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    Bye, all. I'll be working over at Nellis AFB in Nevada for the next couple of weeks. I might get a chance to check some e-mail, so drop me a message if there's something interesting I should be doing or seeing. I'll be getting some happy snaps, if I get the chance.

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    Enjoy the absence...see you in two weeks!

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    Icon6 Gotta see it to believe it!

    Americans do everything big, I didn't say classy, I just said big. I reckon the the big all-terrain Ford/Dodge/Chevy/Humvees outnumber the sedans at least 4 to 1, including the Dodge I'm driving!

    Vegas is spectacular at night. The tourists must be drawn to it like moths to a light. And the lights! I'd hate to see their power bill!

    And Elvis - Elvis IS EVERYWHERE! Thank you very much...


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    Las Vegas is a great place, it surprised us when we visited last year, clean friendly and apart from the vendors thrusting strip cards into your hands at every opportunity, a family friendly experience.

    If you want a very good but economical meal try the Victoria Room in the Barbary Coast, its meals are fabulous - waiter service, elegant table cloths, the steak meal and side salads would satisfy the hungriest diner and all at a bargain basement price (reason why you may have to wait as the locals eat there!!) (keep an eye out for the specials) our full service steak meal cost about $16 US for the basic meal.

    On the other end of the spectrum, consider dining at Bellagios all you can eat nothing spared extravaganza. If you love crayfish and seafood or any other exotic food its all there piled in front of you as you wander about drooling over what you are going to put on your plate. Its $80 US a head, but worth the experience!! Tip drive up to Bellagios rooftop parking area, its free, all the locals park there.

    Now the other thing is that complimentary tickets abound in LV if you can get your hands on them and if you can get them to Bellagios Buffet, then all the better!! Comps are used by LV professionals (like currency) to tip and reward everything from a bus driver to their local mechanics so ask around as the freebees are great

    Oh and if you have a spare quarter or two, visit Harrah's Casino and say hullo to some of my favourite machines (slots) ( they paid out fabulously!!) Texas Tea (oil), Froggy Prince!, and good old Uncle Sam who kept giving me up to $30 in quarters as a tax refund!! We just limited ourselves to a few dollars indulgence each day and when those machines pay out its great!!

    Plenty to see and do and each day is a long one as you wander about the streets till late at night, and safe - no sign of street crime at all..

    Have you had the time to see the desert air craft storage areas, quite mind boggling, there are also huge wrecking yards that I didn't get time to explore for those exotic Fuego parts!!.

    Have fun.

    Ken

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    Gonz,

    When you get back, give me a buzz. I'll drop in to your work on a Fri about lunch time and we can have a brew.

    My Fuego will be registered and on the road this Friday (05NOV04), and I'll be working down ASC on Fridays until mid december when I move back to Perth.

    Talk to you soon

    Jack
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenfuego
    Gonz

    Have you had the time to see the desert air craft storage areas, quite mind boggling, there are also huge wrecking yards that I didn't get time to explore for those exotic Fuego parts!!.

    Have fun.

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    Thanks, Ken. I've been much too busy with long days, but I did spot a photograph taken by one of the F111 aircrew featuring an endless view of F-18s at the desert graveyard as a noteworthy gesture of revenge after all the ribbing we get about the Pig's age.

    I've snapped several shots of Elvis, just to prove he's still there, and I even got my little Ixus camera to take video snippets of Bellagio's fountains and the strip.

    See you all in a little less than a week. (I'm up for that brew, Jack!)

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    Icon10 Damned Airlines!!!


    Thank you America West!
    Who'd have thought flights out of Vegas would be cancelled on account of rain?

    Anyway, I'll just have to cool my heels with another night in Vegas - try again tomorrow

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    Gonz I dont expect then that youll see too many french cars i guess maybe a le car but thats it.

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    Probably caused a desert flash flood over the flat desert ground. I can't really imagine a wet rather than hot and dry Las Vegas - what do all the bottled water vendors do - start selling umbrellas?

    But at least you have a great place to get delayed in, ours was on a flight from Michigan zig zag to Texas because of thunder storms, when we did get to fly we kept missing our connections (Your ongoing flight ALWAYS seems to be on the other side of the airport!! ) as we huffed and puffed to the boarding gate!! Sorry sir your plane just left!! so inside of airports for 6 hours here, 5 hours there and diversion with 8 hours delay on top finally got us there to meet our weary hosts who had been at the airport for almost 24 hours. (they had to travel 3 hours by road to the airport too!!)

    But a nice stop at an Ihop for pancakes and blueberry sauce etc etc and lots of talking soon made up for the delay - food, friends and frivolity!!

    Have fun
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    Icon10 Made it Back!

    Commiserations, colleagues! I made it back home without too much further drama, except for that gut twisting moment when the QANTAS chick in LA said my flight hadn't been booked!

    I've got a few very nice pictures of Vegas (Spanish for "meadows") and the Grand Canyon, but here's a quick shot of Vegas that exemplifies American culture!


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