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Carlos’n Charlie’s At The Flamingo

When in Vegas, there are plenty of dining options to choose from. There is no shortage of buffets, bars, or any other type of food you might have a hankering for. If you have a particular love for Mexican cuisine, and you like the bar scene, Carlos’n Charlie’s might be the place for you.

Carlos’n Charlie’s is similar to Senor Frogs, and they are located in the Flamingo. They have the DJ who plays a lot of fun party music, they hand out free shots here and there and they may even have a silly contest or two. People in this bar tend to get a bit wild and crazy, from my experience.

The food is good. I’ve tried several different items on the menu and all are wonderful. I particularly enjoy there appetizer platter, everything on it is quite tasty. The ribs are also great. You will not be disappointed by portions.

If you look on Groupon, you may find a voucher for food and two hours of unlimited drinking. This can be dangerous because they tend to pour their drinks a little strong. They give you a choice of tap beer or the frozen margaritas.  I like the margaritas because they are served in a glass you can keep and you can choose to mix flavors together.

For more information on Carlos’n Charlie’s, please visit: https://www.caesars.com/flamingo-las-vegas/restaurants/carlos-n-charlies-las-vegas#.WUrzM9yQxhE

Check Out The 40 Fingers Band of Eau Claire, Wisconsin

This upcoming weekend is Father’s Day, and while I love my Dad, unfortunately I have another engagement to attend, so I cannot be with him to celebrate. As a tribute to how cool my father is, I have decided to tell the world a little more about one of his favorite pass times. My Dad has been in a band since he was a boy, he is a self-taught drummer, and his ambition never ceases to amaze me. Today, my dad still remains a kick ass drummer and singer, which if you notice, is a commodity, because many drummers do not sing due to the concentration and multi-tasking required to maintain the beat.

If you are in the Eau Claire area on a Saturday night, or possibly the surrounding area, chances are you will be able to find my father’s band, 40 Fingers, playing somewhere. The band consists of four members: Dave Ambers (drummer), Laura Reali (Keys, Alto Sax.), Hal Ahlers (Bass), and Cory Miller (Guitar). All of the members of the band are wonderful singers.

If you love to dance and you enjoy a variety of music, this band would be perfect for you. They play a wide selection of music from old to new and country to rock. Laura does a great job belting out Ex’s and Oh’s, while Cory has the perfect voice for “Love Shack.” My dad, Dave, does a great job with the song “Temptation Eyes,” and Hal is awesome with “No Matter What,” and no matter what they are playing, every member of the band has a great sense of humor and they have fun all through each gig.

While I am definitely partial to 40 Fingers, I can genuinely say that very few bands meet my expectations, because of how solid my father’s band sounds. Even though they play in some smaller towns, they have a big sound and they draw in several regulars, everywhere they go. If you haven’t heard 40 Fingers, I encourage you to check them out. I love to wander around and listen to what the audience has to say about the band; it’s always positive and people always comment on how much fun they are having.

40 Fingers does have a few regular locations that they play at, which are as follows: Jake’s Tiki Bar (Menomonie), Gilligan’s Tiki Bar (Chetek), Sammy’s Pizza (Eau Claire), Big Swedes (Holcomb), VFW on Starr (Eau Claire), VFW on Folsom (Eau Claire). To find out where 40 Fingers will be playing next, please visit: http://40fingersband.com/index.html

For more information on the 40 Fingers band, please check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/40-Fingers-817262014961407/

Love The Beatles Love

As previously noted, Las Vegas has some great shows available to the public. The Cirque shows are pretty awesome. My favorite Cirque show is Beatles Love, which I will absolutely go back and see again some time.

If you are a big fan of the Beatles, or music in general, this show does not disappoint. The audience is seated all the way around the stage. There is a ton to look at. You could definitely see this show multiple times and still feel like there were things you hadn’t noticed previously.

You have so many colors and acrobatics going on at eye level, as well as in the air. You have stage props and music galore. The stage changes and the different levels of action do not cease to amaze. You will feel as if you are a part of the show. It can be a little overwhelming if you have ADD, but that’s what makes it exciting and makes you want to come back again.

I can definitely say that the music was great. This show features a lot of the Beatles hit songs. The action goes right along with the music and paints you a picture of what may have been going on in the minds of the Beatles as they wrote each song.

