Staying at the Bellagio

Last week we arrived at the Bellagio, after checking in a bit of gambling we then ate at 12 midnight local time. I don’t think I had much sleep in the next four days. We went to different hotel casinos ate in Hakkasan restaurant, STK steak house and the restaurants in the Bellagio.

My worse meal has to be in Hakkasan, a Chinese fusion food restaurant, didn’t really think it was all that. My favourite meal was in Spiro in the Bellagio, where we had an amazing view the of fountain.

I played some Top Golf at a very trendy golf range and pretty much had a good time. Walked through Caesars Palace shopping mall went into the Apple store there and brought myself a new Apple iWatch.

Visited some of the original old part of town. That had a more grimy feel, money lasts longer in the casinos down there.

I even tried my hands at a poker tournament in the poker room at the Bellagio. Now that was a deep end experience! Felt like everyone but myself were professional players.

I wasn’t so great on blackjack, roulette I won a load and lost it all. The three card poker tables, you seem to have higher odds to win and if you play on a full table of people the odds also become stacked against the dealer meaning everyone can win a lot more, unlike blackjack you’re only playing with one desk.

My only qualm was the cigarette-cigar smoke. Got in all my clothes, but other than that, had an awesome time.

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Finding Jim Morrison

Staying in Venice Beach seems very trendy, it’s very much similar to Camden of London of which I know. First night here we went to get some food and I had a pretty average burger, but boy people are smoking a lot of weed here.

A few days later we went down to Washington Bvld to find a dive bar called Hinano Cafe we were told about where Jim Morrison of The Doors use to hangout. He apparently scratched his name into the bar, but that has now been taken out and moved to a museum.

Surf boards on the ceiling saw dust of the floor to soak up the beer and pool tables.

We played pool there I don’t know if they are the same tables from Morrison’s days.

Hollywood Walk and Griffith Observatory

Arrived in Los Angeles on Monday night and yesterday had a look at the Hollywood Walk, the Chinese theatre.

Upon exit from the car park some guy wanted to sell me a CD, saying it was his rap music. I wasn’t sure what I was doing, I took out a little bit of money I had then he demanded a fiver, luckily my brother came and saved me!

After that near miss we had a walk up and down to see the stars. Took my picture next to William Shatner’s star, as I am a big Star Trek fan. Then over to the famous Chinese Theatre.

Before going to get a bit of food, another guy wanted to sell me a CD, this time I said I don’t have a CD player! That seemed to send him away!

It’s a interesting street with a honey pot of bums, scammers and tourists. I certainly kept my hands in my pockets making sure nothing disappeared!!

After that we drove up to Griffith Park and walked to the Griffith Observatory, there we had a good view of the Hollywood sign with amazing views over the city.

R.I.P Flint

I was just browsing BBC News and saw that Keith Flint of the Prodigy sadly took his life.

The music by the Prodigy certainly had an impact in the 90s and my favourite album has to be Jilted Generation. I would often listen to the music late at night while playing certain games on my PC! One particular movie called Hackers pretty much used that album as its sound track for nearly the whole film. Even know it’s kind of a cheesy film to watch, I loved it!

I pretty much associated Prodigy’s music with the rise of computing, gaming, internet culture. There was a feeling of being angry at the world for leaving a generation behind to which many might of bonded together.

Well, where ever you are now Flinty, I hope you have some peace.

news: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47442312