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Ok this treadmill was really cool!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Last week I had the pleasure of staying at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas (one of my favorite hotels in the world) and as I was walking into the workout facility I noticed something a little different. Yes they had spinning bikes but they also had 20+ new treadmills. Ok I will admit it took me awhile to figure out how to use it and, like most guys, I wouldn’t ask anyone for help. Once I did figure it out, I was amazed at everything it had on there. Quickly I could go on YouTube, the web, and watch TV but it also had video on demand. I don’t recall ever seeing this feature anywhere else and I was able to watch movies and TV series at will.

During my two days of working out I enjoyed catching up on TV shows Survivor and Hawaii Five O. A big thank you to the Wynn for not only being a great hotel but also for always having the latest technology and incorporating that into your customer’s experience!

  • Have you used these treadmills before?
  • Have I been sleeping under a rock and didn’t realize every place has them?
  • Would you work out a little longer and more often if your treadmill linked to all your favorite shows?

I look forward to reading your comments.

P.S. I did work out longer because of all the features on the treadmill!

Hey Rod – a job well done! Thanks!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to see Rod Stewart in Las Vegas with M.D. and S.S.. I must admit I was really looking forward to the experience. Not because I haven’t seen him in a while actually the exact opposite. I have seen him in the same city, same location, singing the exact same play set and couldn’t wait to experience it again.

With each step we took into the Coliseum at Caesars Palace I was getting more and more excited. At 71 Rod doesn’t move as fast as he used too and his voice isn’t as powerful as it once was but I would suggest that the older he gets the better showman he becomes. Rod set the stage early but letting everyone in the audience know he was playing 20 songs for 95 minutes. And he did just that!

His stage performance is special, his band is amazing, and his saxophone player is as good as the late Clearance Clemons who is from Bruce Springsteen’s band. Rod loves soccer and has found a way to weave that into his performance by kicking – yes kicking 30+ soccer balls all over the place. He goes into the crowd and sings a song or two, he lets people (all women) come up on stage which created such a frenzy security rushed to help him out, and ends with Do you Think I’m Sexy while balloons are falling from the rafters. It was special!

Rod, thanks for getting better with age! Few performers can actually say that.

If you are in Vegas or anywhere and you have a chance to see Rod Stewart perform please do. You won’t be sorry!

  • Have you seen Rod Stewart perform in Vegas?
  • What did you think of the show?
  • Were you lucky enough to catch a soccer ball?
  • What other performers are getting better with age?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Attention baseball fans – Flip or not too flip – that is the question!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Last October during the playoffs there was tremendous drama. It seemed that every day there was a nail biter and comebacks that made the games very interesting and fun to watch. During game 5 of the ALDS between the Toronto Blue jays and the Texas Rangers there was a very dramatic home run by Jose Bautista which was followed by (perhaps) the biggest bat flip in the history of baseball.

This bat flip has led to many debates with a ton of comments by current and ex-baseball players. Johnny Bench, Goose Gossage don’t like it, while many current players like David Ortiz does, and believes it is appropriate.

My opinion is pretty simple. I am old school and grew up with brush back pitches all the time. I always loved the characters in baseball like Mark “the bird” Fidrych and “Oil Can” Boyd. One could argue their antics on the mound showed up players. I totally disagree. I think it is part of baseball and adds to the game. Too many players these days are very stoic, they show little emotion, and I believe the game suffers.

I see anyone who hits a home run, late in a playoff game, in a deciding game (winner take all) has the right to show emotion. Joey Bats I have no issue with what you did nor should anyone else in baseball.

What are your thoughts?

  • Bat flip or no bat flip?
  • Do the Texas Rangers retaliate this year?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Tipping or no tipping you tell me…..

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Recently I have been reading more and more stories about the possibility that tipping in restaurants will go away! That the price of food will include the gratuity and the server’s wages will dramatically increase.

One of the first restaurants to test this strategy is Joe’s Crab Shack, which has a no-tip model in 18 of its restaurants. In these selected restaurants, the front-house workers will now earn hourly wages of around $12-$14 an hour.

According to a new study from Horizon Media, 81 percent of adult restaurant-goers are not yet ready for built-in gratuity. But the group that is most likely to support a tipping ban is, unsurprisingly, millennials. Almost one-third of people surveyed between the ages of 18-34 feel tipping is an unfair and outdated practice. Conversely, the older the consumer, the more likely he or she is to feel that tipping offers them a sense of control over the dining experience.

For me, I hope tipping stays in restaurants. When I have great service or someone goes above and beyond I like to show that with a big thank you and a generous tip. My sense is a lot of that goes away if tipping is now built into the price of food.

What do you think?

  • Tipping or no tipping – that is the question?
  • Have you been to one of the 18 Joes Crab Shack’s that are testing this?
  • Have you visited a full-service restaurant in the United States that has done away with tipping?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Some of my most memorable times in Las Vegas aren’t even on the strip!

Friday, March 18th, 2016

One of these days I will count how many times I have been to Las Vegas. With all of my business and super bowl trips with my buddies, the number has to be close to 40 times. Recently I have been having a number of discussions about Vegas with my friends (R.Z.) who are going there soon and we started to chat about some of our favorite spots.

