So, There Was This Elvis Impersonator Standing Next to Zorro

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

The Mirage Las Vegas

My brother-in-law happens to be in Las Vegas at the same time as me -- he's here for the poker tournament at Caesars Palace. I invited him to the About.com dinner at La Salsa Cantina. He's so polite and sweet. Too sweet to say the dinner was awful, so I will say it for him and warn you to never dine at that restaurant.

I'm not certain how it became a Mexican restaurant. Maybe it was a strip club at one time before the lease expired as there was nothing inherently Mexican about it. The frozen margaritas were a solid chunk of ice, the Caesar salad was iceberg lettuce sprinkled with a few shreds of something resembling cheese and presented on a plate small enough to hold a muffin. I can't swear to it, but I suspect the rice was from a box of minute rice, sort of the texture of Uncle Ben's from a box. The vegetables were that well known Mexican variety combo of overcooked cauliflower, broccoli and carrots, served next to a chunk of meat smothered in American cheese.

It was also too loud to hear yourself think, much less talk on the phone with a Jawbone earpiece. One diner at my table requested cheese enchiladas. Everybody else had finished eating by the time her dinner arrived, despite my brother-in-law attempts at pasting her dinner coupon to his forehead while he grabbed passing waiters to point at his head, trying to draw attention to the fact that this woman had not yet been fed and was ignored.

We decided to walk back to The Mirage and sample the evening nightlife on the streets instead of waiting for the group bus shuttle. We passed a horde of young men thrusting coupons for female companionship at us, which littered the ground for blocks. The tantalizing smells of bus fumes and rotting shellfish permeated the evening air. Thousands of people crowded the streets. Some were aging hippies with parrots attached to their Hawaiian shirts. Jimmy Buffet is in town. I saw an ad for Jimmy Buffet in my hotel room magazine and at first blush thought he was James Taylor. Except Mr. JT isn't quite so puffy and round.

You've got your Eiffel Tower planted squarely on top of a hotel -- a faux Italian piazza square punctuated by Greek gods sprawled in a water fountain -- neon lights, looming television screens with the sound turned up so loud it made my brother-in-law yell, "Hey, dad, turn down the TV." Women in mini skirts and thigh high boots, men with glass guitars containing a six-pack of beer strapped to their chests, teenagers wearing rubber chicken hats -- it's all here in Las Vegas. We tried to shoot a photo of me standing between Elvis and Zorro, but just at the moment of clickage, my camera battery died. Probably just as well.

How was the About.com conference, you might ask? Fabulous. Campbells just invested over a million-dollars in a new partnership with About.com. I've learned ten times more about SEO and heard about Google's new algorithms.  We have almost 800 guide sites now. I began writing the Home Buying siteabout 2 1/2 years ago when the sites numbered 500 or so. I met many old friends and made new friends. This was worth 2 days out of my life. And I didn't drop one dime at the Blackjack table nor the slotsl Can you believe that?

I had a closing Friday and the listing agent offered to give the keys to my buyers in my absence. I'm not certain if when I expressed my apologies to the buyers, telling them that this is really the highlight of my transactions and I was sorry to miss it  that prompted the call -- but they called yesterday to say they don't have time now to get the keys until Monday. Meaning, I suppose, that they know full well I will be back home by then to hand them the keys myself.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Mary Pope-Handy
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I hadn't heard of an About.com conference, but then, I'm just a reader and not a contributor so I guess that makes sense.

You might consider pasting your restaurant review on UrbanSpoon.com or Yelp - I think people would want to know!!

Thanks for the update - I enjoyed it.

Oct 25, 2008 04:38 PM #1
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Oct 25, 2008 04:58 PM #2
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Sounds like a wonderful dinner. :( Too bad your camera gave up, I would have liked seeing you with Elvis and Zorro. Sounds like I need to check out about.com.

Oct 25, 2008 05:11 PM #3
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Pacita Dimacali
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Elizabeth

About.com is one of my go-to sites, and you're one of my go-to real estate writers. Glad you were able to get away, even though you had a bad dinner experience. Las Vegas is always quite an expeiience. Just be glad you didn't go in August where your feet would feel like they're literally on fire as you walk around going hotel-hopping.

I'm sure your clients are going to be so happy to receive the keys directly from you.

Oct 25, 2008 06:11 PM #4
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Marie Meyer
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Hi Elizabeth ... A very entertaining read :)  Sometimes, the conference is terrible and the extra curricular activities are great, and sometimes ... you are you in Las Vegas!  I visit about.com often so thanks for the info.

