Saturday, May 14, 2011

Aces Casino Blog: Random Thoughts In Hodgepodge Form, A.K.A. Our Latest Top 3 "Love/Hate" Lists

Here at Aces Casino, the Orange County casino party leader, there are six words that instill total FEAR in this reporter: "Who forgot to post the Blog?"  (Sigh)  Uhh, yeah, that would be ME.  OK, I got this.....Hey, it's not so bad: While I create this bi-weekly drivel, they give me all the Diet Pepsi I can drink while I work on the Blog.  Yep, that's me, the top negotiator in the Aces Casino offices.  I drive a HARD bargain, my friends.  Corner office, here I come.... (Ed. Note: keep your day job.)

Here's a peek behind the Aces Casino curtain on just how we "create the Magic:" When it's time to decide just what goes into the blog for any particular publishing date, we use a very scientific method -- We have someone throw a dart at our "Master Blog Board."  Wherever the dart lands, that's the topic for the day. 

Today, we asked the mailman to toss the dart.  Wow, that guy should pitch for the Angels, he throws hard.  One problem, though: His 105-MPH toss landed right smack dab on the line between "Things we LOVE," and "Things we HATE."  So, without further fanfare, here's a lil' Blog-Hybrid that we'll call "The Latest from our Top 3 Love/Hate Lists." 

"Aces Casino Top 3 Movies that we can't WAIT to see this year." 

#1 -- "Super 8."  Spielberg and J. J. Abrams, two of our fave directors, collaborating on ONE film?  Gimme.   #2 -- "Captain America, First Avenger."  Marvel's got it goin' ON.  They've made so many good films lately, too many to count.  They're approaching "Pixar" status around here.  LOVED 'Thor,' and THIS movie looks spectacular.   That "Avengers" film in 2012's gonna be the bomb.  #3 -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2."  My kids got me hooked on this franchise last year.  I've seen 'em all, and can't wait for the last one.  (Already read the book.  It's fabulous.)

"Aces Casino Top 3 Event Venues"

#1 -- Phoenix Club, Anaheim.  It's where the Orange County casino night party kingpins were born in '94.  GREAT place for events, and they don't pay us to say that.  #2 -- K. Hovnanian 'Lodge,' Beaumont / Hemet / Palm Springs / Bakersfield.  GREAT people, super staff to work with, the buildings are all immaculate, couldn't ask for anything more.  #3 --a 452-way tie for third.  We're not THAT dumb.

"Aces Casino Top 3 places we wish were still around"

#1 -- Amada, Buena Park.  Beautiful facility, but Amada's first love is their fabrication machinery.  They eliminated their catering facility in 2009, to concentrate on their cash-cow products.  We miss it.  #2 -- Sequoia Athletic Club, Buena Park.  Easiest facility to set up our Orange County casino party equipment EVER.  It's a Target, now.  Boy, we sure miss THIS one, too.  #3 -- Movieland Wax Museum, Buena Park.  When the wax figures left, so did the catering venue.  Nice place to put on events, fine staff. 

"Aces Casino 3 toughest venues to put on casino parties"

#1 -- Queen Mary, Long Beach.  70-year-old elevators and uneven floors make this venue the all-time toughest in the biz to work.  Staff is great, very professional, but that ship is TOUGH.  It's easier to set up inside the sub, than the QM.  A one-hour set-up at a normal venue takes 3.5 hours there.  #2 -- Bonaventure Hotel, L.A.  Loading dock the size of a postage stamp, and every elevator's an adventure.  #3 -- Crowne Plaza Hotel, Commerce.  A story in itself.  When the elevators broke down before the delivery team could get the equipment out after another fine Aces Casino event, the four-person extraction team had to stay the night, until the repairmen could come and fix the problem.  They'll never get to #1 with the "Queen" around, though.  Close, but no cigar. 

Well, that's all for an abbreviated Aces Casino Blog post this week.  We still owe our faithful readers that Kardashian story from an event last month, and we promise to get it in print, as soon as we determine that they won't sue us.  One way or the other, we'll be back next week with another of the blog postings that helped Aces Casino achieve what the Orange County Register labeled, "professionally irreverent"  status a few months ago.  Hey: Casino parties are our game, and entertainment is in our name.  Now, if you'll excuse me, I think it's time to deal with that six-pack of Diet Pepsi's I've "rented."  Have a good weekend!

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