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Green Valley

Torry Yucca at Red Rock

Hairy!

The Moon & Mojave

Went out to Red Rock today by myself. It was so gorgeous. I climbed down a bunch of rocks, and then I climbed up a bunch of rocks. I didn’t have to make a sound for three hours. I laid down on one rock and took a little nap. It was so quiet I could feel that buzzing noise that fills your ears when there is no other sound.

Could this be love?

Torrey Yucca Silhouette

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Currently listening to…I’m not telling.

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April 28, 2007 at 8:13 am

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Hard Rock, Bonanza & Ba-Ba-ReeBa, and, if I’m lucky, Pink Taco–Just Another Typical Friday Night in Sin City, Baby

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Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, originally uploaded by Somewhat Frank.
Going to go see the band Jet play at Hard Rock tonight. Tickets and drinks are free! Yes. Although I haven’t really been drinking lately. But still, free concert!

I haven’t been to the Hard Rock yet, so this should be educational.

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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, originally uploaded by sourskittled.
Also, I hear there is a Mexican restaurant in the hotel called the Pink Taco, and I kind of have to eat there.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, originally uploaded by Renee!.
Before Jet, meeting up with Andrea, Allison and Carly (possible new roommate) at the Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba at Fashion Show Mall. Happy hour and 1/2 price tapas!

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Bonanza!, originally uploaded by cha cha.
I also need to head over to Bonanza, Vegas’ greatest (and world’s largest) gift store to purchase some souvenirs for friends. Used to be the world’s largest porn store, but it went “family” a few years back. You can still get some pretty disturbing vintage Las Vegas items there, tho. It’s fabulous.

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Currently listening to Not Jet, but what the hey!

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April 27, 2007 at 9:41 pm

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Spaghetti Bowl My Ass

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Las Vegas Traffic, originally uploaded by Akoaraisin.

I hate Las Vegas traffic. HATE IT.

When I first moved here I made fun of the DJs on radio, because they were always talking about “how bad Las Vegas traffic” is. In the beginning, I was like “Yeah, whatever. Every city loves to brag about how bad their traffic is.” Bragging about your city’s shitty traffic is like the equivalent of a teenager bragging about how misunderstood she is. Borrrrrrrrrrrrrring.

But I am beginning to understand that maybe, just maybe, the DJs, and everyone else who complains about it, is on to something. I was sitting in traffic today, just simply going insane. Driving to work makes me so agnry. I think I need to get my work hours changed before I succumb to complete and utter Road Rage.

*Update: As of Monday, I’ll be arriving 1/2 hour earlier and leaving 1/2 hour earlier in an attempt at thwarting the phantom wrecks that cause the major blockage around 7:40 am. YESSSSSSSSSSSS

And is it just me, or is there an eerie number of white cars in that picture?

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Currently listening to: The Birds and The Bees

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April 26, 2007 at 3:40 pm

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The Hub of the World

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The Hub of the World, originally uploaded by B Tal.

I found this photo by BTal on Flickr today. He’s always taking great photos that I like to put in this blog. This one is of the South End of Boston, and it makes me sooooo nostalgic for living there.

During the hike last night, I was speaking with a guy from Queens, New York and he told me that, other than the amazing outdoors, he hated living in Las Vegas. Although I don’t hate it here, I can see his point.

I don’t know if it’s because Las Vegas is still so young, or if Boston is just an exceptionally lovely city, but I find city life here pretty drab. I mean, the strip is novel and that’s kind of fun, and there is a great variety of places at which to shop/eat/play, but Las Vegas feels so disjointed, like a Frankenstein’s Monster of simalcrum pieces–New York New York, Paris Hotel, Caesar’s Palace–living side by side. The suburbs are marketed with a vague “southwestern” feel, which seems like a ripoff, too, from Santa Fe or Albuquerque. Other than the strip, chain stores and restaurants have tight control over the expansion of this city. It’s uncommon to go anywhere that there isn’t at least five others of elsewhere in the city.

No doubt this city has been planned well, I have never lived in a city that is so incredibly convenient and accessible. Parking is never a problem, and there’s usually valet, streets are wide and even (although traffic is a total bitch, but that’s nothing unusual for a city) and this is also the cleanest city I’ve ever lived in. (Ironic that “Sin City” is also the cleanliest?) But nothing feels connected or part of a whole.

Not like it does in Boston, anyway. Each part of Boston, whether it be the South End, Brookline, Back Bay, Cambridge, even Allston and Brighton, all sort of radiate as a single expression, as if each part of town is tethered–visually, architecturally or otherwise–to a solid center. There’s so much character to this city that it oozes out of the sidewalks and the brownstones and the light posts. It’s still my favorite city, ever.

I so enjoyed the gorgeous landscape of the hike in Red Rock last night, and am not quite ready to give it up. But…Boston, you’re calling my name again. If only I were able to spend half my life there and half here. Not for a long long while, if ever. I have left Boston twice, and I always miss it so much when I leave. I’m glad I moved here to Las Vegas, but, I don’t know. I still don’t see me spending the rest of my life here…

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April 25, 2007 at 9:16 pm

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Hiking Kraft Mountain

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View of Red Rock, from a Calico Basin peak
Top of Kraft Mountain

I went on another hike last night with the Las Vegas Trailblazers. It was a small group again, of about 6. Melissa came this time, and I’m glad she did. She is an amazing hiker, and was beating us all to the top by a huge lead.

