I’m off to Las Vegas

I’m off to Las Vegas for five days for a blogging conference. I have some things pre-posted for every day I’m gone but not as many posts as usual.  I’ll probably blog a little while I’m there but I don’t plan to be in my hotel room all the time.

I’m staying downtown at the Plaza which is where the conference is. I’ve never stayed downtown before and I’m looking forward to it.  I’ve always stayed on the strip in all my previous trips.

BABBQ – 9 Years Ago Today

The first Bits & Pieces Big Ass BBQ was held 9 years ago, today, September 4, 2010.  Anthony N came to St. Louis from the farthest location, Idaho. Several came from Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ohio and Illinois. 

We did BABBQ II in St. Louis in 2011 with about the same number of attendees.  In 2012 a group gathered for B&P Goes to Fabulous Las Vegas but we can’t talk about that because as you know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

We’re planning a B&P Returns to Las Vegas in April of 2020.  We’d love to have you join us there! More info on that here.

B&P Returns to Las Vegas – March 2020

Mark your calendars! We’re in the early planning stages for a return gathering in Las Vegas Nevada. We’re thinking about March 2020 but haven’t decided specific dates yet.

I’ve created a Las Vegas 2020 page (link in the menu below the header image) where we can plan and discuss this gathering.

We’d love to have you come and meet with us and spend some fun time in Las Vegas.

Please go to the Las Vegas 2020 page and give us your thoughts.

Las Vegas Strong

The theme for the memorial that sprung up around the iconic Welcome To Las Vegas sign has become Vegas Strong. As a matter of fact, it seems to be the theme of this great city and the people in it.

Hundreds of people are drawn to the memorial site.  

There are 58 wooden white crosses, one for each of those lost in the senseless terrorist act of just two weeks ago.  You can barely see the crosses because of all the signs, photos, and other things left on and around them.

The windows that the shooter broke out on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are now boarded up and a Vegas Strong banner hangs from the top of the hotel.

Police are guarding the gates of the Route 91 Festival site across the street.

A sad day for Las Vegas and a sad day for America.  But the spirit of the people here quite inspirational.

 

Tithing in Las Vegas

Do Las Vegas churches accept gambling chips?

This may come as a surprise to those of you not living in Las Vegas, but there are more Catholic churches than casinos.

Not surprisingly, some worshipers at Sunday services will give casino chips rather than cash when the basket is passed.

Since they get chips from many different casinos, the churches have devised a method to collect the offerings.

The churches send all their collected chips to a nearby Franciscan monastery for sorting and then the chips are taken to the casinos of origin and cashed in.

This is done by the chip monks.

Thanks, Ed C