18 December 2010

The Week After River Walk

Little Known Facts about "The Nutcracker": When the ballet debuted in Russia in 1892, critics sounded off. Some felt the score was bland and the choreography was weak. Like a fine wine, time has been kind to the ballet.

Dave Rudin just posted on his blog about his trip here in Las Vegas. He's actually got one of the better pics of me on his latest blog post. I don't have a single pick of us. I had anticipated on getting to see him more than the once for breakfast that Saturday morning, but that was it. Even than, I had to make short to tend to other business, but we got in a few hours at least. Its always good to have him here.

The weekend after Dave was here, another good friend of mine also came to town. Cameron and I served together some 15 years ago at least and have stayed close since then. He got to spend 5 days here with his fiancĂ©e. Right now, he sort of looks after my young'uns even though they are all grown up. He's got his own kids who are quite young. He got to see several of the sites of Vegas and he brought me along on several. I think the best highlights was in seeing Hoover Dam and getting to enjoy Phantom of the Opera on our last night.

The weekend Cameron got here, I had RSVP'ed for a hike out at Valley of Fire. It was some big time scrambling, which I loved, but its hell on my knee when you gotta wear a metallic brace. Trust me, I paid for it in pain-killers that night. Some of these hikes are hard on me, but if I wasn't doing them, I'd go plumb crazy and that's no joke. So I'll do them while I can. I have to go be out in nature from time to time.

That reminds me... I was glad to hear that the knuckle-head(s) who defaced ancient petroglyph out at Red Rock Canyon, just west of Vegas, were caught. Tourists travel out there by the thousands to see some of the most beautiful rock formations in the world. But then we've got stupid people. I really don't understand how stupid you have to be to not know that you can't be that stupid enough to spray paint ancient artwork. Fortunately, they caught the guy, but they think its gang related. He's 17...still a minor. I'm curious to see what they do to this kid and what precautions they'll take to prevent future stupidity like this. You can't do security checks on everybody for spray paint cans. So are they going to make an example out of this kid? And if so, how so? They've got to create a deterrent of some type to make people respect our parks and natural areas. Til now, people have simple known to leave natural areas alone. Stupidity knows no bounds.

No pics this time. Enjoy this "How it Should Have Ended: Holiday Special", instead.


unbearable lightness said...

Just curious. What made you think of "The Nutcracker"? That's a thought provoking bit of info.

Photo Anthems.com said...

Hey, UL. I just thought it was a good tie-in to the comic strip above it. I recently had some difficulties with a somebody that didn't understand the workflow process. Thought it was perfect for my next post. THAT led to a search for a good quote to accompany it and its impossible for The Nutcracker Suite NOT to come to mind. I wanted some little known facts and came up with that one.

I talked about you in the previous post. I guess you're gonna stick with dA for a bit longer, then?

Joanie said...

1) Glad you got to spend time with friends. If I had a magic wand, I'd give you more time with them.

2) Lovin' the vid at the end.

3) Santa came early and collared our vandals! Yay!

Merry Christmas, T. Thank you for making this year special.

Photo Anthems.com said...

Cam is my bestest of buds. He and I go way back... to like, 'Nam. Well, maybe not that far back, but we did time together. I still am leery about how they're going to handle the vandals. It'll be interesting to see.

Dave Rudin said...

"Carmen" was also a flop when it debuted. Its composer, Bizet, died about half a year later and never lived to see it become the success it is now.

By the way, the ballet is "The Nutcracker." The shortened version for orchestral concerts is "The Nutcracker Suite." I'm surprised a man of the world like you doesn't know that ;-)

I'm also beginning to think that I should hire myself out as your official photographer, seeing as how you keep using my photos of you on Facebook. I could sure use the extra dough. ;;-))

Photo Anthems.com said...

Nobody else is taking pics of me,Dave! What's a guy to do?