For tickets or more information on the Beatles Love, please visit: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/beatles-love?kbid=2584521&cvosrc=ppc.google.the%20beatles%20love&cvo_crid=196250645947&Matchtype=ecid=ps:lve_us-nv-01_multi:phd-LOVE-google-search:Phd:Google%20Search:tks:phd&adsrc=Phd&adcnt=Google%20Search&bu=rsd&utm_medium=paid-search&utm_source=Phd&utm_content=Google%20Search||ticket-sales|phd||||rsd&utm_campaign=phd-LOVE-google-search|residentshow|love|LAS-VEGAS-NV-US|multi

 

Adventures In House Hunting

Here’s another great adventure that I am currently a part of; finding a new home. We sold our house a week ago today and we have a little over a month to move out. We have looked at roughly fifteen houses and I am already tired of this search, but frequently my exhilaration is renewed, so this too shall pass.

Now this isn’t your typical adventure, but it is an adventure none the less. The feelings a person goes through when selling their home can be all over the board. We had our house sold in 48 hours; ten days later, after playing all sorts of mind games, our buyer bailed. Talk about frustrating. I didn’t want to relist our house, I was bummed. The house went again in 48 hours. The new buyer offered us a better deal and made our lives much easier. My husband and I are very happy with the outcome.

When you look for a house there are so many things to keep in mind. How big is it? Do the room sizes fit your needs? Does it have a ton of stairs, or is everything on one level? Is there enough garage space to accommodate my toys? How much can I afford to spend? Do I want to live in the city or the country? How much are the taxes? What sort of heat source does it have? I could go on for days. There are so many questions to answer before making a decision on what houses you will actually go see and on top of that the market is moving so fast the house could be sold before you get to it.

We have been looking at homes online for months now. It is exhausting, especially when you have a time crunch, which makes it even more stressful. We were very interested in one house and it was bought out from under us. Now we have two possibilities. Today we made an offer on one of those homes.

After deciding to make our offer we found out there is another offer out there, so I am going on faith that if we get this home, it’s meant to be. If our offer is not accepted then I will take that as a sign to continue looking, because something better is out there. Despite all of this, my stomach feels a little sick. I am not very patient when waiting for important news; I am working on improving that.

This time tomorrow we will know whether or not our offer has been accepted. As I say this, note I am still looking at houses online, even though I am tired of the house hunt. To all of you out there who are in the same situation, happy hunting, and may you find your dreams being answered. I know whatever happens, in a little over a month we will be moving into our new home and the thought of that is completely satisfying and makes this all worth the time and effort we have put in.

An Evening With Cher

If you are a looking for great shows in Las Vegas, always keep an eye out for the short term performers that visit. During our last trip to Las Vegas we found out that Cher would be performing at the Monte Carlo. My family was all over that; my uncle said he would pay anything to see her, so we made it happen. Luckily we didn’t have to pay an astronomical price. We had balcony seats but it was worth it and we still had a great view.

We bought tickets for her first performance of the series, which was on May third. We had no idea what to expect since, after all, Cher is now seventy-one years old. I had heard from a friend that she was still very active on stage, so my hopes were pretty high. I didn’t want to miss out on this concert because I had never seen Cher before and with her age it is hard to say how long she will continue to tour.

My husband, Neal, was not so sure he wanted to go to the concert, but after all was said and done, we had a blast. Watching Cher’s concert was like watching a play. Almost every song had different costumes. There were lots of backup dancers that danced alongside Cher. She was on the move pretty consistently. You could tell toward the end she seemed a little tired, but seriously, she’s seventy-one and still shaking her booty on stage, that says a lot.

She didn’t speak a ton, just at the very beginning she told a couple of stories, which were interesting. She stated that she had done a five minute plank earlier that day, which blew my mind. She looks great and you can tell she takes good care of herself. After her short storytelling moment the rest of the concert was full force ahead.

The music sounded great. There was one song that they did over because Cher had a costume glitch and was stuck singing backstage, but it was cool to see what the choreography was like once she came out from behind the curtain. I thoroughly enjoyed this show and I could not take my eyes off of her or the set. I took a ton of photographs and I plan to make a coffee table book dedicated to Cher.

If you want to see Cher, I would wholeheartedly recommend this concert. She did all of the hits including songs with Sonny where they projected him on the big screen and played the recording of him singing his parts. I would even go as far as to see this concert again, it was that much fun.

