Too much to do

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Please don’t take this for a “Best Special Event” endorsement for the Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook-off—I try to avoid endorsements as much as possible—but I’ve got to tell you, I had a pretty phenomenal time. I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a judge this year.

I can’t remember the last year I attended this event—probably ’98 or so. I generally reserve my scant funds for Burning Man, but I didn’t go to the playa this year, so I actually had some change for a change. But since I was a judge, I got stuffed as my team and I judged 12 of the contestants. Then I returned Sunday night with Hunter for all the ribs I could eat from all the contestants. It was, for lack of a more precise term, beautiful. OK, there’s a more precise term, and it’s gluttony.

The event is huge, more purveyors of food and drink, gewgaws and doodads, music and mayhem than any event held within the confines of McCarran Boulevard. I’ve seen estimates that suggested more than a half-million people attended and more than 100 tons of ribs were eaten. I also heard the Nugget ran out of tequila on Saturday night. Think about it—ran out of tequila.

Diametrically opposed to this cultural event, Friday night, Hunter, Joy and I attended McAvoy Layne’s show, “An Evening with Mark Twain” at the Mark Twain Cultural Center at Incline Village. It, too, was a high-quality event, a lot of fun, and an eye-opener. Unlike the rib cook-off or even Burning Man, though, it doesn’t come around just once a year. For a schedule, check out http://ghostoftwain.com.