MY NAME WAS RICKY
This is a first for me. Sitting here at the pool at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas writing a blog post.
Sophia and I were finally able to get away to celebrate our 30 years together. We chose one of our favourite destinations to celebrate the occasion. We're pretty fortunate. This is our fifth visit in the last six years. If it's not obvious, we love Vegas. There is always so much to do here. We're not huge gamblers ... although Sophia has had some good luck at the slots. Me ... not so much. We take in some of the sites, see some shows, eat way too much food and have a few beverages. This year we went to one of my favourite spots, the Hoover Dam. That thing is awesome. I can never get over how the dam was built in such a short period of time and in the period ie. post Great Depression, that it was built. It truly is a wonderful marvel. This year we finally did the dam tour. Kinda funny to write that. It is even more spectacular on the inside than the out. If you're ever in Vegas you gotta see the Hoover Dam.
Last night we took in the Mat Franco magic show at the Linq Hotel. He was awesome. Mat won America's Got Talent a few years ago. I think it was season 9. Man was he ever fantastic. We've seen Cris Angel, Penn and Teller and David Copperfield during previous visits. They were all great ... with Cris Angel being my favourite. But Mat Franco absolutely blew my doors off. No giant illusions like making an elephant disappear or sawing someone in half. Mostly cards and "simple" props. But his slight of hand with cards, balls, bottles of wine ... you name it, is a site to be seen. I highly recommend his show. It is must see for sure. He is hugely entertaining, humorous and definitely gets his audience involved in every aspect of his show. And you don't have to sell the farm to see him. The theatre is relatively small and there isn't a bad seat in the house and the tickets are modestly priced. Even by Vegas standards.
Speaking of of buying tickets. If you're ever travelling to Vegas wait to purchase any show tickets until you get there. And once you are there buy your tickets at a Tix4Tonight outlet. They have several locations along The Strip and Old Downtown on Fremont. They sell tickets for same day performances at heavily discounted prices. We're seeing Mat Franco, Terry Fator and going up the Eiffel Tower for a little under $250. That's about $55 per ticket per show which we think is a fantastic bargain.
Well we gotta get ready to see Terry Fator and have a beverage or two. Ciao.
9 years ago this month I purchased my first Apple iMac. It was the first aluminum body iMac that Apple made. I waited many, many years to buy my first iMac. And boy oh boy it was worth the wait. She was a beaut. And I was ecstatic.
I still own and use that iMac today. I love it. I love just looking at it. It is by far the best computer that I've ever owned. And I will only buy an Apple product to replace it. It has never let me down but it is getting a little long in the tooth. Now that it is officially too old to run Apple's latest Mac OS Sierra, I'm thinking about replacing it.
I'm a desktop guy. I like working on a desktop. So I was waiting with utter anticipation for Apple's recent announcement of their new line of Mac's. I figured my timing to replace my iMac couldn't be better. I figured Apple was going to release a very updated iMac and I was going to be one happy little camper.
Instead, I was met with utter disappointment at Apple's announcement. They updated their laptops, but the desktop was left in the dust. Or so it seems. The new line of Macbook Pro's do look pretty sweet, but Apple "what about my iMac?"
I hope this isn't a signal that Apple will be ignoring, or worse, abandoning my work horse. I know I'm not the only iMac lover. So Apple, don't forget about us desktop guys and gals. We love our desktops. We love our iMac's. Don't abandon us please. And, forgive me for saying this, but take a cue from Microsoft (cough, cough, choke, choke). Their new Surface Studio looks pretty sweet. I really like the way it can be pivoted from a desktop to a drawing surface. A 30" display would be pretty sweet too.
If you're reading this Apple ...
BRING US A NEW, INNOVATIVE, iMAC ... AND SOON ... PLEASE !!!
My name is Gary Janssen, aka "Ricky". I'm a husband, father and first time blogger. I write about family & life, my favorite sports teams, TV shows and movies, my Apple Mac and my home town of Niagara Falls.