Trip Report : I Met DonnyMac and Spyder and Lived

This Ain't Sunnyvale, Bubbles, This Is Vegas

Posted by Chuckmonster

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I'm not normally one to post play by play trip reports, mostly because reading them puts me to sleep. However, I would be bonehead if I didn't document the first time I've ever headed out to Vegas to meet with two of the coolest people I've had the pleasure to meet through this hobby that has abducted my life -

About a month or so ago, Spyder sent me a typically lighthearted, yet unbelievably kind request that I somehow manage to rendezvous with them during their 5-day Vegas bender. My first reaction was something along the lines of "HELLS YEAH", but the practical side emailed Spyder basically saying that I'd see what I could do. Upon mentioning the idea to the Mrs., she pretty much said that it was my duty to go to town and raise a glass or ten with the Calgary connection. After 'running the numbers' I surmised I could swing a trip as long as I kept the non-booze expenses to a minimum.

Searching for room rates, I found Binions, Golden Gate and the Plaza all offering one night for the unbelievably low sum of $32 bucks. Faced with a dilemma, I offered up the info to fellow Twitterers, but got zero responses (I think everyone has blocked my random blatherings). As the day for the trip approached, I pinged TD with the dilemma, to which he said "Golden Gate, no question," probably based on the short but sweet time we spent at the Shrimp Cocktail Bar. Armed with Plastic, I booked one night at the Golden Gate. Thirty-two-dollars, plus tax... which would prove to be only $4 more than the lunch I had at Red8 the day I checked out. I call that a bargain, the best I've ever had.

As the day of the jaunt drew nearer, I pinged DonnyMac (I knew from past experience that Don carries a blackberry) inquiring simply "Are You Drunk?" To which Don replied:

Dude last night was epic. Probably the drunkest we've ever been. We went to South Point to see a band and it was $3 jager shots ad 5 MGD for $12. Recipe for disaster.

I went to college in way upstate New York near the Canadian border town of Cornwall. I've partied with Canadians before on many many many times and I'm still alive. This was 20 years ago, and I just don't hit the sauce as much as I used to, if ever. I'm scared to admit that I'm a bit worried if I'll be able hold my own against two guys with hollow legs, a cultural drinking advantage and livers made of steel.

What I probably should've been more worried about was whether or not my funnybone was strong enough and my wits fast enough to withstand intense volleying of good natured ribbing, rock trivia quizzes and a keg full of non-sequiturs at the hands of a tight-knit five-person-strong tag team of Calgarian drinking buddies.

Calgary, for those who don't know is located an hour or so north of Montana in the Canadian province of Alberta. Calgary is notable for many reasons, although the ones that stand out for me is being the birthplace of Tommy Chong (stoner sidekick of Cheech Marin) and artist Todd McFarlane, whose models of Elvis and Slash sit right here next to my computer monitor. In terms of industry, Calgary's most famous export is, oddly enough, the professional wrestler. The Hart family (Bret, Owen and Teddy,) Lance Storm, Jim and Nattie Neidhart, Chris Jericho (who is also a singer), TJ Wilson, Harry Smith and Bad News Allan all hail from Calgary.

All of this can be summed up simply - these folks take partying to the mat.

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Well, it would be amiss if I didn't make a few comments about the above "drink" report, since, well I was involved (a lot). Yes it was I who sent Chuck the email, after IMing (is that a word?) with Don one boring Sunday afternoon at work (while Don was indenting his couch with his posterior), but both of us felt it would be a good idea. I think it was, my liver still hurts, I am glad that it was only a coupla hours hanging out with the Chuckmonster not sure if our bodies could handle more, but more would also be good.

Now I know after all the platitudes about Canadian drunks that we get tagged with (and for good reason) this may seem like we were a little "slow" but there is a reason. This was the end of a good 5 day trip, I think I was only pulling about 5 hrs of sleep a day, and as you all read, the one nite was EPIC!!! I was texting with a friend back in Calgary after said nite, and his reply was something along the lines of "wow if liverboy calls it epic, I'm worried..." And that was only the first nite.

