Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hard Times...When Will The Economy Get Better?

Things are not good! This is the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It has been a landmark at the top of Fremont Street since it was built in 1971.

The Plaza sits on the first train depot and auction site. The depot was demolished in 1970 to make way for the Union Plaza Hotel. This photo pretty much looks like it did when I moved to Vegas in the fall of 1976. My girlfriend Jeri and I loaded up everything we owned in a little blue Pinto and headed from Iowa to Vegas. We actually lived with her big sis on Bruce street which is just about eight blocks from the Plaza. ( not really a great neighborhood that you would want to be in now)!!!

I can still remember driving up Fremont street and down the famous "Las Vegas Strip" in our little pinto with complete "AMAZEMENT" in my eyes..........Two little Iowa farm girls had arrived in the big town!

Well................the reason for this post is this. The Union Plaza will be closing it's doors. Not only is it a Vegas Icon but 400 employees will be out of work. I am so saddened by this that I cannot express it without tears in my eyes. 400 employees plus their families..........Oh dear, that is alot of people! How long will this country's Unemployment Compensation be available? Is it an endless supply of benefits? I don't think so...........

The Liberace Museum will also be closing. Let's face it, it is off the beaten path but what a Vegas Icon he was. It's all just very sad!

When I first moved to Vegas I worked at Sunrise Hospital and through this wonderful opportunity I then worked with Dr. Elias Ghanem. It was a special time in my life as I was able to know many of the "then"..........STARS.
Liberace was one the kindest people you could ever know! He would always bring us girls roses when he came to the office and sent us many special gifts throughout the years.
Too Bad.........So Sad.......... that our country is in this shape!
So many people out of work.
Please remember these people in your prayers and our "country"

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