Travel Blog (Vegas Adventure Part 14)


Vegas is a city where dreams go to die. 

In the old days, when the Mob ran the Vegas, there was a saying that if you went broke, the casino would ensure you would get home by buying you a bus ticket. 

When the corporations and suits took over Vegas, things changed. Nobody gives a shit about the homeless and those that lose everything, not even the city. 

This is sad. 

In a city that millions are wagered, and some high rollers bet as much as $100k on a hand, just outside, literally on the bridge between the opulent Palazzo and the Wynn, there was one homeless woman begging for money, and another who evidently had turned in for the night and decided to sleep on the there. 

Go down the escalator and enter the Wynn promenade and you can buy Rolex and Loius Vuitton and Chanel, and just outside people are destitute. 

Back when I used to live in Vegas, I saw all sorts of stuff. I lived behind the strip for 3 months as I was trying to close on my house. 

There is a huge homeless problem surrounding the strip with people suffering all kinds of addictions and bad turns in life. 

In fact, they estimate 2000 people actually live in the storm drain tunnels beneath Las Vegas. 

I know, because I have seen it. When people lost their homes in the housing collapse, some people even moved their entire furniture sets inside. They sleep at night and come out in the day and roam the strip. You’ll see them scavenging casinos looking for dropped money or tickets. They hand out those club tickets and ask for a donation. 

Some efforts are made by charities to get folks on their feet, but many don’t break the cycle. 

And sadly, many are vets. 

Here is one story I have, from my first week in Vegas in 2008. I was at chipotle next to Harrahs and a homeless man with torn up clothing, bloodshot eyes, was hogging the corner table just outside. He watched as a woman was done with her burrito bowl and she tossed it in the garbage. 

The homeless/drugged man then walked inside and reached in and grabbed the remainder of her bowl from the trash. He took it outside and mumbled to himself and ten started eating it with his fingers as tourists walked by. 

The next time you are in Vegas take a look, the homeless are not as invisible as you may think.

The Spring Collection: The Business of Political Apparel

2016 is a big election year. I’m staying neutral in the political debate. What I will comment on are some of the products available to sale. SNL needs to have some sort of fashion show for all of this stuff.

Hillary Clinton (shop.hillaryclinton.com) 

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What the heck is going on here? Unisex pantsuit t-shirt? Do they really think this will energize the youth of America? Do they envision people going door to door wearing this … and convince people to vote for her?

Bernie Sanders (store.berniesanders.com) Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 11.48.56 PM.png

A step up from the red unisex pantsuit t-shirt, but still, a yellow revolutionary shirt? That is so 1932.  One thing I did notice was Bernie at least priced his shirt a little better than Hillary.  Truly, a man of the people. People might deserve free-everything, but I guess that doesn’t include t-shirts.

Ted Cruz (store.tedcruz.org) 

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Is this the craziest primary ever? Nothing says conservative like a Cruz Christmas sweater. Only at $65, Cruz is obviously going for a smaller demographic. Nice strategy. Market segmentation at its finest.

Marco Rubio (store.marcorubio.com) Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 11.54.50 PM.png

I guess some reason, this shirt didn’t catch fire. The trend continues with no other candidate with the ability to underprice Bernie. Just look at this picture. What does it even mean? Is there a warehouse full of these shirts somewhere?

John Kasich (store.johnkasich.com) 

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This one really cracked me up. Do you see it? Look close. Yeah … that’s it. THEY CAN’T EVEN DECIDE ON A PRICE! OMG. Did they have to focus group this thing? These products are usually to raise money for the campaign. Are profit margins really that thin? Maybe it has to do with the small detail that he doesn’t pay attention to the detail other candidates did by specifying his shirts as made in the USA.

Donald Trump (shop.donaldjtrump.com) 

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In a parallel universe, this might have made sense, but for obvious reasons, this picture a paradox in itself. This screenshot might need to go up in a history museum someday. At least it is only $20.

Conclusion:For all the power they would have as President of the United States, inspiring the American people, and leading the free world, you would think they could afford better fashion advisors, right?

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