Celebrating in Vegas

Trip Start Nov 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

We had a great time.  My mom really enjoyed herself, as did the rest of us.  Lindsey and I flew in first, then my mom and Chuck got in quite late from the East Coast.  Derek hooked up pimp rooms at the Palazzo with a great view of the city, so when my parents got in at 4 a.m. they were immediately greeted by the glitz and glimmer of the city.

We went out for an awesome meal at Tao, where we ate great food and saw David Spade.  I'm not celebrity crazy, but it's interesting to see how small people are in real life.  That could be an optical illusion because they're often surrounded by very large men with only slightly concealed firearms, or at least Jamie Foxx was.  And when you see him in person, you really get a sense of how he deserves that extra x in his last name.  Fox just wouldn't suffice.

And why is it that I think I'm all cool and composed, but when I saw David Spade I just wanted to scream Tommy Boy lines at him until he agreed to do a few scenes with me and pulled out a road map.  "Here's moron."

The best part of the trip was probably having tapas and drinking sangria one afternoon.  It's a special moment to see your respectable and stoic parents get toasty before the sun sets.  And I don't mean the "trailer park, Busch Light, Daddy's gonna want to snuggle tonight" kind of drunk.  I mean just chilling out and laughing and seeing parental, disciplinarian figures as regular jovial people.  We laughed a hell of a lot and had to have sangria pitchers cleared several times before the evening was over. 

On the 4th, my mom's birthday, Derek had room-service breakfast sent up.  He went all out for the trip and really made sure everyone had a blast.  Derek's an amazing mix of "lock up your daughters" but "dote on your mother" kind of guy.  He did everything he could to make sure our mom had the birthday of a lifetime.  He's a good guy, and don't let the 19-year-olds at Pure who are willing to disregard a lifetime of moral upbringing to get into the VIP section tell you differently. 

So why does a blog about my mom's birthday talk about Derek so much?  Because Vegas makes me thing of him at every turn, and I rarely get to write about it.  And he orchestrated the whole thing, including a 9th-row-center viewing of "O" one night.  Cirque du Soleis is always amazing, but this was hands-down the coolest show I've ever seen in my life.  Les Mis, Vietnamese water puppets, and the egg cracking in Bangkok (whole other story) included.  "O" is ridiculously cool and everyone should go see it.  Eye level and 20 feet away helps too.  And I know my mom loved it, which was the point of the whole weekend.  She was thrilled every moment of the trip, and I was glad I was home for it.  I miss my family always, but making it to special occasions makes it bearable.  Happy Birthday Madre.
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