Bodies, Beer, Betting, Boobies and Burlesque

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Jan 04, 2012

Flag of United States  , Nevada
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Something for everyone. I suppose that could be argued for Vegas. You can probably find something to do if you don't like gambling or drinking. There are exhibitions on all sorts of things. We were contemplating going to do the CSI experience but have only heard bad things about it regarding how 'young' and simplistic it all is, the Titanic exhibit seemed like a good thing to see but I didn't think it would take up much time. In the end we decided on going to the Bodies exhibition. Kate had seen this years ago in the UK and found it worth another visit while it was my first time at looking through autopsied plasticised bodies in an educational setting.
With also planning to see a show in the evening and wanting to go on a Hoover Dam tour tommorow we visited one of the many 'Tickets 4 Today" booths along the strip that sell tickets at reduced rates. Total cost for Bodies, The Crazy Horse show at the MGM and Hoover Dam Tour with Comedy on deck tours came in at $283, which didn't seem unreasonable.

Fully ticketed up we jumped on the tram at Excalibur to take us to the Luxor - we should have just walked really as it wasnt that far at all. The Bodies show at the Luxor is pretty good and very interesting. It doesn't feel like a shortened version of the exhibition and covers everything you would expect from bones to muscles, from muscles to blood flow and then through respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. The presentations are inventive but most people have probably been to one of the exhibits by now - they are two a penny. It being new for me, I enjoyed it and Kate still found it entertaining.
I especially liked the bits of the exhibit that show the damage that can be caused by overeating, by smoking, by drinking etc and also the repairs that can be provided to the body by modern science. I was particularrly pleased to see a version of the plate that is currently in my face on display on what looked like a particularly accident prone corpse who had been bolted together with all sorts of metal bits and pieces.

We left the show and went out into the Luxor and the reality of gambling hit home a little with Kate. After yesterdays 30 second success story of putting in less than a dollar into a machine and walking away with $20 she was keen on a repeat performance.
She took her $5 and very quickly was asking for a little more...and then a little more. She was disgusted not to even get a hint of a big win and so I had to break the news that she was pretty fortunate to get a win on her fist go on the slots. Shes got the taste for it now though and so I have to budget her pocket money to prevent it all getting swallowed up by one of the machines.
We played around for an hour or so first in the Luxor and then back at the Tropicana, mainly because the waitresses in the Tropicana are less busy and so you are more likely to get comp drinks. The Tropicana is a good hotel and casino and appears not to be getting the tourists it deserves. It has recently had a big refurbishment and is now inside one of the more visually attractive and comfortable looking casinos, for the time being it's certainly a lot quieter. I have got the hang of the standard $1 tip for a comp drink on the basis of covering the waitresses costs (a lot of them have to pay 50 cents per drink that they hand out to the casino and so they only make money from the tipos over 50 cents) and giving them just enough so they are likely to come back to you again. It seems a good deal.

After getting ready for the evening in our room (we had a bit of an irritation in that for ages the hot water wasn't working) I got Kate to agree to come to the Hooters casino for some cheap pre-show drinks. Honestly, thats the only reason we went to Hooters...for the cheap other reasons. Hooters serves Bud, Bud light and Bud lime for $1.50 at all casino bars at all times (not in the restaurant) which is a pretty good deal and the place is not far from the MGM at all. Its also not a bad casino and the food is cheap. There are also some lovely friendly ladies in there who are known for their wonderful personalities. From reading reviews of the Crazy Horse I was aware of the importance of getting to the show early for good seats and so we arrived 30 minutes before it started. I am glad we did.

the seats are arranged in a strange way. The tables are tables of 6 that are lined up lengthways circulating on three different levels coming from the stage. By getting there early we were sat at the front of the third tier (closest 2 seats out of the 6) to the stage. Our view was very good and very clear.
Behind me and Kate were a very camp couple of gentlemen (who I assume were there for the art and not the boobies) who couldn't help but whine about thier seats.
Drinks are expensive, seating is a bit poor, the waitresses walking around in your view can get a bit annoying - but - but - the show is very good.

The show is a combination of big lively group numbers, seductive sultry single girl dances, mime dance acts and numerous performances that remind you constantly of the arty sexy starts to James Bond films. Not at all seedy, the show is surprisingly tasteful considering the boobs are out nearly consistently - and to be honest the girls all look very similar in that area so when you've seen one of them, you've seen them all. If I'm truly honest it gets to the point where you barely notice the nudity because its much more to do with the eroticism/ and sensuality of the dancing.
I read a review of this show that suggested the two 'change of pace' acts did not fit in at all with the rest of the show. That they ruined a very sexy show of girls. That the two filler performances were completely out of place and badly chosen. How wrong that review was.
The two acts; a body popping duo and a Micheal Jackson puppet tribute were simply brilliant. The change of pace was needed to prevent the girls dancing from getting stale and to prevent your reaction to the sensuality from being numb and the addition of humour that the guys provided was appreciated massively by the crowd. They were a little bit like a sorbet in a meal - just freshened up the tastebuds a bit. The two body-poppers were better than anything I have seen on Britains Got Talent and recieved a bigger applause than the girls did all night.

Going back to the girls, Kate thought it would have been better if there were more big group numbers but everything was well choreographed. She suggests it's the kind of show that makes you want to go out and start dieting.

We headed back to Hooters post show to have some more drinks, to have some dinner and to discuss the show in a pleasant comfortable setting.

A bit of a wierd day seeing firstly the interesting but slightly sickening, cold, sterile things that the body has to offer in the morning and then seeing some of the most artistic sensual and entertaining things the body can offer in the evening show.

Only in Vegas.

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