This is a busy week... Monday night was a Henderson Writers' Group meeting and then Tuesday night I did a set on a new comedy stage in the lounge up at Aliante Station, way the hell up in North Las Vegas. Like before you get there, you wonder if you're still in Nevada. I'd never been there before; it's the newest Station Casino and it's very nice. I hear the rooms are spectacular, and because of the location, they're quite inexpensive. There's not much up there, though, but for anyone attending NASCAR in March, Aliante Station would be an excellent place to stay since it's close to the Las Vegas Speedway.
Anyway, it was nice to perform on a stage that was well run--kudos to John Barnes--but man, I didn't go up until almost 11:00, which is late when you have to work at 6 a.m., even when you're working from home. I was happy to run into a comic I met back in the old days at Boomers (you'll recognize the reference if you read my book and if not, shame on you :) and was even happier that I am losing the stage fright problem a little more every time I perform. Thank God, because if you're going to have a hobby, you really should enjoy it, right? I'm doing another set on Friday night at 8:00 at Tommy Rocker's, a stage I haven't been on in probably five years. That stage is run by Cozy Stone, who you'd also know from Bastard Husband.
Oh, and speaking of... remember last Thursday I vowed to get the damn thing on Kindle and as an e-book? Yeah, well after a lot of swearing--I even went through my "special occasion" swear words--I think I'm going to have to hire someone to do the job. If anyone knows how to reformat a manuscript from InDesign 4, I'd love to hear from you.
So anyway, last night I met up with a Facebook friend from Virginia whom I'd never seen in real life. Angela read my book and loved it (duh) (enough already, Linda) and we started exchanging sarcastic little witticisms as one does on Facebook. When she said she was coming to town for a conference, we just had to meet up.
We'd planned on meeting at Nine Fine Irishmen in NYNY, but when I got there, the place was closed for a private event. I hate to admit I was kind of an a-hole to the guy at the door, rolling my eyes and all (a gesture which is becoming my trademark) (remember my appearance on Hannity?), but I'd been fantasizing about their little sausage rolls all friggin' day and I was pissed. We ended up having a couple of drinks over at the MGM, where we got in some super high quality girl talk. Ang is a pretty girl in her mid-30s and we got our flirty bartender going when we told him "we met online." Schwing!
For those of you in need of a Vegas fix, here's the view from the bridge over Las Vegas Boulevard connecting NYNY and the MGM.
I'm happy to report that it was quite busy in NYNY. The last time I was there, I swear it looked like a scene from The Twilight Zone--eerily quiet. The MGM was doing well, too. Hell, there was even a decent crowd way up at Aliante on Tuesday night. Maybe things are picking up here. I hope so.
So that's what's up with me. What are you doing to stay out of trouble?