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Vacation…so close!

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Me with gift from Jasmin
Me with Christmas gift from Jasmin

Yay! Our December issue is done. I am going in for an easy day at work today. A few corrections on some pages, but that will only take an hour. I already feel like I’m on vacation! Yay! I have 11 days to relax, and it’s going to be awesome.

I just have to pack, and make it to the airport tomorrow. I haven’t been to Oklahoma in almost one and a half years. I just saw my mom a couple of months ago when she was out here, but I haven’t seen my dad or brother Darren since September of 2006. Also, I am hopefully going to see Don, my brother whom I haven’t seen in 2.5 years. I am looking forward to a family reunion!

I am excited to return to Tulsa. I do miss it there. It has some great things and places that I miss from time to time..DoubleShot Coffee Company, Caz’s, El Chico, among others. Although I don’t really feel like Tulsa is “home” anymore, I do love going back there because it is so familiar.

Can’t wait to see all my friends and family!

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Currently listening to Beck

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December 21, 2007 at 4:23 pm

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Production Week

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Layout for Jan 08 issue of Casino Connection
Tax Time layout for Casino Connection, January 2008 issue

It’s production week here at Casino Connection magazine. I was freaking out at the beginning of the week because we have this 80 page magazine to produce and I’m more or less responsible for laying out the entire thing. I get a little help from my coworker, but she’s focused on ads mostly so it’s up to me.

I’ve decided to wear a particularly ugly Christmas sweater every single day this week, without washing it. It’s day three, and it still smells pretty good. One of my coworkers even got me an ugly pin to wear with it.

Well, I’ve been coming in early and staying late to get this magazine completed. It’s almost done, and a little ahead of schedule, which is nice. I am actually sitting around now, twiddling my thumbs, waiting for people to send me text so I can finish the last part. We send it to press tomorrow, and review blue lines on Friday.

I have been drinking a lot of coffee and now I have a headache from not eating today. Other than that, I have no complaints. This is my second issue of Casino Connection as art director, and already I feel like the second issue is way easier than the first one, simply because I know the amount of work I’m in for.

I am leaving for Tulsa on Saturday to visit my parents for the holidays. I’ll be heading up to Kansas City to see my brothers and other family on the day after Christmas. I am getting a week off, and looking forward to it greatly.

Oohh…Looks like I got some more text in for another section of the magazine, time to design.

Toodles…

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Currently listening to Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia by The Dandy Warhols

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December 19, 2007 at 7:37 pm

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Christmas Tree Lighting on Fremont Street, Or, The World is Not a Cold, Dead Place

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Fremont Street at Christmastime
Fremont Street, Las Vegas

Last night I went downtown to Fremont Street with my coworker, Greg. He was going to photograph the lighting of the Christmas Tree and a Las Vegas dignitary, and I just tagged along for the ride. We got a little bit of special access to shoot on a bridge high above Fremont Street. We met Jeff Victor to photograph for the cover of our magazine. Jeff is the Chief Executive Officer of The Fremont Street Experience, aka, CEO of ‘Crazy Downtown Vegas’. He came with his marketing director(?) Lisa and they stood while Greg took pictures.

Greg was trying to photograph Victor while a minute-and-a-half show played on the curved LCD screen (see screen above, although not showing anything at the moment I photographed it). Greg took a few shots but didn’t get time to get the one he wanted before the little movie was over and the screen went back to blank. Then, Lisa made a quick phone call and suddenly, it was playing again! It looped a few times, without sound, so that Greg could get his pictures. It was neat. Wish I had the phone number to turn that giant TV screen on.

Afterwards, we ducked into the Griffin for a beer (seen in the photo below, bottom right) which was nice because they had a cozy fireplace and it was almost empty.

At six pm, we walked back over to the stage, just left of the Christmas Tree in the above photo, below the 4 Queens, and watched Mayor Goodman give his speech and joke about how he had just come from the bar–here here!! Santa Claus was there, and some women in sexy Christmas costumes (ah, Vegas). Plus, Jeff Victor was up there and some other VIPs as well. There was a ceremony–thankfully brief, it was cold!–and then they flipped a giant toy light switch and the tree came on, in tandem with the screen overhead and loud, blaring Christmas music. Fake snow came blasting out of machines, and Greg took a couple of pictures and we ran to escape the snow.

Back to the Griffin for a few more to warm us on the way home, before I settled into a long winter’s nap. It was a nice evening to celebrate Christmas. I have found that if I don’t make an effort to go do those Christmasy types of things, it comes and goes without me realizing it, and I always regret that negligence. So, it was a fun event to help get me into the spirt of the season, even if that giant fir tree was surrounded by palms.

The World is Not a Cold, Dead Place
Fremont East District (looking the other direction from the photo above)

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Currently listening to “The World is Not a Cold, Dead Place” by Explosions in the Sky

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December 12, 2007 at 1:44 pm

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Moonrise at the Valley of Fire

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Moonrise at Valley of Fire

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December 2, 2007 at 10:51 pm

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