Oct 26, 2008 02:24 AM #5
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Linda Jandura
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Hi Elizabeth- Ain't Vegas fun? Went there a few years ago for the Keller Williams conference- that was a great time! Remember though, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

I've been reading your About.com column for probably as long as you've been writing them. My husband goes there for the French language info. I looked up Yoga on About.com last night, and was suprised to read about NUDE YOGA!  Yeah, not trying that anytime soon.

Have a great weekend.

Oct 26, 2008 02:49 AM #6
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C Tann-Starr
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LOL @ your buyers. Cool move! I love this post. I could almost see this happening. Oh my word... (LMAO)

Oct 26, 2008 02:57 AM #7
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Elizabeth:  Love the way you write.  You tell a story so easily and naturally.  I hope you will share the wonderful new SEO info you gathered. 

Oct 26, 2008 03:18 AM #8
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Scott Cowan
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Elizabeth-  Your dinner sounds like the typical Mexican dinner in Seattle/Tacoma. One of the problems here is we do not have an abundance of good Mexican Food. Now I know better than to go to Vegas looking for a good meal at that place =)

Best,

Scott

Oct 26, 2008 06:54 AM #9
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Hi Mary: Say, got any idea why Dover Real Estate put a sole period in the comment box?

Hi Fred: You mean you've never looked for advice or help on About.com for anything?

Hi Pacita: I had no idea you read my site on About.com, but I am very appreciate of the two stories you sent me for the Short Sale book. It was submitted to the publisher 3 weeks ago and I haven't heard a peep back yet. I don't know if that's good or bad. :)

Hi Marie: I'm thankful the conference was educational. Friday night I took myself out to dinner and ordered a two-pound Maine lobster. I ate it, but it was tough and undercooked. When the waitress asked me what I thought, I told her. She said, "Oh, let me bring you another." Yeah, like I could possibly squeeze another two-pound lobster into my stomach. Then she said, "Let me bring you another glass of wine." No, one was quite enough, thank you. Then it dawned on me, she didn't really want my thoughts. She thought I wanted something from her, which I didn't. I was just answering her question.

Hi Linda: I wouldn't say Las Vegas was fun but it was interesting, and I really loved getting together with the other writers from About.com. I found out that I am featured on About.com's home page. I guess I should blog about it. It's pretty amusing, if I say so myself.

Hi C: I think my buyers felt sorry for depriving me of one of the great joys.

Hi Chris: I promise to write something later about SEO.

Hi Scott: Yeah, I definitely would not recommend La Salsa Cantina.

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Elizabeth- Well I'm sorry the dinner was bad, but I just love the way you tell the story.  I even have a clear picture of you with Elvis and Zorro with no camera, your words did a perfect job. 

Oct 26, 2008 03:05 PM #11
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Hi Tammy: As Elvis and Zorro snuggled up to me, moving into position, with Elvis thrusting his arm forward and pointing at the camera taker, each picture failed to take. But the experience was amusing.

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Oct 27, 2008 04:26 AM #12
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Elizabeth - I'm not sure what about.com is about...  :)  I'm glad your conference was better than your dinner...  :)

Oct 27, 2008 06:19 AM #13
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Hi Debi: About.com is made up of almost 800 experts who hand out advice and tips on just about any topic you can imagine. Everybody is paid from page views with a guaranteed minimum per month. If you have a passion about a topic and can write, About.com might hire you, too. On the home page, you'll find a menu from A to Z, just click through it to see what topics interest you. You'll find out how to build a deck, troubleshoot a broken computer, get a teenager to behave, how to cook a lobster, prepare your taxes, write a novel, or buy a car. The list is endless. I write about home buying and home selling.

I also use about.com for information myself. There are a ton of health experts and product reviewers as well as gardeners, historians, artists, wedding consultants, beauty and make-up pros, dietitians and an entire channel devoted to cities / towns.

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Elizabeth - It sounds like a great website!  I'm going to check it out...  :)

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Curious what the story would've been if the dinner was fabulous (LOL). Because nearly everyone is sorry for the dinner but think that the story is great.

You have quite a schedule. Even Las Vegas is all business. Good that you did not have a chance to lose a lot of money (LOL)

Oct 29, 2008 01:08 PM #16
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Hi Jon: Actually, I think I lead a rather boring life, just buying and selling real estate and then talking about it. A little travel here and there. I'm like a one-woman real estate show most days.

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