Las Vegas | What a Luxury Trip Looks Like

Last updated on March 23rd, 2021 at 10:06 pm

Estimated reading time: 28 minutes

There are few places on the planet with a reputation like Las Vegas. When people talk about it, you have the starry-eyed “Vegas virgins” who’ve yet to take a trip and see what the hype’s all about, versus the Vegas vets who’ve been there, done that, but very much know that there’s a new adventure every time you go. Last time I went to Las Vegas, this happened:

A Las Vegas trip in 2008: Casey Palmer and his best friend Rami go out to the Grand Canyon and tempt fate with a daring picture.
The Grand Canyon, circa 2008 — obviously we didn’t fear much of anything back then 😐

…so having survived that foolishness, 2013 marks not just one, but two trips I’ll be taking down to the Gambling Capital of the World, both for very different reasons and under very different circumstances. With little under a month left before I make my way there for Bloggers in Sin City, this first series will cover the trip I took with Sarah from February 15-18.

Our Story So Far

When you get married, everyone’s always asking the big question in a multitude of ways:

“Any kids yet?”

“You guys planning a family?”

“What’s taking you so long?!”

Before you cross that last threshold into cementing your adulthood, you’ll probably try to enjoy your DINC/DINK status (Double Income no Children/Double Income no Kids) as much as possible, because as awesome as kids are, it’s no secret that they crush both your freedom and your wallet.

So a trip to Vegas made for an excellent plan.

PartyPeopleTO’s SauzaSin

Last updated on March 23rd, 2021 at 10:54 pm

Casey's Scorpion Posing with Some Women Friends
Scorpion posing with some ladies—Scorpion… WINS!!!

It was less than a day to the SauzaSin party and I was screwed.

There was a lesson to be learned here—never buy anything for a costume that’s inflatable!

Ghostbusted

I’d mentioned earlier that Halloween’s usually a bit of a fail for me with costumes—I seriously don’t know how anyone in this city manages to find the time to work on awesome costumes—I commend those of you who do!

I’d stopped in at some It’s My Party discount store to pick up a costume, winding up with a Ghostbusters outfit with an inflatable proton pack, thinking it would be a safe and recognizable costume choice.

Recognizable as a hot mess, maybe!

It wasn’t until the night before the party where I decided to check the costume out (dumb move, right?), only to discover that the proton pack had a huge hole in it!

Problem. After getting work out of the way for the day, I was left with less than 2 hours until the party, and was without a costume—I try to never half-ass anything, so I needed to find something that would make a good impression on the crowd.

And at It’s My Party, I saw it. The costume that would set the tone for the rest of my night…

Y’all Gon’ Make Me Go All Out—Up in Here, Up in Here!!!

Note: No pockets meant no camera, though, so I’m relying on other people’s photos (you down with O.P.P.?!) to tell this story right.

There is no easier way to put this—you don’t know what you missed that night if you weren’t there.

Might sound obvious, but it’s true—PartyPeopleTO knows how to throw down with their parties and there’s no way that Thursday was an exception. These guys just outdo themselves with each new party they throw!

Held at the Stirling Room in Toronto’s Distillery District, SauzaSin was a fine combination of scintillating sounds, savoury Sauza and sumptuous sin! Greeted at the door by Meg herself (the head of this whole PartyPeopleTO deal) in a stunning She-Ra costume, she and the door crew would make sure that we got our drink tickets, welcome shot and that we were good and ready for the night!

I think Shannon was on point when she said

Seriously, it was crazy in there with the amount of effort people put into their costumes! Dressed as Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion, I spent the night meeting new people and making sure to show my martial arts prowess (read: flailing) with lots of battle stances and high kicks!

Casey Palmer and Adeline Chan Sharing a Laugh
It’s all about staying in character, man!

But let me tell you this—getting your groove on in a full bodysuit and mask? Crazy fun! Not my brightest moment logistically, but I was definitely enjoying myself!

Our drink tickets were good for trying two different drinks—the Witch’s Cauldron and the Diablo’s Curse. People will tell you different, but I thought the odd green-coloured Witch’s Cauldron was the better bet!

But this was all a prelude to who rocked the best costume….

FINISH HIM!!!

“Scorpion, a priest and a construction worker walk into a bar…” — Nate Kogan

I definitely have to thank everyone at the party for voting me for Best Male Costume! Though my original choice didn’t work out, I wanted to make sure that I still brought the heat with whatever I chose, and it looks like the crowd agreed with me!

The prize was stellar, too:

  • 1 bottle Sauza Gold tequila
  • Some cinnamon sugar to make Sauza Sin shots (yes—more Sauza Sin shots!)
  • Some Schick Quattro razors (meant to help get a brotha ready for Movember, I’m sure)
  • A $100 MasterCard gift card
  • A $100 Cadillac Fairview gift card

Don’t know what that’s going toward, but I’m very happy to have won it!

But not as much as the next thing…

FLAWLESS VICTORY.

“You are all unwelcome to Sin City
Yet the population still increases its density
And that increases its intensity
Which increases the propensity”

–Malik Yusuf, “Sin City”, Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer

Winning the Men’s Best Costume was good, but it would still leave me completely unprepared for what was to come next!

What may have been one of the most unexpected parts of SauzaSin was the top prize of the night—an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas for 2!!!!

So you could imagine that this tweet would completely floor me the next afternoon:

My mind was blown.

Casey Wins the Best Men's Costume
VICTORY. SCORPION—WINS!!!

Sarah couldn’t believe her ears when I told her that we’d managed to win the trip—we’d been hoping to go to Vegas sometime soon anyway (to coincide with a hopeful trip to Bloggers in Sin City in May), but this was totally some very delicious Sauza icing on the cake!

I have to thank PartyPeopleTO and PRAXIS PR for the awesome party they put together and the amazing opportunity for Sarah and I to explore Las Vegas together! I really look forward to seeing what comes next!

As any good party of Tweeples, though, PartyPeopleTO made sure that no one would be leaving empty-handed and that the Sauza Sin shots would keep flowing well after the end of the party:

The SauzaSin Take-Home Gift Basket
And one for the road….

You can catch more of PartyPeopleTO’s photos from the party in their Facebook album.

Great people, great venue, amazing times. If you managed to score an invite — what’s your excuse for missing out???

Until next time…

Casey's Scorpion Looking Up at the Camera
Tryin’ to outdo me and my costume??? #CmonSon
The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad

SauzaSin | How to Plan for a Halloween Party

Last updated on May 17th, 2021 at 10:33 pm

I kind of suck at Halloween.

It’s the time of the year where the crazy outfits come out, and dentists make a killing. Sure, I could always go to a store and buy a Batman costume or something, but this is only an indicator of a pattern that haunts me every year:

  1. I have an amazing idea for a Halloween costume. Past examples include Link from the Legend of Zelda series, King Bowser Koopa from the Super Mario Bros. series or a dark Medieval knight clad in some bad-ass armour. I’d win every costume competition and have every head in the room to see how awesome I looked!
  2. I realize that somehow it’s already late September or early October and there’s no way I’ll be able to put an awesome Halloween costume together in time.
  3. Get through Halloween with some mediocre store-bought costume, vowing that I’ll have something way more awesome next year.
  4. Spend the year doing everything but sort out a wicked costume idea.
  5. Repeat from Step 1.

So while this year saw no deviation from my annual ritual (as Justin would say, “Stay free to lofty ambitions”), there is, fortunately, no shortage of Halloween parties that’ll have me anyway.