I found something neat on gutenberg.org while looking for a few older texts–a complete dictionary of vulgar underworld slang from 1811.
Since it’s a slow news day, I’m going to regale you with a few words:
FAT CULL. A rich fellow.
TO VOWEL. A gamester who does not immediately pay
his losings, is said to vowel the winner, by repeating the
vowels I. O. U. or perhaps from giving his note for the
money according to the Irish form, where the acknowledgment
of the debt is expressed by the letters I. O. U. which,
the sum and name of the debtor being added, is deemed a
sufficient security among gentlemen.
SHABBAROON. An ill-dressed shabby fellow; also a mean-
Now let’s use them in a sentence:
“The fat cull should have known better than to let the shabaroon vowel him; he never pays his debts.”
As usual, I live to inform.
It’s Vegas Week on the Travel Channel, which means that they’re going to be having lots of shows giving you the inside scoop on Vegas. Kind of like they do the other 51 weeks of the year.
Since I live in Vegas, I don’t think I’ll be watching much, but if you like this kind of thing, recommend you check out Vegas Whales Tales. It airs on Thursday, January 13 at 8 and 11 PM (ET) and Saturday January 15 at 11 AM.
Why do I suggest you watch this little piece of Las Vegas? Because I think I’m in it. I haven’t seen the final show, but to the best of my understanding it’s a series of vignettes about strange high rollers. I narrated a few of them, though I don’t know how many actually made it into the show.
When you watch this, keep in mind that I had no idea whatsoever of what the vignettes actually looked like. I was working off a script with just my imagination to provide the visuals.
Also, I got the feeling that the show was going to be something like that Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction show that Jonathan Frakes does. I don’t know if it looks anything at all like that, but that’s what I was shooting for. I just wish they gave me an alien autopsy to narrate.
No matter how it turns out, I had a ball doing this, and I welcome the chance to do similar TV work in the future. Email me if you need a host/narrator for your next project…I work cheap and clean up after myself.
I’m always reading that casinos in Mexico are just around the corner. Then, like a will o’ the wisp, they aren’t there when I turn the corner. According to one writer, we should expect more of the same in the future.
Continue reading Mexican casinos? No time soon
“We’re on the verge of one of the greatest booms in the country.”
– New Jersey State Senator Bill Gormley, describing the incorporation of a new House of Blues into the Showboat expansion.
Is it all right if I’m embarrassed to be born in a city where a casino expansion gets this kind of gushing praise from a state senator? Writing that, I thought of the dynamic between state sen. Clay Davis and Stringer Bell on The Wire.
This whole thing hardly seems like news, but it made the papers.
Continue reading Quote of the Day, 01.07.05.
Want to get a gift for that special someone? Why not hop on the latest commodity bandwagon and get them something with the World Series of Poker logo on it?
Continue reading What a gift!
First racetracks added slot machines. Now, they may be one step closer to becoming full-blown casinos.
Continue reading Evolution of racinos
“We need to educate international tourists before we get to the branding or experience of Las Vegas because if they don’t know what Las Vegas stands for it will fall on deaf ears.”
–Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Read the whole story here: Las Vegas SUN: Vegas ad campaign may not mean success with foreign tourists.
It’s quite a hoot. It seems that the slogan is too risque for some conservative Asian cultures, yet hardly provocative for permissive Europeans.
“It’s like this place is haunted by the images of this city in its glory days.”
–Curtis Bashaw, head of Atlantic City’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, on seeing black and white photos of the old boardwalk in casino executives’ offices. Actually, Curtis, I think it’s called an appreciation of history, and most thinking people display it on occasion.
Read the original story here: Las Vegas SUN: Atlantic City turns to history for image
As an Atlantic City native who wrote a book on the evolution of the casino resort, I’ve got some definite thoughts about the role of casinos in urban redevelopment. Now, a year and a half after the publication of Suburban Xanadu, some people in my hometown might be starting to see the light.
Continue reading Like I’ve been saying…
Just in time for the end of ’04, I’ve added a new photo gallery–Macau–and added images to “Casino Fun.” The challenge is to see if you can find my picture of boxing cats somewhere else on this site. It will not disappoint.
Have a great New Year’s. I’ll probably be w/out fireworks here in Las Vegas, but that’s OK with me. Fireworks are, I think, the most overrated thing since ebooks.
Happy new year!