Sitting on the steps in the City of Sin- Royal Hopper

Sitting on the steps in the City of Sin- Royal Hopper

Money is Sin City, Sin City is Money

By Royal Hopper
There are rules in the City of Sin. Always look both ways crossing the street when the police are chasing you.. . . . . Never take a girl with three false names to your hotel room _ if you don’t have money stay in Idaho and don’t come to Vegas run out of money and fall asleep on the sidewalk when it is 106 degrees in the shade.

One of many sidewalk sleepers seen in the City of Sin last week _ Royal Hopper

One of many sidewalk sleepers seen in the City of Sin last week _ Royal Hopper

The other day I saw a man lying on the ground on Las Vegas Boulevard. He was half dressed and unmoving _ his dirty blue button up blowing in the wind as his unmoving body sprawled on the gray concrete of the Sin City sidewalk. For a split second I thought he was dead, one of the victims of Sin City you seldom hear much about in the news. The ones found in hotel rooms, in bars and yes in hotel rooms.

Then my Sin City BS detector clicked on and I realized he was like just drunk and sans money for a hotel room _ he was as the old song goes sleeping on the sidewalk..

There is a phenomenon perhaps not exclusive to the City of Sin but certainly more noticeable. People who come here sometimes just flop down on a convenient section of Sin City sidewalk or landscaped corner and sprawl on the ground in plain sight of passersby and the local constabulary and directly under the glare of the harsh desert sun.

A City of Sin sidewalk sitter - Royal Hopper

A City of Sin sidewalk sitter – Royal Hopper

For whatever reason this time of year you see people laying on the grass flat out unconscious some of them dirty and hopeless some in expensive shoes and recently cleaned $ 150 shorts _ all just sleeping on the ground.

Down the block a couple laid on a section of landscaped grass a few yards apart their possessions in a pile against a nearby light pole the male flopper had propped himself up. Heading further into the suburbs you see the three amigos. Three bearded ner do wells in their usual spot drinking beer and toasting the sunrise and waving at commuters as they drive by.
Three more floppers are sitting on sidewalks as you head down Tropicana further into suburbia. Just another day in the City of Sin, just another commute home from the comfortable neon salt mines called casinos that dot the City of Sin’s highways and byways.

walking in the City of Sin - Royal Hopper

walking in the City of Sin – Royal Hopper

Just another day in the City of Sin
Take Care Sinners

Love You guys

lounging at a Sin City bus stop - Royal Hopper

lounging at a Sin City bus stop – Royal Hopper

As much a part of the landscape as casinos and cocktails _ photo by Royal Hopper

As much a part of the landscape as casinos and cocktails _ photo by Royal Hopper

The Daisy Chain and you have what you bring

By Royal Hopper

Lets start this weeks missive off with a test . . . . .

They are coming man ..they are _ Photo by Royal Hopper

They are coming man ..they are _ Photo by Royal Hopper

Las Vegas is a happy place full of rainbows and unicorns and pretty girls who love ugly poor guys where nothing bad ever happens .ever and you can walk down the street naked without a worry or care ..yaaaaaaaayyyy yaaaaaayyyy yaaaaaayyyy..

Sin City baby ... all about the Fairy Tale - Photo by Royal Hopper

Sin City baby … all about the Fairy Tale – Photo by Royal Hopper

True or false ?? No really true or false
No of course not dumbass Las Vegas is a dangerous place dedicated to decadence, wealth and making money for guys named Biff and Little Jimmy and the Proton group. The daisy chain came to the City of Sin once again this .. . . . Ravers from all of North America descended on Sin City..

They danced half naked _ dressed like Indians, Pirates giant anthropomorphic cats and Anime characters named something that doesn’t translate particularly well and people all over the city stopped as the daisy chain was passing by and said .. . . “oh look naked people in costume . . . . again I wonder whats for lunch. . . .”

This city is built on mass produced decadence and illusions of uniqueness hundreds of half naked dancing the stoned night away barely warranted a second look or to paraphrase Anne Rice’s famous vampire hero. .. The City of Sin already fed on the blood of the innocent ..Our precense there barely stirred a whisper. I always loved that line .

The bright colors of summer _ photo by Royal Hopper

The bright colors of summer _ photo by Royal Hopper

When you come to Vegas you will have exactly what you bring with you.. If you are a drunk you will be a drunk surrounded by cheap and plentiful alcohol. If you are a horn dog you will be in a city full of pros and horny cougars with time to waste and your girlfriend or soon to be ex wife will be surrounded by good looking professional liars and pick up artists.

