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Update, Sept 8

Tally has been working with The Palms on details.
She sent this picture of the room we've rented.

Get ready to have a good time.

Update, August 19

I've done a lot of crazy things in my life, most of which you know about,
but yesterday I did something you've have to be certifiably crazy o do.

I put a massive tequila purchase on my SW VISA card, including....


Aged more than twice as long the family's traditional Añejo,
the tequila boasts fruit, floral, oak and butterscotch flavors,
and an agave and caramel finish.
Only 900 bottles will be available in the United States.

You are not going to believe how good this stuiff is.

What's going to happen is this:
Midway thru Bart's Tequila Class, you'll get a few drops on your tongue and say,
"Damn, I didn't know anything could taste that good."

Then the next taste will beat that..., and the next taste will beat that.
This stuff is $55 a shot at the Hard Rock - cheapest prices in town.
Thru the miracle of socialism and some capitalism, we'll pay less than $20

See Aug 16th Update below

Subject: is it true?

Bart, is it true the cocktail waitresses at Ghost Bar dress like this?
 Rick G

It's my understanding they wear lil' white bustiers, too.
I guess we'll find out soon.

We need to do a headcount

Please write to me at

1. Tell me how many are in your party.

2. Tell me how you and I are on money. 
    Do you owe me? Do I owe you?
    Some people are paid, some have over-paid, some paid for 1 with 2 coming, etc.
    We need to get as much of that out of the way ahead of time as possible.

3. Tell me if you're in for tequila, and let's talk about that.
   Once we know who's in, we can guess at the price.
   We can adjust the buy-in costs however we want to.
    If you just want a sip o tequila, that should be free.
    Maybe a "silver" tequila taste would be $10
    Maybe a "reposado" tequila class would be $20
    Maybe a "anejo" tequila orgy would be $35
    Maybe a "best of all times" tequila smorgasborg would be $60

    Whatever you decide, it'll never be cheaper than that night.
    A super-expensive bottle split 10 ways is less than $35 per person!
    We can't buy this off the shelf, so they'll need cash up-front.

4. Tell me how many in your party are in for poker. 
    We'll probably play $50 buy-in with occasional side games
    until we're no longer able to gamble :)
    We can do poker money there, no need to pay in advance.

5.  I will reply with your entry numbers.
   This is the number (and ID) you'll need to get past security.
    It'll be a short number, like "22 and 23."

6. This is a BYOB situation.
    I'll ask if we've have access to coke machines, but if you drink your spirits 
    with cranberry juice or diet eye-of-newt, you might need to bring that. 

7. If you think of something I'm likely forgetting, don't be polite, speak up.

 Aug 16th Update

My position on cameras was unclear.
You can bring a camera to Vegas and to the party.
For what we're pauing for the room, you'd be crazy not to take pictures.
I just don't want to be in any of them.

We won't be serving any, but this is a nine hour party (3-midnight)
and we are in a casino so food shouldn't be a problem. 
The Palms has many great restaurants - and then there's Garduno's.

In my opinion, Garduno is much less than edible Mexican food.
But they have a 24 cafe and a McDonalds and Vegas Subs (my favorite)
but the big buffets and a steakhouse and on and on.

I extra hate any kind of surprises.
Shirley or a Clinton excepted, we want no surprises.

You can still get tickets, but we have a dozen people on the "probably" list.
So get your ticket before we run out. 
$100 - cheap for Party of the Century (2006)

Massage at the Poker table
The Massage Lady reads the page and can make her services available.
I've heard about poker game massages, this might by my chance.

The Brew wants to do some sports betting without paying "the juice.".
So if anyone wants to bet on some sports that weekend, see The Brew.
He'll be the guy wearing the "It only rains 300 days a year in Seattle" shirt.

 What else am I forgetting?

Update, August 8

The plan:

Thursday, casual poker at The Palms. 
Thursday night, whole gang going to The Ghost Bar.
Just after dark will be the least crowded. 
Hollywood won't show up until 1 AM or so. 

then maybe a run by Rain in the Desert.

These are two of the most exciting clubs in the world. 
Both clubs are better than either Tulsa nightclub owned by Ol' Bart. 
Even if you don't "club" or drink, you'll still enjoy it. 

Friday, more poker, more partying, regular Vegas-style hedonism. 
but nothing else is scheduled. 
I guess we could split a boat six ways and cruise Lake Mead. 


Or Lake Havasu. 

It's totally gorgeous and the weather should be perfect. 
Note: It would be wrong to enjoy God's flowers while sipping a 
shot of God's nectar while enjoying some of God's best scenery. 
As you know, Vegas wasn't built so people could have a good time. 

Saturday, probably 3 PM, we start the Party of the Decade. 

We'll vote on this, but we should probably get the poker over with, 
or at least well underway before we break out the best tequila ever. 

