from our time in Nevada is that people thought we were from Britain or Australia because of our Virginia accents.Best wishes for “Once a Soldier”–I would love to win a copy!

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  25. Thanks for sharing Vegas–sounds like a grand time was had by all. My memories of Vegas (and Reno) come from a far different time–the early 60’s–when the area still half city and half desert. My family lived in Nevada for a year, and that is where I started the first grade. My mother, with her blonde prettiness, big smile and Southern manners, easily found work in the gift shops of the casinos. She saw many famous people and sold them candy and smokes. I was fascinated by all the bright lights and people milling around. Sometimes, I would drop a nickel in a slot machine when no one was looking–there were slot machines in stores and other places than casinos. One of my fondest and funniest memories is the look on my grandmother’s face when she was startled by a jackrabbit as we walked home from getting ice cream one evening–she and the jackrabbit both stood up on their toes and sized each other up! Another amusing tidbit from our time in Nevada is that people thought we were from Britain or Australia because of our Virginia accents.Best wishes for “Once a Soldier”–I would love to win a copy!

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  26. Hi Mary Jo, Had to laugh when I read you tried to make eye contact with each person as/when/after you signed a book for them. I’d just had a mental image of ladies with armfuls of books barely making eye contact with each author as they scrambled from one author to another to get a signed copy from as many favorite authors as possible. Glad you folks will do all that and that you can have a good time while you do.

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  27. Hi Mary Jo, Had to laugh when I read you tried to make eye contact with each person as/when/after you signed a book for them. I’d just had a mental image of ladies with armfuls of books barely making eye contact with each author as they scrambled from one author to another to get a signed copy from as many favorite authors as possible. Glad you folks will do all that and that you can have a good time while you do.

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  28. Hi Mary Jo, Had to laugh when I read you tried to make eye contact with each person as/when/after you signed a book for them. I’d just had a mental image of ladies with armfuls of books barely making eye contact with each author as they scrambled from one author to another to get a signed copy from as many favorite authors as possible. Glad you folks will do all that and that you can have a good time while you do.

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  29. Hi Mary Jo, Had to laugh when I read you tried to make eye contact with each person as/when/after you signed a book for them. I’d just had a mental image of ladies with armfuls of books barely making eye contact with each author as they scrambled from one author to another to get a signed copy from as many favorite authors as possible. Glad you folks will do all that and that you can have a good time while you do.

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  30. Hi Mary Jo, Had to laugh when I read you tried to make eye contact with each person as/when/after you signed a book for them. I’d just had a mental image of ladies with armfuls of books barely making eye contact with each author as they scrambled from one author to another to get a signed copy from as many favorite authors as possible. Glad you folks will do all that and that you can have a good time while you do.

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  31. Jenny, that cat was no house kitty, but he was impressive. *G* The mountains and Red Rock Canyon were both gorgeous. I love driving through the wide open spaces of the West. Crowds I can do without!

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  32. Jenny, that cat was no house kitty, but he was impressive. *G* The mountains and Red Rock Canyon were both gorgeous. I love driving through the wide open spaces of the West. Crowds I can do without!

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  33. Jenny, that cat was no house kitty, but he was impressive. *G* The mountains and Red Rock Canyon were both gorgeous. I love driving through the wide open spaces of the West. Crowds I can do without!

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  34. Jenny, that cat was no house kitty, but he was impressive. *G* The mountains and Red Rock Canyon were both gorgeous. I love driving through the wide open spaces of the West. Crowds I can do without!

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  35. Jenny, that cat was no house kitty, but he was impressive. *G* The mountains and Red Rock Canyon were both gorgeous. I love driving through the wide open spaces of the West. Crowds I can do without!

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  36. Virginia, what charming stories of Nevada in an earlier day! Jackrabbits are rather startling–I get a kick out of seeing them when I’m in the southwest. Thanks for the best wishes on the book!

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  37. Virginia, what charming stories of Nevada in an earlier day! Jackrabbits are rather startling–I get a kick out of seeing them when I’m in the southwest. Thanks for the best wishes on the book!

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  38. Virginia, what charming stories of Nevada in an earlier day! Jackrabbits are rather startling–I get a kick out of seeing them when I’m in the southwest. Thanks for the best wishes on the book!

