Christmas Viewed From 23rd Story

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    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
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    "Comps" for Christmas Eve feast and 2 free nights, Edgewater Hotel. Rainy Thursday, Friday, spotty storms yesterday, Christmas Eve.

    View to the west, Spirit Mt. area, this morning.
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    Low water level! Home Depot's orange fa├žade, Sam's Club left of that, then restaurant row, the mountains surrounding Kingman, 30 miles away, top center, that white band below the clouds is snow! Temperature by the river 55 degrees.
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    Closer view of above pic.
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    A short time before my wife took this, a large squall of heavy rainfall had begun just across the river, then the sun began to set, and the heavy, gray-colored downpour turned to this:
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    We are truly privileged to be able to live here, and see sights never imagined by either of us during the early years of our lives spent in the Midwest. Frank
     
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    Awesome pictures, @Frank Sanoica ! I just told Bobby I want to go out there and live , too .
    I remember you said that you have pomegranate trees, and pretty sure you also mentioned figs (and dates ? ) , and free complimentary Christmas Eve feast really caught my attention !
    Surely, they can't hand those out to everyone who lives out there..... What do you and your wife have to do that you are gifted these free dinners and overnight hotel stays ?
    The mountains are gorgeous !
    I am sure that your air is a lot more pure than it is out here since it is dryer, and we always have to fight the humidity.
    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures with us, and it sounds like you two had a wonderful Christmas.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith "Surely, they can't hand those out to everyone who lives out there..... What do you and your wife have to do that you are gifted these free dinners and overnight hotel stays ?"

    Thank you for your praise! The Casino/Hotels issue "Locals" players cards to residents, which affords them these preferential treatments. How they define "resident", is not clear. We've seen California folks with Locals cards. 'Course, CA is only a few miles away, the three states converging at the "point" of NV. They do monitor individuals' gambling habits, and certainly that must account for some of the offers. I gamble but little; my wife likes her favorite slots, but I doubt that she loses more than $100 in any one months time. The free room offers are mailed to us both, individually, each usually getting two three-night stays a month, only requisite being at least two days out between stays. Way I see it, they have these enormous, 1,000-room towers for the most part operating at perhaps 10% occupancy during the week, higher on week ends. The "hey-day" here which we saw in the late '80s and the '90s, when Sam's Town, for example, had standing room only year-round, are past. May have to do with the "concentration of wealth", middle-class working population has dwindled, I've read.

    At any rate, I can understand the thinking: we have these empty rooms, legions of cleaning people working those used, our cost to put someone up free is negligible, clean sheets, water, electricity usage, and possibly many having somewhat guilty consciences, will be encouraged to gamble in return.

    They run free "slot tournaments", whereby one spins a machine for 10 minutes, no charge, and the total "score" tallied. AVI Hotel places $5 in "comps" on every player card for sitting still for 10 minutes, the top 50 scores being paid on a graduated scale up to $250. Those compos may be redeemed for restaurant fees, show fees, even cash, at some hotels. Edgewater has only graduated prizes, $2000 top, $1000, usually 6 $500, 10 $250, 20 $50, the total prize payout is sometimes thousands of dollars. E.W. tournaments are for anyone, not only locals. Snowbirds wintering here have local mail deliveries, thus an address, and so qualify as Locals.
    Frank
     
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