A coupla things that Chuck did miss tho, we were accosted by someone who kept calling us "famous" outside the El Craptez, but the security guys were all over him, in a polite fashion and they apologized profusely to us, as they rightly should. Do you not know who we are.... DonnyMac66! Chuckmonster! Spyder! (and the other two, they aren't on this board so they don't really count, until Tina - my much better half - reads this, then I'm in trouble), I mean really, we are FAMOUS, people should be asking for our autographs! And I'm wayyyyyy better lookin than Paris "Gawd I need to throw up I think I gained a half a pound" Hilton!!!

Also wandering around Freemont at about 2ish in the am is a site to be seen, the MUAF's were a small highlite, but shirtless guy!! Damn only in our world, really. I was a little miffed tho that the girls didn't take a run at Chuck and Don, really those two are good lookin men.... I know Chucks a happily married man, but damn! and Don's always been my heterosexual life mate (the lovely T doesn't mind sharing me) But this gaggle of women (and I use that term very loosely, kinda like them?!?!?) should of at least offered to buy the two big fellas a beer at H-n-H, I would have, but alas the two swarthy gentlemen just had to hang out with the rest of us little people at the Plaza.

Now if Chuck had worn his omelet hat, all would have been different I'm sure. The MUAF's woulda had HIS shirt off (a sight I'm not too sure about....) the drinks would have flown freely, the old broads at the El Craptez would have been all over us....... but I digress.

It was awesome finally meeting Chuck and tipping a few back, thank you to his fantastic wife (who is the next to meet, I guess) for making him join us, even if it was for only a coupla hours. And I can't wait for next November, when we can really ruin Vegas, and Chucks liver, and Don's reputation (too late), and my..... I don't think there is anything left on me to wreak. Oh well.

Wait wait wait, did that autographed picture of Wayne Newton come in your room?? Because if that's the case I would've stolen it. I want an autographed picture of Wayne Newton so bad.....

spyder, you're a nut.

rockchik, i brought the photo with me and posed it in the room at the golden gate. you can get autographed pix of wayne on his website. cheap.

I just want the public to know the true "DonnyMac / Spyder Experience". We are thinking of selling to the Hilton to pair up with The Star Trek Experience, really, can't ya just see it? Kirk, Spock, Don, Bones, Jon Luc (the assclown that he is) and me?!? It would be awesome, and this is the debut of my marketing scheme. Thanks Vegastripping, you rule!!!

Sounds like folks had a great time, but all that talk of scotch has me very thirsty all of sudden.

Is there some problem with 2 hetro men hugging????????????? I enjoyed it as well. The service at both the El Co and the Plaza was great. I sincerely hope we can meet up for beverages again before the big 4-0 celebration. Thanks to Chuck for making the long trek from Cali to have some laughs and booze with us. Lets do it again soon (i need a hug)

WHOA! That Wayne Newton photo is tops! I think all VTrippers should carry one to Vegas every time! Sounds like the get-together -- while brief -- was a lot of fun. Did anyone scarf down a deep fried twinkie at Mermaids while you were there?

Believe it or not, Mermaids (while I'm not sure I would actually walk in there) looked closed. But the sign for the deep-fried-crap looked tasty. I'll make sure and try one next time I'm down there

If you will eat the deep fried goo at Mermaids I will buy it for you. When is our next trip by the way?

Did you realize that the phrase "deep fried goo from Mermaids" doesn't really sound that appealing? But I will take you up on the offer, as fer the next trip..... the fall (I hope - you'll have to collect your stanley cup winnings)

By the way Chuck i totally dig the autographed W.F.N. pic and it will travel to Vegas with me.

I had to sign-up just to say that reading this post I feel like I should have been there to offer the chuckmonster alcoholic moral support. Great post and I hope to meet some of you guys sometime - I plan on being there for the 'Oh Lordy'.

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