As you may be aware, Ruth and I moved to Vegas for the poker, the weather, the restaurants and the shows. All these have met our expectations, except poker since I am not very good at it. The shows come in two flavors, not counting the adult shows, of course. The famous performers of today strut there stuff at the major casinos and collect big fees from the audience. Old performers that most of you haven’t even heard of demonstrate that their talent is still intact at the lesser casinos at an appropriately reduced fee, of course. I said their talent is intact, not always their delivery.
We just attended an outstanding show by Papa Do Run Ru, a Beach Boys “tribute” band. The members all played with the Beach Boys in the 60s. This means that many of you were not even born then. Their rendition of Wipeout was marvelous, and I didn’t even have to request it this time. (You young will need to Google Beach boys to find out who they were.)
A few old folks could still move and shake to the music, although sometimes not on purpose. There were many emergency trips to the bathroom during the hour and a half show. I myself had a few beers before the show and although I was about to explode, I refused to join the rush. It nearly killed me but I held out. It made me feel young to be able to hold it. I was, of course, taking a chance that I would feel even younger (baby-like) had I lost control.
The band wanted to get audience participation by clapping to an old song that all knew. I was amused at the futile attempts to clap in unison. The band did get audience participation when about 50 young, yes young, people got up and starting dancing in the aisle of the center section. What are these young girls doing at an old people’s concert, I wondered?
So where is my usual bit of advice in all this? Stay young in mind and spirit (even if not in body), find time to revisit the happy old days, dance with the old folks in your life and, of great importance, empty your bladder before every show.
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