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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Viva Las Vegas



Tomorrow my wife and I are leaving for Las Vegas. I have to take a class and she is coming along for the R&R. The class I am taking is related to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Enviornmental Design). I know, go figure that there would be a class on energy design in Las Vegas. The city uses enough energy to power ther remainder of the country every day. Anyway, at the end of the week, there is an exam and if I pass, I will be a LEED commissioning agent. That means that any client that wants to build a LEED certified building can contact me to manage the paperwork required for the certification process. I know you're thrilled about this and can't wait to read more about LEED. Maybe I'll do that another day.
One thing that we intend to do while in Vegas is go see the Cirque du Soliel show "Summer of Love", tribute to the Beatles. I have reservations for Tuesday night. For those of you unfamiliar with Cirque du Soliel, they are quite possibly the most amazing troup of acrobats on the planet. Ther performances consist of a combination of live music, dance, acrobatics, and story telling. It is done within the framework of a European circus. The technology required to build thier sets, stages, and some of their aparatus is mind boggling. A couple of years ago we saw "O", which is a water themed show, and I am still amazed at the engineering required to make that show possible. The entire performance platform is a pool in which the depth can be adjusted from virtually zero to over fifteen feet deep. One simply cannot describe it.
Earlier this year I saw a Larry King interview with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Their reaction to the music in this tribute show was that it was better than anything the Beatles ever did. The advance in electronics has made it possible to hear instruments that were in the original recordings but not heard. As a teenager of the 60's, I can still remeber when the first Beatles song "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" had its debut in this country. I was not a Beatles zealot. At the time, I was still a fan of the Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers,The Animals, and The Stones (Rolling Stones). A couple of those names will mean nothing to you younger readers (under 40), if I have any younger readers. I liked the Beatles music, I just didn't buy many of their albums. Now, some forty-five years later, I'm going to take my wife to see a musical tribute to their work. I can't wait.

3 comments:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

How cool. Have fun and let me know how the tribute to the Beatles show turned out. How cool. :)

Travis said...

That looks fantastic. I've only seen the shows on TV and they alwasy fascinate me.

It's good that you get a chance to make time to see it while on a business trip.

Bond said...

I saw Cirque du Soliel in Boston years ago and they are an amazing group of performers...

What you were not into LEED Zeppelin????

Sorry could not help myself...

Good luck with your classes