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Writing this, I feel like the scene from Wizard of Oz when the great and powerful Oz is revealed to be just an ordinary, awkward person doing the best they can. Pay no attention to that woman behind the blog! Didn't work? Rats.
Most of you know me as 702Becca. I'm Rebecca Frisch in real life. I'm one of the most Vegas-y journalists in town. Just sayin'. My folks moved here when I was two, trading the Jersey Shore for Vegas sparkle. Growing up here, my most vivid memories are connected to the city's growth. I remember when I was in elementary school and we had to move because the freeway was coming through our neighborhood. Hello, 95. I remember when Torrey Pines was hella far. Not so much, anymore. I've seen countless casinos fall and rise, and been among the first to breathe in that new resort smell over and over throughout the years. I got engaged at Olives at Bellagio. I tied the knot on Fremont Street with 99 other couples as part of the city's centennial. I bought my first house here. Gave birth to my son here. And, have helmed VegasChatter for four years now.
You may not know that I'm editor of the site. I decide what stories you'll read, who'll tell them and write a fair share myself. I'm an opinionated know-it-all with a dry, rapier wit, a huge ego and no compunction about calling things how I see them. So, that helps. I'm also an introvert. That does not. I don't have a million friends on Facebook by choice. As for those I do count as compadres? I will be on their team 'til the bitter end.
While I love what I do, the love of my life is my son. He's seven years old, in the second grade, a space geek with dreams of working for NASA and a straight A student who reads and comprehends on the fifth grade level. Just writing that has me teary-eyed. Four years ago, his outlook was uncertain. That's when he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. My world shattered then and this job became a lifesaver, allowing me to work from where I was, and that was often on the go. For several years, I covered much of Vegas while in therapist waiting rooms, parking lots, nearby parks, fast food restaurants, whatever was most convenient while my son received a whirlwind of intensive intervention. It was tiring, stressful, emotional, and completely worth it to see the bright future he has today.
Earlier this year, we introduced you to the people (and, sometimes, the faces) behind the bylines here at VegasChatter. Now, it's time to introduce you to a few more. (If you missed our first eight profiles, check the right side of your screen for links.) This time around we shine the light on our Mr. Pappagiorgio. Yes, real name still redacted, but at least we got this sweet childhood photo out of
his mom him.
We're actually a bit unclear as to what Mr. P. does in the real world. We pretty much imagine him in a work environment similar to The Office. He'd probably be Ryan in that analogy. At least, that's what this gal pictures, #sorrynotsorry. As VegasChatter's Assistant Editor Mr. Pappagiorgio has had the
unfortunate task wonderful job of being my sounding board for years. (I'm editor of the site, as long-time readers will know.) He's been with 'Chatter even longer than I have and -- this is where things get wind beneath my wings maudlin -- has been there whenever I've questioned myself, whenever I've needed to vent, whenever I've had a meme to share, whenever I've been walking around on The Strip and have found myself in desperate need of someone (anyone) in front of a computer due to breaking news. He's always been there for me even that one time I got sloppy, falling down drunk.
And, as one of our most prolific writers, he's been there for you, too. View all his articles from over the years here. He's authored a staggering 848 (!!) posts, ranging from hard-hitting exposes on all the ass at Red Rock to his (unintentionally) controversial report on the greening of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Now, without further ado, here's Mr. P.'s Vegas:
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In the newest installment of our on-going introductions to the VegasChatter staff and their Vegas faves, we turn the spotlight on @wakeandwander. Or, we would, if he would just stay in one place.
Known to friends and family as Will McGough, his byline -- a nod to the blog that chronicles his travels -- isn't seen all that much on VegasChatter. That's because Will's pic is in the dictionary next to "Jetsetter, see also: Globetrotter." Will wanders the world so much when he's awake (cue light bulb), that he became the natural pick as assistant editor of our sister site, Jaunted. Brainard Lake Recreation Area in Colorado? He's hiked it (see above). Swimming with pigs in Exuma? Done that, too (shown below.) Don't know where Exuma is on a map? He can point it out with his eyes closed.
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Lucky number seven in our series introducing you to the people behind VegasChatter focuses on Nick Holliday. If sammasseur is the embodiment of our brawn and Juliana of our mamma bear attitude when it comes to protecting our readers from all the hype, Nick embodies our fun-lovin', anything goes spirit.
Nick is that stranger at the dive bar you end up becoming brahs with by the end of the night. He's the guy you always see biking around and you find yourself wondering how he possibly has the 1) time to do so being in Vegas, 2) inclination to do so being in Vegas, and 3) stamina to do so being in Vegas. He's the guy standing next to you at the indie concert who's in full rock out mode (when he's not sloshing suds all over the place). He's the guy with the balls to go to that new restaurant run by the same management who ran the old restaurant that was shut down by the health district. The guy who's booing some dick umpire at the game (no offense to dick umpires.) The guy who can fit in anywhere and everywhere, bookstore, thrift store, adult store, whatever. Ok, we really have no idea about that last one, but trust us when we say he really is that guy. Not that guy at the adult store. That guy. This is spiraling out of control. Moving on...
Next up in our resident writer My Vegas series is Joe Fortenbaugh. Joe's fortes (oh hey, look at that) include sports, mini-burgers and busty cocktails. As a member of the VegasChatter team, he's been a roller coaster crash test dummy and an EDM guinea pig. As our resident golf guru, Joe has played more Nevada holes than Tiger Woods. Not one to shy from a fight, he even wrote our guide to boxing in Vegas.
