Last night I took Kathy to see the Amazing Jonathan show at the Sahara. He's billed as The Madman of Comedy and Magic, and the tag applies. He's pretty far out there. The show was much more comedy than magic, almost a stand-up comedy act. His assistant Psychic Tanya was a hoot. I wish we had seen more of her on stage ... kind of a blonde Betty Boop. AJ does a lot of sick humor and practical jokes, and the routine is VERY adult, but he does keep the audience laughing, and guessing. The poor guy they chose as a "volunteer" from the audience to assist in the act was up on stage for what seemed like a full hour. I'm not sure I'd recommend this to first-time visitors to Las Vegas. There are much better magic shows in town, and good comedy acts abound, too. It was, however, a nice break at the end of a very long, hard work week. I enjoyed the diversion.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
It's time to visit family. I've booked flights on Northwest Airlines that will take me to Japan and Hawaii, from March 22 through April 2. I submitted my request for time off from work on Friday and it was approved, so the stage is set for a 12-day trip covering more than 12,000 miles. I'll be flying out on Thursday morning from Las Vegas, changing planes in Seattle and arriving in Tokyo on Friday evening. Then I'll have a full week to enjoy with my daughters, whom I have not seen in over 14 months, before flying off for a visit with my Mom, whom I haven't seen in more than three years. My flight will leave Narita on Friday evening and arrive 12 hours earlier that same day in Honolulu. I'll have the full weekend there before my next flight leaves late Sunday night to connect me in San Francisco with a return flight to Las Vegas. I should be back early Monday morning and have a full day to rest up from my travels before going back to work on April 3rd. At last my new passport is going to see some use.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Last evening I took Kathy to the Las Vegas High-Tech Institute, where we each had a one-hour Swedish massage. She had never had a therapeutic massage before, and it has been years since I last did. The two novice therapists who worked on us were nearing the end of their 18-month training and both were very professional. I had a lot of work done on my back and shoulders. Kathy said she enjoyed the foot massage portion most. It was so relaxing, we nearly fell asleep. Because it is a school and not a business, the charge is just $25 per hour. This is something I’d like to do more often. We were both visibly more relaxed afterwards. It’s a great stress reliever.