I’m watching Food Network Star right now, which has been in Las Vegas for the past couple of weeks.
But it certainly doesn’t look like Vegas.
Every time Bobby, Alton or Giada — the show’s three hallowed hosts — stand before this season’s contestants to set up a challenge, it looks like they are shooting the episode in an empty room. Or vacant parking lot.
Food Network goes to such great lengths to clear out the ‘normal folk’ during production, Vegas looks nothing like the manic city I have experienced every time I’ve had the chance to visit.
Why go to the expense of using Vegas as your backdrop if you’re going to make it sterile and still? You might as well fake the whole thing at the Food Network studios here in New York City.
The show’s producers must have heard me. They just announced this week’s survivors are coming to Manhattan for the remainder of the season.
That will probably look like Cleveland.
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As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m a Star Trek fan. But not so big that I would attend the annual Creation Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas (or even notice an article about it until months later).
But notice it today I did.
Trekkers at the convention attempted to rank all the movies in the franchise from best to worst. It’s no surprise that Star Trek II Wrath of Khan topped the list, and even less that the most recent Star Trek Into Darkness landed at the bottom. After all, these are the most rabid fans.
And the movie these Trekkers placed in the #7 slot?
Galaxy Quest, a hilarious 1999 send-up of the series and its fan base.
During the convention, Quest held the #1 and #2 spots early in the voting before slipping to the halfway mark to split the other 12 Star Trek movies.
Makes me like these geeks even more!
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Sin City, I am in you!
Fifteen years ago, when I made my first trip to Las Vegas, I stayed at the New York New York Hotel. At the time it was fairly new to the strip, and a bit trendy.
For me it was also a tad bit aspirational. I didn’t live in NYC at the time and wanted to…why not get some good karma?
We have returned there. This time the property was simply a deal…and a fun reminder of home. But I still want to ride the rollercoaster.
May have to do that on my own. (Not everyone appears to have packed their cahones.)
Next stop — Rock of Ages and Ray Romano!!
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Guess who’s headed to VEGAS??
I’ll give you great odds.
Gotta love those sparkly dice, am I right??
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If you read The Egg with any regularity, you know I was in Vegas last weekend. I worked. I gambled. I came home.
Or so I thought.
Recent photos on Facebook have revealed that I not only stayed in the same hotel as a good friend and former boss –we worked together almost 20 years ago — but I unknowingly met and spoke to his then future daughter-in-law in the elevator.
What the wha??
We were all staying at the Aria Las Vegas. I was leading a workshop at a conference. When I spoke to Britt — I didn’t know her name at the time — she told me that she was getting married on 9/10/11.
She was all smiles, of course. I complimented her blonde updo and wished her all the best.
It was nice to think of weddings as I went off to work.
Little did I know — until I spied the photos today on Facebook — that I knew Britt’s future husband and in-laws. Had worked with her future father-in-law for three years. Could have scored an invite to the reception, at the very least.
It’s a small world, after all.
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