Ohhh, so many things to write about. Let's see if I can narrow it down.
I want to start with and focus on the Vegas trip. First, I watched three movies on the flights: Wanted with Angelina Jolie, The Happening by M. Knight Shyamalan and In Bruges with Colin Farrel. Wanted seemed like a good action flick and, well, c'mon, it had Angelina Jolie in it! Sure, she's an emaciated stick figure person now, but she's still pretty hot. The movie did NOT disappoint. The story was unique and surprised me and the acting was pretty solid. The action was amazing. Big thumbs up.
In Bruges was filmed.....in Bruges, Belgium. The story was very compelling, the background (Bruges) was beautiful and the dvd included one very cool extra: a boat ride around Bruges via their canals with interesting facts along the way. Very cool.
The Happening was a horribly cast movie around a somewhat compelling story line. An unexplained natural event kills (I'm assuming) millions of people on the east coast. That's compelling. Mark Wahlberg as the lead actor in sort of an apple pie role was terribly miscast. M. Knight believed having someone who exuded a positive, lighter appearance in contrast to his dark story (random death). Instead, it just seemed like a terrible mismatch. The lead actress, Zooey Deschanel, was even a worse choice. Her eyes are electric and she's very.....bright looking. The contrast was just too much. It could have just been the makeup on the two in retrospect.
One thing I really enjoy doing in Vegas is to grab a paper, a cup of coffee and then sit outside in the morning sun. It's soooo nice. I noticed Monte Carlo employees going in and out of fire doors, so naturally I followed them. Turns out there's a nice break area for the staff that's outside and there are other benches further away from the doors as well. I chose one of those furthest away as my spot in the morning. It's a nice memory now.
More on Vegas tomorrow.