The Knights got Stoned

The Vegas Golden Knights have made another trade just before the deadline to take another run at the Stanley Cup in their second season. The Knights acquired high-scoring winger Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators on Monday for defense prospect Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and the Dallas Stars’ 2020 second-round pick. Vegas also received minor league forward Tobias Lindberg in the trade.

Stone is a top-line talent the Golden Knights hope can help them make another deep playoff run as they did last year in getting to the Cup Final. “He plays a complete game, plays every situation, and he’s going to really help our hockey club,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “He was the top guy on the board and we went out and got him, so it shows our players what we want to do and get things on track here and get going again.”

Losing 10 of their past 13 games has hurt the Golden Knights in a top-heavy Pacific Division, but Stone should provide an immediate boost. The 26-year-old has 28 goals and 34 assists for 62 points in 59 games this season; two points shy of his career high.

Stone is in the midst of his fifth consecutive 20-goal and 50-point season. And he said on Canadian television he agreed to but hadn’t yet signed a long-term contract extension, which makes the trade all the more valuable for the Golden Knights.

“He’s been great for a lot of years now, it feels like,” Vegas center William Karlsson said. “Huge addition for our roster. The guy can pass, the guy can score, so he’s kind of the full package.”

After trading a first-, a second- and a third-round pick at the 2018 deadline for winger Tomas Tatar, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee again anted up for a playoff push. Owner Bill Foley wanted his franchise to win a title within the first five years, and this is another move to help that effort in the short and long term.

All it cost Vegas off its NHL roster is Oscar Lindberg, a 27-year-old who has 12 points in 35 games this season. The team took him from the New York Rangers in the expansion draft, drafted Brannstrom in 2017 with the pick it received from the Islanders to take Mikhail Grabovski’s contract off their hands and got the second-rounder from Dallas for Marc Methot, whom they selected from the Senators in the expansion draft.

Go Knights Go!

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10 tips to make small rooms feel larger

Some of the rooms in your home are spacious and others are may be smaller and more challenging to try to get a roomier feeling.  Here are some key tips to make the smaller rooms count:

  • Create a floor plan of the room so you can figure out which items of furniture will look best together in a small space.
  • Remember less is more – do not overstuff the room with things.
  • You can use a brighter color in a small space so it doesn’t look too dark.
  • Use white as an accent color to make the room look bigger – white ceiling, white molding and white cabinets.
  • The use of mirrors in small spaces instantly males a space look larger.
  • Make sure the furniture for smaller spaces is the proper size and scale for a smaller room – big and bulky pieces won’t work.
  • Use glass table tops – this will give a sense of weightlessness to the room.
  • Use different shapes – round tables work well in small areas.
  • A neutral lighter shade palette to make the room soothing and appealing.
  • Decide the function of this room – it’s a small space so plan wisely. If it’s an extra bedroom furnish it as so – don’t think of it as extra bedroom/computer room/den. It just will be crowded.

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What are the last 2 words of the National Anthem? “Play Ball” !!!!!

On April 9, Summerlin will hear that phrase, when the new $150 million Las Vegas Ballpark opens. Built by the Howard Hughes Corp. – the same developer of the master-plan community the ball park resides in – Summerlin; the Ballpark is across the street from the very successful Downtown Summerlin, a shopping, restaurant and entertainment destination.  Additionally, the City National Arena (where the Vegas Golden Knight practice) is next door and Red Rock Hotel and Casino is just up the street.

The new stadium will feature 4Topps Premium Seating’s innovative Air Flow seats! Over 8,000 seats will be installed in the stadium’s lower tier bowls, suites and party zones, as well as in both outfield corner sections, where the seats will swivel 360 degrees with a front beverage railing. The installation makes the Aviators the first team in sports history with a home ballpark boasting all seats made from breathable mesh. With the seats, lounge areas and standing social areas, Las Vegas Ballpark’s total capacity is 10,000.

Want to watch it being built? Visit www.thelvballpark.com and check out the time lapse camera! It’s really cool!

The 51’s have changed their name to the Aviators and are now a triple A team for the Oakland A’s and no longer affiliated with the New York Mets.  Professional Sports Catering (PSC) is the official hospitality partner for the new Las Vegas Ballpark. PSC, the leader in food and beverage for Minor League Baseball ballparks across the country, will offer fans an array of innovative culinary options throughout the highly anticipated new stadium.

In advance of the Las Vegas Ballpark opening, PSC’s culinary team has begun to identify local restaurateurs to partner with at the ballpark and is studying the culinary trends and preferences that define Las Vegas dining.

They have also launched the Legacy Walk at Las Vegas Ballpark commemorative brick program. The program will allow fans the opportunity to purchase bricks that will be located at the front entrance of the new Las Vegas Ballpark, located in Downtown Summerlin. A portion of every brick sold will be donated to Olive Crest, supporting children who have suffered from abandonment, abuse and neglect.

About a month after opening day, will be our annual group baseball outing… I take several clients and friends to the game every year… my treat! You might say we “have a ball”!

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Two plays… just one ticket!

Here are two one act plays, being performed together, that you don’t want to miss, brought to us by the Speeding Theatre & Super Summer Theatre’s Off-season series. “Any Body For Tea” and “The Omelet Murder Case” can be seen on March 7,8,9,14,15,16 | 7:00PM and March 10 & 17 | 2:00PM at Super Summer Theatre’s indoor studios located near “The Strip” at 4340 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103.(these are not being performed at their outdoor stage at Spring Mountain Ranch)

“Any Body For Tea” is the first one act and I am in this show as homicide detective Dennis O’Finn! (Did you know I was a thespian?)  This is a comedy about six “mature” single ladies that notice a handsome younger man living across the street.  The group decides they have to get his attention somehow.  When they find out he is a homicide detective they execute a plan to meet him and then flirt with him while he tries to figure out “who dunnit”.  Then, the connivers raise the stakes when O’finn begins to ignore their gestures of hospitality.

