Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman (he's the one in the middle). No mayor on earth has more fun than this fucker. And he's a former mob lawyer. Seriously, he played himself in the movie Casino; he represented the real-life mobsters played in the film by Robert Deniro and Joe Pesci. A mob lawyer is now the mayor of Las Vegas. HAHAHA!!
Here are but a few of his "highlights" since I moved here in October 2002.
-He floated the idea of turning downtown Vegas into a Thailand-style "red light district" of legal, state-licensed brothels and sex shops (kind of like it is now, only the city would collect taxes on it).
-He proposed that all people convicted of graffiti have their thumbs cut off. That may seem harsh, but it also greatly reduces the amount of hitchhiking.
-He was talking to a local third-grade class, and when one of the kids asked him what he'd take to a deserted island, he replied "A bottle of gin." Oscar likes his gin; he even did a local ad for Bombay Sapphire. He donated the money to charity, but still....the mayor did a gin advert.
-He has a monthly meet and greet with Las Vegas residents called "Martinis with the Mayor". And yes, his honor does indeed listen to the concerns of the average citizen while getting plastered.
Oscar is my kind of mayor. Sure, I officially live in Henderson, but I work in Las Vegas, and since I have no idea who Henderson's non-attention-seeking anonymous mayor is, I'll claim Oscar. Bottoms up.