Here are some of my favorite things to do in Las Vegas… Not on the strip …in no particular order!

  1. Visit the Mob Museum – I am fascinated with the mob and this museum, near old Las Vegas, is a very enjoyable 90 minutes.
  2. Renting ATV’s in red rock canyon – worth the 75 minute drive! I went with a group of 8 guys on a guided tour 15 years ago and all of us are still talking about the experience!
  3. Renting a boat on Lake Mead above the hoover dam! Yes I usually get motion sickness – but not this time…..amazing landscape and the animals were amazing.
  4. Breakfast at the Egg & I. A cute little joint my cousin A.L. found a decade ago. Great spot!
  5. Shooting a machine gun. Yes I did this and yes I was scared but I would do it again. I don’t recall the exact name of the place but it was only a mile off the strip.
  6. An ATV tour of a restored gold mine. The guide was special as were the stories that he told. Absolutely worth every penny!

Okay your turn.

  • Do you have any memorable times in Las Vegas that weren’t on the strip?
  • I look forward to reading your comments.

    Funny I don’t watch live TV anymore….. do you?

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

    A few days ago I was checking out my playlist to see what I wanted to watch and decided on Shades of Blue, followed by an episode of Mystery Diners, and then my final show of the night was the People vs. O.J. Simpson. I am sure you are aware by now that all of those shows were on DVR which is great because not only do I get to watch them when I want but also commercial free and in about 42 minutes for an hour show. That isn’t the interesting part of my watching habits. I also do the same thing for sporting events. The other day I was watching the Mavericks on TV and I started to watch about 45 minutes after it started. Again love to fast forward thru the commercials. In fact, one of my favorite things to do with my son J.D. is to watch NFL games on DVR and pause the game while the ball is in midair. I will actually ask my son what he thinks will happen on the play and then we see who is right. I realize it is a little goofy but it does add to the enjoyment of watching the game.

    • The question is am I alone in watching TV like this?
    • Do you have to watch sporting events live?
    • Do you pause and use the slow motion function to further dissect the play?

    I look forward to reading your comments.

    P.S. – I won’t watch a sporting event days later or if I know the outcome. For me, I usually watch it an hour behind – no more!

    Attention NBA sports fans… do you always want your team to make the playoffs?

    Monday, March 14th, 2016

    Often I have a debate with my buddy R.H. and many times it is about making the playoffs. If you know your team, the team that you cheer the loudest for has no chance to win in the playoffs do you want them to make it?

    My opinion is firmly this. No matter what is in front of you, no matter how hard the challenge and how big the deck is stacked against you, always try and make the playoffs! This year I like the Dallas Mavericks. I like the players, their work ethic, the coach, the fact that they are always playing hard and never give up. Right now the Mavericks have the 8th seed in the west which means a playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. That is the same Warriors team that won the NBA championship last year and the same team that is chasing history for the best record all time!

    I realize the Mavericks probably have no shot to beat them and even if they improve to the 6th or 7th seed they probably don’t fare much better against the San Antonio Spurs & Oklahoma Thunder. Regardless, I want them to make the playoffs. I want them to experience that together even if they lose 4 straight games by 30 points! Sometimes luck will play on your side, an injury or two happen and perhaps David can beat Goliath!

    So, I say yes no matter what, I say you always want your favorite NBA team to make the playoffs!

    What are your thoughts?

    • Do you want your favorite team to make the playoffs?
    • Are you ok if a team tanks to get a better draft pick?

    I look forward to reading your comments.

    Have you seen any of China’s new architecture?

    Friday, March 11th, 2016

    I haven’t been to China but I was reading an article about a lot of their cool and different architecture that have erupted in the nation’s urban landscape during its recent building boom. And I thought I would share it with you. Here are 7 of the buildings.

    • Have you seen any of them in person?
    • What do you think about the style?
    • Which building is your favorite?
    • I look forward to reading your comments!

    The older I get…

    Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

    The Older I get the:

    • More time I want to spend with my parents!
    • More I listen to my body!
    • Funnier my kids are!
    • More important my friends are!
    • More I want to work out!

    Now your turn….

    The older I get the…..

    I look forward to reading your comments.

    Retirement is all about….

    Monday, March 7th, 2016

    When I was younger I was always taught that retirement was about a certain age! A goal that everyone was striving for and it would come to all of us at about the same time. Teachers taught us that, our parents reinforced it, and that’s what my belief was for a very long time.

    As I have gotten older, retirement seems to be about many things. Statistically we are all living longer and, because of that, clearly need more of a nest egg. For me I like to work! I believe it keeps the mind sharp and I also believe working extends life!

    To me, as I have gotten older, retirement is about my health, enjoying what I am doing, and not really about how old I am or how much money I have. With that said, I don’t want to work until I am 90 and I am sure I will slow down at some point and perhaps teach, write some books, or do some consulting – but even if I could afford to retire tomorrow I wouldn’t do it.

    What about you?

    • When you were growing up what was retirement about?
    • What is it about now?
    • If you could afford to retire today would you?

    I look forward to reading your comments.