Leaving Las Vegas

Don't let the HostGator bite ya.

Some updates, for the Facebook and Twitter Nation; 12apostrophes was absent from the triple-w for approx. a few days, give or take many hours. For some of those days, I was in Vegas, so I didn’t care.

But, in the good news column, 12apos received four (count ’em, four) e-mails about the outage, along the lines of “Where is 12apostrophes?” and received zero e-mails of the “Good riddance!” variety.

This proves two things irrefutably:

1. 12apostrophes has at least four readers, not the before-thought of “two” or “a couple of” readers.
2. 100% of 12apostrophes readers respond favorably to the blog.

The site downage was caused by a roving band of crack Internet hackers trying to strike terror by crashing the world economic infrastructure and obscure blogs. Or else the hosting company “switched the name server” and then “forgot to switch it back,” should “propagate” in a “couple of hours,” but really “took a week.”

Meanwhile, back at the Vegas wedding, Pulao and I survived helicopter travel, although I had had my doubts. In fact, besides just avoiding the firey crash, the rides and views were a bit on the super-awesome side. Here’s what a small part of it looked like:

The great muddy. No, wait, the Colorado.Those blurry rocks behind me? Grand Canyon.
From inside the Grand Canyon.The rocks behind Pulao? Same Grand Canyon.

Vegas, for me, was unstoppable forces vs. immovable objects: freezing casinos v. scorching sun, Disney World v. Bourbon street on Fat Tuesday night, hooker calling cards on the sidewalk v. a beautiful wedding. Nice strangers v. mean strangers. Swift ‘copters v. sluggish busses.

The highlights of the trip were the wedding ceremony at the Chapel of the Flowers, a classy oasis tucked away on a un-classy street, the Grand Canyon (from the air and the ground), friends and more friends, and craps at the Golden Nugget.

Another way to look at Sin City; friend and sometime-12apos commenter Crash Damag said that Vegas had moved way beyond capitalism, capitalism used to be you gave your money and got something, a good or service, and in Vegas you just give the money away, without that other part, where you get something.

6 Responses to Leaving Las Vegas

  1. Anirban says:

    Pulao looks like she has a future in Tollywood

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tollywood

    When I last checked 12apostrophes was ranked within the top 2 million blogs on Tehnorati and was on authority level 2. I don’t know what that means, but its something authority level 1 guys like me ranked in the mid 2.6 million aspire to be. (Hold on… why am I not linked here… guess that explains it.)

    I hope the outage brought the ranking down a notch.

  2. Matt says:

    Dude, I’m envious. Now I need to take a helicopter to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, too.

  3. Unwit says:

    I am so relieved y’all didn’t die in a fiery helicopter crash. Tell the rest of your friends henceforth to get married at ground level.

  4. kam says:

    ARE YOU NUTS? HAVE YOU TAKEN LEAVE OF YOUR SENSES? Whew, am I glad I didn’t read your blog before you took that helicopter “ride.” I bet it wasn’t on rails with a safety bar across your lap. Helicopters are for CNN news clips, not taking “rides” in. Glad you survived.

  5. Wendi Starklorn says:

    Mark has a friend who used to fly helicopters for the army. I told him now that you’ve landed safely, he could tell you some stories. You don’t know how brave you were.

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