We need to do a headcount (see below)
You need a NUMBER to get in.
Do you have your Number yet?
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.
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
I put a massive tequila purchase on my SW VISA card, including....
Aged more than twice as long the family's traditional
the tequila boasts fruit, floral, oak and
and an agave and caramel finish.
Only 900 bottles will be available in the
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
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
See Aug 16th Update below
Subject: is it true?
Bart, is it true the cocktail waitresses at Ghost
Bar dress like this?
It's my understanding they wear lil' white bustiers,
I guess we'll find out soon.
We need to do a headcount
Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
4. Tell me how many in your party are in for poker.
We'll probably play $50 buy-in with occasional
until we're no longer able to gamble :)
We can do poker money there, no need to
pay in advance.
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,
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
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.
- cheap for Party of the Century (2006)
Massage at the
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?
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'
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
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
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.
need a Party of the Decade number to get on
Don't show up in Vegas on a hunch, because we expect to sell out.
There are at least two reasons why I'm not a professional
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.)
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
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
We have a few tickets left
You'll never forget the Party
at The Palms
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.
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.
If you're driving from LA or Phoenix - whatever,
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
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
One we do that, then we can get as crazy as we
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
(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!
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
of the Decade
I pulled the trigger on the upgrade
Yesterday was a wild-ass day. In a seven hour
period, we went from
"Do we have enough to get this party off the
"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.
I have "pulled the trigger," this party
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
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
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
are in control.
The Party is on, now we're just haggling over
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
We need another $1500
by tonight or we'll have to try this party another time - maybe election
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 email@example.com if you want
By tonight, we need another fifteen sign-ups
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
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.
If we can sign up 25 people (at $100 a ticket) by Tuesday
we can get this place. http://www.palmsfantasy.com/playpen/playpen.html
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 :)
Sept 16, 2006 in Las Vegas
We start with a Texas Hold em Poker Tournament,
( no chance of losing big) Saturday at The
Then maybe a Tequilafest with samples
of the best tequila on the planet
Don't play poker?
You could do a little shopping...
...in 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
If the idea is a little imtimidating, then go
when a bunch of like-minded,
Bush-bashing bartcoppers can party with you.
Hoo! Party in Vegas!
(Sadly, you won't get to hear a long speech from Harry Reid or Nancy
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.