Las Vegas: land of chotchkies, guns and porn conventions!

Las Vegas Never Ceases To Amaze

Wifey’s annual trade show takes place in Las Vegas in January. It’s the annual Chotchkies show actually known as the PPAI Show. (Promotional Products Association International)… you know chotchskies! It attracts over 18,000 who wander over a show that covers the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on both floors.

To do the show well, you need to spend two full days looking to see what’s new, meeting old friends and general schmoozing. Wifey is clearly the queen of the latter.

Working a trade show well is hard work. The floors are concrete and you walk at least 5 miles a day. On concrete!

At the end of the day, you are dead tired; want a drink and an easy dinner. If you have some time for gambling and want to indulge, remember winners didn’t build those magnificent hotels!

PPAI wasn’t the only convention in town. There were over 3,000 pharmaceutical reps (smart, attractive people, both men and women).

The Shot Show was in town with 80,000 plus gun dealers, buyers and general nuts. They were scary and you could tell who they were. In fact, one of our cab drivers was afraid the government was coming to take away his assault rifles and other armaments. We got to our destination and got the Hell out of his cab quickly!

Then there was the one trade show in town Wifey had no interest in hearing about: It was the annual Academy Awards show for the pornographic industry. Over 35,000 stars, promoters, producers and general slime could be seen walking thru the Venetian while Wifey and her friends were shopping.

You could tell who was who by looking. The twenty-year-old hottie, dressed with her hooters on display, was seen with either an older unattractive man (very much older) or a bodybuilder type. These ladies didn’t
look like streetwalkers, but “stars” of the porn industry. You could tell because they had trouble walking on their 6” heels and because light passed completely through their ears. Some were actually pathetic, yet very hot!

Las Vegas is a city of excesses. The hotels are too large, there is too much smoke in the casinos, and the prices are too damn high.

Truth is, I love and an enjoy going there every year.

Guns.

I am flabbergasted by the recent wave of craziness sweeping the country in the discussion about guns and the 2nd Amendment. A well-ordered militia isn’t represented by the need to own an AK-47 or an Uzi. They aren’t used for hunting unless you want totally shredded meat after you kill it!

Assault weapons are meant to kill people. This is not a right protected by the Constitution. We have a well-ordered militia and it’s called the National Guard. In case you haven’t noticed we also have an Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines Corps, and Coast Guard. We don’t need assault weapons in the hands of crazies.

But to listen to the gun nuts, and there are many, the government is coming after your guns. Nowhere do any of these loonies tell you how, when or why. Its just gospel that it is going to happen.

I’ve tried to listen with an open mind to the supporters of the NRA, yet their basic arguments fall flat. The American public is ready for gun reform if any or all the latest opinion polls have any veracity.

Even some right leaning pundits (Bob Schieffer) are ready for gun reform. Yet I hear Wayne Lollapalooza blab on an on about arming teachers and other crap. It’s time for the Congress to act like it actually represents the will of the people.Finally, thank you to those who donated to the South Mountain High School fund for food for those students who often don’t get a decent meal at home. The project continues to feed kids throughout the year. It’s not too late to send a check to: Social Worker, South Mountain High School, 5401 S. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040. Thanks in advance.

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