My Love Affair with House Music

I don’t remember the first time I went to a nightclub and fell in love with house music.  I do remember heading to Utopia in the 1990’s with my buddy Chubb and we loved to dance to house music.  Once, we even got invited to the VIP area since we were dancing.  We weren’t really sure what to do there though since it was in a separate room with a clear glass so you could see the dance floor.  We just danced around with our glow sticks for a bit and soon headed back to the dance floor. 

Las Vegas has been slow to even grow to love house music. Any American club is way behind compared to European clubs where they have been raving for decades.

I do remember the first mega club C2K in the Venetian.  Dance music definitely wasn’t as popular.  I just knew I loved dancing crazy and enjoying the music.  These days the clubs are divided with two types of people: people who like hip hop and people who like house music.  I don’t like hip hop when it’s bump n’ grind kind… But, I do enjoy old school hip hop like Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and The Sugarhill Gang.  I’m definitely on the house music side.  House music is a lot more popular these days and many big name DJs are in the clubs like Fat Boy Slim, Tiesto and Avicii. 

My husband Ivan and I were talking about how different it is in Las Vegas clubs compared to Europe.  In Vegas, even if you’re at a house music night, the DJ could still play some bad hip hop in the mix.  In Europe, you’re guaranteed to hear just house music.  Also, in Europe there’s a lot more variety to house music. 

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Tonight, we saw Indris Elba (His DJ name is Driis), Pete Tong and Fatboy Slim.  Ivan said that Indris Elba’s music reminded him of 90’s house music in England.  It was funky house with some deep house.  Las Vegas seems to have house music with lots of vocals especially of current popular songs.  If you’re lucky, you’ll hear about 10 minutes of dubstep or deep house… but usually nothing more than that.  It’s sad really.  I think European DJs should be bold and play a variety of house music even if it’s not the norm.  I know Ivan and me would love it.  I’m sure there would be others as well. 

When my husband and I are at a club, we love to get as close as possible (usually in the front since I’m really short) since you feel the bass and hear the music better since it’s so loud. 

I was thinking about how house music makes me feel while dancing tonight to Pete Tong in Ibiza, Spain.  I feel so alive dancing.  When the music is good, I get lost in the music.  No, it doesn’t have to be trance music.. just any good electronic music makes me lose myself.    I let the music move me.  It courses through my body and makes me dance.  The bass resonates in my body.  I close my eyes and move my hands, hips, head and legs.  It is like you’re letting go and losing control.  The music just takes over.  The energy that generates from a crowd of people dancing is amazing.  I feel it and it just feels like love.  I know that sounds cheesy.. but that’s how I feel.  You feel energized and feel like you’re on a lovely high that you don’t want to come down from.  Somehow, you feel connected to the DJ since he’s making you feel so awesome with his cool beats.  I like to put my arms up to the sky while dancing.  I’m not really sure why though.. maybe I’m trying to reach something like the lasers.. or maybe something even beyond that.

Thinking about how music makes me feel, made me think of what Billy Elliot says in the musical when the Royal Ballet School asks him “What does it feel like, when you are dancing?”

His response was a song which does describe how I feel.

I can’t really explain it, I haven’t got the words
It’s a feeling that you can’t control
I suppose it’s like forgetting, losing who you are
And at the same time something makes you whole

It’s like that there’s a music, playing in your ear
And I’m listening, and I’m listening, and then I disappear

And then I feel a change, like a fire deep inside
Something bursting me wide open, impossible to hide
And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird
Like Electricity, electricity
Sparks inside of me, and I’m free, I’m free

I was waiting for Fat Boy Slim to come on and I could feel the anticipation. I was REALLY excited like a little kid waiting to open their Christmas gifts on Christmas morning.  Fatboy Slim is definitely me and my husband’s favorite DJ. He just plays the most fun music.  His music just makes you want to jump around and dance.  His funky music is filled with cool lyrics.  He loves to throw in lots of classics and fun songs.  I love DJs who are really into the music has much as you are.  It just shows that they love their job and enjoy making their fans feel good.  It’s also cool to think that a lot of DJs like Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Judge Jules and Paul Oakenfold are in their 50’s but they still love DJing.  House music has no age.  I even saw a lady in her 50’s tonight.  I thought that could be me someday.  Somehow I know that I’ll love house music for a long, long, long time. It only just makes me laugh, feel good and feel happy.

Conquering Fears

Lately, I’ve been wanting to do things that I’m scared of.. things that sound cool, but make me nervous.  Recently, I wrote an erotic poetry and read it at an Erotic Poetry Night.  Writing poetry has always been easy to me.  I had never written an erotic poem though.  So, I got inspiration from my husband.  I finished the poem the day of the Poetry Night.

