Saturday, June 26, 2010

Viva Las Vegas!

Back in early June, my Mom and I went out to Las Vegas for a week's vacation. Mom's a veteran of Vegas, having been out there nearly a dozen times over the last 20 years. This was my first visit there, however, and I had a heck of a good time! Here's just a few of the more than 400 photos I took. (No, I won't bore you with them all.)

We explored all of the big hotels. Many of them are themed both in exteriors and interiors, in a style reminiscent of Disney's theme parks. I particularly liked The Paris Hotel, as well as Caesars Palace:







We stayed at The Flamingo Hotel, where I made lots of new friends!:







We took a side trip out to Arizona one day to see a great big hole in the ground:




Of course, we had to stop in at Madame Tussaud's to visit with some old friends too. Here I am swingin' with my pallies, Frank, Dean and Sammy:



I hung out with Shirley Maclaine for a bit:



It was great to see one of my favourite gals. Marilyn was of course looking spectacular!:



I swapped card tricks with a magician, providing my own souvenir deck that was kindly presented to me by the friendly folks who line Las Vegas Blvd:



In fact, I used my collector cards to help Hef choose some new girlfriends:



I was even able to spare a few of them for Elvis, who gratefully responded, "Thank yuh, thank yuh veruh much!"



I ran into a few contemporary stars too. Here I am chatting up Angelina, trying to convince her to ditch whatsisname so we can duck out for a night on the town:



Since that didn't end well, I decided instead to give Buffy a hickey:



Finally, Mom and I did our best to help out President Obama with his busy schedule.
"Hello, what's that again? You say you're the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Hooper? I'm sorry, but President Obama isn't in right now..."

12 comments:

Justin Hartley said...

That pic of you and Marilyn is quite possibly the greatest thing I've ever seen Pete hahaha!

RooniMan said...

You lucky! I could be drowning myself in liquor if I had been there.

Belle Dee said...

Ok, that photo of you & Hugh Hefner is my new most favorite photo ever!

john said...

great photos....

Roberto Severino said...

Wow! That must have been one of the best vacations you've ever had. The one with you and the Rat Pack and the Marilyn Monroe photo are priceless.

Do you have any advice on maintaining a clear silhouette in your drawings and not letting the details eat through the silhouette? That seems to be one of my weaknesses and I have a tendency to make some of the details lumpy in my own drawings. I'd love to see you do a post on it.

Jay Amabile said...

GREAT PICS! Vegas rules...not as much as Jersey of course! lol

Bill Field said...

Pete- I am so glad I'm not the only guy that you can tell by looking, their Mom MUST be their Mom... You can REALLY tell that my Mom and I are related to Lyle Lovett as well, hey, but that's OUR burden! Ha! Your'e Mom might give Barack some good ol' Canadian Mom advice! I like the guy, but everyone can use some Mom-sense!(as opposed to nonsense!) Great pictures!

Mitch K said...

HAHAHA MAN PETE, THESE ARE GREAT!!

Jarrett said...

Well, I can see how you get so much character into your designs!! Great pics Pete :) I really enjoyed your performances haha

Pete Emslie said...

Yes, I am very much a human cartoon! :)

ps said...

Nice pictures especially the one with Marilyn, shades of that famous photo of Marilyn and Humphrey Bogart.

Oscar Grillo said...

I recognise Jerry Lewis in khaki trousers but I don't recognise the others.