San Diego Comic-Con 2012

2012 DATES

(Preview Night)

THU, JULY 12 –


If you aren’t one of the lucky 165,000 ticket holders, forget about getting into this year’s Comic-Con. It is SOLD OUT.
But that doesn’t mean that you won’t run into one or more of the  annual Masquerade costume show participants
or the special guests hanging out after hours in nearby Gaslamp Quarter District: » Charlie Adlard
» Bill Amend
» Sergio Aragonés
» Tom Batiuk
» Kate Beaton
» Alison Bechdel
» Tim Bradstreet
» Mike Carey
» Gail Carriger
» Becky Cloonan
» Geof Darrow
» Ben Edlund
» Steve Englehart
» Mark Evanier
» Greg Evans
» Brecht Evens
» Gary Gianni
» Stan Goldberg
» Rob Guillory
» Larry Hama
» Peter F. Hamilton
» Gilbert Hernandez» Jaime Hernandez
» Mario Hernandez
» Jennifer and Matthew Holm
» Klaus Janson
» N.K. Jemisin
» Lynn Johnston
» Joe Jusko
» Karl Kerschl
» Robert Kirkman
» Erik Larsen
» John Layman
» Jim Lee
» Jeff Lemire
» Paul Levitz
» Rob Liefeld
» Andy Mangels
» Rudy Nebres
» Katsuhiro Otomo
» Dan Piraro
» Whilce Portacio
» Nate Powell
» James Robinson» John Romita Jr.
» Brandon Sanderson
» Ben Saunders
» Doug Savage
» John Scalzi
» Mark Schultz
» Scott Shaw!
» Gilbert Shelton
» Jason Shiga
» Jim Silke
» Marc Silvestri
» Scott Snyder
» J. Michael Straczynski
» Angelo Torres
» Herb Trimpe
» Morrie Turner
» Michael Uslan
» Jim Valentino
» Trevor Von Eeden
» Mark Waid
» Tom Yeates
If you do have a ticket and haven’t booked an expensive hotel, consider one of these funky hotels.

The 2012 Ultimate Las Vegas Nightclub Hopping Package

Now is the season to go to Las Vegas, and now is the time to get to the head of the line to get into the some of the most popular Las Vegas Clubs.

Those unsavory guys on the street “snapping” so-called discount entertainment cards at you are seldom offering the best deals or the best places to go.

BEFORE you Go There, get the entire Ultimate Las Vegas Nightclub Hopping Package online.

SAVE $23 now and skip the line to:

  • House of Blues – Mandalay Bay VIP Line / Cover Included
  • Foundation Room – Mandalay Bay: Mondays Only VIP Line / Cover Included
  • Blush – Wynn VIP Line / Cover Included
  • Mix – Mandalay Bay (The Hotel) VIP Line / Cover Included
  • VooDoo Lounge – Rio VIP Line / Cover Included
  • Tabu – MGM VIP Line / Cover Included
  • PURE Caesar’s Palace VIP Line / Cover Included
  • JET – Mirage VIP Line / Cover Included
  • LAX Luxor VIP Line / Cover Included
  • Diablo’s Monte Carlo VIP Line / Cover Included
  • McFadden’s Rio VIP Line / Cover Included
  • Rok Vegas – New York New York VIP Line / Cover Included
  • CatHouse – Luxor VIP Line / Cover Included
  • TAO – Venetian VIP Line / Cover Included
  • LAVO – Palazzo Hotel VIP Line / Cover included
  • Dixie’s Dam Bar – Hooter’s VIP Line / Cover Included
  • Tryst – Wynn VIP Line / Cover Included
  • The Beatles Revolution Lounge – Mirage VIP Line / Cover Included
  • Wasted Space – Hard Rock
  • The Bank – Bellagio
  • Eve – CityCenter
  • Gold Lounge – CityCenter

Plus, get:

  • Hard Rock Cafe 15% off food purchase and free shot glass
  • CatHouse – Luxor  ($100 off bottle service – $50 off each bottle 2 bottle discount maximum)
  • Revolution Lounge – Mirage VIP Line / Cover Included (2 for 1 cocktails)
  • Marrakech – Purchase 2 entrees and get a free bottle of house wine
  • Koi at Planet Hollywood Buy 1 cocktail get 1 of equal or lesser value free
  • Hard Rock Cafe Free Premium Well Drink
  • The Coffee Bean 2 for 1 coffee drink, any size!
  • Kahunaville Treasure Island 2 for 1 margaritas or pina coladas
  • McMullan’s Irish Pub Buy 1 Get  1 Free Pint or Appetizer
  • Blondie’s – Planet Hollywood Buy 1 Get 1 free Pitcher or bottle of Bud
  • Music CD
  • McMullan’s Irsh Pub Buy 1 get 1 free pint or appetizer
  • Caramel – Bellagio 2 for 1 cocktails
  • Dixie’s Dam Bar – Hooters Buy 1 Cocktail Get 1 Equal or Lesser Value FREE
  • McFadden’s – Rio Buy 1 Cocktail Get 1 Equal or lesser Value FREE
  • Tacos & Tequila – Luxor FREE House Margarita with purchase of Entree and 25% off clothing item from T&T store
  • Cabo Wabo – Planet Hollywood Free Cadillac nachos with the purchase of two or more entrees & 2-for-1 12oz. Frozen Margarita.

