Happy Valentines Day and Happy Mardi Gras fellow Sinners

When you hear about a man talking to himself at the top of a flight of stairs out of sight from the normal business in a casino reportedly trying to get someone to meet him you tend to think the worst. Sometimes you are wrong ..not often but sometimes..

Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day in the City of Sin

by Royal Hopper

A local order keeper (security officer) called to investigate confronted the man as was his duty  discovered the man was not only not up to no good he was up to very good. It seemed at first he was indeed up to no good way as he talked intently on his blue tooth telling a lady and her escorts to meet her at the top of the secreted stairs and would not tell her why.


When you live in a City where you have a paramedic crossing at a busy intersection very little surprises you _ Royal Hopper

Now this sounds ominous on its face and experienced Las Vegas order keepers might be forgiven for thinking the worst in this situation. It turns out he had been drawn into the plan by the sincere pleadings of the man.
The lady’s escorts were in fact on the plan and led the unknowing young lady with the aid of the order keeper sent to check on the situation. As they reached to the top of the stairs the lady’s eyes widened as her escorts spread out in a semi circle waiting for the coming surprise.
She looked up and the puzzlement on her face turned into surprise as she saw …….Her significant other on one knee with a ring in his hand. There on the balcony of a nearly 50-year old theater in a casino that was built when their parents were children and with the sounds of slot machines and black pit bosses and music from a canned music on the PA system echoing in the background…..He Proposed. He proclaimed his love and that is was permanent and asked her to marry him on the balcony of a theater in a Las Vegas casino where Elvis played 837 sold out shows in the days of disco, polyester and leisure suits .

He told her she was the only one for him and with her eyes beaming with adult joy she said yes. The plans were for a Valentines Day celebration of love as fiances.
That is Romantic Dude….punk couple walking.JPG
Mardi Gras and Valentines Day are at opposite ends of the Romance spectrum one is truly and un-apologetically decadent and the other is dedicated to Romantic Love and aspires to be something better than it is …. Then as you walk back down into the casino you see an older man making his way across the floor of a Sin City Icon aided by his walker and eyeglasses as thick as your fingers.
“Phil (not his real name) where the hell are you going ? snaps a shrill female voice as Phil stops and rolls his eyes as he turns his head with considerable effort takes a deep breath and starts to turn his walker in the direction of the voice.
Aint love grand even after many many many years …

As for Mardi Gras the City barely even noticed. In the City of Sin there is no stolid morality to rebel against ..There are always strangers in costumes women willing to raise their tops for cash and beads  and free flowing alcohol  24/7. Its Vegas man Mardi Gras is every day of every week every year. Just ask the man who was hauled in ambulance with a smile on his face uncertain of how he had arrived in the City of Sin..


Las Vegas Baby – Royal Hopper


Happy Valentines Day and Mardi Gras from the City of Sin

Love You Sinners






Valentines Day in the City of Sin

February is a month filled with glow in the City of Sin
As Mardis Gras and Valentines Day occur end to end to end
One is for Sinners Le Bon Temps Roulet
The other for making someone special say Yay
After Ash Wednesday its okay to Sin and confess
Valentines we hope makes the sepcial one say yes
The Pros on both days still hop to get paid
On Valentines and Mardi Gras men young and old hope to get laid
One special lady told a rube two for one
She slipped him a mickey and took his wallet for fun

The Lights and the drama occur again and again and again
Mardi Gras and Valentines are just other days in the City of Sin

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