Mirage Cocktail Table

mirage cocktail table

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  • coffee table: low table where magazines can be placed and coffee or cocktails are served

  • A long and low table normally positioned in front of a sofa, which provides a surface for serving. Find a coffee table.

  • These machines are smaller versions of the standard pinball machine, usually about the size of a cocktail table, from where they get their name. These machines have no backbox and the playfield top glass is unsloped and horizontal, allowing drinks to be placed on it.

  • An optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions, esp. the appearance of a sheet of water in a desert or on a hot road caused by the refraction of light from the sky by heated air

  • Something that appears real or possible but is not in fact so

  • an optical illusion in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects

  • something illusory and unattainable

  • A mirage is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. The word comes to English via the French mirage, from the Latin mirare, meaning "to look at, to wonder at".

mirage cocktail table - Mirage Contemporary

Mirage Contemporary Cocktail Table Metal Finish: Platinum

Mirage Contemporary Cocktail Table Metal Finish: Platinum

85-155+(Platinum Metal Finish) Metal Finish: Platinum Stylish contemporary cocktail table shown in "chrome" finish Allow dynamic design to unfold upon your space like a desert dream with the mysterious Mirage Contemporary Cocktail Table. With its oval glass table top and many available metal finishes, this contemporary cocktail table is versatile enough to match any d cor. Individually hand-made in Johnston Casuals' USA factory, you can be sure this cocktail table will provide years of lasting quality and cosmopolitan style. Transform any room into an oasis paradise with the Mirage Cocktail Table Set! Contemporary Cocktail Table Features: -Shown in ''chrome'' finish. -Available in many metal finishes. -Individually hand-crafted in the USA. -High quality powder-coat metal construction. -Oval glass table top. -Dramatic curvilinear contemporary design. -Overall dimensions: 20'' H x 45'' W x 42'' D. -10-Year structural failure warranty on metal frame. -Please note: This item is made to order. As such, orders cannot be cancelled after 15 days. . More customization options may be available for an additional charge. Also, please be aware that as each item is created individually, slight variations in finish and shape may occur. Why Choose Johnston Casuals? Superior Quality, American-Made Durability: All Johnston Casuals furniture is hand-made from high-quality materials right here in the USA. Commercial-grade and tested tough, no one does it better. Superior welding techniques and unwavering attention to detail ensure that every piece is built to last! Unrivaled Selection, Creative Design Solutions: With a myriad of metal finishes and a multitude of available upholsteries to choose from, Johnston Casuals makes it a snap to create style solutions that are uniquely you. Keep it simple or mix and match across a wide range of attractive contemporary designs. Life is always better with options! Eco-Friendly Products, Effortless Style: At Johnston Casuals, they strive to prote

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February 7 2009 - Lunch In "Paris", Dinner In Rome, And A Concert To Remember

February 7 2009 - Lunch In "Paris", Dinner In Rome, And A Concert To Remember


(Photo of Paris hotel driveway cover)

After a late night and a very lazy morning, we finally got ourselves up and moving around noon. We knew we wanted to head over to the Paris hotel at some point this weekend to enjoy a kir royale or two, so we ended up there for lunch. We got the kir royales and a couple of crepes and spent time just people-watching and talking. The weather outside was drippy and rainy, so getting a cab back to The Mirage was a bit more challenging, but we made it back in time to take showers and get ready to meet up with my other friend. On the slate this evening was dinner at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill in Caesar's, the Elton John "The Red Piano" show/concert, and then drinks at a lounge atop THEHotel at Mandalay Bay.

I've had dinner at Emeril Lagasse's Delmonico Steakhouse in Vegas, and it was quite good, and we considered going there this time. But since the concert was at 7:30 and we wanted to eat before, we figured eating somewhere in Caesar's was a better idea. Conveniently enough, Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill is almost directly across from the Colosseum theater. I made reservations a couple of weeks ago - good thing...while we were waiting for our table, we heard that they didn't have anything available until 10:30pm. Everything in the restaurant was really really good. They had unique cocktails (I had a Black Widow Mojito, with rum, coke, lime juice, mint, and grenadine that might be a new favorite), and the food was GREAT. I had the spice-rubbed pork tenderloin, and my friends had either the 16-spice chicken or the vegetarian chile rejellno. We all loved our choice - I think I might prefer Mesa Grill over Delmonico.

We headed over to the theater for the concert (my crutch came in handy again - we didn't have to wait in the massive line to get through security, instead getting in through the VIP line), and got my camera checked in - they send you through metal detectors and everything there, and are very much on the lookout for cameras. The seats were great - orchestra level, just above the walkway, to the right side of the stage. When Elton sat at the piano, he was looking right toward us - so with the exception of not being able to see his hands work their magic on the keyboard, we were pretty close and got a great view. We got great sight lines to the rest of the band, too. That theater is MONSTROUS, even though it "only" holds about 3-4 thousand people. Once the show started it felt much more intimate.

The show was ~2 hours of his greatest hits, set to videos and inflatables scattered around the stage. To be perfectly honest, I was paying more attention to him playing the piano and to the band, so I wasn't looking at as much of the video stuff up behind them. They have definitely made the show very Vegas-friendly, in the sense of adult themes. It's all done in a very artistic manner, but I can see where some would get distracted/turned off by it. There were also some very funny uses of video/inflatables, too. Confetti and balloons fell, streamers shot, and people were allowed to go onstage for one song to stand around the piano and dance (alas, not us because we weren't in the first 5 rows). Elton's voice sounded great, and he talked to the audience between songs as he normally does at a regular concert. I'm definitely glad I got a chance to see this show before he packs up and heads out on his world tour with Billy Joel - set some Northern California dates please, boys!