You can catch up on all of Joe's
mostly golf stories here. If you're more about the pigskin than the bogey, he also moonlights as a non-golf writer at National Football Post. Now that you know the man behind the club, here is Joe Fortenbaugh's My Vegas:
Or, take a photo of one f'd up billboard.
Sometimes, we learn about our fellow writers the same way you do. One story at a time. Not everyone who reports for VegasChatter lives in Sin City so you usually won't find us all bellied up to the same bar. (Although, the highest concentration of VC'ers now can be found in Summerlin so you never know who might be in line with you at the new Sprouts or two rows up at the Village Square theater.)
Ramblin Gamblin joined Team VC just over a year ago in July 2013. While not a resident, he visits often and reports on his experiences regularly. With a story count now numbering 75 posts, we know what you're thinking -- he really
loves a budget Vegas stay.. low-rollin' gambling.. off-beat Vegas.. cheap eats.. thrills... thinks he can get away with not submitting a pic? Well, we're sorry to say, but yes, Ramblin Gamblin will need to remain a mythical figure in real life, but we can tell you he sounds exactly like actor Joseph Gordon Levitt. We mean, it's uncanny. And, swoon-worthy. But, we digress.
Peruse the full archive of Ramblin's adventures in Vegas here, but first, here's his favorite things to do around town:
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Necessity might be the mother of invention, but in the case of a small piece of online real estate focused on Las Vegas, that mother is named
Juana Juliana. VegasChatter is the result of an idea born by her 5+ years ago after identifying a need for unbiased and honest (sometimes brutally so) news and reviews from this desert destination. Having already won an audience on the Internet for HotelChatter, Juliana made her Vegas debut in March 2009, gushing about a talented, good-looking duo performing at Flamingo.
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Now that you know @East Coast Gambler is the kind of guy you can
break bread cut steak with and that @sammasseur would be the perfect brawny teammate for Amazing Race, it's time to spotlight a new VegasChatter correspondent as part of our My Vegas series.
@jproz (pictured above) is one of those Vegas visitors who not only strays from the Strip, he often strays so far afield there's no sight of it. A resident of Canada (eh?), Jeff's thirst for adventure is only matched by his thirst for that perfect Vegas bar and, of course, one smooth glass of scotch. And, speaking of My Vegas, Jeff is a ninja of the same-named social media game by MGM Resorts and cashes in free experiences with every visit south of the border, all without paying one
cent loonie. If you ever have a question about the game, he's the man to answer it.
You can peruse a full archive of Jeff's posts here, but first, here are his picks for a perfect Vegas experience:
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VegasChatter's My Vegas series usually brings you the Vegas faves of local celebrities, from notables to headliners. For the next few weeks, however, we're turning the lens on ourselves to bring you a glimpse of the writers behind the stories.
Now that you've met our @East Coast Gambler, it's time to introduce you to @sammasseur (pictured above, screen right). What you may not know is that Sam (who was once a masseur for those who are wondering) used to be one of you. A frequent reader who knew Vegas, visited often and wasn't afraid to let his opinions be known. (And, sometimes.. oh, boy, did he!) When he inquired about joining the team, we quickly snatched him up for there's nothing we heart more than Vegas lovers who aren't afraid to tell it like it is.
While you know him from his reports on the worst show in town and a ranking of the city's hunkiest hunks, we know him for having one of the biggest hearts around, selflessly helping strangers achieve life-touching moments to doing his best to nurse ill, stray cats back to health. He's a gem and we're glad to have him.
Click here to peruse a full archive of Sam's articles, but first, here's his Sin City faves:
It's been Hammer'd, demonized, sexified and sexified again. VegasChatter's My Vegas series has poked into the minds of those that keep Las Vegas running: chefs, performers and even a horticulturist. Now, we're turning the lens on our own to reveal how VegasChatter writers do Sin City once they laptop|smart phone|tablet away.
First up is @EastCoastGambler. You may know him from such popular titles as:
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The Devil will direct a Las Vegas stripper show for charity.
Stick with us. This will all start to make sense in a moment.
Las Vegas is very much like a cruise ship. Thousands of tourists hop on board for a few nights of partying, dining, and frolicking before returning to their everyday lives. And, just like on those seafaring vessels, talented performers from around the world provide the entertainment.
Ryan Lyons is one such individual. A native of Windsor, Ontario, he relocated to Las Vegas in 2005 to help launch Le Reve - The Dream at the soon-to-open Wynn. After nine years and more than four thousand performances, many original cast members have disembarked and moved on to other adventures. But Lyons, a gymnast and tumbler who represented his homeland in international competitions, has made Las Vegas his permanent residence.
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Piff the Magic Dragon can be seen wooing princesses and shooting his chihuahua assistant, Mr. Piffles, out of a cannon at Rose.Rabbit.Lie's Vegas Nocturne inside The Cosmopolitan, all the while performing some very cool magic tricks.
But, what does a magic dragon like to do in Vegas when he's not at work? We sat down with Piff during rehearsals to find out and were offered candy from his Cinderella pez dispenser ("she's one of the better princesses") while a suspiciously sleepy Mr. Piffles was placed on our lap. Here are Piff's answers:
Favorite Vegas Shows (aside from his, obviously): Penn and Teller, David Copperfield and Mac King. Oh, and Carrot Top.
Favorite Bar: Insert Coins.
Favorite Vegas Club: Uh, I don't know. Marquee? Yeah, let's say Marquee.
Favorite Off-Strip Restaurant: Bootleggers.
Best Way to Relax in Vegas: Hmm, what does a dragon do to relax? Oh, at Excalibur. What's that show called?
Thunder From Down Under?: NO. Tournament of Kings. Yeah, Chicken dinner, wizards and some knights getting beat up. What else could a dragon want?