The Influence of American Ninja Warriors

In my opinion the TV show American Ninja Warrior is the most inspiring reality show and it has changed the way many people look at exercise.

Of course, most of us are not at the level of the athletes we see run the course – however I know many people that have gotten up from their couches and started some sort of exercise because of it.  It could be walking, swimming, class exercises, private instruction or even building parts of a ninja course in your garage or backyard.  There are some gyms that have built these types of obstacles just for the purpose of “ninja” exercise.

My son is one of those people that wants to compete on American Ninja Warrior and can’t wait until he is old enough.  He trains on “ninja” obstacles and I must say I am very proud of his goal (and maybe a little jealous as well).

The one thing to remember is – you shouldn’t go from the couch to the course.  First you should train to get into better physical shape before attempting any ninja-like exercises.  He works out at a gym named Camp Rhino that has a very comprehensive program for adult ninja training (and Saturday classes for kids too).  You might want to try this type of gym before you build an obstacle course in your backyard or garage.

Climbing is a big part of ninja training so you just might want to build a rock wall with a variety of holds screwed in.  You can also have a slack line for balance and other obstacles to train on – getting your upper body strong is essential for doing a ninja course. (Don’t forget to get adequate pads underneath you as well).

There are a few competitors my age, it’s true, but I’m not likely to pursue it, however in my dreams, I crush the course and hit the buzzer too.

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The Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings NV – The oldest (and possibly the coolest) bar in Clark County

There is this incredible saloon about 30 miles south of the 215 just off the I-15 it’s the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings. Exit right when you get to the Terrible’s Hotel & Casino (formerly the Gold Strike) then drive up the hill toward the setting sun and veer right at the fork in the road. Moments later you’ll find the Pioneer Saloon; a place that is a throwback to the days of yesteryear – it’s the location of gunfights and ghost sightings, movie shoots, and video games. I first discovered the place in 2012, when I went for a glider ride in Jean for my birthday (another thing I recommend). The pilot asked us if we had ever been there and said it was a “must see”. He told us it was the oldest continuously operating bar in Clark County… who could resist that. So, when we landed, we headed west towards Sandy Valley.

What a wonderful discovery! The Pioneer Saloon was built in 1913 by local businessman George Fayle. It was formed out of stamped tin from the Sears Roebuck Company—and looks like something out of a ghost town or Western flick with its false front and porch of well-worn boards.  The brass rail at the foot of the bar and the potbelly iron stove are both original. If you look beside the stove, you’ll see a few old bullet holes, the result of a long-ago fight over cheating at cards. The Pioneer is known for having wet many a thirsty miner’s whistle.  The Pioneer may be the nation’s oldest stamped-metal building still standing.

The legend of Clark Gable and Carol Lombard is part of the Pioneer’s history. In 1942, Lombard was flying back to Los Angeles after a tour selling war bonds and her plane crashed into nearby Mount Potosi. As a team struggled to recover her body from the isolated crash site, Lombard’s husband, Clark Gable, waited at the bar in Goodsprings, drunk and inconsolable.  Some people say they feel the two Hollywood stars presence there.

 

The saloon has been featured on TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and made it the site of meet-ups for fans of the paranormal. The Pioneer possesses other movie screen connections as well. It was featured in The Mexican, Miss Congeniality 2, and Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, as well as a scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that got cut out of the movie. It has also manifested as the “Prospector Saloon” in the video game Fallout: New Vegas.

Now in its second century, the Pioneer Saloon remains a beloved watering hole for both locals and visitors from around the world. It’s a popular spot for motorcycle riders as well as star gazers who appreciate the dearth of artificial light. The bar now offers a menu of sandwiches and burgers (try the ghost burger) as well as breakfast. Entertainment is provided by a jukebox, karaoke, and live bands, but the atmosphere of the Pioneer Saloon is certainly enough. I won’t recount all the fun I have had there, but suffice it to say, there have been many memorable moments for my friends & I; including the time we were joined by someone in a random chicken suit, (for no apparent reason)!

Check out the Goodsprings General Store – it’s next to the Pioneer Saloon.  At one time it was the Goodsprings Cafe that served many hungry miners three meals a day. Today it still feeds the locals of Goodsprings, not as a cafe, but it supplies all of the staple foods, like milk, butter, eggs, cheese, meats, and much more. It also has a full line of gourmet foods and chocolates, as well as grilling supplies and a full range of souvenirs.