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The Erotic Poetry Night at the Erotic Heritage Museum wasn’t very busy which was good for me.  I still get nervous reading in front of people.  I’d rather sing in front of a crowd than read anything.  Sometimes I mess up my words and then it’s embarrassing.  A lady reading from her iPad was up when we arrived.  Her poems were good.  Next, the host Amanda was up next.  She’s a sexologist who teaches at UNLV and is the event and education director at the Erotic Heritage Museum.  One of the guys liked using big words with ex at the beginning… he wasn’t shy in front of crowds for sure.  I’m SO glad I didn’t have to follow him.  I was up last.

I was nervous reading my poem and was really quick about it. I did well though. I plan to write more poetry and perform more.  Hopefully, I’ll get more comfortable with reading poems in front of people.

Years ago I got a tattoo because I thought it would hurt too much.  It didn’t and I have a big heart on my thigh.  Would love to get another one.. just not sure what.  I need another fear to conquer… what next?  What fears do you want to conquer?

Back in Vegas

It’s been awhile since I posted. We’re living in Las Vegas now. We’ve traveled for 3 years and it’s been wonderful.  We’ve been cooking lots of Indian and Thai dishes to learn how to cook.  Ivan’s a lot better at cooking than me.  We bought a cool house and it’s been fun decorating it.  I hope we can have a big house party sometime… maybe for my birthday!

Soon, we’re getting married!!  It’s been nuts trying to find a venue. But, it looks like we found one.  It’s time to plan it now!!  I’m creating a site for the wedding.  Evernote has been helpful for making lots of lists for things I need to buy or do.  We need to find a Caterer and a DJ ASAP.

I’ve been getting into mailart.  My art creation site is House of Art.  I’ve sent out three pieces so far.  I can’t wait until I receive some mailart!!

Birthday Karaoke

I went to Kelly’s Pub on December 12, 2009.  It was Michelle’s second 25th birthday celebration.

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A lot of her friends were there already like Tabby, Fergie and Wade.  Alisa came a few minutes later.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to sing or not.  Josh arrived and sat by Alisa and me.

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Everybody was having a good time.  There’s a stage at Kelly’s where you stand when you sing.  The bad thing about karaoke in a bar is that you have to listen to music you don’t normally like.  I hate the country songs and the boring songs.   A few people sang Christmas songs.  I really liked Adam singing Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song.  It was really funny.

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Garrison and Tabby

I bought Michelle and myself a cinnamon shot.  It was pretty strong.

I promised our friend Karen, who now lives in Utah, that I would spank Michelle.  So, I spanked her REALLY hard 25 times.  She didn’t want me to, but I did it anyway!  The photo really shows how much she’s NOT enjoying it hehe.

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Oww, Mommy help me!

My hand hurt after I spanked her.

I ended up singing two songs.  I sang A Simple Kind of Life by No Doubt and California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and Papas.  I don’t think I did that well.  I’ll have to practice beforehand next time.  I really don’t think it matters how well you sing at karaoke since most people are usually buzzed or drunk.

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I love the karaoke host Lesley.  She’s so funny and cool.

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We took some pictures with her.

Alisa and I were both tired from the previous night.  We kept taking pictures of ourselves.

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I had a great time at karaoke.  Michelle has some awesome friends who are always lively and fun.

House Party

I went over to Michelle’s house early around 4 pm on December 11, 2009.  Michelle is one of my best friends.  We used to work together at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.  This night would be the first night of her birthday party celebrations.  Michelle is now 25 years old.

Michelle and her friends Carson, roommate Josh and Desire were cleaning the house when I arrived.  Michelle moved in a few months ago.  Her house is really nice!  I love all the pirate stuff!

Michelle finished cleaning.  She drove us around.  We stopped by Sally’s to get some stuff.  We also ran errands at Wal-Mart and the smoke shop.  We drove to my parent’s house.  I forgot my camera.

We came back to the house.  Michelle’s tattoo artist Jake was there.  He’s crazy.

I was hungry already.  I brought some organic tortilla chips and double roasted salsa.  So, we dug into the salsa and chips.  The salsa was really good!

Michelle and I picked up the pizza around 8:30 pm.  She bought 9 pizzas.

The party started about 9 pm.  It was great to see all of Michelle’s friends.  They’re all so much fun and crazy!  It’s always a good time with them.

I bought Michelle a penis bottle opener from Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.

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Everybody thought it was hilarious!  People were putting it in their mouths and poking people with it.  Lots of pictures were taken with the penis as well.  I didn’t know it would be so popular!

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My friend Alisa arrived.  It was good to see her.  I started drinking some of the red wine I bought.  Unfortunately, nobody had a corkscrew.  So, we had Josh shove the cork inside the bottle of wine.

Michelle made some of Adam’s tasty buffalo cheese dip.  It has cream cheese, buffalo sauce, chicken and cheese on top.  It is so heavenly!  I couldn’t stop eating it.  Wow!  I knew I would be getting the recipe for it later so I could make it.

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Adam playing beer pong

In Michelle’s garage, she set up beer pong on a long table.  There was also a table for hookah.

My cousin Charisse arrived with her friends Robert and Mikey.  It was great chatting with everybody and of course drinking.

