October 2008 Archives

Hotel Barclay

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I live right across from a hotel, but I really don't know if you can normally book it on line - at the same time it is being used as a movie set all the time. Over the past weekend they shot a scene right at the corner of 4th and Main, and they turned on the neon sign - in the past two years since I have lived in my apartment I have never seen it turned on. Pretty cool ;-)

Las Vegas Strip vs. RUS (Rest Of U.S.)

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Traveled to Las Vegas last week for work, and got upgraded to a suite facing the Las Vegas Boulevard... right across from the ginormous construction site for City Center (Large Photo Here)... while I understand that once you start a development, it is impossible to stop - but is such a monstrous development economically feasible at such a horrible time for the country? Although I haven't head of people jumping off buildings just yet, but I also know no one is going out and spending $500,000+ on a condo... especially in a place like Las Vegas.

But of course, Las Vegas isn't like any other place in the United States - there is so much money flowing in and out on The Strip every day there that it just may defy all logical reasoning in these strange financial times...

First Post of Pictures From My German Trip

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I have been playing with my blog template, and decided that (soon) I need to revamp the lewislau.com web site again. One thing is to catch up on updating my travelogues, and another reason is the look-and-feel of the site (sort of got sick of the way this main page looks).

I have decided to make my index page photo posts LARGER - realized that in the old (smaller) size some of the details are not to my liking. Hopefully this looks better :)

The pictures above of Julia and myself are from our trips to Koenigswinter and Koeln. More posts to follow in the next few days.

California Wildfire 2008 October

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Returned from a 2-week vacation in Germany (more pictures to follow), but I am currently traveling in Las Vegas and Alberquerque this week and had forgotten to bring the pictures with me to post on lewislau.com.

But I promise I will post at least a few in the next day or so...

While flying out of Burbank yesterday morning the overnight wildfire that was suppose to subside ended up becoming larger, and was just starting to move towards the homes. Here are some pictures taken from the plane...

Something that was interesting - the fire was straight North of the Burbank airport, and our plane flew directly over the "smoke clouds". For those who know me is familar with my fear of flying, so when our plane suddenly dropped about 5 feet without warning I almost **** my pants. If the drop was caused by the strange oxygen/smoke mixture of the fire, you'd figure that the pilots would fly further out, away from the smoke!

Just don't like to be scared :{

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