Vegas will not make you badder or better looking and except for a few of the more talented professional gamblers ..it will not make you richer.

If you are constantly battling Mr Ganja I promise you someone in your hotel has a truck load of it. Vegas does not change who you are. Chances are unless you are actually one of those rare talents the casinos are always chasing away if you are broke when you arrive you will be broke when you leave. It doesn’t create the demons inside you but it does often let them out to play.

The sign says it all _ Photo by Royal Hopper

The sign says it all _ Photo by Royal Hopper

To the dude walking down the street dressed like Cochise with the X-babe clinging to his arm. “Dude you do know that when she stops tripping and figures out what planet you are on ..shes going to ditch you. You know that right. Is that right ..Is that justice ..Is that the fairy tale you were sold when you booked this vacation..

No..but it is life in the City of Sin
Take care Sinners
Love you all

Dude the Village People are not cliche _ photo by Royal Hopper

Dude the Village People are not cliche _ photo by Royal Hopper

It is called the City of Sin for a reason by Royal Hopper

It is called the City of Sin for a reason by Royal Hopper

The Logic of Sin ..City that is

By Royal Hopper
A man walks down the middle of the street his hands cupped his back bent a poorly affected look of desperation on his weather beaten face.
One might guess that he is so poor that he cant afford a piece of cardboard and a marker to make a sign saying something about ninjas having stolen his wallet and he needs karate lessons to get it back or even the famous “Hungry, Homeless anything helps” standard.

Sin baby Sin by Royal Hopper

Sin baby Sin by Royal Hopper

In the modern corporate Sin City_ it seems, even bums pinch pennies for cost efficiency. Why spend dough on a sign and pen when you have hands and junior high drama class acting lessons.

This week lets talk about parties. There are certain rules to having a party in the confines of a Sin City hotel.

1.) You have to tell the hotel you are having the party. I just invited a few friends over to watch movies and someone broke out the cocaine simply will not do.

2.) Do not post the party on Facebook and make sure you have room for the people who are invited. Hotel rooms are made for six or seven people at most a even dozen if it is an average suite.. Many more than that and you will probably be asked to leave and will likely be felt up buy the strange cross dressing genderless figure who snuck in with his sister/brother/cousin Fred.

3) Do not start group chants that echo through the hallways of the hotel you are staying in ..This is crazy and will get you kicked out ..and don’t shout random quotes from horror movies or cheers from your high school football days as words like “kill em all kill em all dead dead dead.will probably get you evicted and/or arrested and put im the same cell with guys who have long conversations with Elvis and other people who have been dead for 30 years.

a jogger _ Royal Hopper

a jogger _ Royal Hopper

4) Lastly put some damn clothes on before you leave the room ..even in Las Vegas walking around a casino in your underwear and bathrobe is a little crazy.. . . .

That’s life in the City of Sin

Take care Sinners

by Royal Hopper

by Royal Hopper

Tattoo truck being towed by Royal Hopper

Tattoo truck being towed by Royal Hopper

A growing problem in the City of Sin drunken bicycling _ Royal Hopper

A growing problem in the City of Sin drunken bicycling _ Royal Hopper

Entitled Decadence

By Royal Hopper
A bearded man holding a sign screams for all he is worth as he stands on the median of a busy Sin City Boulevard pointing at the sign he holds and then at the cars driving past him. Then he screams again and points again and screams again. He is intoxicated crazy and he will not be ignored by people who are on their way to work and other unnecessary things.

Early on another morning in the City of Sin a man stumbles across a suburban crosswalk. He is bleary eyed and uncertain but well dressed and the experienced Sin City eye can tell this man has been wrestling with Mr. jack Daniels most of the long hot desert day and night. He is stumbling back toward his residence perhaps deprived of his keys by an alert bartender or security guard.

say cheese _ Royal Hopper

say cheese _ Royal Hopper

He stops in the middle of the crosswalk staring down at the object in his hand uncertain of why it is making noise and traffic on the busy city street stops at that intersection because motorists waiting to turn off the busy road are waiting for him to stop staring at his cell phone and step off the crosswalk. He smiles at the cars and actually attempts to answer his cell phone.

There is a certain kind of entitled decadence in the City of Sin. It is as if some people _ because they are in Las Vegas believe with all their heart it is okay to be a drunken idiot. It is okay to crazy and not care. Its okay. The world will wait while I stand in the middle of road.. Holding a sign and shouting. It will wait while I stumble across an intersection fighting a loosing battle with ethanol babbling on my cell phone ..It will wait. It will.,.. It will wait.