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  39. Virginia, what charming stories of Nevada in an earlier day! Jackrabbits are rather startling–I get a kick out of seeing them when I’m in the southwest. Thanks for the best wishes on the book!

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  40. Virginia, what charming stories of Nevada in an earlier day! Jackrabbits are rather startling–I get a kick out of seeing them when I’m in the southwest. Thanks for the best wishes on the book!

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  41. Jeanette, I do try to make at least a minimal moment of connection with readers. Romance is a genre of emotion–not the same as selling cold cuts! Most readers like to be recognized as individuals, I think. But during the pop-up signing, that was pretty minimal!

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  42. Jeanette, I do try to make at least a minimal moment of connection with readers. Romance is a genre of emotion–not the same as selling cold cuts! Most readers like to be recognized as individuals, I think. But during the pop-up signing, that was pretty minimal!

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  43. Jeanette, I do try to make at least a minimal moment of connection with readers. Romance is a genre of emotion–not the same as selling cold cuts! Most readers like to be recognized as individuals, I think. But during the pop-up signing, that was pretty minimal!

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  44. Jeanette, I do try to make at least a minimal moment of connection with readers. Romance is a genre of emotion–not the same as selling cold cuts! Most readers like to be recognized as individuals, I think. But during the pop-up signing, that was pretty minimal!

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  45. Jeanette, I do try to make at least a minimal moment of connection with readers. Romance is a genre of emotion–not the same as selling cold cuts! Most readers like to be recognized as individuals, I think. But during the pop-up signing, that was pretty minimal!

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  46. I’ve never been to Las Vegas and don’t really want to. I guess that my feelings about that place were highly colored by my father’s stories about little children crying in the casino while parents gambled away the rent and grocery money. He called the town “Lost Wages.” I know there are people who can gamble responsibly, but I don’t know if I am one. So, though I enjoy a good show and a good meal, I’d probably enjoy them more somewhere else.

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  47. I’ve never been to Las Vegas and don’t really want to. I guess that my feelings about that place were highly colored by my father’s stories about little children crying in the casino while parents gambled away the rent and grocery money. He called the town “Lost Wages.” I know there are people who can gamble responsibly, but I don’t know if I am one. So, though I enjoy a good show and a good meal, I’d probably enjoy them more somewhere else.

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  48. I’ve never been to Las Vegas and don’t really want to. I guess that my feelings about that place were highly colored by my father’s stories about little children crying in the casino while parents gambled away the rent and grocery money. He called the town “Lost Wages.” I know there are people who can gamble responsibly, but I don’t know if I am one. So, though I enjoy a good show and a good meal, I’d probably enjoy them more somewhere else.

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  49. I’ve never been to Las Vegas and don’t really want to. I guess that my feelings about that place were highly colored by my father’s stories about little children crying in the casino while parents gambled away the rent and grocery money. He called the town “Lost Wages.” I know there are people who can gamble responsibly, but I don’t know if I am one. So, though I enjoy a good show and a good meal, I’d probably enjoy them more somewhere else.

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  50. I’ve never been to Las Vegas and don’t really want to. I guess that my feelings about that place were highly colored by my father’s stories about little children crying in the casino while parents gambled away the rent and grocery money. He called the town “Lost Wages.” I know there are people who can gamble responsibly, but I don’t know if I am one. So, though I enjoy a good show and a good meal, I’d probably enjoy them more somewhere else.

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  51. Hello. It’s fun reading everyone’s POV of the RT. I was a volunteer at the one in Chicago, because I was hoping for, literally, a few free books. I came back with a LOT more freebies. And I did not get to meet all the authors that I had read. That was very disappointing. But I was so exhausted. The volunteers were invited to attend the evening fun. But I opted to go home to family and rest for the next day’s round. It was just WOW. And you’re right. Adult Disneyland. For sure. Maybe Drink-Gambleland would be more appropriate.

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  52. Hello. It’s fun reading everyone’s POV of the RT. I was a volunteer at the one in Chicago, because I was hoping for, literally, a few free books. I came back with a LOT more freebies. And I did not get to meet all the authors that I had read. That was very disappointing. But I was so exhausted. The volunteers were invited to attend the evening fun. But I opted to go home to family and rest for the next day’s round. It was just WOW. And you’re right. Adult Disneyland. For sure. Maybe Drink-Gambleland would be more appropriate.

