Pawn Shops And Puppets

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 042015

Before I do anything else, I want to wish my son Travis happy birthday today. Happy birthday “old man.” I hope you have a wonderful day. I love you.

Terry likes opals, and a while back the stone fell out of her favorite opal ring, a vintage piece she really loves. So we’ve been hitting some of the antique stores and pawn shops here in Las Vegas looking for a new ring, or better yet, a stone to replace the one she lost.

When we were here with Greg and Jan White a couple of years ago, we stopped at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, made famous by the TV show Pawn Stars. I even got to meet Chumlee, whose real name is Austin Russell. I was going to invite him to my next family reunion. My kinfolk put the fun in dysfunctional, so I thought he’d fit right in.

Nick and Chumlee small

While we were there Greg bought Jan a very nice opal ring, so we decided to go back and see if they had something Terry liked. The hit TV show has turned what was once a family business into a major tourist attraction and sometimes there are long lines to get in, but we lucked out and only had to wait about ten minutes.

Pawn Stars sign small

Once inside, the shop is nothing like what you see on television. It’s long and narrow and very crowded. You go up the right side of the store, moving with the crowd, and then back down the left side and out the door. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any opal rings, so it was a waste of time.

Pawn Stars inside small

The other day I mentioned that I have decided I need a pontoon boat, and we saw a nice one at Bass Pro. So while we were out we went back so I could drool over it again. Terry said I look pretty happy behind the wheel. What do you think?

Nick on boat small

It was about 5:30 by then and we were ready for dinner, and since the Silverton Casino is right next door to Bass Pro and their buffet had good reviews, we decided to check it out. As with all casinos, if you get their free players card you get a discount on meals, so we stopped and got our cards first, which only took a couple of minutes.

Terry and I agreed that this was the very best buffet we’ve had in Las Vegas; head and shoulders above the one at Boulder Station. The selection is bigger and better and everything was fresh and very good. The service was also excellent. Our waiter kept our drink glasses full and came by several times to ask if we needed anything.

But the icing on the cake was still to come! Dinner for the two of us cost $30, and they gave us back $10 each in slot machine credit. I went through mine pretty fast, but Terry promptly won $72.15 and we walked out winners! You just can’t beat that!

When I told a friend about this billboard we saw the other day he didn’t believe me, so yesterday we took a picture as proof. What can I say, it’s Vegas, baby!

Puppetry of the Penis small

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  4 Responses to “Pawn Shops And Puppets”

  1. Hey Nick, pontoon boats are a lot of fun. I had two small bowriders and I wished that I had gotten a pontoon instead. If you think RVs can get expensive for repairs and maintenance, then the ‘ole “hole in the water” definitely applies to boats.
    I would definitely not get one until you were totally off the road and able to use the boat all of the time.
    It’s fun to look, though!

  2. Nick: My wife’s birthstone is opal (early Oct) and they sell a lot of opals, among other things in Quartzsite and they had several signs for Australian opals (same vendor) on the west end of Kuehn St. They were large and gorgeous, but they started at 2500.00-USD. Got her a gift-certificate for Target.

  3. Cap’n Nick
    Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh Matey!
    If I plunder any opals I’ll send ya a big one.

  4. Nick, during my 18 years of teaching water skiing in Pa. we spent much time on a pontoon boat & what fun. We would drop anchor & set up a small propane grill. Some would swim on 1 side or fish on the other, or we could just have a burger, beer
    (or your preference) & enjoy the calm rocking boat. Great fun & better memories will find & send you some pics.

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