December 20, 2008

Not Everyone Can Remember It How They Need To

December 20th, 2008

Tommy was wrong! Not everyone can remember, especially when it’s a birthday celebration in Las Vegas.

Susie is a little foggy on some of the details from last weekend, but this is how it was. First, we had cocktails, dinner, and dancing at the fabulous Foundation Room on top of Mandalay Bay with Susie’s cordial colleague Caroline and her genius rocket scientist husband Tim. The Foundation Room is one of the coolest places in Vegas with the best view of The Strip. After dinner, the bar becomes a night club with a DJ. It was totally off the hook.

So far so good. This is where it starts to get fuzzy. Tim starts carrying Susie to the valet and then hands her off to me. When we are in our room, Susie passes out before I can get back to the room with a bucket of ice for a glass of water before bed. We used the ice the next morning on our poor aching heads and slept ’til after 3:00PM.

But nothing was going to stop us from seeing our favorite show. After some dinner at Japonais at the Mirage, we met big JB fan Krystal and her husband Chris Thomsen before the second Jersey Boys show. Row J, center cut, it was all great, and of course because it is live theater, it is always fresh and new.

Following the show, we talked to Travis Cloer about his tremendous performance as “Frankie.” After hearing him for the first time, we know we have to go back. We also got to talk to multi-talented cast members Kristofer McNeeley and Jason Martinez–and I embarrassed Susie with tales of her chicken chasing and naming a horse in our neighborhood, Lorraine. It turns out I actually called the horse Lorraine first.

After a champagne brunch the next morning, we went to Sigfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and saw dolphins, lions, tigers, llamas and a jaguar.

So, even though some of us may have a little trouble remembering all of it, where it really counts, I will always remember it as one of the best birthdays ever!

Figures, the A$$hole would remember the camera this time!

I’ve been pretty quiet ’til now, but some things are gettin’ left out. That’s the thing about the Tech Half–he’s into the basic facts–not the rest of the story…

Friday evening began with Caroline toasting my birthday with one of our favorite cocktails, a Sea Breeze! Being a big JB fan, she raised her glass and stated, “The Sea Breeze Lounge is proud to present the return engagement of the international recording stars, The Four Seasons!” It gets pretty fuzzy after that…

The show? We may have looked a little rough in the photos due to Friday night’s escapades, but we saw one of the best Jersey Boys performances–EVER! The entire cast was SPECTACULAR! For the last year and a half or so, we’ve been reading updates about Travis Cloer’s performances as Frankie on Broadway: Comments from Audrey, Howard, Beverely, Irene….so many others….They all told us “it wasn’t no vision”! Travis is a FANTASTIC FRANKIE–in his acting, with his beautiful falsetto, and his rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” brought the Palazzo house down!

By the way–you’re ever in Vegas, walk into the Foundation Room, and say “Jersey Boys Blog”–My hand to God, you’ll be outta there in about twelve seconds.


  1. AMAZING, I think this is a splendid way to enjoy your birthday in VEGAS!!! Hmmmm…maybe I should tell my “friend” they should celebrate there birthday in VEGAS as well :) Great review of the b-day night and GREAT pictures!!!

    Comment by Joey Flores — December 20, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

  2. A birthday is not a birthday without seeing a performance of Jersey Boys!! It sounds like you had a whirlwind weekend with much time needed to wind down afterwards. I am glad you got to see Travis perform. Broadway misses him!

    Comment by Beverley Micciche — December 20, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

  3. Wow, Susie! Til now I thought I knew how to celebrate birthdays! You could give lessons! Keep on celebrating..there are holidays from now til January 1! Lulu

    Comment by LuluThompson — December 20, 2008 @ 8:41 pm

  4. Wow! From those great pix one would assume that with Joyce C. and Natalie B. leaving, Susie and Krystal must be the new Jersey Girls in town. Am I right?

    And I heard that Dale, after a little too much sake at Japonais, had the waiters sing “If You Knew Sushi Like I Know Sushi” to the birthday girl instead of the standard “Happy Birthday To You.”

    What a great time…happy birthday!

    Comment by stubbleyou — December 21, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

  5. Susie,

    Sounds like you celebrated your birthday ‘Jersey Style’, and then some!! Loved reading about this adventure from both yours and Dales perspective. Everybody remembers it the way they need to, right?! Happy, happy birthday again, and many more.

    xo, Pam

    Sooo great to see you and Dale last night!! Looking forward to reading the write up of our adventures, including getting lost several times, and not finding anywhere open after 1030!!

    Comment by Pamela — December 21, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  6. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY SUSIE! HOPE IT WAS YOUR BEST EVER!!! From the pictures, it sure looks like it was! Hope to see you two in May! Merry Christmas and happy New Year too! Much love, Wanda

    Comment by WANDA — December 22, 2008 @ 8:06 am

  7. Loved the different versions of “Susie’s Birthday in Vegas JB Style”…hysterical…no doubt you all had a blast…thanks for sharing pix…hope to see you again soon!

    Comment by NewJerseyLasagna — December 22, 2008 @ 11:28 am

  8. Looks and sounds like a great time was had by all! Glad you had such a happy birthday weekend!! You deserved it.

    Tell Dale to watch himself, or you may turn over some of the writing duties to him :~)

    Comment by Catherine — December 23, 2008 @ 9:56 am

  9. You two are TOO funny. I don’t know about you being quiet up to a certain point, Susie, but it doesn’t seem that ANYthng was left out of this birthday celebration weekend (except an explanation about the women with Dale in the third photo. Were they the ‘lions, tigers… and a jaguar’ he mentioned seeing after the champagne brunch?).

    It was quite the kodak moment all around. Beautiful pictures of so many aspects of Vegas- inside and out. Thanks for sharing it all with us. I hope you have many, many memorable (as in “able to remember”) birthdays in the years ahead!

    Comment by Audrey — December 23, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

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