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  53. Hello. It’s fun reading everyone’s POV of the RT. I was a volunteer at the one in Chicago, because I was hoping for, literally, a few free books. I came back with a LOT more freebies. And I did not get to meet all the authors that I had read. That was very disappointing. But I was so exhausted. The volunteers were invited to attend the evening fun. But I opted to go home to family and rest for the next day’s round. It was just WOW. And you’re right. Adult Disneyland. For sure. Maybe Drink-Gambleland would be more appropriate.

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  54. Hello. It’s fun reading everyone’s POV of the RT. I was a volunteer at the one in Chicago, because I was hoping for, literally, a few free books. I came back with a LOT more freebies. And I did not get to meet all the authors that I had read. That was very disappointing. But I was so exhausted. The volunteers were invited to attend the evening fun. But I opted to go home to family and rest for the next day’s round. It was just WOW. And you’re right. Adult Disneyland. For sure. Maybe Drink-Gambleland would be more appropriate.

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  55. Hello. It’s fun reading everyone’s POV of the RT. I was a volunteer at the one in Chicago, because I was hoping for, literally, a few free books. I came back with a LOT more freebies. And I did not get to meet all the authors that I had read. That was very disappointing. But I was so exhausted. The volunteers were invited to attend the evening fun. But I opted to go home to family and rest for the next day’s round. It was just WOW. And you’re right. Adult Disneyland. For sure. Maybe Drink-Gambleland would be more appropriate.

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  56. When I was 10 or 11 we went though Las Vegas in the late 50’s. We spend the afternoon at the Boulder City park. My father timed the drive so we would be driving down the main street of Vegas at night. I still remember the neon cowboy waving his big hat up and down. It was very strange as you went from highway without lights to suddenly neon lights on both sides of the street to darkness again in the space of just a few minutes. The real attraction was Reno because of the car and gun museums which my dad wanted to visit.

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  57. When I was 10 or 11 we went though Las Vegas in the late 50’s. We spend the afternoon at the Boulder City park. My father timed the drive so we would be driving down the main street of Vegas at night. I still remember the neon cowboy waving his big hat up and down. It was very strange as you went from highway without lights to suddenly neon lights on both sides of the street to darkness again in the space of just a few minutes. The real attraction was Reno because of the car and gun museums which my dad wanted to visit.

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  58. When I was 10 or 11 we went though Las Vegas in the late 50’s. We spend the afternoon at the Boulder City park. My father timed the drive so we would be driving down the main street of Vegas at night. I still remember the neon cowboy waving his big hat up and down. It was very strange as you went from highway without lights to suddenly neon lights on both sides of the street to darkness again in the space of just a few minutes. The real attraction was Reno because of the car and gun museums which my dad wanted to visit.

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  59. When I was 10 or 11 we went though Las Vegas in the late 50’s. We spend the afternoon at the Boulder City park. My father timed the drive so we would be driving down the main street of Vegas at night. I still remember the neon cowboy waving his big hat up and down. It was very strange as you went from highway without lights to suddenly neon lights on both sides of the street to darkness again in the space of just a few minutes. The real attraction was Reno because of the car and gun museums which my dad wanted to visit.

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  60. When I was 10 or 11 we went though Las Vegas in the late 50’s. We spend the afternoon at the Boulder City park. My father timed the drive so we would be driving down the main street of Vegas at night. I still remember the neon cowboy waving his big hat up and down. It was very strange as you went from highway without lights to suddenly neon lights on both sides of the street to darkness again in the space of just a few minutes. The real attraction was Reno because of the car and gun museums which my dad wanted to visit.

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  61. It was during the Viet Nam War. We went to a Woolworths (you remember them?) and got a wedding ring for $1.65. Another ring was mailed to me from Hong Kong, which was good cause my green finger was beginning to cause talk. The lady behind the counter told me I was making an error. We went to the Justice of the Peace Office – 11:45 PM and with a friend as one witness (he proposed to the JP’s secretary who acted as the second witness, but she said no thank you) we were married. It lasted a long time, but the lady behind the counter at Woolworths evidently knew something I did not know. We actually did not see any casinos, we locked the keys in the car and all my clothes were locked in until morning, but that may have been a good thing now that I think of it.