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Rock Band was being played.  I sang a few songs.  Don’t try to sing What Cha’ Want by Beastie Boys unless you know the words.  It’s really fast.  But, even though I didn’t know the words very well, I got a 100%.

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Alisa, me and Charisse

Josh came.  I used to work with him at Treasure Island too.

I met a few new people.  Everybody was really nice.  Although, I can’t remember the names of most of the people I met.

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Josh doing the hookah

We went into the garage and smoked some hookah.  The pina colada flavor was pretty nice.

Michelle and I took our Facebook pic.

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Rufus put on a cop outfit while Josh picked a lovely blue dress.  The dress matched the penis bottle opener.

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Rufus, Josh and Desire

It was getting late and a lot of people were leaving.  I was gone so I decided to sleep over.  Michelle showed me the room I could sleep in.

It was an awesome night!  I had so much fun!

Comedy and Cookies

My sister asked me to go to Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with her and my nieces.  It’s put on by the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre.  We went to the Charleston Heights Arts Center on December 4, 2009.  The cast was mostly made up of children.  There were a few adult actors as well.  I’ve never seen this musical before.  During intermission, they serve cookies and punch.  Donations are accepted for the snacks.  The story was interesting and the actors were actually good. 

On December 5, 2009, I headed to the Palace Station.  I was meeting Alisa there for a comedy show.  I saw on the billboard of the hotel that tickets could be purchased at the Rewards Center.  I stopped there to buy a ticket.  I told the clerk that I was going with a friend.  She said she’d check to see if they still had tickets.  She checked my ID.  The lady came back and said that they only had two tickets left and that they were comped (free).  I was happy about that!  I walked towards the theatre.  A lady who works at the Rewards Center came over.  She said I need to check your ID.  I showed her and she said Oh, you’re over 30.  She told me where the theatre was and I was on my way.  Alisa was already there with her husband and a few of their friends.  She had already bought tickets.  Her friend Leo didn’t have a ticket yet, so I gave him my extra free ticket.

Alisa’s friend Alonso said hello to us.  He was the host of the comedy show. 

We went inside the Bonkers Comedy Club.  We ordered some drinks.  I was happy that they were serving red wine.  There was only about 14 people in the audience.

Alonso came on and he was alright.. not the funniest host I’ve seen.

The first comedian was Benny Quash.  He’s a really tall, skinny guy from Minneapolis.  He was a little funny.

The headliner was The Cowboy Comedian.  He was in the finals of America’s Got Talent.  Of course he came out with a cowboy hat.  I guess it’s fitting since it’s currently NFR (National Finals Rodeo).  The Cowboy Comedian is so hilarious!  We had such a fun time watching him.  You can tell he’s a nice guy and he actually went over his time.  He thought we were the little audience that could.  He picked on a lot of people in the showroom.  I’m glad I wasn’t one of them!  At the end of the show, he handed out Roper merchandise to everybody in the audience.  He’s sponsored by Roper.  I got a hat and a drink cozy.

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Our group went to get a drink at the bar after the show.  We saw The Cowboy Comedian near the craps table.  Alisa and I got a picture with him.

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I woke up early on December 6, 2009.  I drove over to Anna’s house.  Anna was my best friend in high school.  I haven’t seen her in years.  We reconnected on Myspace and Facebook.  Anna was already baking cookies when I arrived.  I got to decorate them.  It was fun to catch up with her and put wreaths and trees on the cookies. 

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I stopped by Alisa’s house after.  She lives really close by.  We went to Ross and shopped. 

That night, Jay (Alisa’s husband) cooked pasta with clams.  It was really good! 

After dinner, we turned on the tv. I stopped at Kung Fu Hustle.  It’s a really funny kung fu movie.  We laughed and drank some vodka and tonic.

I had a fun and busy weekend!

Back Home

I came back to Las Vegas on November 3rd.  I’ve been meaning to update this page.  Just haven’t gotten around to it.  Sorry, I was supposed to post more while traveling – but I was usually so busy doing activities.

It was weird being back home after traveling for 13 months.  Mostly I was bored.  I was wishing that I was still traveling and seeing new cities.  I really do miss it.  I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things here.

I’ve spent lots of time with my family.  I missed them tremendously.  I have hung out with some of my friends.  It’s so great to see everybody! 

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Right now, I’m concentrating on obtaining a job.  It’s rough right now since the recession.  But, there’s lots of openings at casinos since a lot of people are headed to the City Center.  I’m hoping I’ll have a job soon.

I’ve been trying to finish the blog that covers our travel adventures.  Lil Dave couldn’t finish it since he went to Africa with Ivan.  Ivan has a new blog about his 54 days trip in Africa.  I also have to upload the rest of the pictures from our trip.

I will try to update you on my life.  It hasn’t been much lately.  I’ve just been mostly playing games on Facebook, watching tv shows, cartoons and anime and hanging out with family and friends.