We'll need to know who's going to be attending 
Bart's Tequila Class to reserve the hard-to-get stuff. 

I don't care if you once managed the Chinaco Factory. 
I don't care if you have a bottle of Chinaco 30 Year Anniversary. 
You're going to taste new and great stuff on September 16th. 

I'm going to send each of you a ticket number in the next week or so. 
This (and your ID) will get you past The Palms security people. 

You will need a Party of the Decade number to get on that elevator. 
Don't show up in Vegas on a hunch, because we expect to sell out.

Update Monday, July 10th

There are at least two reasons why I'm not a professional poker player: 
I have no money. 
I have no balls. 

But I did want to throw this party, so a few weeks back I asked on the page if we had any 
entrepaneurs (it's like connesour, I can't spell it) reading that day. It turns out we had several, 
and I was able to convince them that if we shared the risk (it was $2800 in the smaller room) 
we'd probably do OK because the worst that could happen is the eight of us would have a 
damn good time in a Fantasy Suite at the fabulous Palms Hotel and Casinoe* 

Well, the good news and the bad news are the same.
Communism worked (we pooled our money) and capitalism works (we're going to sell out.) 

The Party at The Palms is still 2 months away and we're down to a handful of tickets.. 
If I had more money and more balls, (should I finish this sentence?) we could just rent a second 
or bigger Fantasy Suite but that would be too much work and the point is to have a good time. 

I may not have any money or balls, but I can see into the future and I predict a lot of people 
are going to be pissed that they didn't get a ticket, so if being there means anything to you, 
please get with us about your ticket(s) now. 

It would be counter-productive to turn down cash for a "probably," don't you agree? 
I doubt The Palms is going to send a bean counter to our room, but if we overbook 
and Fire Marshall Bill shows up and says, "Thirty people need to leave,"
*I* don't want to be The Decider, to quote our Worst President Ever. 

Don't send any money without e-mailing first.

 I want to go - are there any tickets left?

Remember: It's not important that you be there. 
But if it's important that you be there, you'd better act now. 

Update Friday, July 7th

We have a few tickets left 


You'll never forget the Party at The Palms

TV Alert:
The E! Channel has a regular program, Party at the Palms, you might like. 

Also there's a show called  Ink! on some channel that is shot inside The Palms at their 
you-won't-believe-how-popular tattoo parlor. There's always a line 20 deep for Tats. 

Update Sunday July 2

I'm going to post a coded list of who's coming.
I don't want anybody flying to Vegas on the assumption that I know they're coming,
and then have you steaming as you pace The Palms main floor knowing that we've
having the best time anyone ever had in Las Vegas, 22 floors above you.

So the list will say, "TM from Eureka, CA" - that kind of thing.

Driving to Vegas: 
If you're driving from LA or Phoenix - whatever, and wouldn't mind some company 
to help with gas expenses and all, maybe post a notice on The Forum

Along those same lines, why pay for a room by yourself?
Get a room with 2 beds and a couch and split the bill three ways.

Also, some rules and information.

The first thing we're going to do is act responsibly.
One we do that, then we can get as crazy as we want.

This is a "No kids" party. Must be 21 to enter the Fantasy Suites. 

Don't show up falling down drunk. 

No "Record-setting," no passing out, no getting sick and no chugging contests
    But if you fall in love and want to get married by Elvis that night, that's nothing that police 
    can charge me with, so have as good a time as you want. 

There are bedrooms in this suite - please, no sex in the Celebrity Suite bedrooms. 

If you're staying at The Palms, you get free tickets to their mega-club, "Rain in the Desert."
    Even if you hate clubs, trust me - stick your head in. Palms stayers go right to the front of the line. 
    Go in, look around, if you don't like it then leave. But it's a spectacular club
    You're going to be 20 feet from the entrance, you might as well go in and check it out. 
    They also have The Ghost bar, but it's small, and hard to get into on a Fri-Sat without a wait. 

On a larger scale - if you're spoending the bucks to go to vegas, take a few days
    Sunday thru Thursday, they GIVE rooms away. 
    You LA people are spoiled, but some of us can't go there every weekend. 
    We have people from all over the country coming the PoD. 

    (Think Johnny Cash song) 

    So far we have people coming in from TX, WA, MD, MN, AL (yes, Alabama)  OK, UT, 
    CA, IL and current (about to be former) Pokerfest King Big Tom from Michigan! 

This party will be 95 percent out-of-towners, thus cab-driven, so we're cool there,
    but you local dudes can't get drink and then drive afterwards. Work something out.
    Get a room or a driver - whatever.

Of course, bring your camera to Vegas, but not to the party. 
    Remember that scene in The Godfather when they try to take Richard Conte's picture? 
    It'll be like that - minus the distainful dropping of bills afterwards. 