This feeling of entitled decadence seems to cross all lines of wealth and class. It is the seeming motto of the modern day City of Sin. I’m drunk, I’m crazy and I am an asshole (pardon my language but it had to be said) and there is nothing you can do about it.

A Lady and a box _ Royal Hopper

A Lady and a box _ Royal Hopper

It makes old guys like me and my wife curse under our breath and restrain ourselves from gunning the accelerator as various idiots stumble across the road or walk blissfully out into traffic with a smile on their face or a sign in their hands.. What does it mean ? Not a damn thing man.. It is just life in the City of Sin..

Take Care Fellow Sinners
Love you all

Jogger Report

Later still in the week a woman was engaging in the City of Sins latest trend in physical fitness Drunk Jogging . That’s when you are _ you know drunk or stoned .. . . . . . . . An begin jogging down the street for know reason in particular.

She started stumbling down a Sin City back street and then stopped and decided she had to get where she was going in a hurry and ran down the boulevard like a seasoned jogger who had wrestled with Jack Daniels all night and lost. She was obviously not sure of where she was going but seemed sure she would get there faster if she jogged.

dumpster diving early in the Morning - Royal Hopper

dumpster diving early in the Morning – Royal Hopper

no this way wild hair guy _ Royal Hopper

no this way wild hair guy _ Royal Hopper

A Sin City denizen makes his way down a city sidewalk last week his six string slung on his back _ Royal Hopper

A Sin City denizen makes his way down a city sidewalk last week his six string slung on his back _ Royal Hopper

The usual typical things

by Royal Hopper

It’s a long day in the city of Sin and you curse a little as the group of tourist stumble onto the road giggling as they walk and then a 9-year-old dashes across the busy Sin City road smiling like 30 pounds of cuteness with eyes as the Toyota in the right lane misses her by ten feet.

Its cool by desert standards almost pleasant like the weather spirits are waiting to spring the bad news of 110 degree days and the images of pale tourists from Canada and Idaho passing out in the desert sun.

Like most days driving down the streets of Sin City you see the obvious, usual things.

This huge painting of the Terminator himself graced the side of a Sin City hotel all last week and more to come - Royal Hopper

This huge painting of the Terminator himself graced the side of a Sin City hotel all last week and more to come – Royal Hopper

As you drive you might notice the group of yuppie hipsters in their trendy $300 cut downs playing catch with bottle of $10 beer while the groups token Goth rolls her eyes at them stumbling toward their cars with inane giggles on their drunken faces.

Ahead of them more tourists with crew cuts all wearing the same cammo bal caps advertising a feed store in Nebraska. Gis or Marines on a Holiday ??? Football players with bad fashion sense ??who knows..

As you leave the burbs you curse a little as a child darts across the road through traffic because her parents are off making bets on a four team parley and groups of tourists standing in the median while locals late for work honk at them and scream obscenities while they wave and struggle to get just the right focus of their friends standing on the sidewalk with their favorite bar in the background.

Jesus saves says one sign held by a man standing in the road ..Homeless Hungry says another sign held by a man who walks out into traffic as cars stop for traffic light.

This is what it looks like. Two senior citizens out for a walk _ Royal Hopper

This is what it looks like. Two senior citizens out for a walk _ Royal Hopper

You see the usual things as you drive down a street in Sin City. You see two working girls having words with another as she walks the opposite way down the boulevard. You see the usual things as you drive past the police cars with lights flashing and the younger of the hardened group of Sin City’s finest standing by the car looking a bit pale and ill as they examine the scene of an accident. You see the usual things and then you turn down the road toward your workplace for another day of work in the City of Sin.
That’s life in Sin City Baby

Ciao Sinners

Da da da da da Batman _ Royal Hopper

Da da da da da Batman _ Royal Hopper

This person was curled up in a ball for unknown reasons on a Sin City street late last week - Royal Hopper

This person was curled up in a ball for unknown reasons on a Sin City street late last week – Royal Hopper

Off the Grid

By Royal Hopper

A lone person squats in the darkness by a stream of running water soaking an old shirt in the water and periodically wringing the cloth out in the water as it rushes over the black stone they squat on looking for all the world like an extra in a movie about pioneers.

The smell of oil and sand, decades old grime, alcohol and desperation is everywhere. Just where is this mysterious washer woman washing her or his soiled linens. Just a minute and I will tell you. Keep reading..

a lady taking pictures - Royal Hopper

a lady taking pictures – Royal Hopper

cityscape by Royal Hopper

cityscape by Royal Hopper

There is an entire subset of Sin City citizens that lives on the edge in between the margins like the pioneers like homeless extras in an old John Wayne cowboy movie. (Look it up) Normally they are all but invisible but if you look you can see them. Washing their clothes in the stream of run off on dark city streets.