Read what others have to say about this Las Vegas Nightclub Hopping Package offer.

Need a place to stay near your favorite club?

Tour an interactive map of the Las Vegas Strip.

Seminole Hard Rock Job Fair Tampa, Florida

     The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa
plans to hire over 400 new employees.

Monday, April 16, 2012,  9:00am – 5:00pm

The new positions will include chefs, cooks, restaurant servers, bartenders, cocktail servers, and other restaurant/lounge team members. New gaming jobs will include cashiers, Player’s Club representatives, and technicians. Other openings will be in security, building/grounds maintenance and housekeeping departments.

Hard Rock is undergoing a massive multi-million dollar expansion and giving the Tampa economy a big boost. They already employ over 3,100 Floridians in the community – now they want to hire over 400 more! This Job Fair will be held on Monday, April 16 from 9AM – 5PM at the Florida State Fairgrounds located at 4800 N. US Highway 301, Tampa, FL. You must apply online beforehand. Hard Rock is looking for positive, energetic people for all kinds of positions. From dealers and cashiers to Player’s Club representatives, cocktail servers, security, and chefs. One of them could be you!


The best part about working at the Seminole Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa is going to work in a fun atmosphere with great people. But on top of that employees enjoy additional benefits like competitive pay, tuition reimbursement, employee recognition program, in-house promotions, paid training, medical benefits, opportunities to advance and an excellent 401K program. They are proud to be part of the growing local economy here in Tampa!


Working at Hard Rock Tampa will be even more exciting  to be part of history in the making. Once expansion is complete, this  will be one of the top ten largest casinos in the world which will include:

  • Over 222,000 square feet of gaming
  • Over 5,000 slot machines
  • 105 table games
  • 3 parking garages boasting over 5,000 parking spaces – including our new 5 story garage, Winners Way, with more than 1,300 spaces
  • 6 restaurants including Tampa’s next great Bakery and Bistro, Rise™ Kitchen and Bakery
  • 5 bars and lounges
  • Newly renovated pool area and bar
  • 250 AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel rooms
  • Spa
  • Over 1,500 authentic Rock & Roll memorabilia pieces

Job applicants must apply online beforehand. Applications are now available online or call the Job Hotline # 813-627-6650.
Location : Charles M. Davis Special Events Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds

Culinary Tour of San Diego Gaslamp District

Photo of San Diego Gaslamp district streetBrothels, Bites, and Booze: a Culinary Tour of SD’s Questionable Past

This has to be one of the best deals around, whether you are a native or from out of town.

You get a walking tour of downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District that includes sampling of food from several restaurants you likely have never tried, plus a sampling of beers at a micro-brewery.

The “Gaslamp” has a long, checkered past that involved corruption, gambling, drinking and prostitution with a few murders thrown in.

The tour guide happily tells you the sordid details while you walk, graze and imbibe.
Questions are welcome. Play Stump the Guide.

You REALLY need to reserve in advance for this popular tour.
Take an online tour of Gaslamp hotels before you go there. Maps, photos and discounts.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa

Tampa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Tampa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

It’s been a while since we visited the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, but what a difference! The casino has over 150,000-square-feet of action, is open 24/7 with 3,400 slot machines that with a free Players Club card earn you free stuff just for playing. Also new are 104 tables of live-action poker, $10 blackjack & Pai Gow. Week days from 11 to 6 they offer free card lessons. We needed all the help we could get and stayed for a couple of lessons.
This August you can win a BMW on Tuesdays and on Wednesdays a royal flush $100,000 giveaway. Player’s Club members have a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $500 – $100,000 by playing Royal Flush. Plus, Over a Million Dollars will be given away between August 16 – September 28, 2009.


Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

Council Oaks Steak & Seafood

One of the best surprises was the quality of the food at the Council Oak Steaks & Seafood restaurant. Only open after 5 pm each day.

We started with Middleneck Clams poached in wine butter, baked with herbs & bread crumbs and went on to the Surf and Turf petite bone-in fillet & cold water lobster tail as well as the Crispy Free Range Organic Chicken over herb scented quinoa and topped with a cranberry gastrique. To top it off we split a Council Oak 151 Volcano: vanilla bean ice cream covered with Heath Bar Crunch flambéed table-side with a shot of 151 rum. All a bit pricey, but well worth the special feeling we took away.

I count 8 places to eat if you include room service and around the pool. The pool menu has burgers and beer as well as Kick ‘N Shrimp appetizers and my new favorite pool drink Electric Guitar with Absolut Citron, Hiram Walker Blue Curaco, mixed with Sour and Sprite.

Here are more photos from the Tampa Hard Rock as well as maps to the Tampa Hard Rock and hotels near the Tampa Hard Rock Casino.

After you eat, work it off on the dance floor at the only late-night club in Tampa. Floyd’s brings you the hottest DJs and bands, plus private booths and bottle service. See and be seen in the coolest hotspot in Tampa.

Floyd’s Nightclub doors open Thursday – Saturday: 11PM
Strict Dress Code