They weren't flattering images.
I could not have been more delightedly wrong, on this occasion.
He was gentle, and eloquent, and full of warm humour.
He guided my Friends through every step with a strangely sacred, grace.
On top of the Surreal World of Lights...in a small room sequestered away
from the noise raging just above and wildly below...
He joined them with beautiful words, words from them--words from him.
I don't cry at Weddings.
I was sitting between Slay and Mike,
in the first row of one side of this Small-Simple-Wedding...
Oh, I cried.
Tears welled up as I listened to what they said to each other,
as I watched their faces.
In unison, I smacked both of the Groomsmen on either side of me, in the chest
with the backs of my hands when the couple was pronounced "Man and Wife"...
Then sniffed and laughed, wiped my nose, an rubbed at my wet eyes.
Mike flinched (see: picked on me.) for the rest of the trip
every time I got excited about anything.
You aren't going to HIT me again are you?
It was really and truly beautiful.
We exited the pretty little room with windows...
And took the last trip to the VERY top of the Stratosphere Tower.
You know, where the RIDES are!!!
I walked out onto the open air platform, wobbling in my shoes,
and slammed my hands down onto the railing
white knuckled--and just hollered WOW!!!
Even my heels stopped hurting me.
It takes your breath away.
Been to the Grand Canyon, it was a bit like that--only, with the hand-of-man
in the mix. Somehow making it not grander....but somehow
Sprawling to the horizon.
A zillion photos were taken.
Yidi and Charles
and Mike and Slay
road the X Scream....
At 866 feet, X Scream is the world's third highest thrill ride.
Shaped like a giant teeter-totter, X Scream is an open vehicle that propels riders head-first,
27 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower and dangles them weightlessly above the Strip
before pulling it's riders back and over again for more!
Yidi and Charles were in the front seat.
I will find a way to post the picture
that was taken professionally.
(Cough it up, Mike!)
From the Tower, we left and caught cabs to...
What Casino was that???
Four Queens...I think.
The Dinner, oh god. the DINNER...
was at HUGO's CELLAR.
I still cannot wrap my head around the things
that can be found in Casino's there.
This was one of the best meals I have EVER had.
The Service was amazing. I felt like a little kid at Disneyland.
I was between Charles and Mike on the wrap around leather
booth of the table for NINE...I couldn't take my eyes off the servers.
Every station I am aware of...was filled there, by an individual.
When the Sommelier strolled past, tastevin swinging from
a silver chain around his neck--I caught my breath like I had just seen
Good Service, is Service you do not have to think about.
GREAT Service, is Service that happens BEFORE
you think about it.
This was GREAT Service.
I was humbled to the floor.
I will never own that kind of skill...
These WERE my rock stars.
I must admit...I hit Mike several times.
We left the restaurant and strolled out into Fremont Street,
to watch the light show...
12 million lights--it was, well it was SOMETHING to see.
Cabs were taken by all, back to their respective Hotels,
and clothes were changed.
::Ginger YANKS off her high heel::
I put on jeans and a tank, pulled my hair back with
my red bandanna--and donned my jeans jacket.
Yidi squealed at my choice in duds.
No no no no no!!!
She wanted to dress up again.
I WANTED her to dress up again....
But I was not going to join her.
Still her devoted roadie, I needed to finally be me.
I'm a BOY, Yidi, i told her...
I have been dressed up longer tonight than I have
She laughed too, and thanked me.
I got to wear my jeans....
We roamed the strip, watched the Bellagio Fountains,
looked at the lights...
She and Charles held hands...
Everyone had a good time.
We made our way back to the Stratosphere
for the final leg of the evening...Gambling and Drinking!!!!
(okay...I didn't gamble--but I SWEAR I drank!)
There was a moment...just as we were all coming to crash time,
making our way to our respective rooms...
And I looked over at Charles and Yidi.
Bowie was playing.
They were making goo-goo eyes at each other.
I tried not to invade the moment, but I couldn't help but watch...
a grin slicing through my face.
He was singing to her.
And then he asked her.....what does she say?
And Yidi said Shhhhhhhh....
They kissed, and I thought I would DIE.
How HOT is that????
*SMILES AND LAUGHS AND SMILES*
These Kids are going to make it.
And I don't say that....
I don't ever say that.
Unless I know it.
Take Care of Each other....
I Love You Both, so very very very Much.
there is so much more, but this is enough for now,
I will be talking about this story for weeks....without my connection
there, I actually woke up every morning having DREAMED my
journal entries. Editing and re-editing them as I slept.
You can take a girl to Vegas,
but you cannot take the Livejournal out of her.
And to ALL of you...who wander around here in my little world?
There is, there really IS........
Quite a bit of hope left in the Universe.
I feel profoundly reminded of this, just now.