Is Las Vegas Opening?

We’re noticing an increase in traffic day-by-day here in Las Vegas. Carl’s Jr. drive-up window didn’t even wear a mask or gloves the last time we pulled through, although that seems to be a one-off. At Del Taco, cash is not allowed, credit card only and they’re still wearing masks/gloves. Even Carl’s Jr. in Primm still had the mask/gloves, so not sure what the Carl’s near our house is doing.

The movers certainly didn’t provide for any social distancing behaviors, although ADT, CenturyLink, the home builders, and everybody else is still taking precautions. The liquor store opened but for delivery only. It’s hard to say what’s going on here.

There is definitely conversation about Las Vegas opening in small ways by mid-May or Memorial Day weekend, although the governor seems to disagree.

Anyway, I thought I’d put together some video I’d taken of the Las Vegas Strip sometime before Covid-19 and added some Screamie Birds Music to it. Hope you enjoy! If so, please subscribe and give it a like. Thank you!

Covid-19 Wreaking Havoc with New House

This is all becoming beyond ridiculous! I wrote about how Cox wouldn’t install internet because they’d have to come inside the house. So we’re getting internet from CenturyLink because, supposedly they wouldn’t have to be in the house.

As it turns out, the wires inside the panel don’t have fittings and he can’t come inside the house so he’s installing the router temporarily inside the garage. Once we get the fittings and necessary tool, we can move it inside the house. He showed me what to do as we stood six feet apart. Then Rich came home and it was explained to him.

So what’s the difference standing six feet apart in our garage or going up the top of the top of the stairs by himself to install the fittings himself? (I know, rules are rules.)

I am beyond furious over all of this stupidity! I may bury my head in my studio and never come out again!

The good news is traffic is picking up here in Las Vegas. Businesses are opening. Wynn is even talking about opening his casino by Memorial Day weekend – with precautions, of course.

Something good may come of this yet. Who really needs to high/five or fist bump? And I really prefer my own space when I’m dining in public.

And, yes, that is the pan for the washer, which is another adventure in itself.

No Fridge During #Covid19

We opted not to buy the refrigerator or washer and dryer from the builder and we’re glad we made that choice because a) you save a lot buying them yourself and b) the builders were having difficulty getting those appliances during this crazy time.

But moving into a house without a refrigerator is a bit inconvenient. But fear not. Rich found a great deal from a Home Depot and scheduled delivery for yesterday. They called is the night before and confirmed delivery would be happening between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Great! We got up early, finished packing the car and the cats and drove over to the new house. Around 10 am we got a call from GE saying the delivery would be delayed until May 6th!! We called Home Depot and after waiting for close to an hour finally got through with no real satisfaction about why they’d confirmed delivery the night before or why we hadn’t been given more notice.

The only thing they offered was to delivery a generic floor model until our refrigerator could be delivered. This is supposed to happen sometime before noon today. We will see.

But the crazy part in addition to all of that is that we couldn’t go to Lowe’s or RC Willey because they would only drop off the refrigerator – no installation is provided during this pandemic. Same story as Cox.

More ridiculousness! These are essential services. If we’re supposed to stay home with stocked groceries for 2 weeks at a time, how are we supposed to do that without a refrigerator?

Construction is essential. Handymen are essential. Why aren’t installation services for internet and appliances not essential? Obviously, Home Depot is doing it even if they screwed it up.

This is what I find so infuriating about how this “Bob” situation is being handled. When we went under contact last October, we knew nothing of this oncoming crisis. What’s making to so much worse is a) social media and b) politicians.

It’s much easier to tell people to #stayhome or “shelter in place” (I despise that phrase – it’s so disrespectful). The bigger and better job is to figure out the medical and lifestyle solutions.

The Walk Through and “When Will Disney Theme Parks Open and When Will We Cruise Again?”

We had our walk through yesterday and it wasn’t the strangest experience doing this for the fifth time but with us all wearing masks. And let me tell you, it was hot and stuffy and sweaty and I thought I would faint wearing a mask for that long (two hours). I thought for sure the home builder rep would think I was sick and had a fever – lol!

While I was originally onboard with the idea of wearing masks at Disney (imagine the cute Disney designs), I’m rethinking my desire to wear one at all for more than a trip to the grocery store (which Rich does anyway, so I’m not even doing that). So the question is, “If/when Disney parks open soon, do you or will you go? The same for cruise ships.

Like us, you’re probably reading all the articles and watching videos on new restrictions as they develop with thoughts of what a Disney theme park may look like and how the cruise world may change forever. How do you feel about that?

I’m not sure how I (we) feel about it. I don’t need parades, fireworks, meet n greets or buffets. But I’m not sure a vacation with too many restrictions will feel like a vacation. Of course, I’m also not sure if we should change things so drastically and so permanently during an temporary crisis. Sure, maybe in the interim to save the parks and cruise lines, but not in the long term.

In the short term, though, if you’re like me and like to travel and cruise and read about travel and cruising, you might want to check out my novels, which are often set on cruise ships or some other fun location (like Las Vegas). I highlighted them in today’s post here: If You Can’t Cruise (or Travel), Do the Next Best Thing.

French Martini & Cocktail Video (Inspired by Disney, Cruising, Las Vegas, California, Florida)

With the release of French Martini on Kindle, I was inspired to create a video looking back at our life through cocktails – lol! This was so much fun to put together (PS – a link to a recipe for a French Martini is in the video description). Enjoy! Also, please subscribe, like, and/or comment on the video. Thank you!