The blog suspects that gawking is the typical reaction to one's first glimpse of the ceiling of the lobby of the Bellagio Casino, which features an enormous chandelier of glass flowers by the sculptor Dale Chihuly.
Several of Susan's friends have expressed surprise that she would want to spend her Christmas vacation in Nevada. Faithful blog readers, however, will understand that the primary purpose was research for this blog, as it is highly unlikely that any other city in the world contains as many 20th-century obelisks as are found in Las Vegas.
Jon and Susan are professors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Jon is in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He has lived in Winston-Salem for 25+ years. Susan is in Biology, and has lived in Winston-Salem for 5+ years. Jon's neighborhood is Sherwood Forest; Susan's neighborhood is Ashley Forest. Maurice, who lives in the District of Columbia, serves as occasional capital correspondent.
"The reality is the reality."--Pedro Martinez
"It's only gonna get funner."--Roy "Doc" Halladay
"I believe in a relatively equal society, supported by institutions that limit extremes of wealth and poverty. I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it."--Paul Krugman
"Nobody is going to come out of this looking good."--Maggie Christman