Venice and Lawyers in Vegas

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

When it comes to traveling, my dad would say it’s a waste to spend a lot of money on a hotel room. “What’s the point? You’re gone all day. All you do is sleep there.” Sensible advice, I must say.

Sensible advice that I plan on ignoring ever since I stayed at The Palazzo in Vegas. Time for a phototour!

Hey look, an arbor gate in the making. (OK, maybe more like an arbor arch.)

Let’s take a look inside. Here’s the quite impressive lobby.

The waterfall. You can book it for a wedding.

Now, it’s up the escalator, around the corner, and into the Vegas version of the Piazzo San Marco.

Being Venice — or should I say “Venice” — there must be canals.

The themed architecture is like Disneyland for adults. Did the guys who designed this hire any of the Imagineers as consultants? Here are a few details.

While there, I heard a great story about this place. The director Michael Almereyda, after visiting, had a genius idea: film the entirety of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice here, in the Venetian/Palazzo Canal Shoppes. When the wife of owner Sheldon Adelson heard about his plans, she nixed the idea, saying the play is antisemitic. But guess what? A different corporation was leasing the retail space and they were happy to have someone use it as a film set. Almereyda got John Logan to write a script and Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Zooey Deschanel, Gerard Butler, Thomas Jane, Q’orianka Kilcher, Sam Shepard, Elliott Gould, and Thora Birch were all cast. Unfortunately for us, the financing fell through a few weeks before shooting was to begin, dammit. Maybe they should put it up on Kickstarter?

Oh, right, I was here for a lawyer convention, a convention of Los Angeles plaintiffs’ trial lawyers no less. Here’s what the lectures looked like.

Yup, pretty boring. I learned such valuable lessons as “If the state bar sends you a letter, respond or you could get in trouble.” (Thanks for the advice, judge!) The exhibit hall was slightly more entertaining. Check out the dudez on the right just chillin’ and networkin’ and shit.

The Leggy Blonde seemed to be the preferred booth babe.

But Vegas is a town that wakes up when the sun goes down. In my next installments, we’ll talk a walk down the Strip and check out the indigenous wildlife.

About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.
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15 Responses to Venice and Lawyers in Vegas

  1. Sir Barken Hyena says:

    Do I hear the approach of the short skirt brigade?


  2. Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

    Looks like the set of an Astaire-Rogers picture.

    I’ve always liked Michael Almereyda.


  3. Fun pix and tour. I always loved going to conventions. For one thing: it sure beat the usual day at the office.

    I remember being struck, the first time I visited Vegas (back in the ’70s), by the way most of the attractive women were doing their best to get themselves up like high class hookers. First time I’d ever run across that (and good to know that it’s still the archetype in Vegas!). Are the women conscious that they’re mimicking hooker style?


    • Blowhard, Esq. says:

      They absolutely know they are. A friend related a favorite bit of dialogue he overheard at the airport once. A girl is walking quickly through the terminal, yelling into her cell phone and says something like, “I’m at the airport but I’m going straight to the hotel to put on my hooker dress!”


  4. Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

    Women love to dress up like hookers. It’s been amusing over the last 15 years to watch Halloween turn into Dress Like a Hooker Day.


  5. LT says:

    Funny, last time I was in Vegas, my friends and I had this same discussion. Vegas is year-round Halloween for ladies: a socially acceptable excuse to wear as few clothes as possible while so many menfolk are still bro-ing out in shorts and stupid hats. (Some do spruce up too.)


  6. Shelley says:

    seems that we have gone from vegas to venice to hookers… Just want to mention that I lived in the real Venezia for a while back when it had more in common with NYC/grime+crime. These days, Venice—the world heritage site—has more in common with the Palazzo in Vegas than with Renaissance Italia. You have captured it perfectly.
    yes my skirt is short, so am I.


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