The second one-act is “The Omelet Murder Case”. This play imagines what would happen if the tragedy of Hamlet were played like a story in a trashy detective novel. Shy on poetry but loaded with poetic license (and laughter) “The Omelet Murder Case” introduces Chicago’s number one private investigator and hack writer, “Shake” Speare. You’ll find references to plenty of the Bard’s other works sprinkled throughout the spoof as well!

 

Both of these plays are set in the 1950s in Chicago – what a coincidence!

For more information you can phone (702) 332-9246 or go online to https://supersummertheatre.org/shows/ to get tickets.

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The comeback of vinyl records

Back in the day, all recordings were vinyl and the sound was incredible (unless you loved an album so much you wore it out).  Then there were 8 track tapes, cassette tapes and along came compact discs.  Most people went crazy for these alternatives to vinyl, and poof vinyl faded away! Now we live in the digital music age… with Pandora, Spotify & more that make it fast and easy to listen to your music wherever you are.

But there’s nothing like the sound of good ol’ vinyl. Because vinyl records were no longer what the typical consumer wanted, for many years, you could buy them cheap! I could get just about anything I wanted for under $10 in an out-of-the-way store and maybe $1 at a garage sale.  Just recently a bought a pristine old album – “Strange Days” by the Doors – the gold label version – this is the original version – not a reprint… and not cheap anymore! Record stores have become more popular recently and, you can even buy vinyl of current artists. Sure we have The Rolling Stones and Jackson Browne… we also have Imagine Dragons and Meghan Trainor.

I have some tips for you on how to keep your vinyl in good shape.  First of all, be delicate with these treasures and try not to let your hands, or anything else for that matter, run across the vinyl’s surface.  It’s imperative you take the extra time to keep your hands around the outer edges of the record. Also use the turntable’s cueing lever, which was designed to help you aim for the gaps between songs and lower the needle slowly and safely, and get a slip mat to go between the record and the turntable.

Vinyl for blog
(this is my set-up … and about half of my albums)

To clean your vinyl use a carbon fiber brush—they are extremely soft and designed to attract dust particles rather than leave them behind.  And stick to products that are labeled for use on vinyl records—this includes D4 and Nitty Gritty Pure 2. I just bought a “Spin Clean Record Washer” after a suggestion by another audiophile. A big thing to remember is to make sure you sleeve up your albums as soon as you’re done listening to them.  Plus never stack your records!  Sit your records up right next to one another, just like books, in a climate controlled environment and you’ll never have to say goodbye to your vinyl ever again.

If you love music, and you have not done so already, I suggest you purchase a turntable and some vinyl. Sure, it’s a little more work… and your ears will thank you.

Do you have vinyl? Do you play them? Comment below!

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Sweethearts Candy Hearts will not be available this Valentine’s Day – First Time in 153 Years

Remember when you were a kid and Valentine’s Day meant you hopefully would get a little bag of candy hearts were left on your school desk from the kid you had a “crush” on.  The sayings on the hearts you received were so important (even though it only meant something to you) – they made your day.

Well I have some sad news – you will have to wait until next year to exchange these classic hearts with you loved ones and friends.  The New England Confectionary Company (Necco) debuted the SweetHearts Conversation Hearts in 1866.  This past July Necco closed the company, however they sold the brand to the Spangler Candy Company – thank heavens.

Since it usually takes 11 months to produce the 8 billion candy hearts there was just not enough time for Spangler to create the hearts for sale in time for Valentine’s Day 2019.  On the bright side, Spangler’s CEO says the hearts will be available again in 2020, already giving us something to look forward to next year.

So this year buy your loved ones flowers, a cute stuffed animal, other types of candy, jewelry, theater or concert tickets or even a new home or investment property!!! (just kidding – a new home is more of a St. Patrick’s day gift…)  Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

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Have you seen Seven Magic Mountains?

If you drive around 10 miles south of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 you will find Seven Magic Mountains.  They are located near Jean Dry Lake just off the highway.  I highly recommend you take a short drive to see this fun and inspirational art show of color in the desert.

These colorful boulders stand over 30 feet high and the brain child of Ugo Rondinone, an internationally celebrated Swiss artist.  Seven Mountains is a large-scale, site-specific public art installation and is adjacent to the Sheep Mountains and the McCullough, Bird Spring and Goodsprings ranges. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, The Seven Magic Mountains jolts the Mojave with a burst of form and color with dayglow totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders. The cost of this project was $3.5 million, but not in tax dollars. The Nevada Commission on Tourism kicked in $100,000; however the big money came from private donors, with Aria resort being the largest.

The exhibition opened May 11, 2016, and was originally scheduled to be on view for two years – however due to the incredible success of Seven Magic Mountains since its opening,  the artist Ugo Rondinone has shown a strong desire to keep the artwork on view at its current site. The producers- Art Production Fund, New York and Nevada Museum of Art in Reno continue to work on an extension plan that would enable Seven Magic Mountains to remain on view for several years to come. At the end of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a three-year permit extension for the artwork, allowing the installation to remain on view through the end of 2021.

Visible across the desert landscape along Interstate 15, Seven Magic Mountains offers a creative critique of the destinations like Las Vegas. According to Rondinone, the location is physically and symbolically mid-way between the natural and the artificial: the natural is expressed by the mountain ranges, desert, and Jean Dry Lake backdrop, and the artificial is expressed by the highway and the constant flow of traffic between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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