For more information on Cher tickets, please visit: https://www.montecarlo.com/en/entertainment/parktheater.html

When I Said Groupon Could Be Addicting, I Meant It

So, this isn’t your traditional adventure article. I would say that what I am about to talk about is a type of adventure, but not of the traveling sort. A few months back I came across a Groupon for Ukulele lessons. The Groupon was in the five dollar deal section, so naturally I bought it, and no, I did not own a Ukulele.

Clearly after buying a five dollar Groupon for Ukulele lessons, that means one must purchase a Ukulele, so I did what I always do, I looked to Amazon.com; my other favorite website. I managed to find a Ukulele for a decent price that also received great reviews. Upon finding out that I purchased a Ukulele, my husband informed me that he expects me to be able to play happy birthday on it, by his birthday, which is July fifth.

I have no idea how to even tune this thing. I have never played a stringed instrument before. I did however teach myself to play “Walking on Sunshine,” on the Ocarina a couple of months ago, so this should be simple, right?

I now have less than a month to do this and we are in the process of moving to a new home. Our home is sold, but we have not yet found a home to move into, nor do we know which city we are moving to. I should not have procrastinated so much, but then I guess other things have kept me busy.

I see myself, come August, sitting around a campfire while camping, playing a tune on my Uke. If not playing, really pretending to know what I’m doing. Fake it until you make it, right? Nah, I’ve got this, perhaps I’ll post a video of my achievements in the near future. Until then, always look for an adventure, whether it’s traveling or trying something new.

Ixtapa: My Favorite Place In Mexico

Now that it’s nice out, let’s talk about one of my favorite getaways from the cold weather. My family has long been in love with one specific location in Mexico. While several of us have visited other locations, we keep coming back to Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo.

Ixtapa is located on the Pacific side of Mexico. While you might see a few raindrops on occasion, this sort of weather is very rare in March, which is when we tend to visit. We love this locale because of the weather, the beaches, and the easy walk to the markets and restaurants.

While the water is a little rougher on this side, you can still spend time sunbathing and playing in the waves. Last year, while riding the waves, I had to choose between my new sun hat and my swimsuit bottoms, so obviously, the waves claimed my hat. You definitely need to be a strong swimmer to endure the current. If you get too far out the life guards will make you come in. I imagine somewhere there is a very trendy seagull with a black and white floppy brimmed hat.

If you are into massage, there are several tents setup on the beach where community massages take place. Be sure to bring pesos, because they charge you more if you give them cash, which makes no sense at all since cash is worth more than pesos to begin with. These massages will run you anywhere from twenty to thirty dollars for an hour. I still give a tip, but you can’t really beat the price. A word of caution, if you are a male, the women have been known to get a little up close and personal with their massages. It’s not a traditional happy ending, but you could be someone’s next husband if you aren’t careful.

When we visit Mexico we tend to do an all-inclusive stay so that we don’t have to leave the resort unless we want to. Some of the beach front hotels are definitely nicer than others. I have stayed at the Holiday Inn, which was previously El Presidente, and while they had nice accommodations and a beautiful property, I have been to resorts with better food options. The first resort I ever stayed at in Mexico was the Park Royal, and I very much enjoyed my stay. The food was excellent and they had this cool club where you could have drinks, play pool, or lounge on the lounge beds. I have fond memories of this resort, although one person in our party did have an ant problem in their room. Some of my other family members have also stayed at Kristal, Tesoro, and Barceló. Any one of these resorts would be a nice option.

While in Ixtapa you have many options for activities. I recommend visiting the little activity hut down the street from the hotels, they have given us great deals on many different excursions. Some of the things you can take part in are as follows: horseback riding, kayaking, ATV tours, snorkeling, tours of Zihuatanejo, and fishing. The two snorkeling excursions I went on included pickup at our hotel and drop-off at our snorkeling location, with lunch and one beverage, as well a return to our hotel; it was roughly twenty-five dollars per person. You can’t really beat that price either.

While I am sure that most tourist destinations in Mexico provide a great time, I will continue to visit Ixtapa. There is just something about Ixtapa that makes it feel extra special to me.

 

For more information on Ixtapa, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixtapa

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/central-pacific-coast/ixtapa