For information about the Pioneer Saloon go to http://www.pioneersaloon.info.  It’s an eclectic place that you will want to take friends to.

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Hooray it’s Fall in the Las Vegas Valley- Go Outside and have fun

Paseo Trails

The fall season is probably the best season weather-wise in Southern Nevada.  The master-planned community of Summerlin offers more than 230 parks and 150 miles of hiking, walking and bike trails for residents to enjoy.

Many of the parks offer sports fields.  There are basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; baseball, football and soccer fields plus swimming pools.  For the kids in your life, there are many playground areas.  Golfers are offered 9 golf courses to play on – most of these courses are public.

The parks are sprinkled throughout the villages of Summerlin that sits on over 22,500-acres of land.  Most Summerlin neighborhoods also have small pocket parks that contribute to the Summerlin park system. For more information about each park click on this link –http://link.summerlin.com/park.

As of 2018, the Summerlin Trail System is more than 150 miles long and connects local neighborhoods to various amenities throughout the community. The system includes five types of planned trails: street-side, village, bike, regional, and natural.

Upon completion, the trail system will be more than 200 miles long and will connect to more than 2,000 miles of regional trails, making it one of the most comprehensive and efficient trail systems in the southwestern United States.

In 2008, Summerlin along with the Howard Hughes Corp. received the American Trails Developer Award, which is given to developers in recognition of “quality, well designed multi-use trails systems that are integrated into private developments.”

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, adjacent to Summerlin offers 26 hiking trails ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous. The canyon is also suitable for bouldering and rock climbing and has an overnight camp site.

So grab your family and take them for a picnic in one of the many beautiful parks or take a trail and hike or bike – the exercise is good for you.

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I Stay Positive Most of the Time… However

I really hate seeing litter and cigarette butts all over the streets of Las Vegas (and other places it doesn’t belong)!

I don’t understand why some people feel it’s OK to litter! Why can’t they throw their garbage and cigarette butts in a trash container when outside.  Do they treat their own homes that way – leaving trash wherever it drops?  It’s disgusting! Oh, and if you say something to them (and I do) then you are the jerk, not them…

Come on – we live in a community and you are annoying the heck out of your neighbors when you have a cigarette and throw it out the window of your car or stomp it out on the ground and let it blow in the wind and wind up in someone else’s yard (or worse). Clean up your own mess – get an ash tray that has a cover.

I want to show off many areas of Las Vegas when people come to visit and there is nothing worse to go to let’s say Downtown Summerlin and see cigarette butts all over the street.  There are plenty of trash containers in Downtown Summerlin.  Think of it as a little exercise – bend down pick up your butt and walk it to the proper receptacle – you might feel good about having some pride in where you live.

Plus you are setting a good example for the next generation (I don’t mean smoking) by picking up any litter you happen to see.  It shows pride and thoughtfulness and a good lesson for everyone to learn.

I had a friend years ago tell me the reason that he litters is “to create jobs”; then someone must get paid to pick it up. That’s just crazy talk as far as I’m concerned.

We are all responsible for keeping this planet beautiful – just do your part & pick up after yourself. I know it’s easier to throw it out the window, butt (pun intended) have a little bit of class… please… and if you see some trash on the ground – pick that up too.

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Did Al Davis Way replace Dean Martin Drive?

Have you seen all the construction on the new Raiders stadium on Russell Road?  It looks like they are working round the clock for the stadium to be ready for the 2020 football season and the team’s move to Las Vegas.

Plus Al Davis is getting a street named after him – the address of the stadium will be 3333 Al Davis Way.  The original address was 5617 Dean Martin Drive – and no Dean Martin Drive is not going away. There is a small road that notches into the northeast corner of the lot which didn’t have a name. It was simply a connector road between Aldebaran Avenue and Dean Martin Drive.  That connector road is now Al Davis way.

Al Davis, of course, was the Managing General Partner of the Raiders for nearly 50 years. He was an NFL pioneer and was the face of the Raiders as well as its voice and keeper of the Raider mystique. The stadium should absolutely be located on a street bearing his name.

