August 15, 2003

Why does this scare me?

In the 90’s, Max Baer Jr., known to everyone as Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies, started a love affair with the Reno/Tahoe casino industry. He wanted to build a Beverly Hillbillies casino (the links are broken on that page, I recreated them here) in Reno, an awful Las Vegas-style monstrosity that would have featured “Granny’s Shotgun Weddin’ Chapel”, the “Beverly Hillbillies Limousine” service, “Elly May’s Buns” bakery, and a 200-foot high oil rig that would shoot fire. Be sure to check out all those links. Those were the actual promotional materials for this place, which would have fit right in on the Las Vegas Strip, but was woefully out of place in Reno. The plan kicked around for years before it finally fell apart, and Jethro disappeared in to the shadows.

That’s one of today’s convergent stories. The other story is of the NSA-level secrecy regarding the future of the old Wal*Mart building in Carson City. Wal*Mart built their new Super Center outside of town, and the hulk of the old store has been abandoned for about a year now. A California developer bought it a couple of months ago, but he refused to tell anybody his plans for it. Now he’s scheduled an announcement for 1pm today to unveil his plans for the building. And who’s going to be there at his right hand to answer questions? Good old Jethro.

No no no no no, my mind keeps screaming. Not another crappy casino. Carson City has its share of crappy casinos. We just turned a hardware store into a crappy casino; the old Lucky Spur is being remodeled into a sports bar; we don’t need to do the same to the Wal*Mart. And we especially don’t need Jethro involved. Send him down to Las Vegas; they eat that kind of stuff up down there.

Given the rate news is disseminated in Carson, we’ll probably have to wait until tomorrow’s paper (or tonight’s Reno newscast) to find out what was announced. My stomach will be in knots until them.

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