After the concert, the friend that we met up with wanted to take us to a lounge up on the top floor of THEHotel at Mandalay Bay. We got up there and the views, even with the misty, rainy night, were amazing. This includes the bathroom. One of the stalls/rooms in the bathroom has a floor-ceiling window that looks out over Vegas. So you sit on the toilet and enjoy the views. You might lose track of time in there. It was definitely a late night (we didn't leave there until about 1am), and my knee was starting to bark pretty loud - there weren't a ton of places to sit in the lounge. So we headed back to the hotel and I iced for a while before we turned out the lights.

Tomorrow, brunch at the Bellagio before heading home!

February 6 2009 - First Night Of Fun In Vegas

February 6 2009 - First Night Of Fun In Vegas


I flew in to Las Vegas with one of my best friends early this afternoon, in anticipation of a fun weekend - we are also going to meet up with one of my other best friends tomorrow evening. It was convenient that she was in town for a few days of meetings this week! Our cab driver from the airport to the hotel was full of...um...interesting stories about some of the customers he has picked up over the years. Let's just say we got some great laughs in.

We are staying at The Mirage - I haven't stayed here before, instead having opted for Treasure Island my last two trips to Vegas. The hotel has undergone renovations in the last 18 months or so, and the rooms are quite nice. Much to our surprise, we got a Strip view room, so we are able to look out and see TI, The Wynn, Encore, and The Venetian from our room. We were scheduled to see the Cirque du Soleil show set to Beatles music, Love, tonight. Since that was at 9:30, we had plenty of time to fill with drinks and dinner. Just outside the theater that hosts Love, the hotel has created a lounge called "Revolution", and it is also Beatles-themed. They have created a "wall" of huge block letters that spell out "Revolution", with spaces in between the letters to walk in and out of the lounge or seats in some of the letters (the R is pictured here). It was convenient, so we sat down for a couple glasses of champagne before dinner at a Chinese restaurant in the hotel. The service we got in this lounge was pretty sketchy, but it was fun people-watching. Dinner was very good (as was the bottle of wine we consumed with it), and we wandered over to the theater to pick up the tickets and take our seats in quite a good mood. The show was really good - I actually think sitting up higher in the theater worked out better because you could see all of the different things going on better than if you were at stage level. It definitely seemed as though the choreographers and costume designers partook in some acid or other recreational drugs, but it fit the music so I guess it worked well. All in all, I highly recommend the show. It was much simpler to keep track of the story because I knew most of the songs and wasn't having to constantly listen to the words of the music to figure out what was going on.

When we were done with Love, we headed to another bar in the hotel hoping to maybe get a snack and a couple of drinks. Unfortunately they were done serving food, but were still serving drinks, though our waitress seemed completely unable to handle our very difficult order of two vodka and cranberries. Maybe it was us asking for two glasses of water along with the cocktails. Aaaanyway, we finished up and headed back to the room, our first afternoon/evening in Vegas a success.

Side note - I'm bringing a crutch to Vegas every time I come now! I brought because of the amount of walking involved in the weekend, but it's proved very useful: got on the plane first, got to cut the massive taxi stand line at the Vegas airport, have gotten doors held open, and great tables that have places to stash the crutch.

mirage cocktail table

mirage cocktail table

Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.

"In the days before the Internet, books like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas' River of Grass were groundbreaking calls to action that made citizens and politicians take notice. Mirage is such a book."
?St. Petersburg Times

?Never before has the case been more compellingly made that America’s dependence on a free and abundant water supply has become an illusion. Cynthia Barnett does it by telling us the stories of the amazing personalities behind our water wars, the stunning contradictions that allow the wettest state to have the most watered lawns, and the thorough research that makes her conclusions inescapable. Barnett has established herself as one of Florida’s best journalists and Mirage is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of the state.”
?Mary Ellen Klas, Capital Bureau Chief, Miami Herald

?Mirage is the finest general study to date of the freshwater-supply crisis in Florida. Well-meaning villains abound in Cynthia Barnett’s story, but so too do heroes, such as Arthur R. Marshall Jr., Nathaniel Reed, and Marjorie Harris Carr. The author’s research is as thorough as her prose is graceful. Drinking water is the new oil. Get used to it.”
?Michael Gannon, Distinguished Professor of history, University of Florida, and author of Florida: A Short History

?With lively prose and a journalist’s eye for a good story, Cynthia Barnett offers a sobering account of water scarcity problems facing Florida?one of our wettest states?and the rest of the East Coast. Drawing on lessons learned from the American West, Mirage uses the lens of cultural attitudes about water use and misuse to plead for reform. Sure to engage and fascinate as it informs.”
?Robert Glennon, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Arizona, and author of Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters

Part investigative journalism, part environmental history, Mirage reveals how the eastern half of the nation?historically so wet that early settlers predicted it would never even need irrigation?has squandered so much of its abundant freshwater that it now faces shortages and conflicts once unique to the arid West.

Florida’s parched swamps and supersized residential developments set the stage in the first book to call attention to the steady disappearance of freshwater in the American East, from water-diversion threats in the Great Lakes to tapped-out freshwater aquifers along the Atlantic seaboard.

Told through a colorful cast of characters including Walt Disney, Jeb Bush and Texas oilman Boone Pickens, Mirage ferries the reader through the key water-supply issues facing America and the globe: water wars, the politics of development, inequities in the price of water, the bottled-water industry, privatization, and new-water-supply schemes.

From its calamitous opening scene of a sinkhole swallowing a house in Florida to its concluding meditation on the relationship between water and the American character, Mirage is a compelling and timely portrait of the use and abuse of freshwater in an era of rapidly vanishing natural resources.

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