Here is a bit of history of the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders.  The team was established on January 30, 1960; 58 years ago and played their first season in 1960 in Oakland at the Alameda County Coliseum and stayed in Oakland through 1981.  At that time the team moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and stayed there until 1994 when they moved back to Oakland.  In 2020 they are expected to open the season in their new stadium here in Las Vegas.

The team’s first three years of operation was a little shaky with poor on-field performance, financial difficulties, and spotty attendance. In 1963 things started turning around with the introduction of head coach (and eventual owner) Al Davis. In 1967 the Raiders reached the postseason for the first time. The team would go on to win its first and only AFL Championship that year. Al Davis owned the team from 1972 until his death in 2011. Control of the franchise was then given to Al’s son Mark Davis.

In the years between 1967 and now the Raiders won 3 Super Bowls – 1976, 1980 and 1983.  On March 27, 2017, NFL team owners voted nearly unanimously to approve the Raiders’ application to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, Nevada, in a 31-to-1 vote at the annual league meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. The Raiders plan to remain in Oakland through 2018 – and possibly 2019 – and relocate to Las Vegas in either 2019 or 2020, depending on the completion of the team’s planned new stadium.

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Chores are a Good Way for Kids to Learn Responsibility

Giving your kids chores to do around the house is a good way for them to learn responsibility, begin to discover how to be a team player and to function in the real world & even earn some money. I never liked doing chores as a kid however I am grateful for the lessons.

The chores should come with instruction, of course, on how properly to use the washer & dryer, mow the lawn, wash the dishes, clean the bathroom & kitchen, take out the trash, vacuum, dust, sweep, mop etc. You obviously want to ensure that the chores are age-appropriate, there’s no reason to have a 5 year-old handling a lawn mower, but he can help put his clothes in his drawers and take his dishes to the sink. It’s ideal to give them a schedule for some chores (like vacuuming once a week on Tuesday maybe) and then reward them for a job well done – everyone wants to earn money (and deciding how to spend that money leads to other great lessons). Later in life they will be better equipped to live on their own, and with others. I remember the first girlfriend I lived with – she had never operated a washing machine or cleaned a bathroom… can you guess what it was like living with her? It was tough to share chores in my newly discovered adult life with someone who did not understand what chores were or why someone was not still doing them for her.

I’ve heard parents accuse those, like me, who assign chores, of using their children as “slaves” – interestingly some of those parents are now wondering when their 30 year-old is going to move out and start their own life… hmm… I’m sure those things aren’t related.

I’m not saying “pile on the chores”; you still want your children to have a social life and have fun as a kid. However, it’s our job as parents to prepare our kids to someday “leave the nest” and when mine leave, I want them to be self-sufficient. Let’s face it, us parents won’t be here forever.

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Will The Mobsters Come Back to Las Vegas?

Fun (and true) story – we took 60+ friends & clients to the 51’s baseball game last Saturday. I threw out the first pitch (well I was actually the 3rd one to throw out a first pitch). They announced the first guy’s name and gave a list of his accomplishments; competitor at the 2018 Winter Olympics, some kind of high school and college honors and he was wearing the glove that his great grandfather wore with the 1916 Pittsburgh Pirates… then they announced the 2nd guy’s name and he was a WWII veteran, and several other cool things… then they announce “Next up will be Jeff Howard” and that’s all they said. One of my guests overheard a woman behind her ask someone “who is Jeff Howard?” and without skipping a beat she said “Jeff Howard is MY REALTOR”.

 

Everyone in our group seemed to have a great time at the game! We ate nachos, hot dogs and of course peanuts. The kids played with their inflatable aliens and hustled the players for balls & autographs. The weather was amazing – or should I say lack of weather. It was about 71 degrees and no wind or clouds!

The 51’s played a team called the Albuquerque Isotopes! Who names a sports team the Isotopes? Speaking of team names, this is the last season as the 51’s. Next season they will be in their new stadium in downtown Summerlin and they will be rebranded again (when I first moved to town in 1993 they were the Stars). The new name has not been decided and you can help them choose if you’d like by clicking here; https://las-vegas-51s.apps.umbel.com/217/new-name/ I like Las Vegas Mobsters… I’m sure it’s not politically correct, but it’s the perfect name for a Las Vegas sports team as far as I’m concerned.

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