Last night a small but fun group met for the 1st Annual TBC "Memorial" Meet Up in Las Vegas. I decided to get there early, so I caught a Lyft ride from Caesars Palace and arrived at TGI Fridays about a half hour early. Nice to relax and wait for people to come.
It was kind of funny waiting and watching people come into Friday, wondering if any were looking for the gathering. Two guys walked in and appeared to be searching for something, and yes -- they were here for the meet up. It was officially on! One of them, Arch, sat down at the table while the other, Stacy, went to the bar with his wife, Miyuki, returning a bit later. These gentlemen knew Tony from Las Vegas (The Strat) and Jean (Gold Strike) and were happy to meet some people with the common TBC link.
The star himself
arrived later with his good buddy Vince, who actually prefers to be called Vinnie (I hope my spelling is right). Alysia
came a bit later and, stopping over a few times to make sure everything was alright, Dallas
, who was working that night and who helped with arrangements at TGI Friday.
What can I say? It was a great night! We all shared some Tony stories and information and discussed Tony's future plans. The beer was cold and we kept ordering appetizer plates. There was lots of talk about poker, Las Vegas, the Gold Strike, Lake Tahoe and life in general. I hope that Tony enjoyed the evening, as people there genuinely are among the many that want him to succeed and have a good life.
Front: Alysia, Arch and Miyuki
Back: TBC, Vinnie, Dallas, lightning and Stacy
Part of the benefit of going to the meet up was hearing about Tony's next step. Of course, I will not DISCLOSE his plans just in case someone is stalking him with hopes of procuring the sockroll, u see.
Several people who hoped to attend were unable to due to work, family or other obligations. Mr. Subliminal
sent his regrets as he was under the weather -- an occupational hazard for those who panhandle in the rain and cold. Michelle
(9ontheturn) was still in the hospital and unable to finally meet Tony.
Some very special thanks from last night -- to Dallas, for suggesting the restaurant and extending happy hour drink and food specials for us; to Alysia, who generously covered the bar tab for everyone; and to Arch, who generously covered the food tab for everyone.
Tony, I hope you read this and comment on it. We had a great time and all wish the very best for you.
Now -- back to donking off money at the poker table!