Monday, November 28, 2005

This is one of the best times to visit Las Vegas, the weather is cool and sunny. Why suffer under the desert heat, you can visit Las Vegas when the weather is pleasant. Today started with a Brunch in the El Cortez Casino and Hotel, a downtown dive, the first casino owned by the gangster Bugsy Siegel. We had Chinese /American Breakfast, the service was good, the brunch included glazed donuts and Champaign very El Cortezish.

After brunch and shopping, we went to see Walk the Line the new film about Johnny Cash at the Neonopolis at the Fremont Street Experience. I've been a fan of Johnny Cash since I was a kid, my father is a Cash fan and I have many memories of hearing A Boy named Sue sung at home.

The film is well made, the music is good and I enjoyed the performances of Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. However, while watching the film I realized that I didn't know anything about Cash except his music, he wore Black and had performed at Folsom prison. His drug addiction and his pre-martial issues with June Carter were news for me. The film focuses on his addiction and desire to marry June Carter, but I felt the film portrays Cash's world as small, it was the 1960's and so much was happening with the country and music. After the watching the film I'll read Johnny Cash's autobiography.


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