The Neon Light Grave Yard.

10.03.2010 Los Angeles

Dear Emmi!

You've just left a week ago. I'm in the kitchen where we just sat awhile ago, drinking whiskey and beer, talking about boys and other important things. There's another friend here now. We are eating hummus and sesame bread and I thought I'd tell you about the time I went to the neon grave yard in Las Vegas.

I mixed vivid color and neutral color film. This is the group walking to the grave yard.

I sat on the shoulders of The Boy and took this over the fence.

The Boy. Not that you don't know him.

double exposure

She told us stories of each sign. All of them used to glow in the night and lure in the gamblers and players. Until the hotels and casinos where closed and the signs abandoned. Now they lay on the dust of that yard and she takes people to see the broken bulbs and tubes and tells stories of gangsters and hoes.

The Stardust.
Most of the casino complex (including the main 32-story tower) was built in 1991, and its March 13, 2007 demolition marked the youngest undamaged high-rise building to ever be demolished.
The Stardust closed its doors to the public forever on November 1, 2006. The last dice throw at a Stardust craps table was by tourist Jimmy Kumihiro of Hawaii. Slot machine betting was officially halted at 7:30 a.m. Just before the casino was officially closed at 12 Noon, the Bobbie Howard Band led the customers out the doors for the last time (in a conga line) to the tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In", and the hotel/casino complex closed forever after a 48 year run of continuous 24 hour operation. Outside, the loudspeakers were playing the John Lennon song "Nobody Told Me"
"Nobody told me there'd be days like these / Strange days indeed."

To me this was the most beautiful.

I hope you are well, we miss you.
With Love, as always; Diana and I

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