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The Las Vegas Strip has been going dark to commemorate Earth Hour for years now, but it never fails to be a surprise to those who see it as a blackout more than an intentional lights out:
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It's the perfect time of day to indulge in a chocolaty treat at The Chocolate Bar. Which cocktail will you choose? pic.twitter.com/HDVOrpNrIV— NYNY Vegas (@NYNYVegas) September 27, 2014
VegasChatter Twitter follower Mark Sibley (@MLSDC) visits Vegas regularly. We know him as a lover of HOTEL32 at Monte Carlo and of fine food (his Twitter stream makes us drool every time), but we had no idea he was sweet on chocolate, too; that is, until he filled us in on his mission to try all seven chocolate martinis at the walk-up bar. While we initially thought he meant all at once, we soon found out he planned to spread them out over the course of four days. Probably, the better route.
As promised, the Las Vegas Strip went dark this past Saturday in honor of Earth Hour. If you follow VegasChatter on the Facebook you may have caught some super (fan) video we posted the night the lights went out in Vegas:
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Look what's flying high at The Linq now!
After showing you the first photos of the High Roller's cabins on Monday, the very first pod was attached yesterday and hoisted to the top this morning.
Each cab weighs in at 44,000 pounds and will hold 40 passengers. There will be 28 pods in all. It will take two months to add them all to the wheel.
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We've always found free stuff to be much better than paid stuff. Luckily for us (and this writer especially), New York-New York's Twitter page agrees.
Once a week as part of a contest called "#FindFridays," @NYNYVegas gives away a prize to the winner of a single-question trivia challenge. Prizes range anywhere from a $100 comp to one of its restaurants to complimentary show tickets.
But, the best part about winning -- and take it from me as a frequent winner -- is the way you're treated when you redeem the reward. When I won $100 to Nine Fine Irishmen, they reserved not one but two tables (one inside and one outside) to make sure we got our pick of prime spots. And, when I redeemed two tickets to Zumanity by Cirque Du Soleil, my companion and I sat third row, center stage.
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As everyone says, only Vegas would be enthralled by rain. But, only in Vegas can a short downpour cause such chaos. An intense summer storm brought heavy rains, winds up to 70 miles per hour, a crazy amount of lightning strikes and even hail to some parts of the valley, with the Strip and its surrounding areas receiving the brunt of it. And, all over the span of about an hour.
Early reports state that up to an inch of rain may have fallen on parts of the city. Yes, an inch. But, that was enough to cause everything from casino flooding to a restaurant roof collapse, and more as documented by Twitter.
Sideways rain, thunder & lightening. I know the rest of you wouldn't blink at this weather, it's a rarity in Vegas. pic.twitter.com/6UECLyqksE— Puanani (@_puanani_) July 20, 2013
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Besides here on our site, you also can keep up with Vegas news and tidbits by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Sometimes we do things on Twitter that we don't do on the site or Facebook. Sometimes it's the other way around. We try to keep things interesting yet different for both audiences.
Wednesday morning, this Chatter'er headed downtown with a specific goal in mind. When I got there, though, everything changed, as things often do. And, at loose ends, I decided to wander around, but have Twitter fans determine the way. And, not just there. Twitter eventually had me traipsing around The Strip as well. And, just like that, an expected cancellation became one of my best days ever as editor of this site thanks to everyone who shared it with me, tweeting requests, questions and laughs along the way.
Just over a week ago, a lightning strike sparked a wildfire in the mountainous desert landscape far from the Vegas Strip. But, close enough that enormous plumes of smoke have towered over the city for days and, this afternoon, cast a pall over a huge swath of the valley including The Strip. Instantly, the most Tweeted, Facebooked and Instagramed sight in Las Vegas went from heat wave forecasts to surreal images of mountains billowing smoke, and rimmed flames.
While I cover the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Vegas extensively, I actually live far from the hustle of the city in a community that just so happens to lie near the eastern edge of the blaze along the Spring Mountains. (Although, yes, I've been asked if I live in a hotel my fair share of times.) Since the Fourth, I've watched as the mountain range that sits directly behind me burned, cleared, and then smoked some more. And, all I had to do is walk out onto my patio. Tuesday, I was startled to see flakes of ash drift slowly down from the smoky skies above. Ash that soon dappled outdoor furniture, rugs, decking, landscaping, gutters, and more.
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We've wondered and puzzled over the 6,800-square-foot, Strip-facing, color-changing roof attraction. Railed against confusing and competing renderings. Even suggested it be turned on early to engage Strip visitors... which is just what's happening as more and more folks spot and snapshot on-going testing.
By now, you've probably heard about Twitter's new app "Vine," which lets users create and upload a six-second video of whatever they're doing. Twitter said they envision it as a "six-second postcard," where you can "create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see."
Unfortunately, at least as this point, the videos are far from beautiful. Even when the subject matter is good, the video is rarely anywhere close to a masterpiece, typically very choppy and, sometimes, barely coherent.
But, like Twitter, Vine serves a purpose -- a way to get a quick look of what's happening in town. Amongst the crap (such as people drinking Four Locos in stores), we found glimpses of concerts, previews for upcoming shows, promotions for bars and restaurants, and inside looks at various hotel rooms, both good and bad.
Here's a few that we found to be useful and/or entertaining and/or a complete waste of time (we searched for #vegas vine). To hear audio, hover your mouse over the video and uncheck the speaker box.
On Saturday, Vegas resorts powered down to help shine a light on the importance of global action on climate change. Earth Hour saw hotels turning off their marquees and exterior lighting much to the wonder and befuddlement of Twitter. From those who knew exactly what was going on and captured it accordingly: