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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Vegas Baby

We just got back from Sodom and Gomorrah, I mean Vegas. While it is definitely a tourist hot spot I would not want to raise a family there. I spent quite a lot of time examining my shoes and the sidewalk directly in front of me. If I were single and loved to party it would be the perfect destination. I forgot to mention that it was my first trip to Vegas that I have memory of. While there we got to take in some of the sights and sounds of the strip. We spent the first night at the Rivera which was nice but huge. It seemed that everything was spread out (which required walking) and everyone was smoking and drinking. The last two nights of our trip we were at the Tuscany. It reminded me of a Mexican resort where there are several buildings and a common pool. We enjoyed the room more there and we didn't have to walk forever to get anywhere. I think I injured my legs as they still hurt to walk (kinda like shin splints but they are the muscles on the sides of my shin bones). Anyway, we did get to see the "Bodies" exhibit. I guess there was an overall sense of wonder and disgust. To see bodies in the open and in a scientific setting was definitely an eye opening experience. But seeing bodies and parts open almost made it feel like we were trespassing in a morgue. I think the baby section was fascinating as it shows the fetus at several stages. I also have to give credit to doctors and nurses who not only have to deal with the body itself, but the blood that comes with it as well as the smell. Luckily we didn't have to deal with the latter two. Part of the display showed the circulatory system. There was the form of a human but it only had the vessels full of a dye. Very cool. I was kinda bummed that we couldn't take pictures, but then again they did run a pretty tight ship with several rooms with "proctors" who would monitor how much you breathed on the the specimen. Anyway, we are glad to be back, and the boys are glad too. It is so nice to come home again. I have been toying with the idea of starting another blog that I devote strictly to my family history. On one hand I think it would allow me to share information with others as well as serve as a repository for my documents, pictures, etc etc. While does have some nice features, I would almost want some specific page elements that would show where on the family tree I am posting and other features. The downside would be to have this information open to all (unless I restrict the blog to invited people only). I would almost not want to do it as much of the information I have is on (and I have to keep current with my subscription) but it would allow me to have an additional backup besides my home computer and Ancestry. What do you think? Would it be worth the effort to replicate information in three places? Is there an easier way? Any insight would be appreciated.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

I agree with you on the Vegas stuff. It can be a gross place. You have to be careful and not go very often. Maybe once every 5 years if that often.

About your family history. If you did do a blog I would have only open to people you invite just to give you some privacy but it would be a pain to have to update so many places and keep them all current. I don't know any easier way unless you just make printed copies of everything but that is alot of work too. good luck.