15 Dec 2014

Honolulu, 2014


So here we are back at the Royal Hawaiian for holiday time.

Allyn and I came a week earlier than the kids and grand kids to be certain that Waikiki is still here. :)

08 Dec 2014 Fouls up and Mans up Big Time

In case you have been on a desert island for an extended stay, the hottest thing in sports fun and betting is fantasy sports, particularly daily fantasy sports.


A couple major players dominate this industry, but that might change now with a major new contender, Fantasy Draft. They will be doing everything right.


Unfortunately this weekend they did it so right that their servers were jammed and the site failed for hours.


You can understand why. They had three contests, $5, $10, and $25 that guaranteed $50,000, $100,000 and $250,000 respectively. They needed 10,000 players each just to break even.


Because of the problems, they only had about 4,000 players. The not only are honoring all of their guarantees, but ADDITIONALLY they are returning all entry fees to people who were not winners.


That is strong, impressive, and professional.


That first weekend $300,000 hit that they are taking will probably make them millions.


Sign up here – and get your picks in early.

Note to my Washington friends - It is not legal there. Silly laws. 





07 Dec 2014

Bocelli at MGM Grand Arena for Allyn’s BIG Birthday


How fortuitous that Allyn was celebrating her BIG birthday the same weekend as her vary favorite singer, Andrea Bocelli, was performing for one night at The MGM Grand Arena.


Both of her kids and her best friend popped in to help her celebrate.


We grabbed a limo for the night so as not have to fight the traffic to say nothing of the alcohol issue. Given it was Allyn’s birthday I asked her to select a restaurant and she said SW Steakhouse at The Wynn. Awkwardly I had to turn her down saying I was not going to get a limo for a two block ride so I looked for a new deluxe place a ways away.


We opted for Michael’s Gourmet Room at South Point Casino. Who would have thought that a locals’ casino would have such a restaurant? The food, service and ambiance were all spectacular. We will be returning for certain.



Allyn made her best friend and daughter join her in wearing fascinators for the evening.



Bocelli was great of course.



The Grand Arena is a great venue in its own right. I need to go there more often.  

23 Nov 2014

Isaac Long's Bar Mitzvah


It’s always fun to celebrate simchas with family and friends. The youngest of my six great-nephew/nieces, Isaac has his during a beautiful Havdalah service.



Happy and Eli looked great as usual. Eli was sporting his new bowtie.



Eli is already in training for the family business.



Grandma Allyn may have had the best time. She was able to snag an uninterrupted two hours with Lucy.

22 Nov 2014

What Happened to the Olympic Hotel, Seattle?

During The Roaring Twenties, in 1924, The Olympic Hotel opened setting “new standards for lavish social affairs, previously only found in large East Coast cities”.  Eight times this millennium the Fairmont Olympic has been ranked one of the 500 top hotels in the world.

Their public areas are second to none in my hometown, Seattle. If I had an event here, it would be at The Olympic.

So, it made sense that Allyn and I booked a room here for our visit this week. I mean it’s the grande dame of Seattle and now a Fairmont.

Unfortunately it seems they haven’t changed a carpet in 20 years. The toilet was plugged and the shower just dripped water. The rooms, even those upgraded to suites, are tiny. They don’t even have turn down without requesting.

And how low is this? I spent some time in the beautiful lobby and noticed that everybody who checked in was told their room wouldn’t be ready for a couple hours but for a $20 upgrade they could get immediate access. Sorry Fairmont. That’s embarrassing.