2econd Friday

The Venetian

The first time Zoe and I came to Las Vegas, we stayed at The Venetian.  That was back in 2002.  It was wonderful to be back staying there.  We’d both forgotten just what a fantastic resort it is.  The painted ceilings, imitating the Sistene Chapel are amazing.  We wandered around, trying to imagine what we would’ve been thinking, when we arrived here back in that 2002.

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Mandalay Bay

Choice: Peter

Mandalay Bay is my favourite casino on Las Vegas Strip.  I love the spaciousness of the slot floor.  I love the smell of the casino.  I love the gold colour of the building.  I just love it all.  So I was very happy when Zoe’s choice of Bellagio gave me the opportunity to take us next to Mandalay Bay.  And what is the connection?  A simple 2econd Friday classic connection: Mandalay Bay was the next resort to open on The Strip, after Bellagio.

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Bellagio

Zoe returned, with another pretty lame Connection.  She said Bellagio follows MGM Grand because it’s another MGM Resorts International property.  Hmm, poor show.  A good Connection would be one that gives only one answer.  Zoe certainly has a bit of work to do with these Connections.

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MGM Grand

Husband Downie was extremely excited when he came up with the Destination to follow Bally’s.  Yet again, he’d got a classic 2econd Friday Connection.  MGM Grand follows Bally’s because, Bally’s originally opened as MGM Grand (in 1973), before Kirk Kerkorian (boss of MGM) sold it to Bally Manufacturing (in 1986).  Oof, read on for something pretty fascinating, that I’ve just learnt this very afternoon. 

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Bally's

After last month’s classic Connection, it was back to Zoe to choose the Destination.  Hmmm, can you guess what would follow Excalibur?  Well, Peter took a while.  In fact, he took so many guesses, he got the answer on what couldn’t technically be called a guess.  Because he was down to the last Destination on the list.  And what was the Connection?  Zoe said, Bally’s follows Excalibur because, Bally’s is next down on the league table of Megabucks wins.  Well, it does stick to a good suggestion of Destination that says there should only be one possible answer with the Connection.  But who on earth could manage to guess this.  Here’s the source of Zoe’s data for her Connection: https://lasvegassun.com/news/2012/may/23/nine-biggest-las-vegas-jackpots/

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Excalibur

Peter came up with a classic 2econd Friday Connection, this month.  Excalibur followed Circus Circus because it was Bill Bennett’s next casino.

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Circus Circus

It was Zoe’s first destination choice.  Hmm, it was not quite perfect as a 2econd Friday connection.  A perfect Connection would be one that gives only one answer.  Zoe chose Circus Circus because, it was another (along with last month’s The Mirage) film location in Leaving Las Vegas.  Hmmm.

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The Mirage

The first 2econd Friday destination obviously had no destination to follow; it was the first.  I therefore decided to choose a destination which I saw as “a first”.  The Mirage fits this bill perfectly. 

 

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