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Picture(s) A Day – 27 June 2009

Time for the Picture(s) of the Day :D

As I said before, I’m just flat worn out and it feels really freaking hot out today.  It’s only about 104° which isn’t bad in Vegas, but I still feel cooked from Wednesday and I can tell I was outside for a bit even with the short time I spent out of the A/C today.

I did go down to the LVRAC’s Field Day location and drop off a couple of bags of ice :wink:  I don’t know if I’ll be back there tomorrow, but if it’s as hot or hotter than today I’ll likely stay home.  Yes, I do actually like the warm weather – just in short doses.  I actually have to re-acclimatize every year to both the warm (OK, I’ll say it – HOT!) and the cold weather.  It could be those 28 years I lived in San Diego…

Anywho, I figured I’d get some pictures while I was down on that end of town – the blog needed fresh pictures, right?

Well, here ya go :mrgreen:

27 June 2009 - Cool Cars

27 June 2009 - Cool Cars

This is Voyager Classics and they’ve got a whole bunch of cool cars for rent as well as for sale 8)  Each of the cars has a name and I think I might just have to see about taking Carolyn out for a date sometime :wink:  Now, I wonder if I can get a part time job there…

27 June 2009 - Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada

27 June 2009 - Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada

Don’t ask me why because I really can’t say for certian, but it seems like I can’t go by the Welcome Sign without stopping there :)  It must have something to do with my inner tourist.

I’ve never lived anywhere that isn’t a tourist destination of worldwide proportions.  I mean, just think about it – I’ve only ever lived in San Diego and Las Vegas.  I think I’d go absolutely freaking bonkers (yes, there is a higher degree of mental disorder than I currently exhibit) if I had to live in some small town in the middle of nowhere.

Even after living here for almost five years I still get a big, goofy grin when I see this sign :mrgreen:

27 June 2009 - There's still some Old Las Vegas left on the Strip

27 June 2009 - There's still some Old Las Vegas left on the Strip

While it keeps disappearing, there’s still a bit of the Old Las Vegas if you know where to look :wink:  This elephant is at the Diamond Inn on the south end of The Strip – not too far from the Welcome Sign.  Yes, this is another one of those things that always makes me smile anytime I see it :)

27 June 2009 - Channel 8's News Helicopter

27 June 2009 - Channel 8's News Helicopter

OK, so I was near McCarran International Airport.  You expect me to actually get this close to such a place and not go camera crazy???  I don’t know if I went anywhere I wasn’t supposed to be, but nobody came to run me off.  I thought it was pretty cool to see the Channel 8 News chopper parked on the ramp :)

27 June 2009 - The JANET Jets

27 June 2009 - The JANET Jets

Continuing with the recent CIA/Area 51/World Of Secret Things trend around here lately, I just had to get a decent picture of these jets.  These are the “JANET” jets operated by EG&G.  Most people don’t realize that most of the workers at Area 51/Groom Lake actually live in Las Vegas and commute daily to their job site onboard these jets.

JANET is supposedly an acronym for Just Another Non-Existant Termainal which is truly fitting when you think about where they go.  Actually, they do go to other destinations such as Plant 41 in Palmdale and on up to the Tonopah Test Range, but those are pretty secret places too.

Sadly, I doubt I’ll ever get to go along for the ride even if it’s fun to daydream about it.  I also couldn’t write about it if I did.

Oh well, it’s still nice to daydream :wink:

27 June 2009 - Transformers!

27 June 2009 - Transformers!

From the same vantage point as I used to take the JANET picture comes this image of the Luxor hotel/resort.  They’ve been putting ads on it for some time now, but they usually fall short of being called anything except horrid.  I thought this one was actually pretty cool 8)

27 June 2009 - Military Helicopters at McCarren

27 June 2009 - Military Helicopters at McCarren

I’ve noticed military aircraft at McCarran much more often than I thought would be the case.  After chatting with a couple of military pals, I found that it’s not all that uncommon.  That said, it’s still strange to see a line of military helicopters like this.  Must be that Nellis is running short of ramp space or somthing.

