Las Vegas

We took a 5-day trip to Las Vegas at the end of February to visit Malorie’s family. It ended up being a family reunion of sorts – Malorie’s parents went down from Washington, her sister’s family from Alaska, and her “brother’s” family from Utah. We all invaded her aunt and uncle’s house, and they were very gracious hosts. It was also the first introduction of Malorie’s niece to her great-grandparents, who moved to Las Vegas a year and a half ago.

Jason took this picture of our extended family, so he didn’t make it into the picture. Check out our photo gallery for more pictures that include Jason.

 

Malorie's Family

Malorie's Family

 

We ended up sharing a condo with Jenn, Josh, and Shilah while we were there, which worked out great. Malorie loved all the extra “Shilah-time” she got. Shilah was almost crawling and Auntie Mal did her best to help teach her.

 

Shilah

Shilah

 

 

We did spend a couple of evenings sight-seeing around Las Vegas. The first night we went to the old downtown section, Fremont Street. The street is closed to traffic and covered by a canopy of 12.5 million LED lights, 90 ft. above the street. In the evening they have a synchronized, music/lights/movie show on the hour. Here’s a glimpse of what it looked like.

 

Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience

 

 

They also recently installed an 800 ft. zipline that runs down Fremont Street, under the canopy. Never ones to miss out on adventure, we decided it must be experienced. And much to our surprise, Malorie’s parents were up for the adventure too! Obviously we couldn’t get a picture of ourselves on the zipline, but here’s Malorie’s brother-in-law, sister, mom, and dad getting ready to launch from 5-stories up.

 

Zipline down Fremont Street

Zipline down Fremont Street

 

On our last night in Vegas, the two of us took off by ourselves to explore the strip. We had already seen most of the casinos on our first trip, but some of the places are definitely worth a second look. The Bellagio fountain show is never a disappointment, and their botanical garden is brilliantly done. We also walked through the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and took a stroll through the Venetian, looking at their gondolas.

 

Bellagio Fountain Show

Bellagio Fountain Show

 

Jason wanted to include this picture – a spiral escalator! Seriously, everything in Vegas just has to be bigger and better and much, much cooler…

 

Spiral Escalator

Spiral Escalator

 

We’re still here… I promise!

Hi, it’s me, the guy that never writes. I noticed this place has gone pretty stagnant, so I thought I would throw this update in to mix things up a bit.

There’s a lot of stuff to update everyone one, so let’s see if I can remember it all. Everyone will know most of this stuff already, except for the random Googler that hits our site:

First, around the end of the year, I got my 1986 Subaru GL working and on the road again. It had been down for repairs, and inevitably, modifications, since June or so. At first, I was just going to rebuild the engine because it had blown head gaskets, but I ended up putting a turbo legacy engine in it instead:

EJ-22t

EJ-22t

Now it makes about 3x the horsepower it used to 😀

I also did a lot of other electrical work to it, and it got a new paintjob… of bed liner. 😛 Now I don’t have to worry about door dings. Here is a picture of the exterior of the car:

The Soob, in all it's bed lined glory

The Soob, in all it's bed lined glory

Full work (mod) list:

  • EJ22t engine swap
  • Custom exhaust thanks to Chad
  • 4” lift thanks to Andy
  • 27” tires
  • 6 lug wheel conversion, also thanks to Andy
  • Rear LSD
  • HID headlight conversion
  • New stereo (need tunes, right?)
  • Rear disc brake mod (soon)
  • Exterior bed lined
  • I also fixed my rear defroster and heater fan, so now I have heat!

There’s more picture of the Subaru in our new Photo Gallery, so be sure to check them out!

 

Second, Malorie got me a sweet weather station for Christmas! I love it, and I really like being able to analyze the weather with this. I also found a really cool application on the Internet that lets you hook the weather station up to your computer, and you can upload all of the information to a website. You can check out weather data at http://weather.jasonandmalorie.com, or click on the link in the sidebar on the right of our main page.

weather.jasonandmalorie.com

weather.jasonandmalorie.com

Last but not least, Malorie and I have been going through all of our photos, and uploading them to the web to share with everyone, resulting in another sub-site, http://gallery.jasonandmalorie.com. The interface isn’t completely refined yet, but it’s mostly all there. You can also get to this site from the link in the sidebar on the right of our main page as well.

gallery.jasonandmalorie.com

gallery.jasonandmalorie.com

We also took a trip to Las Vegas and San Francisco this past month as well. Check back soon for more details on those trips!

-Jason