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  62. It was during the Viet Nam War. We went to a Woolworths (you remember them?) and got a wedding ring for $1.65. Another ring was mailed to me from Hong Kong, which was good cause my green finger was beginning to cause talk. The lady behind the counter told me I was making an error. We went to the Justice of the Peace Office – 11:45 PM and with a friend as one witness (he proposed to the JP’s secretary who acted as the second witness, but she said no thank you) we were married. It lasted a long time, but the lady behind the counter at Woolworths evidently knew something I did not know. We actually did not see any casinos, we locked the keys in the car and all my clothes were locked in until morning, but that may have been a good thing now that I think of it.

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  63. It was during the Viet Nam War. We went to a Woolworths (you remember them?) and got a wedding ring for $1.65. Another ring was mailed to me from Hong Kong, which was good cause my green finger was beginning to cause talk. The lady behind the counter told me I was making an error. We went to the Justice of the Peace Office – 11:45 PM and with a friend as one witness (he proposed to the JP’s secretary who acted as the second witness, but she said no thank you) we were married. It lasted a long time, but the lady behind the counter at Woolworths evidently knew something I did not know. We actually did not see any casinos, we locked the keys in the car and all my clothes were locked in until morning, but that may have been a good thing now that I think of it.

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  64. It was during the Viet Nam War. We went to a Woolworths (you remember them?) and got a wedding ring for $1.65. Another ring was mailed to me from Hong Kong, which was good cause my green finger was beginning to cause talk. The lady behind the counter told me I was making an error. We went to the Justice of the Peace Office – 11:45 PM and with a friend as one witness (he proposed to the JP’s secretary who acted as the second witness, but she said no thank you) we were married. It lasted a long time, but the lady behind the counter at Woolworths evidently knew something I did not know. We actually did not see any casinos, we locked the keys in the car and all my clothes were locked in until morning, but that may have been a good thing now that I think of it.

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  65. It was during the Viet Nam War. We went to a Woolworths (you remember them?) and got a wedding ring for $1.65. Another ring was mailed to me from Hong Kong, which was good cause my green finger was beginning to cause talk. The lady behind the counter told me I was making an error. We went to the Justice of the Peace Office – 11:45 PM and with a friend as one witness (he proposed to the JP’s secretary who acted as the second witness, but she said no thank you) we were married. It lasted a long time, but the lady behind the counter at Woolworths evidently knew something I did not know. We actually did not see any casinos, we locked the keys in the car and all my clothes were locked in until morning, but that may have been a good thing now that I think of it.

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  66. I was in Vegas once years ago at the beginning of a tour of the canyons – I’d love to get back there. And my niece just go engaged in Vegas at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower!

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  67. I was in Vegas once years ago at the beginning of a tour of the canyons – I’d love to get back there. And my niece just go engaged in Vegas at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower!

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  68. I was in Vegas once years ago at the beginning of a tour of the canyons – I’d love to get back there. And my niece just go engaged in Vegas at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower!

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  69. I was in Vegas once years ago at the beginning of a tour of the canyons – I’d love to get back there. And my niece just go engaged in Vegas at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower!

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  70. I was in Vegas once years ago at the beginning of a tour of the canyons – I’d love to get back there. And my niece just go engaged in Vegas at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower!

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  71. I’ve never been to RT, and only a couple of times to the RWA conference (where I bought a copy of your Christmas Revels). I haven’t traveled much in the U.S., rather stuck closer to home here in Canada – and especially now, with the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar. I loved the photo of the carousel, though. One of my stories-in-progress is called “The Carousel!” Can’t wait to read Once A Soldier!

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  72. I’ve never been to RT, and only a couple of times to the RWA conference (where I bought a copy of your Christmas Revels). I haven’t traveled much in the U.S., rather stuck closer to home here in Canada – and especially now, with the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar. I loved the photo of the carousel, though. One of my stories-in-progress is called “The Carousel!” Can’t wait to read Once A Soldier!

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  73. I’ve never been to RT, and only a couple of times to the RWA conference (where I bought a copy of your Christmas Revels). I haven’t traveled much in the U.S., rather stuck closer to home here in Canada – and especially now, with the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar. I loved the photo of the carousel, though. One of my stories-in-progress is called “The Carousel!” Can’t wait to read Once A Soldier!