27 June 2009 - Maverick Helicopters sightseeing chopper

27 June 2009 - Maverick Helicopters sightseeing chopper

Wasn’t it nice of Maverick Helicopters to park one of their aircraft so close to the fence for my photographic enjoyment?  I thought so.

Maverick Helicopters operate Eurocopter EC-130 Eco-Star helicopters on sightseeing flights from several cities to quite a few destinations such as the Las Vegas Strip, the Grand Canyon, and Valley of Fire State Park.

Ya know, that night flight over The Strip is only about $99…

27 June 2009 - A Different View of The Strip

27 June 2009 - A Different View of The Strip

Looking around from where I took the picture of the Maverick Helicopters bird, I couldn’t help but notice a different view of The Strip from what most people see.

27 June 2009 - My ride looks so cool!

27 June 2009 - My ride looks so cool!

And then there’s my car :)  Yes, I really do like my HHR in case you hadn’t noticed.  I was worried about the color when I first got it, but I’ve really come to like it.  You don’t see that many Cardinal Red Metallic HHRs out on the roads – I’ve looked :wink:

27 June 2009 - F/A-18 Hornet at McCarren - Lex is in town and didn't call???

27 June 2009 - F/A-18 Hornet at McCarren - Lex is in town and didn't call???

27 June 2009 - AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunship at McCarren - Bill's in town and didn't call???

27 June 2009 - AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunship at McCarren - Bill the Rotor Head from Castle Argghhh! in town and didn't call???

I couldn’t help but notice these two military aircraft at McCarran.  And with these images now in my position, I couldn’t help but poke a bit of fun at a couple of my favorite bloggers :P

For those who don’t know who I’m talking about, Lex is a retired Navy pilot Naval Aviator who used to fly the mighty F/A-18 Hornet from the pitching decks of aircraft carriers.  Go check out Neptunus Lex for some of the best writing on the Internet :)

Bill the Rotor Head blogs over at Castle Argghhh! along with a colorful cast of characters.  Bill may be retired from the U.S. Army, but he still flies military helicopters – he’s a civilian contractor over in Iraq who’s helping to train their new Air Force.  Castle Argghhh! is one of my daily if not hourly stops on the internet and is also the repository of some of the best writing to be found on the World Wide Web :)

27 June 2009 - The other side of the hotel with the pink elephant

27 June 2009 - The other side of the hotel with the pink elephant

Remember the pink elephant from a few pictues back in this same post?  Here’s the other side of that establishment.

The back sides of many properties on The Strip are kind of like the dark side of the moon – seldom seen, less frequently photographed, and very different from what we’re used to seeing :P

27 June 2009 - Quit complaining about your job!!!

27 June 2009 - Quit complaining about your job!!!

Really, quit complaining about your job!  I mean it!

You could be this  person :shock:

Before you start thinking to yourself that this doesn’t look too bad, consider a few facts along with a few small bits of conjecture.

  • You’d be stuck in a Subway sandwich costume.
  • You’d be stuck in a Subway sandwich costume on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • You’d be stuck in a Subway sandwich costume (basically a soft-sided oven) on the Las Vegas Strip in 104° heat.
  • You’d be stuck in a Subway sandwich costume (basically a soft-sided oven) on the Las Vegas Strip in 104° heat for which you’d probably only be making minimum wage.

Would I do this job?  Probably.  If I didn’t have a job, I’d probably jump at the chance to wave at tourists like this and do what I could to cope with the heat.

But I’d much rather continue my employment as it currently stands :mrgreen:

27 June 2009 - I got to fondle a Kel-Tec PF-9!!!

27 June 2009 - I got to fondle a Kel-Tec PF-9!!!

Remember that Kel-Tec PF-9 I’ve been drooling over?  I finally got my mitts on one today :D  No, I can’t afford it.  At least not for a while longer.  That’s actually not too bad a thing – I think I’m going to have to get one with either a blued or parkerized slide and a black grip assembly.  OK, I’ll live with gray or green for the sake of price, but I’m not about to get a carry pistol with a silver slide.  It’s just my preference, but I’m sticking to it.

