Tony Bennett at the Venetian Concert Hall

Saw Tony Bennett at the Venetian Hotel. They have free Valet parking which is always a plus (MGM take notice!!) and we had 5th row seats! His daugher Antonia came out for the opening act, and she was so/so, sang 4 songs and then left.

The band was 4 musicians, a drummer, guitarist, pianist, and a bass player, quite good in their own right.

Tony is 93 years old now. He didn’t forget any words, but introduced his piano player, Tim Ray, 4 times!

He also played I left my heart in San Francisco 2x. He sang it, then said “what a great audience, etc., etc., and then sang it again. But for 93 years old, the audience definitely let it slide.


The Concert venue was incredible!


If I could only bowl!

we started bowling league this month, and bowl on Tues and Wed nights.

We bowled at South Point and I had all strikes but left 3 open frames.


In the 2nd frame I missed the ONE (Head) pin, in the 6th frame I missed the FIVE pin, and in the 8th frame I missed a TEN pin (which is sometimes heard for me. But a 1 and a 5 pin, I should retire from bowling!

I still bowled a 202, but it should have been a 237 game.

Di came to visit!

Janis’ friend Di came out to visit for the weekend. It was nice to see her again. She was visiting a friend who came out from DC to do a seminar, and she/they LOVE Bobby Flay’s restaurant in Caesars Palace. They invited us to go with them, and it was quite a meal. Can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of the before NY steak that we shared, but it was awesome! THanks Di!


Di and Janis

Love these grandkids!

The kids came in for the weekend to celebrate theirs anniversary and we got to watch the grandkids while they gambled a bit.


The boys were eating purple popsicles, so wanted to see their purple tongues.


The Buckinghams at the Golden Nugget.

Another 52 Friday’s show at the Golden Nugget Casino downtown. This was the Buckinghams, a 60’s rock group who had about 5 hits. Susan, Kind of a Drag, Mercy, Merck, Mercy, among others.

I hadn’t heard that they being from Chicago were famous for basically getting the group Chicago started. They brought them out to LA and got them signed to a record deal.

They played a lot of other groups songs, as they started as a cover band. They played with a trio horn section, Sax, Trombone and Trumpet, so they played a few songs from Chicago, Grass Roots, Gary Puckett, etc.

A very good show that lasted a lot longer than most 60s era bands, and for being in their 70s they sounded good,


This is from youtube, but shows their music and showmanship.

Phil back here in Vegas.

We took Phil about 2 weeks ago to a dental appointment back in Temecula, and dropped him off at the house, thinking that he would be there until at least the next dental appointment which is in October. But we drove down today to get him and bring him back here. Its good cause next week bowling starts and he really enjoys watching us and knows the people in our league, etc., so he’s looking forward to that.

We stopped at Tom’s farms to eat and do the switcharoo, and had lunch with Susan and Nicole and Aurora.


Grandkids in Vegas!

Grandkids came out for a visit as Jenn came out to see Cher in concert. Sophia is 5 mo old in6 days.


Sophia age 5mo

Derik is getting so grown, talking much better, and is such flirt.




Nana and the grandkids


Ryan and Sophia

It was a good visit, 3 whole days, which is a lot for them, since they are working so hard. They got barck home on Saturday night, and spent the day on Sunday with Bert and Selma at the beach. Monday was first day officially of the new year of school, even though they’ve been going to preschool all summer.

Its still worth a photo, which Jenn shared with us.


Martina McBride at the M pool.

Went to a concert tonite at the M casino pool We’ve never been to the new M casino, which is out there a bit and sitting alone. A vERY clean casino, no smell of smoke anywhere. The pool is awesome. We paid for the tickets which were VIP general admission tickets. $74.00 for tickets that would have been free if we’d have gotten them, but unfortunately we’d already paid for them the day before they went out for free. People standing 4’ away from us had free tickets.

The concert was nice, other than it started at 8pm and it was 111 degrees out still We weren’t in the ‘packed in sardine’ area, but was still very stifling and air wasn’t moving around. Next time we’ll try to get the free tix and sit in the water and listen to the concert.


Aurora, Sophia at 3 months old, huge earthquake, and jury duty.

The boys were out of school this week, so we had the chance to go out to watch them and Sophia. Ryan and Derek were out of school, Irene just took a few days off so we could watch them. We had to go to Temecula and drop Phil off since we still had him at our house. Aurora was very playful and friendly. Sh likes to make fish faces.


