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Photo Fun from Las Vegas and Arizona

Las Vegas has been using the clever marketing slogan, "What happens here, stays here" — which I suppose is their permission to stay up all night gambling, drinking, smoking and whatever. Despite the slogan, there may be physical evidence that your visit was not just for business and that you, in fact, did not go to bed early. As most of you know, I don't often stay up late — but Mizuki and Pi-chan do enjoy talking over their favorite beverages late into the night. So I don't know what was going on but I found the following photos that have left some questions in my mind.

Actually, they confessed. These are fake photos where their heads were grafted on to the bodies of models using software like Photoshop. Obviously, since I could do the same thing in Photoshop, this sounds like a perfectly good explanation. Sure.

Just to be safe, I have been keeping my eye on these two party girls. On Friday, we went to Rawhide which is a small taste of the Old West — a reconstructed Main Street from an old western town. Ironically, this cowboy town now rests on Indian land. Hmmm, come to think of it, I guess all cowboy towns rested on Indian land — the Indians just didn't have the legal clout to push the issue. Anyway, Mizuki and Pi-chan decided to have their picture taken again — but since I was present, their attire was a bit more subdued.

There is more to Rawhide than just the old-time photography emporium. This photo shows some of the buildings that line Main Street. These buildings generally contain shops, snack bars or even a steakhouse all in keeping with the western theme. There are also characters in period attire roaming the streets and sometimes getting into altercations with each other. Sometimes with one shooting the other.

Additionally, they have burro rides for the kids, a camel ride for anyone brave enough to climb aboard, a stunt show and a magic show. You can also pan for gold, or climb a rock wall, or try your hand at target shooting.

However, there are some anachronisms. When was the last time you saw a rock band in Dodge City. I don't think Mr. Dillon would look kindly on such goings on. And who are those two rock stars on stage fronting the band? And where did they get those dark spectacles?

This here's the only stage I remember in them westerns. Of course, I'm gettin' older and don't remember things as well as a young fella.


Life is good.

B. David

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