Sin City Shopping Season, NASCAR and the bold and the homeless

By Royal Hopper

For some reason this shot just appealed to me _ photo by Royal

NASCASR, volleyball players and helicopter pilots called the City of Sin home this week.

This City has got Swagger and confidence like no other..even when it doesn’t make sense on any level…
Good things and bad things happen in this city. A woman won a fortune playing slot machines at a Vegas casino. I was there and brother this chick needed a break trust me. It hailed and rained in the desert this week as thousand of NASCAR fans converged on the city for the big race in the desert shopping season hit the city with full overpriced retail force. Sometimes people leave with more than they arrived here with and people who have sometimes had less of it.

Sin City canine heart strings. This panhandler takes an original approach on a Sin City street Thursday _ Photo by Royal Hopper

You gotta admire a panhandler who knows how to pull on the heart strings of pet lovers as he stands in the middle of a busy intersection.
“Laid off” proclaimed a sign carried by one man as he strode down the middle of a Sin City street while traffic was stopped at a traffic light…”Help me feed my dogs…” the sign read. You know it might work. I think of a grown man going without I might feel an overwhelming urge to but him a hotdog. I see a dog starving I want to take it home. That is of my wife will allow it.

The grandma with the great legs has got to be right there up on the list of Sin City denizens that exist on self confidence and broken eye glasses and lots of Jack Daniels. When you see a pair of legs that look toned and sexy frosted hair Debra Harry ( look up 70s and music) would have been proud of you take notice and then when the eyes look up and the heavily made up face looks older than your 69-year-old Mom …damn I mean damn….OMFG and damn…
A few minutes later I saw a young blond woman with a bandanna and 60s style sunglasses saunter by rockin the Beetles era hipster look with real skill. She wore bell bottoms too and looked really cool man…stop laughing …no damn it stop laughing
Maybe there was a time warp and it was the same person I saw twice …maybe …She looked a lot like the hot chicks in junior who wouldn’t have anything to do with me even then.

The homeless here are bold and down opportunist and loyal _ Photo by Roya

There is a couple that can be seen from the road driving  Tropicana Blvd. tucked in a corner between roadside trees and sidewalk barriers laying on the concrete consuming their hard won victuals like a pair of hungry badly dressed wolves. Another is camped on a median of a highway off ramp where she knows traffic has to stop before darting off onto the residential road even if they run the light. Yet another couple can be seen rolling down a Sin City road wheel chair and shopping cart in tow.
Maybe she reasons that if they want to run into her with their car they would have to put some effort into it _ to do it on purpose so she sits on this concrete and gravel island with thousands of pounds of metal and plastic on either side apparently fearless of the consequences of one of them jumping the curb.
She might weigh 100 pounds on a good day, but I doubt it.

The Strip was full of shoppers from hundreds of countries, cartoon characters, kids, fans working girls and aliens named Fred. (actually I made that up her name was Bligafu which I think means Cocoa Butter Sunset in English either that or Linda)

That’s life in the City of Sin
Rock fellow Sinners
Until next time

PS There may be justice for those killed in last weeks tragic shooting and car wreck that claimed three lives. Las Vegas finest have to prove to an LA judge that the person arrested is indeed the suspect they have sought….

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