I did find out a bit about it even without being able to fire it.  The trigger pull is long, but it’s also not very heavy for most of its travel.  You do have to pull with considerable force at the end of its travel to get it to actually fire (they let me dry fire this one).  It’s as light and as slim as I’d hoped it would be, too.

Sadly, PF-9s are fairly scarce in town.  I think I’m going to have to go buy one online and have it shipped.  The funny thing about that is that I think I’d pay just as much with shipping and transfer fees as I would if I were to buy this one.

Now, I’m going to apologize in advance for this but I feel it must be done.  I’m going to do just a bit of a rant.

I went to three gun stores today and only one of them had this particular model in stock.  I can understand that.  What I can’t understand boils down to two points – they seemed a bit clueless about the product and seemed to try not to sell it.

WTF :? ???

The guy at the first store tried the old line about “You get what you pay for” and remarked that it’s only a $300 gun.

Aside from my personal experience in sales (I sold cars for a couple years in San Diego), I know for a fact that a higher price or lower price doesn’t always mean that a product is all that much better or worse than another.  A perfect example is my Hi-Point C9.  I paid $120 new for it, yet it’s been nothing but a great pistol.  I’ve never had a problem with it.  Even if I did, I just have to send it back to Hi-Point under their no Sierra lifetime no questions asked full coverage warranty.  My C9 eats +P ammo like it’s candy and comes back for more.  Yet, because it’s only a $120 gun it’s just got to be a piece of junk, right?  Disgusting!

Another example would be my $12,500 2008 Cavalier.  That car had the oil changed when I could afford it, two sets of tires, and one coolant change.  Yes, the A/C could have used a recharge at about 60,000 miles, but so what?  It was reliable, comfortable, and affordable.  It went places off the beaten path and off the pavement that it was never designed to and never let me down.  It never even needed an alignment!  Would I have preferred a Corvette?  In a lot of ways YES!!! But I couldn’t afford the registration and insurance on a Corvette, let alone the car itself – and I know just how much those payments are as one of my customers left with a $450 lease payment and another left with a $1,500 purchase payment on a 3 year, 0% interest purchase with $15,000 down :shock:

Was my Cavalier a piece of junk because it had a low price tag?  HELL NO!!!!!

He then went on to tell me that this would be a decent carry gun, but that it’s not something you’d take to the range each time to practice with because it’s only good for about 2,000 rounds.

Excuse me?  Kel-Tec has a lifetime warranty!  Sure it only applies to the original owner (Hi-Point doesn’t care if you’re the first owner), but if you bought it new, it’s covered if something fails due to wear and tear.  Why didn’t they mention this?  It seems like a pretty good selling point to me, but then again I probably shouldn’t confuse the issue with logic and facts :evil:

The second place I went to (the one who let me fondle their lone PF-9) didn’t seem to have a clue about it.  The salesman said that he wasn’t really a Kel-Tec fan (nice going – talk negative to the enthusiastic customer) and didn’t know all that much.  He didn’t even offer to check for me.  I mentioned carrying +P ammo in it and he sounded shocked that someone would consider this and proceeded to ask a co-worker about it after I told him it says so on the Kel-Tec website.  The co-worker (who seemed nice enough otherwise) experessed similar disbelief and opined that it would probably blow up in his hand if he did that.

Please note that these guys have access to the Internet to check on these things :x

Back to the salesman clerk I was working with.  I remarked that the trigger pull was as long as I’d heard about, but still light and that it had a fairly crisp break to it.  Rather than just agreeing with me and doing his job as a salesman clerk, he proceeded to disagree with me and it wasn’t until I mentioned that my other gun is a Hi-Point (it’s a great gun, but the trigger could be better) that he agreed.

Neither shop offered to order one for me or to do a transfer if I decided to get one online.  Aside from handing me the guns I asked to see, I observed a near total lack of effort to earn my future business.  Here I was expressing interest in purchasing a $369.95 firearm and I was being treated with less respect and with a lower standard of customer service than I received at 7-11 when I stopped for soda and a snack on the way home!

This only happened at the first two shops (who shall not be named), thus reinforcing my previously held opinion that the third store is the place to do business.

