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Birthday bash set for Vegas

Steppin' Out With AprilApril E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A birthday is like the first day of high school.Everyone well at least most everyone experience it. Theres fear, excitement, dread and celebration, all mixed into one big day.Ill admit Ive kind of been not-so excited to celebrate my birthday until I found out Id be going to Vegas, one of my favorite places to let loose. On this trip, Ill be staying at the Stratosphere the one with the scary rides on top.Im looking forward to dinner in the restaurant at Top of the World, at the helm of the 1,149-feet Stratosphere Tower, and lying out by the pool. Mom, I promise Ill wear lots of sunscreen.But to get me on the thrill rides Big Shot, X Scream and Insanity (the names say enough) will be a feat in itself. I typically like the rush of a vertical drop, but usually when the coaster is built up from the ground. Add more than 1,000 feet to the experience and I may or may not pass out from fear. Ive done just that in a four-seater airplane, so anything is possible.Especially on April 20.

Its happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: SeepeopleS, rock-psychedelic-powerpop, 9 p.m. today, Black Nugget, Carbondale. Information: 963-4498This is why Id kick it up here: Party at my house for my birthday! Just kidding. Im going to Vegas. But, if I were in town I would be all over the SeepeopleS show tonight at the Black Nugget. This band from Asheville, N.C. is super cool, and I only know this because I saw the video for its song Apocalypse Cow on You Tube. Hilarious, by the way. And the band is featured in our In Tune With Musicians Q&A this week (see page B4). When asked what their favorite flavor of popsicle is, answers included green tea, barbecue and smoked ham. These guys are so my type.

Its happening in Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Colorado to boot: Driving home from Las Vegas after a birthday weekendThis is why Id kick it up here: The beauty of our location is that Las Vegas is only an eight-or-so-hour drive from Glenwood Springs. Thats all fine and good on the way there. The excitement builds. The anticipation is almost too much to take. But its the drive back thats the real killer. There are numerous stops for bottled water and sugary pop, greasy fast food, and anything else to make those eight-plus hours go by as quickly as possible. If I only had that private jet Ill wish for when I blow out my candles


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