Some like the woman seen wandering into Wal_Mart last week dressed like an extra in a Madonna music video or a really dedicated Jackie O (look them up both of them)
fan as if Camelot had been reborn at the big box store near you.

Jesus Saves says one sign on the boulevard as you make your way south away from the Sinniest part of Sin City and toward the suburbs. Hungry and homeless says another sign held by another sign holder as you drive toward the relative safety of the burbs. In another place and another dimension stumbles up the counter of an over priced casino café and throws an undetermined number of bills on its shiny stone surface and points at an item in glass shelf beneath it. His clothes are expensive _ his jewelry equally so. He doesn’t have a clue what things actually cost and looks confused when the clerk rings the item up and hands him his change.

a cityscape 2 by Royal Hopper

a cityscape 2 by Royal Hopper

There are dozens more _ but lets get back to our person by the “stream..”
They are washing their clothing in the time honored manner of all third world pioneers as the metal framed cart containing the bulk of their clothes sits close by _ partially shielding them from onlookers until the light from the crescent moon glints of the polished metal giving the washer and her dirty laundry away.

Then as the clouds pass by the sliver of moon in the sky the stream of water the lobe figure hunches over reveals the reflected neon glory of the jungle the person labors to wash their clothes in _ the urban jungle that is . The lone figure washing their clothes isn’t in some benighted third world country like Borneo or Alabama.. There are birds nearby to be sure but they are bright neon birds and neon trees and digital picture of half naked dancers and glasses of wine 30 feet tall. This is in the heart of Sin City. The back stone they squat on is asphalt and the stream is run off from one of the rare desert rain storms and the wagon that holds their possessions is a shopping cart.

a guitar man and his dog _ Royal Hopper

a guitar man and his dog _ Royal Hopper

. People live entire lives in their heads sometimes just feet away from people who live entire lives off, off grid washing their clothes in a stream on the street.
I tried to get a picture but it was night and I was driving.

That is life in the City of Sin

Take Care Sinners

Man enjoys the desert spring time sun. Spring is one of the few times a year the oppressive desert sun is pleasant - Royal

Man enjoys the desert spring time sun. Spring is one of the few times a year the oppressive desert sun is pleasant – Royal

Wearing black socks

By Royal Hopper

A man pauses for a minute suit case in one hand and mixed drink in the other as he searches for the third thing in the trifecta of things this city can legally “sometimes” legally offer. His black shorts are highlighted by black socks and black sandals.. And a ubiquitous Hawaiian shirt. Las Vegas is built on Gambling alcohol and that thing women in short skirts named Snowbunny can offer. That is not what this man is looking for and not the question that haunts the mind of every Sin City denizen who sees this man stumble toward the smell of something in the distance. What is the question stayed tuned for the answer.cityscape

As Somebody once said The City of Sin is obsessed gambling, drinking, the first two of the trifecta the city can legally offer. . . Of course it can also offer cheap or not so cheap hook ups, and illegal substances but those are you know illegal unless the purveyor is sober and gives it away for free The third part of the legal Sin City Trifecta is something we all have at one time or another . . . . It is . . . . . . . . Wait for it . . . . . . . . . Yes Breakfast.. . . . . .

There is always someplace in the City of Sin you can get all these things. You can always gamble. . . . . . You can always drink and yes you can always get a plate of scrambled eggs and some unhealthy

working man at workll

working man at workll

breakfast meats in the desert city named The Meadows by a likely intoxicated Spanish explorer in the early 19th century.

Las Vegans . Both native, residents and frequent visitors . . . Who I refer to as Sinners know all these things. They don’t sweat breakfast. . . .It is every where they worry about other things. They worry if the Cowboys can pull off 10 wins next season or if the Redskins can pull of six because preseason bets have been posted and the odds are okay. They worry if Rory Mcilroy is worth the 3 to 1 odds posted in his chances to win the Wells Fargo classic. They worry about who is going to win this years fight of the century.
What is the question that haunts all Sinners as they wind their way through the day in the City of Sin.ugly sign guy

Can someone really look cool in black shorts, black socks and

You judge _ Royal Hopper

You judge _ Royal Hopper

black sandals with a suitcase in one hand and

sign guy again _ Royal Hopper

sign guy again _ Royal Hopper

a drink in the other..
Are you kidding me

Thats life in the City of Sin

Take care Sinners