Double Down posts from May 2013

May 28, 2013 | Posted by Richard Hooker

This week, we are delighted to welcome our very first guest blogger: Richard Hooker. Richard is an artist and the owner of the RTZvegas studio in downtown Vegas. He was also the winner of our inaugural “Friend and Champion of the Humanities” Award. Photographs below are courtesy of Bobbie Ann Howell.

Mark Hall-Patton - Director of the Clark County Museum and a regular on the famed “Pawn Stars” TV show - recently spun a lively tale of how roads, rails and trails were a genesis for the...

May 21, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

I got an email from my Dad last week that said, "Hey! David Sedaris talked about Reno on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart!"

Oh dear. Usually when Reno makes it into a conversation on a national stage it's never a flattering moment -- especially when the mention is on a show celebrated for its biting wit, and said conversation is between two of America's greatest observational satirists.

If you live in the Reno area or watch The Daily Show, then you might have seen the clip or read the Reno Gazette-Journal article discussing Sedaris's comments.

Here's the brief interview clip if you want to watch before you continue reading:

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May 13, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

Recently on my travels I was able to spend some time in Tonopah, Nevada.  I used to go to Tonopah quite a bit when my sister Sherry lived there and we had more than one “ghost filled” New Year's Eve at the famous Mizpah Hotel. Well, we told a lot of ghost stories, but I'm not sure we saw the resident ghost -- though we did see amazing things fly in the sky.

On this trip we stayed at the historic and beautiful Mizpah again, had a good meal, enjoyed talking with the staff, and relaxed from our drive that, over the course of the week, had led us up through Amargosa Valley, Death Valley, Beatty and Goldfield, and, on the way back home, from Reno.  The high bed with soft pillows, the handmade soap, and the deep claw foot bathtub were a welcomed luxury.

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May 6, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

A couple of weeks ago, one of my new Las Vegas friends gave me a lift to the airport (I’ve only lived in Vegas for 6 months so actually all my Las Vegas friends are new). I was off for a week in Chicago, a city I adore, and en route I happened to mention another friend, this time of longer-standing, who had recently moved from the Windy City to a smaller town out west to take up a job. Alas, she has not since taken a great liking to her new environment.

My new friend was unsympathetic to my old friend’s plight. He suggested that a little preliminary online research would have furnished her with enough information to know whether the western town was a fit and that her reaction subsequent to her move was born of lack of self-knowledge.

I could not have disagreed more and...