Saturday, December 30, 2006

Viva Las Gaygas! / No "Viva" For Saddam

So ... after spending all
day traveling yesterday and finally arriving in Las Vegas around midnight -- and then having to deal with an hour wait for my luggage (and having to deal with approximately 1,000 other travelers also vying for their luggage -- no lie) and then another hour wait in the longest taxi queue that I've ever seen in my entire life -- you'd think I'd be stressed out ... well, I'm not stressed out (at least not this morning) especially when I consider that David had even more to deal with on his trip to LV (basically a 2-hour delay that made him miss is connecting flight and then just making the last plane out of Houston on stand-by and then arriving around 2AM -- had he not made that last plane he'd've had to spend the night in the Houston airport).

But we're finally together ... we ordered room service and had a spectacular first night together. I've decided, since it's NYE weekend, that I'm going to be a little selfish and not spend as much time on the computer as I usually do ... so after this miniscule post, I'll have 2 Year-End Wrap-Up posts for today and that is it ... there is just too much in Las Vegas for the two of us to enjoy.

I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention the execution of Saddam Hussein which happened at just before 6AM local time on December 30 in Northern Baghdad. I got word as I was traveling that he was executed and managed to watch video of his execution on CNN International when I arrived at our hotel ...

WARNING: THESE images may be graphic to some readers

Here is a bit of the report from Al Jazeera: Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president, has been hanged, Iraqi officials have said. The execution took place shortly before 6am (03:00 GMT) on Saturday at an Iraqi military facility in northern Baghdad. Iraqi television later showed footage of Saddam being placed in a noose by hangmen, cutting away just before his execution. The 69-year-old appeared calm, chatting to his hangmen as they wrapped his neck in black cloth and steered him towards the gallows. Iraqi television later showed footage of his body. Saddam was convicted last month of the killings of 148 Shias after a failed assassination attempt in 1982. Late on Saturday, a defense lawyer said Saddam's body was flown on board a US plane to his family hometown of Tikrit for burial. Lawyer Bushra al-Khalil told Reuters the body of the former leader was now in Tikrit. Sources told Al Jazeera that Saddam would be buried at his family burial ground in the village of al-Oja near Tikrit on Sunday morning. Needless to say, there are many, many people out there who are celebrating this brand of justice. In Dearborn, MI (which has the largest concentration of Middle Eastern immigrants outside of the Middle East) there were numerous celebrations in response to Hussein's execution. It's a grim way to end the year but, I believe at least, justice has finally been served. [Source]

David is itching to get some gambling time under his belt and I'm looking forward to him winning me a lot of money so we best get to it ... tonight, we're going to see Prince per4orm at the Rio -- and I am very excited for that! Sooo ... the Year-End Wrap-Up posts are on the way ... have a great weekend, y'all!

I am OUT!