Las Vegas — I met a rancher, an oil man, two show girls and one of the most beautiful and wacky bartenders ever.
I got off the beaten path of Vegas and ventured into a place called Hogs and Heifers. I planned to stay for one drink but it is one of those places that grabs you and does not let go. It is a dive bar with an electric atmosphere.
There is loud mostly southern music and female bartenders dancing on the bar in tiny shorts and halter tops. They grab blow horns and scream at folks who are not having a good time. You don’t want to bring the kids because they have a tendency to fill the air with four letter words. But my favorite thing they do is make a long and loud animal noise. It cracked me up every time I heard it.
I totally lost track of time. This is where I met the rancher and the oiler. They came with buddies from western Canada, a few miles outside of Calgary. The oiler kept trying to climb up on top of the bar to dance with the women and the bouncers kept coming over to push him back to the ground. Quite frankly I was surprised they did not kick him out of the bar.
The rancher was happy because he has a bunch of pregnant cows back home. He said he loved the fresh air and being his own man. And we ended up talking about smoking meats because he has a Traeger Grill, the smoker/grill that has made my food taste better than ever.
“Holy smokes,” I screamed. “You got one of those too?”
For about 15 minutes we swapped recipes like old ladies.
The show girl wasn’t dancing this evening. Instead she was helping promote a show and she came in with full feathers and pink boots. She said it is not a glamorous life like people make it out to be. She said her feet hurt all the time.
And finally there was Ace and Lady Ace. They were on the History Channel and people treated them like celebrities. We hoisted a few too many drinks together but it was a great Vegas experience.