Weekend Plans Post: The Middle Of Winter

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  1. Jaybird
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    Oh, and there’s apparently a sporting event this weekend.

    Let’s say… the Bengals.Report

  2. fillyjonk
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    yeah I want to go to a bigger grocery store than the local ones but the thought of being out interacting with people stocking up for The Big Game gives me pause. Last week it was trying to grocery shop before a couple days of ice and snow, this week it’s football fans.

    then again, given that we’re probably as far away from either team’s home city as it’s possible to be in the US, maybe not that many people care?Report

    • Jaybird in reply to fillyjonk
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      In years past, my experience has been that the *BEST* time to go grocery shopping is during the Superbowl. You won’t be able to get chips/dip as well as a host of other things that will make you say “oh, of course they’re out of that too” but if you’re not trying to get guacamole, you should be okay.Report

  3. Marchmaine
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    Yeah there’s something about the midwest’s properly ordered and regulated snow that makes snow better.

    In Virginia we can tolerate our 2-6 inches for a day or two until the 50’s come and beat the snow into submission as dark grey blobs along the side of the road or a forlorn pile in a parking lot… but until this week we had actual accumulated snow for like, two weeks. And it was cold… like 20s – 30s cold. We were not amused.

    Today we’re supposed to hit 60, so order has been restored and I’m informed I have to assemble the outdoor furniture we ordered the day it showed up on the costco website. It turns out that for the past two years (owing to unforeseen circumstances) the good kind of patio furniture – sunbrella sling chairs – was impossible to procure. So we procured at the first possible moment. Carpe sunbrella.

    May also go into the woods to clear some windfall from Lady Marchmaine’s footpath. Firewood needs restocking anyway and the 7yo loves few things in this world more than helping to run the log splitter.Report

    • InMD in reply to Marchmaine
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      Get out there dude. I just did a run during my lunch break. It is excellent a few hours to your east.Report

      • Marchmaine in reply to InMD
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        Yeah, it’s really nice out here too… we’re getting a wicked southern wind rushing up the valley along the mountains (as wind does) … but at least it’s warm.

        Hoping I can knock-off in a couple hours and start using the tiny 2D wrench they include with the furniture. Or I bring up the air compressor and torque the sh*t out’a those bolts.Report

  4. Burt Likko
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    Today it’s supposed to get up to 60 degrees in the city, but tonight I’m headed up to the mountain to go snowshoeing. Should be back in town in time to maybe catch a football game on Sunday if one happens to be on. Bengals 34, Rams 31.Report

    • Marchmaine in reply to Burt Likko
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      That sounds cool.

      Someday I’d like to visit the Pacific Northwest. But I read Ambrose’s book on Lewis and Clark and now I feel the only *authentic* way to visit is to start walking up the Missouri.Report

  5. Jennifer Worrel
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    I’m hiking and studying!Report

  6. Jaybird
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    So I was watching the music video for Monster Magnet’s song “Space Lord” and I found myself wondering “where is the Plaza casino, anyway?” and it’s in Vegas and, next thing I saw, I could fly me and Maribou out there for $225/person and get a room at the Plaza for $160/night and watch the Superbowl out there and fly back on Monday.

    Like, I’d never do that. Not in a million years.

    But this last couple of years has me feeling like I ought to just check the *PRICE* of doing that sort of thing. You know. If it came to that.Report

    • Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird
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      If you do it… I’ll venmo you $150 +/- to upgrade and stay on the strip… trust me.

      https://www.mgmresorts.com/book-room/resort?region=las-vegas&resort=&startStep=region&guests=2Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Marchmaine
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        In the cold light of morning, I realize that I ain’t getting on a plane and I ain’t going to Vegas just to watch the dang Superbowl.

        But, you know, I’ve been cooped up for a while and the very thought provided a lovely moment’s distraction.

        The Strip ain’t been the same since the ‘dust got torn down, though.

        Treasure Island is my go-to now. (Though I’m reaching the age where I should be staying at the Mirage…)Report

        • Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird
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          Yeah, I could never just up and leave on a spur of the moment trip.

          It’s interesting to look at the rise and fall of the great resort empires over the years… my company rotates between Aria, Cosmo and Venetian (which I assume are the upper middle class resorts) — but one time we were at the Rio and felt like we were merely middle class. Then I went to a show at the Tropicana (I think its gone now?) and we felt like we’d gone to SadVegas. Though I’m at the age now that when the Cosmo comes up in the rotation I recognize that I’m not adding to the mystique.

          I always ask the cabbies which resort is the secret resort that the really rich people go to and they don’t know — which makes sense as those folks probably don’t take cabs from the airport line to their bougie resorts like I do.Report

    • Fish in reply to Jaybird
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      A hundred years ago three of us did similar. She was a travel agent so she got us cheap fares to Vegas on New Year’s Eve. We flew in, stayed up all night drinking and smoking cigars and dancing and having a grand old time and flew home New Year’s morning.

      That’s a young man’s game, I tell you.Report

    • Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird
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      Only ever been to Vegas for the National Association of Broadcasters convention (several times). NAB was for all things video — both content and every kind of hardware and software involved in recording, delivery, and display that you can imagine. I recall speaking with an engineer from one of the companies that built exotic electronics when he was on break, and he told me that 75% of their annual orders were received during the three days of NAB.

      My boss always arranged the hotel reservations. His best friend from college worked for the giant corporation that owned three or four of the bigger hotel/casinos. That guy’s job was to rotate through each of them for three months at a time and put “the polish” back on. If we needed something, we called the concierge and if there were difficulties, told him to check the initials on our reservations. Which invariably got a “Yes, sir,” and took care of the problem. I felt mildly guilty making a 7:30 pm same-day reservation at one of the high-demand restaurants.Report

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