We'll use the same elevator as The Ghost Bar, so Palms Security will screen you. 
   They'll have a list with all eligible guests - just tell them you're with the "bartcop" party. 
   Don't say "Party of the Decade" because every night is Vegas is like that. 

You'll never forget the Party of the Decade

Update Thursday Night

I pulled the trigger on the upgrade

Update Thursday Noon

Yesterday was a wild-ass day. In a seven hour period, we went from 
"Do we have enough to get this party off the ground?" to
"Do we need to look at getting a bigger place?"

If the budget gets any bigger, maybe we could bring in a comedian or a band.
Of course, I'm just thinking out loud, but stranger things have happened.

Update Wednesday 6 PM
I have "pulled the trigger," this party is on!

The dude said if we can just 15 more people we can have an official "crib"
that's brand new and much bigger but we have to let them know before long or they'll sell out.

Shiite, the first fest in DC, we had over 200 people. The second fest, in Vegas, 
drew about 88 and we were getting less than half the hits we get today.
(That's where I met Tommy Mack, and my whole world changed)
We should be able to get at least half of the last crowd, right?.

I asked the Palms dude, "What happens if a poker game breaks out in our room?"
he said we can have the poker game in the Fantasy Suite, so we just saved everybody $25

He answered by saying, 
"Look, it's your room - this is Las Vegas - we don't care
what you do in your room,"  which brings up other possibilities  :)

So c'mon, forget the family vacation this year - send them kids to the in-laws because 
Mom ? Dad need a fun weekend in Vegas to decompress from all the Bush-induced stress.

We'll ask Tommy Mack to bring his recording equipment.
We could do a BCR Show during the party and let the guests speak!
We could do a live chat thing like we did four years ago from The Rio.
Possibilities are endless - it's Las Vegas and we are in control.

The Party is on, now we're just haggling over size :)

Update Wednesday Noon They've given us until tonight. 
(Note: This update may change as the hours go by. If we get 30 to sign up, 
 I'll put up a notice that we are full.) 

I've heard "Count on me to be there" from dozens, but The Palms wants their money tonight
and for some strange reason, they won't accept my best intentions to hold the Fantasy Crib Suite
We need another $1500 by tonight or we'll have to try this party another time - maybe election night :). 

Sidebar: The Palms is one of the most exciting places in Vegas, and that's saying a lot,
but their web site is the worst I've ever seen, and that's saying a whole lot. 
Seriously, about half the time the page doesn't even come up.  Odd they don't fix that.
Maybe while we're there, one of you techies can pick up a $1000-a-week part-time job :).

But if we're going to make this work, you need to send your money today.
Paypal if you want in. 
By tonight, we need another fifteen sign-ups ($1500) to keep the room.
If you already have money in the mail,tell me and we'll count that.

(The weekend and my broken computer didn't help the sign-up process.)

Some people ask, "Why did you get such an expensive room?"
Well, I don't know of any inexpensive rooms in Vegas.
We can't just walk in some crowded Vegas bar on a Saturday night and say, "Party of 30, please."
And remember, the last room cost us $8500..$5000 so this time we're getting a great deal.

Today is our last chance to make this work.
So if you want in, it's $100 per ticket and we only have about 15 tickets left.
(Maybe they'll let us put 31 or 32 in the room, but I'd hate to tell a long-time pillar,
"Sorry, we're all sold out," because that'll be the end of that pillarship :)

If it doesn't work, no big deal, I'll refund your money and we'll try some other time.

Update late Monday.
If we can sign up 25 people (at $100 a ticket) by Tuesday night

we can get this place.

So if you're semi-interested, be checking here and your mailbox Monday-Tuesday. 

If we don't get 25 people, we can always party in your room :) 

Pokerfest/Tequilafest Sept 16, 2006 in Las Vegas

We start with a Texas Hold em Poker Tournament, ( no chance of losing big) Saturday at The Palms.


Then maybe a Tequilafest with samples of the best tequila on the planet

Don't play poker?
Don't drink?
That's OK.

You could do a little shopping... a thunderstorm - every 30 minutes. 

What the hell - are you getting any younger?
Do you want to wait until you're old and your bones hurt before you go to Vegas?

If you ever told yourself, "I really should go to one of those, sometime..."
...this is the one you want to go to, especially if you fly free.

Haven't you always wanted to go to Vegas?
Assuming you'll go once in your life, how about Sept 16th?

If the idea is a little imtimidating, then go when a bunch of like-minded, 
Bush-bashing bartcoppers can party with you. Woo Hoo!  Party in Vegas!

(Sadly, you won't get to hear a long speech from Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi.) 

Seriously, there are places to party in that town 

If you go, we'll play some poker, drink some tequila (or whatever) 
see some sights and maybe even find time to talk a little politics. 

Don't book your flights yet - this is a trial ballon that'll be solid by Wednesday. 

If you're in, I need to hear from you

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