And Lived To Tell About It.
First off, an update on the 3D printer story. Staples has announced that they will soon be selling several different models of 3D printers in their stores, and will also let you bring in your own files and print them on a store machine.
Other big name companies will soon follow.
After a lazy morning, I went outside to do some battery maintenance. I wanted to add some distilled water to the batteries and double check the connections. But I quickly found a problem.
My 1 gallon jug of distilled water had sprung a leak and was pretty much empty. So I’ll have to pick up a gallon or so today or tomorrow to finish things up.
Jan and I headed out about 2:30 for an afternoon of dining and sheer terror. Well, maybe sheer terror for her.
Our first stop was the ATM at a Chase Bank and then it was over to the Fremont Street Experience at the top of the Strip.
We got parked at a nearby parking garage, and then first up was the terror part.
Jan had decided that despite her somewhat fear of heights she was going to do the zip line that runs down through Fremont Street.
So we got her ticket at the FlightLinez Zip Line store and then took the elevator up to the 5th floor.
That let’s you walk directly out on the platform. The smaller tower in the front here is the one presently in use. The taller one in the back is the new one coming on line soon. It will be higher, faster, and longer.
Some of you may be wondering why I’m not doing this.
Well, someone has to take the pictures, right. But the real reason is the weight limit of 250 pounds. I could probably squeak by on the limit, but I would have to do it in the nude, and I don’t think that would be an option.
Or a pretty sight for anyone looking up. Just saying.
The present zip line stops at the platform at the lower side of this photo. The new one will be higher and go all the way to the end of the covered area.
Here they’re getting Jan and her flight buddy strapped in and ready to go.
Ready, set, GO.
And a safe touchdown at the other end.
Here’s the video of her flight.
Jan’s Zip Line Ride
Jan said she enjoyed it, but that her knees were still shaking a half hour later.
It will be interesting to see if she will do the higher, faster, longer version next time.
The next item on our agenda was a little scary too. The Heart Attack Grill. It’s located at the front of the Fremont Street Experience, right on the Strip. It’s a place we had to try at least once.
They do have a lot of fun with the concept.
From the disclaimers,
to the hospital gowns everyone has to wear,
to the ID bracelets everyone is given. The white one is for the Heart Attack Grill, the blue one is for the Zip Line. Actually I think the gowns would be a good idea at some BBQ rib places I’ve been to.
Jan got the Single Bypass Burger and the Flatline Fries. I got the Double Bypass with Bacon, but without fries because we were going to share Jan’s order.
The Flatline Fries were really good. They’re sliced and then fried to order. IN LARD.
Besides their large selection of alcoholic drinks, the only others are water and Cokes. But the Cokes are the ones from Mexico made with real sugar, and not corn syrup.
Here’s the burger menu, with one to eight patties, and 5 to 40 strips of bacon (5 per patty).
And here’s the Octuple Bypass Burger. How do you even eat something like that.
Even my Double I ended up eating with a fork. If I went here again I’d have them leave off the Chili. It’s good but it makes it too messy
Oh, and if you weigh over 350 pounds you can eat here free. Or just eat here a few times until you then weigh over 350, and then eat from then on.
Ready to leave, we stop in the Walgreen’s there and I got a couple of gallons of distilled water for my batteries to use when we get home.
Along the way we stopped off at Boulder Station Casino once again to register our Boarding Passes for the weekend drawings. And as it turns out, I won 1000 points in last drawing. That’s $10 in the slot machines.
Getting home, I had planned to work on the batteries again, but that burger made me too sleepy so I took a two hour nap. Very nice.
Tomorrow we’re going to eat at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in the Flamingo Casino with Jim and Peri Dean, and then check out the fountain show at the Bellagio.
Thought for the Day:
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” – Pericles (495 BC to 429 BC)
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