For thanksgiving myself and Matty zipped down to Vegas for a few days. It was an eye-opener for the former capuchin monk. We did all the landmark hotels, took a spin down to the Hoover Dam and availed of the complimentary beverages at the Luxor – our home for the weekend.
By an extraordinary stroke of luck the legend that is Tony Bennett was playing Vegas on the Friday night so I mugged two blue-rinsers in the Hilton lobby for their tickets. He put on a great show. 81 years of age and still belting them out.
Other highlights of Mattys trip before he headed for home were trips to Snoqualmie Falls and Snoqualmie Pass (the nearest ski resort) and a trip up to the local wine country in Woodinville. There are a couple of wineries and a brewery up in Woodinville. Never ones to discriminate we sampled a little of the grape and a little of the grain…and then a little more of the grape…and then we took some of the grape and the grain home and all was well in Sammamish…until the next morning. Oh yeah – and we also went to a Sonics game. It was actually a decent game considering they are having their worst season ever.
It was early December before Matt hit the road. After a quiet couple of weeks and with the Christmas shopping done I left my temporary bachelorhood behind on December 21st when I returned to Dublin to help Jackie with the pack-up for the family exodus back to Seattle on December 28th.