ITEM!: The Monte Carlo hotel and casino in Las Vegas caught fire today. The top four floors are ablaze in this picture here. (I had my wedding reception there almost seven years ago.) Today though, Brian's sister and brother in-law were guests at the hotel when the fire erupted. They had to evacuate, and have since been put up in The Bellagio. Since they aren't allowed back in for their luggage yet, the Monte Carlo told them to just keep all their receipts and they would be reimbursed for the expenses they incur while out of their own room. Now that's a reason to do some shopping!
ITEM!: Just so you know, the Screen Actors Guild awards are to be televised Sunday night. For those of you jonesing for a glitzy awards show, this could be the only one of the year. Because the SAG and its members have refused to cross picket lines for the Writers Guild, the Guild has allowed its members to write for the actors' award show. And because of this, the SAG awards may well be the only fully sanctioned award show of the year. And because of that, it may be the only well-attended award show. The list of presenters is incredible, the attendees are looking to make some waves, and the entertainment media is literally drooling over the chance to to finally celebrate itself. Be sure to catch the show this Sunday night!
ITEM!: I don't get Amy Winehouse. I've listened to a couple of her songs, and they're okay, but I simply don't understand what the big hullabaloo about her is all about. As far as I can tell, she's just a junkie that's gotten lucky. Best of luck to her in rehab. (Yikes!)
ITEM!: I decided that I've got too much stuff. it's just everywhere, this stuff that I've got, and I'm sick of looking at it. I want to throw it all away. I won't, of course, because I don't just throw stuff away, but I really would like to know how these minimalist people get through their day with so little amount of stuff. I actually unpacked a box today, put most of the contents in a bag for Goodwill, and proceeded to rewrap some of the things to go back in the box. Then I thought, well, stupid, if it's important enough to keep, why isn't important enough to set out? I think that may be my new criteria for stuff. So those pieces will be donated, too, I think. But we'll see. I so hate giving up too much on a whim, you know?