The third shop, the one that did it right, was Master Shooter’s Supply.  They didn’t have a PF-9 in stock and they were up front about the fact that they couldn’t get one in despite being a Kel-Tec dealer.  The difference here was that they offered to do a transfer for me if I wanted to get one from out of state.

Actually, that wasn’t the only difference.  They had nothing bad to say about the PF-9 and added a few good words about it to those I’d already mentioned to them.  They’ve also said nothing bad about my Hi-Point C9 either – just the opposite.  They agree with me that the trigger ain’t the best on the market and that it has a weight issue, but they’ll be the first ones to tell you that it’s reliable, accurate, and affordable.

Of course, you don’t deal with a mere clerk or salesman at Master Shooter’s supply most of the time.  You usually deal with the honest to God OWNER.  If the owner is busy or if he’s not in the store, the clerks salespeople are engaging, knowledgable, and will take the initiative to find an answer if they don’t already know it.

They’ve earned my business!

OK, enough ranting.

Cool little pistol, that PF-9 8)

27 June 2009 - Care to tell us how you REALLY feel?

27 June 2009 - Care to tell us how you REALLY feel?

This car was parked outside of the second store and I swear it was screaming at me something that sounded like “POST THIS ON YOUR WEBSITE!!!”  I don’t know who it belongs to and I probably wouldn’t do this to my own car, but I can’t deny the fact that I like it :D

So there you have it.  The pictures are posted and out there for everyone to enjoy 8)

Have a great Sunday :mrgreen:

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11 comments to Picture(s) A Day – 27 June 2009

  • Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET

    We finally are going to have a relatively cool day here in Wichita. Only 90 for a high. It’s been running around an even 100 with heat indexes in a few places getting to 110. A “cold” front came through yesterday evening. It rained almost everywhere but my house :-(

    • Glenn,

      I feel your pain. I know it’s not too long until our overnight low is somewhere in the mid 90s.

      Are you at least getting some decent thunderstorms out of it? By decent I mean getting some rain and pretty lightning, but no tornadoes :wink:

  • Kath

    Yesterday was picture perfect here, but today it got cloudy and is trying to sprinkle. Let me check, I think our temps are in the 70s — hang on — yep, it’s 75.

    And you just did that first picture, bec. they name the cars!!

    And the pink elephant — is that to do with drinking, right? That’s what they’re trying to be cute about? So, therefore, in a million years I wouldn’t stay there, it would scare the crap out of me.

    That poor Subway sandwhich person — oh, no, that’s awful! Dear God, I hope they’re getting $100 a day to stand out there for 10 minutes at a time and then be able to go inside. (I’d go inside Panda Express and have lunch!)

    I don’t like bumper stickers, I think they’re trashy, even for something that’s good — like the Marines!!! ;)

    Okay, anything else you need me to comment on?

    • Kath,

      You should come out to Vegas next month to experience the warmth that is 110° weather at midnight :wink:

      Actually, I didn’t know they named their cars until I started writing the post. I had to look them up so I could link to their website and it was when I looked at the website that I found out about the names :wink: The cars were just in the right place at the right time for me to get a picture :)

      I don’t think the pink elephant has to do with drinking. The place was opened up back in 1953 and it was likely just another one of those crazy roadside attractions you used to see along the highways :)

      Yep, I pity the person in that Subway costume!

      You still have to give bumper sticker guy credit – he’s got the First and Second Amendments covered!

      What? No comments on the airplanes, helicopters, and weird views of Vegas :P ?

  • Kath

    Well, I have a question then, that picture that shows the “back” of Mandalay Bay — what’s with the fence with the barbed-wire on top? I couldn’t read the warning sign, but — geez, a little unfriendly, isn’t it?

    I guess perspective-wise in the picture the fence may not have anything to do with the hotels, or does it?

    And yes, yes, yes, the planes are very nice.

  • Kath

    And Billy Mays, too — isn’t that weird? Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson — now Billy Mays — you’re talking a wide range of celebrities there. Wow.

  • Thanks for mentioning Maverick Helicopters in your Las Vegas run down.

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