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  74. I’ve never been to RT, and only a couple of times to the RWA conference (where I bought a copy of your Christmas Revels). I haven’t traveled much in the U.S., rather stuck closer to home here in Canada – and especially now, with the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar. I loved the photo of the carousel, though. One of my stories-in-progress is called “The Carousel!” Can’t wait to read Once A Soldier!

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  75. I’ve never been to RT, and only a couple of times to the RWA conference (where I bought a copy of your Christmas Revels). I haven’t traveled much in the U.S., rather stuck closer to home here in Canada – and especially now, with the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar. I loved the photo of the carousel, though. One of my stories-in-progress is called “The Carousel!” Can’t wait to read Once A Soldier!

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  76. Kantu, you’re so right about how exhausting the RT cons are! They couldn’t such a big event without so many hardworking volunteers, I understand going going to your family to crash, but I’m sorry you missed all the evening events. Some are — remarkable!

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  77. Kantu, you’re so right about how exhausting the RT cons are! They couldn’t such a big event without so many hardworking volunteers, I understand going going to your family to crash, but I’m sorry you missed all the evening events. Some are — remarkable!

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  78. Kantu, you’re so right about how exhausting the RT cons are! They couldn’t such a big event without so many hardworking volunteers, I understand going going to your family to crash, but I’m sorry you missed all the evening events. Some are — remarkable!

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  79. Kantu, you’re so right about how exhausting the RT cons are! They couldn’t such a big event without so many hardworking volunteers, I understand going going to your family to crash, but I’m sorry you missed all the evening events. Some are — remarkable!

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  80. Kantu, you’re so right about how exhausting the RT cons are! They couldn’t such a big event without so many hardworking volunteers, I understand going going to your family to crash, but I’m sorry you missed all the evening events. Some are — remarkable!

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  81. I have never been to either Vegas or RT, but I hope to remedy at least the RT trip in the next year or so! It looks like a great deal or exhaustive and informative fun and would be a great break from Walmart.
    I love that carousel!
    We have a Native American casino here in the town where I live. (Bet some of you didn’t know there were Native American casinos in Alabama!) I don’t gamble for the same reason I don’t drink. As a musician AND a writer I have known my addictive personality all too well from a very young ag. Why start something that might become an obsession? I prefer my book collecting addiction, thank you very much!

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  82. I have never been to either Vegas or RT, but I hope to remedy at least the RT trip in the next year or so! It looks like a great deal or exhaustive and informative fun and would be a great break from Walmart.
    I love that carousel!
    We have a Native American casino here in the town where I live. (Bet some of you didn’t know there were Native American casinos in Alabama!) I don’t gamble for the same reason I don’t drink. As a musician AND a writer I have known my addictive personality all too well from a very young ag. Why start something that might become an obsession? I prefer my book collecting addiction, thank you very much!

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  83. I have never been to either Vegas or RT, but I hope to remedy at least the RT trip in the next year or so! It looks like a great deal or exhaustive and informative fun and would be a great break from Walmart.
    I love that carousel!
    We have a Native American casino here in the town where I live. (Bet some of you didn’t know there were Native American casinos in Alabama!) I don’t gamble for the same reason I don’t drink. As a musician AND a writer I have known my addictive personality all too well from a very young ag. Why start something that might become an obsession? I prefer my book collecting addiction, thank you very much!

    Reply
  84. I have never been to either Vegas or RT, but I hope to remedy at least the RT trip in the next year or so! It looks like a great deal or exhaustive and informative fun and would be a great break from Walmart.
    I love that carousel!
    We have a Native American casino here in the town where I live. (Bet some of you didn’t know there were Native American casinos in Alabama!) I don’t gamble for the same reason I don’t drink. As a musician AND a writer I have known my addictive personality all too well from a very young ag. Why start something that might become an obsession? I prefer my book collecting addiction, thank you very much!

    Reply
  85. I have never been to either Vegas or RT, but I hope to remedy at least the RT trip in the next year or so! It looks like a great deal or exhaustive and informative fun and would be a great break from Walmart.
    I love that carousel!
    We have a Native American casino here in the town where I live. (Bet some of you didn’t know there were Native American casinos in Alabama!) I don’t gamble for the same reason I don’t drink. As a musician AND a writer I have known my addictive personality all too well from a very young ag. Why start something that might become an obsession? I prefer my book collecting addiction, thank you very much!

    Reply

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