The day after Italy, El Bob flies straight to Las Vegas for some R&R. Although El Bob does not gamble, there are still plenty of ways to throw his money away. El Bob stayed at The Signature by MGM Grand, which had a great deal for a large one bedroom suite with jacuzzi, and no annoying casino in the lobby. El Bob likes to do manly things, which is why he took a ride in a Corvette ZHZ sporting a LS3 6.2L V8 436 horsepower engine, as well as a Mini Cooper-S convertible. El Bob also went to The Gun Store and rented the Coalition Package which includes the M249 SAW, M16 Riffle, and a M9 Pistol. El Bob tore up Osama’s face, no sweat.
As much fun as El Bob had, he sometimes wishes there was a Miss El Bob (though not really named Miss El Bob) to share a Piña Colada with. Looking for someone to hook him up!
The Sky Mall magazine has a lot of great gadgets for El Bob.
El Bob chills in the living room.
El Bob checks out the other Signature tower.
If El Bob jumps, can he make it to the pool?
El Bob rates this bed 5 stars for comfort.
El Bob likes muscle cars.
And exotics too.
El Bob thinks he should be the emblem instead.
El Bob’s ears flow through the wind.
El Bob says he’s got nothing on us.
El Bob senses a storm coming.
If only El Bob had a fork in his mouth.
El Bob digs fast cars.
El Bob is on the lookout for cops.
El Bob is such a camera whore.
Just enjoying the view.
El Bob cruising in the ZHZ.
Too cool for school.
El Bob having Belgium waffles at The Signature.
El Rambo Bob.
El Bob’s favorite gun is the M249 SAW.
El Bob’s favorite receipt, ever. Does this qualify as a business expense?
El Bob likes round things!
El Bob wants to be El Azul Bob.
El Bob at the Blue Man Group show.
Blue Man and El Bob go way back.
El Bob at the Venetian.
El Bob is not impressed.
El Bob goes home.
El Bob traveled with me to Italy the week before Memorial Day weekend for an engagement assignment I booked. We landed in Milan, and made our way to Pisa, Venice, Florence and Rome. His favorite part was playing with the pigeons in San Marco Square in Venice.
Can you guess what this is? (Hint: It’s moving very fast)
Taking the Trenitalia train to Pisa
El Bob likes to stay informed.
They come in all shapes and sizes.
El Bob can be elusive.
El Bob on Ponte Solferino, Pisa, looking at the Santa Maria della Spina to the right.
This car looks just right for El Bob.
El Bob is such a tourist. Can’t you be more creative?
Should El Bob climb up the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
El Bob admiring Duomo di Pisa.
El Bob can see all of Pisa here.
El Bob makes friends everywhere he goes. He is in a calm submissive state.
A very calm and submissive state.
El Bob waiting for another train. Safety is number one for El Bob.
El Bob loves the Eurostar trains.
El Bob loves speed.
El Bob welcomes you to Venice.
Home of the most aggressive pigeons ever.
El Bob is also a hopeless romantic.
El Bob wonders why the water smell so bad.
El Bob finds graffiti in Venice.
El Bob looks over the Grand Canal.
El Bob hitches a ride on a gondola.
El Bob sighs.
Taxi ride to the Murano Glass showroom in Venice.
El Bob at Hotel Danieli.
El Bob looking thoughtful.
El Bob at Saint Marcus Square.
Side view of El Bob.
El Bob always shares his food with friends.
El Bob admiring Bisilica di San Marco
El Bob by the parked gondolas.
El Bob likes looking into your eyes.
El Bob at Florence.
El Bob window shopping at night.
El Bob looks over Florence at the Piazzale Michelangiolo.
A closeup of Santa Maria del Fiore.
El Bob sizes up the Colosseum in Rome, his final destination.
I adopted El Bob from Ceyey, Puerto Rico. I drove down there from San Juan to have some lechón (suckling pig) at local restaurants, or lechoneras. It only cost $3 to adopt this piggy from being eaten. Don’t worry, I did’t eat in front of him. Unfortunately Bob didn’t get into any other photo opportunities other than Old San Juan. I’ll post the other photos of my Puerto Rico trip next.
I dropped Bob near the water fountain when I was trying to take a picture, and his ear broke off. While doing some window shopping I spotted a butterfly store selling ugly yarn dolls. I met store owner Cirene, a gorgeous woman, who explained all the stories behind each yarn doll. I found her intimate knowledge of about 100 of these dolls extremely attractive, as I am attached to all of my ugly dolls back home. When she heard about Bob’s accident, she was heart broken and immediately offered to help me reattach his ear on the spot. As her gratitude for making her day more interesting, she offered to let me take a picture of Bob with the butterflies, since her store has a “no photography” policy. I can easily say my experience with her was the best 20 minutes of my entire trip.
All photos were taken with my point and shoot, Sony DSC-W170. The trick is to use a tabletop tripod, set your ISO at the lowest possible, and use a timer to take longer exposure shots for the best quality. Of course in daylight, you can just snap away handheld. I also have grid display on my LCD so I can easily apply the rule of thirds. One of the very few advantages this Sony has over my Canon Elph is the wider lens.
Bob stayed at Hotel El Convento.