Wednesday, September 24, 2014



22 Sep

The title might be a little deceiving. I'm way pass the age of 21 and I'm married so, why would a married man over the age of 40 something spend his birthday in Las Vegas.... it just happens to be the place the RV is parked. 

I woke up no different than an other day, felling the young age of 25 (every year I'm now 25).

I had no idea what my wife had planed for me if anything at all. The first thing on my to do list was take care of a pre-employment drug test for Amazon. (Received confirmed email... I passed) After I got back the wife told me to get back into the car. I usually open the car door for her, however, today the tide has turned and she opened the car door for me and did all the driving. First, she took me to a Pro Bass shop. I'm not big on hunting but, I like to fish. However, this trip was to see the sting ray feeding. Unfortunately, the feeding was canceled for today. We did walk around, where else other then Las Vegas is there a casino in a Pro Bass Shop?

Next, she took me to Mandalay Bay Casino and took me the shark tank. Price $18 a person, but I told them I was working in NV and showed my military ID and we got $3 off per ticket. I never want to go, but every time we got to a zoo or aquarium I'm like a little kid standing close to the glass window looking deep into the blue waters looking at all the sea life. I guess I'm just amazed at whats on the other side. A lot of the pictures did not turn out very good, because I did not know where she was taking me and left my good camera in the rig. We only had the small camera and the fish moving fast in water made most of the close up pictures blurry. 
 Check out that shark over my head.

Then, we walked by a store "Art of Music" in Mandalay Bay. Who did I see signing autographs no other the the baseball's all time "Hit King" Pete Rose. If you don't know by now, I LOVE baseball and there is a living legend sitting right in front of me. I had a felling he's prices would be high and I was right, but at least I got to see him (no pictures).

Finally, she took me to a Japanese owned all you can eat sushi restaurant. There was a time limit of 45 minutes, but the restaurant was not busy and we were there over a hour eating everything on the menu. Living in Japan for 10 years, I've learned to try everything at least once. (Who knew I would ever like eating raw horse?) I saw something on the menu I never heard or tried before. The name alone would put a frown on so many people they would not even try it. It's a large mushroom with a hollow center stuffed with spicy tuna deep fried in tempura batter, then sliced in half and served. The mushroom had a crunchy taste with the tempura batter and going down the spicy tuna kicked in and it was good. Sounds tasty? Would you try it? The name of this dish is called monkey ball. How about now, will you still try it after knowing the name of the dish?

 A small example of the MANY sushi we ate.

 Monkey Ball

Who says the only thing to do in Vegas on your birthday is get drunk and gamble. There is a lot to do in Vegas, after looking pass all the flashing lights and sounds of coins dropping from slot machines. We did not spent one cent on alcohol or gambling and had one of my best birthdays ever!


  1. Would love to have Pete Rose autograph on my Cincinnati Enquirer that has a full page picture of him on the day after his record breaking hit. WE are heading out on Thanksgiving morning. LOoking forward to seeing you and June in Buckey in a few months.

    1. Sorry it has been so long for me to reply, been busy working at Amazon. Three more weeks my commitment will be over and we'll start on are way to Buckeye with a short stay in Cali. I applied to volunteer at Goodyear Ballpark for a few games so I don't know what games I have to work yet, but we can still go and see a Reds and Indians game.