For the long holiday weekend I decided to leave the comforts of my downtown neighborhood and head for the ‘burbs…man was I nervous. Outside of downtown Las Vegas and the areas surrounding the Strip everything looks the same. Lots of tan, light brown, dark brown and dirt brown buildings. Sometimes I wonder how anyone tells anything a part.
Not that there’s anything wrong with brown, I love brown. I just like a little variety in my architecture.
Anyhoo, back to my holiday weekend adventures…
I actually stayed close to home on Friday, because KCEP had their inaugural ‘Friday Night Party’ at Bagatelle inside the Tropicana Hotel to jump start the Memorial Day weekend. Drinks were 2 for 1, which is great since Bagatelle isn’t known for their cheap libations. I had a great time hanging out with some of the Power 88 staff that I don’t get to see very often and I got to play in the Dj booth—okay, really I just got in their way.
I headed down to check out the Crawfish Festival in Henderson. I don’t have anything nice to say, so I will just say, I could’ve had a V-8.
I headed even further away from civilization to Lake Las Vegas for the Tacos and Tequila festival. I had a blast. The food, the tequila, the dancing, the tequila…did I mention the tequila? I love the Mexican culture, art and the elaborate dress.
I purchased a beautiful print from local Las Vegas artist, Niki J Sands. A striking portrait of a lady called “Paranymph”. There was something about this painting that spoke to me…It was love at first sight. I plan to find the perfect frame and hang her in my bedroom. Towards the end, after way too many ‘samples’ of tequila my friend Mayra and I decided to end the day by dancing in the fountains…It looked like so much fun someone else decided to join us (see the first picture). However, security didn’t think our idea was so great. Oh well, I think that was an official YOLO moment, and I don’t regret it. What I do regret was sitting my beautiful picture down, because someone with very sticky fingers picked it up and walked off with it.
All I can say is Karma people, Karma.
No worries, I have ordered another one and she will be hanging from my wall in a few weeks.
I didn’t plan to do much, just hang out with friends and barbeque; however, I had some devastating news delivered via Facebook. One of my highschool friends that I’ve stayed in contact with through all these years was brutally murdered on Sunday morning.
It sounds cliché, but she was a beautiful woman, inside and out. Rosaline was nicer than I can ever hope to be, she had a light-hearted spirit and a pure heart. I honestly don’t know anyone who didn’t like her. I used to tease her about how many pictures she posted on Facebook…now I’m thankful we have so many to remember her with.
She read this blog and supported me and my vision. She once told me that she was proud of me, and that meant so much, I don’t even know if she knew how much. Really, there are no words to how heartbreaking this is for so many of us. It hurt my heart to write this post today, it all seemed so silly and frivolous to babble about my weekend, after what the world has lost. But, I had to push on because she was proud of me for trying to go after my dreams with both hands, and I was blessed to be able to call her my friend.
This blog post is dedicated to my friend.
Rosaline Ransom 1980-2013
Cheers, my friend.