Fish face

Since we were watching Sophia, we couldn’t go to the park or go bowling, which Derek and Ryan really like to do, but we forgot our bowling shoes anyway, so that was good. We let the kids play out in the yard, and Janis bought them a new toy, an inflatable ball that squirts water out. We blew it up and they went out to the backyard and played with it and liked it a lot.

Sophia enjoyed watching them while sitting on Nana.

Sophia loved to laugh and smile. She was very happy. Here’s some new pictures of her.

We loved spending time with them. I forgot that I had Jury Duty scheduled for July 5th. I called on the 4th and they said that I had to go, so it was either drive all night on the 4th and be there downtown at July 4th, I got a real ad cold (IN TWO DAYS) and wasn’t going to be able to go to court even if I was in Vegas, We ended up not driving, and calling in the morning and they said they will give me another summons for a month out, and to make sure I will go to that one.

While we out there, Ridgecrest which is about 150 miles out in the desert north of Barstow, had a huge earthquake. The first one was 6.4 We felt it in the living room, Ryan and Derek were in their bedroom and didn’t feel it. Jenn called them out to the living room and explained what was happening. Derek was frightened when he felt it, Ryan seemed ok. On the 5th while Ryan and Derek were with Irene, there was a much longer, rolling quake. This one seemed stronger and lasted over a minute. Compared to the 6.4, it was at least a 7 (IMO). We were watching the Dodger game while it was going on, and the shaking of the cameras were visible. Janis said that it made her nauseous and dizzy for about an hour afterwards. That was confirmed as a 7.1 right after hit happened, but then was downgraded to a 6.9. It was later upgraded back to a 7.1. Thankfully perhaps, that it happened in the desert in a vary underpopulated area. It was crazy that everyone back east were going crazy, my cousin Rosemary kept on facebook asking if we were alright after each aftershock.


The boys and their toys!!

Happy Father's Day

Father’s day is always about the US Open to me. Watching it with my daughter Jenn every year is a tradition we’ve done forever.

My father in law Phil Kontoff is here for awhile. He’s 93, and slowing down a lot. He’s not interested in most anything except staying warm, so he spends a ot time outside in the Las Vegas heat.


Happy Father’s Day Phil

The other father I’m glad is in my life is my son in law Neil. He’s a great dad, works a ton of hours, still has time for his boys, and has given me a great gift, three beautiful grandchildren.


Happy Father’s day Neil

My dad passed away in 1993 at the age of 64. He didn’t do a lot with us. Having many heart attacks in his life, he wasn’t much for throwing the ball around. He spent a lot of time at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Redondo Beach. On Saturday he’d hang out at the Knights and bartend. I’d go down a log of Saturday’s and learn how to shoot pool, or use it as a starting point to go ride my bike from Redondo Beach up and around PV, or over to the Redondo Beach pier.

He was a good father, and always laughing and smiling, and with his medical issues, says something about his character.

Being a father to me means everything to me. I have one of the best daughters. She’s a great business woman, a great mother to three beautiful kids, and a great daughter.

She learned how to laugh from me, integrity from me, hard work, and how to enjoy life.

Jennifer made me a great dad, and I couldn’t have done it without her!!


Happy Father’s day to me!

Fun at Porter Ranch

Had a good day with the kids at Porter Ranch park. Ryan worked on his swings


Ryan stopped to smell the flowers


and together they had a ball on the slide.


Janis got baby time

and we got a nice family photo of the family


Happy 1st birthday to Aurora Ember!

Aurora’s first birthday party was held today a few days early to coincide with Memorial day and everyone having the day off. Nice day at Susan’s house in Aguanga. Justin’s family came and everyone had a good time.

Happy 14th Anniversary to us!

Happy 14th Anniversary to us!! It’s been a long run, and hope it’s just the first lap!!

Here’s some photos throughout the years.

Nice visit with Nancy and Pat

Pat and Nancy came out for two and a half days.  They wanted to go to the pool but with 72 degree highs and rain part of the day, we really couldn’t do that.  

We went to 2 quilt stores so Nancy could check out some fabric.  Then we went to Fremont Street to walk around and gamble a bit.   

Afterwards, we went to Mi Casa at the Silverton Hotel, and had a nice pre-anniversary dinner. Tomorrow  Janis and I will be married 14 years.