This hike was more challenging, but it was worth it because there was so many things to see. We started at Calico Basin, at the end of the road, and hiked up and around a steep, steep trail to the top of Kraft Mountain, aka “Pink Mountain”, which is part of Red Rock. Pink Mountain gets it’s name because it’s mottled red and white rock, which looks pink from a distance. After half an hour we arrived at the top, I was really out of breath. The picture above is a view from the top. The scenery was awesome; we were treated to a gorgeous evening vista of red rock and valley not visible unless you make the hike.

After the climb, we stopped for a minute and then began starting down. We had to maneouver over and around some giant boulders, that descended steeply and suddenly. This part, although not physically tiring, was kind of scary for me because the rocks are so smooth, it is easy to slip. Fortunately, my awesome Keen hiking shoes have wikked tread, and therefore a solid grip on the rock, so I was able to descend without falling.

I’m such a novice hiker, and it’s apparant when hiking with Melissa. Not only is she in amazing physical shape, she trusts her balance and the capability of her feet completely, rarely using her hands to balance. I, on the other hand, was often using my hands to help me over some larger rocks. I aspire to be like her, where I can just cavort around the rocks with no fear of falling.

20 minutes later, we reached a narrow valley, which was an old dry river bed cut out between the giant red boulders. The rocks are white, striped with iron oxide that turns it red. It is some type of porous rock, like sandstone. The stripes really remind me of bacon. In some areas, the iron oxide is concentrated in dark red dots against the pinkish rock, making it look like the mountain has a horrible case of chicken pox. There’s also iron sulfide in the rocks, which is yellow. Very gorgeous colors all around.

We traipsed through the narrow river bed, ever downward, and crossed over a few large, steep drops of river-warn, smooth rock. It was a fun challenge to figure out the puzzle of how to get down these big drops. Luckily there were other experienced people to help me out.

We broke out of the rocks and onto a dirt plateau overlooking Las Vegas, which was neat. We walked around the mountain, and back towards the little village of Calico Basin. This was my favorite part, it was so amazingly gorgeous because you could see all across Red Rock Canyon. I don’t have any pictures of that, really, tho, because it was near dark and I knew the pictures wouldn’t come out without a tripod. I hope to go back and do this hike again, earlier in the day, so I have more light for photos.

This was the hardest, but also the best hike I’ve ever done. Afterwards, we drove to the Outside Inn for dinner. We had a good time. I love hiking!

View of Red Rock, from a Calico Basin peak
View of Red Rock Canyon from the top of Kraft “Pink” Mountain. Here you can see the striped red/white rock on the left which reminds me of bacon.

Climbing down Kraft "Pink" Mountain
Descending

Red Rock Lower Gateway
View from the narrow river bed, known formally as “Lower Gateway”

View of Calico Basin in Red Rock
Here’s a view of Kraft Mountain, taken from Muffin Rock. It’s the pink mountain in the foreground. We started on the left and climbed around all the way and circled back from the right. In total, it took about an hour and a half/two hours.

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Currently listening to: office gossip and the fax machine

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April 25, 2007 at 4:17 pm

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Hey, New York City: You Know What? I Get It Already.

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I am so bored of seeing all these tv shows/movies/songs/books that take place in New York City. Shows that glorify how great it is. Yeah, it’s a big city, I’ve seen it. So, you think it’s the most known metropolis in the universe. OK, I get it. Every 3rd or 4th movie supposedly takes place there. How tedious. Can the media please stop being so single-minded? I’m getting really sick of you, Manhattan. And you’re no better, Brooklyn. Come on people, there’s more to life than this. Can we move on now? Thanks.

Don’t laugh, California. You’re next.

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Currently listening to Foley Room by Amon Tobin

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April 23, 2007 at 5:42 pm

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Some Demons

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Panda Cake I Made for Andrea
One of my demons, or a fun cake I made for a friend? Read on to find out….

I have been doing some thinking about the Taste Testing post I wrote on Friday. Health and fitness have been at the forefront of my concern for some 15 years, maybe? There have been times when I have been healthy and fit, but those times have been few and far between in the last decade and a half. And I can’t tell if it’s the media or not, but I’m really feeling like I need to make a physical change and get a bit healthier. Of course I always groan at the thought of leaving the comfort zone. However, I do like my plan of giving up things for a month, ’cause I know it’s manageable.

I’ve been trying to do better with the health thing overall, I started flossing (yeah, I know). I do alright during the day. But in the evening/night, the savage beast of craving (be it nicotine or sugar or alcohol or whatever) wells up inside, all strong and fizzing at the mouth.

I don’t know quite how to deal with this Jekyll vs. Hyde aspect of my personality, but for the record, I usually end up giving in to it. I want to try to evict Hyde from my mind and body. I don’t want any demons to control me, right? So these next few months are going to be an attempt at an exorcism.

Incidentally, I baked a panda cake for Andrea’s 29th birthday party this weekend. (No, I didn’t eat any of it, again for the record.)

I hate being tired and hungry and lonely and knowing I shouldn’t eat or smoke cigarettes to make me feel better. Wellll, I’m just going to go to bed and hope these cravings go away under the sweet blanket of zzzzzzzzz……..

(PS: So sorry if I mixed metaphors anywhere in this post, I have a feeling I did somewhere.)
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Currently listening to Exit Music by Mark Ronson AND Violator by Depeche Mode

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April 22, 2007 at 8:50 am

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