Friday, March 10, 2006

Give it up for Vegas's Dian Diaz

We gotta give props to local performer Dian Diaz (now appearing at Bellagio in the Fontana Lounge) for the good news that showed up in our local paper this morning. We wish her all the success in the world with her new CD. Click on her name and check out her website. Listen to some clips from her CD. Then buy a copy. And, go see her perform.

Q: Who brought this beautiful and talented woman to Las Vegas?

A: None other than our own Maestro, the visionary Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns leader Jerome Lopez. Figures.

UPDATE: 2:25 a.m. - weather in Brian Head, Utah (via the Weather Channel): "Snow likely. Cold. High 26F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. 4 to 6 inches of snow expected. Tonight: Snow likely. Low around 15F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 5 to 8 inches of snow expected." OK, gonna be interesting trying to get up there. BobbyG is leaving in about 30 minutes (Jerry, may not see ya at Sedona unless I get back in time). 4WD, packing chains. Gonna be puttin' 'em on, I suspect. Giant Steps lift, here I come...

UPDATE2: 7 p.m. Home safely. The rides up and back were WAY stressful. Snow started at St. George (it was still dark), continuing all the way up, and it was even still snowing in the Virgin River Gorge below St. George as we returned (even the mountains and foothills south of Mesquite were painted bright white -- beautiful).

By mid-afternoon at Brian Head it was snowing so heavily visibility was down to about 200-300 feet. Blinded, I lost the edge of a trail on one run and crashed and burned so hard head-first I was completely submerged under a snowbank, and, after I dug myself out, I had to dig around frantically just to find one of my completely buried skis, LOL! (it wasn't funny at the time; it was kinda freaky)

Signature silky Utah powder. They got about 8 inches today, 36" total for the current storm the past few days. Pics below: [1] 7:45 a.m. Utah Time, about 10 minutes from Brian Head, chains and 4WD, just like I'd figured. [2] Keenan and Danielle, my Grandson and Daughter, as we were about to head back home (her first time skiing. She ROCKED!). It was snowing almost whiteout intensity by the time we left. I'm suckin' on some Australian Shiraz at the moment, tryin' to finish warming up, glad to be home safe.

UPDATE 3/15/06 - Dian Diaz's CD has hit# 28 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Congratulations. You GO, girl!

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