Originally published in the August 2019 issue of COMMUNIQUÉ, the official publication of the Clark County Bar Association:
Pass the Ghost Burger, Please
By Jason P. Stoffel
Now that we are well into the summer, I want to personally thank all members of the Clark County Bar Association that made all of the recent events a success, especially the Meet Your Judges event back in May. Not only was attendance up from last year (416 attendees this year), the profit from the event was more than 2017 and 2018 combined! The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Las Vegas did a great job hosting a wonderful event. I appreciated the work done with security for the event to make sure it was safe for all attendees. Charity Benefits Unlimited did an outstanding job with the silent auction, which added additional prestige (and profit) to the event. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction going directly back to the CCBA. Having a terrific event with a profit exceeding $7,000 to support the Clark County Bar Association is fiscal responsibility and a reflection of everyone that makes these events successful.
Thank you for supporting the Clark County Bar Association. I have been a member since 2004. Why not be a member with great member benefits, including social events, such as access to Golden Knights tickets, CLE courses, and a subscription to the informative COMMUNIQUÉ, etc.?
By the time this issue goes to print, I will have completed a two-week cruise to Alaska in July 2019. We all work hard, and as I have stressed during my presidency, I find it necessary to not only work hard but to allot time to myself to relax. I hope I have some fishing stories when I return from Alaska!
Recently, I had a family member in town, and she wanted to do something “off the beaten path.” If you have not seen the Seven Magic Mountains from Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone near Jean, Nevada just south of town, you should. You can’t miss the exhibit on the left side of the road, as you are traveling down Interstate 15. Basically, it is seven columns of colorful boulders stacked over 30 feet high. It has been around since 2016, but I had never checked it out. The free exhibit will be there until 2021. With the desert landscape, it really is an awesome sight to see, especially at sunset.
Lastly, it has been awhile since I went to the Pioneer Saloon in nearby Goodsprings, Nevada. Not only is the saloon over 100 years old, with tons of history (including an entire room dedicated to actress Carole Lombard, who died in a horrible plane crash nearby in 1942), it really is about as western as you can get. They have an extremely spicy hot bacon cheeseburger called the “Ghost Burger” there. Never backing down from a dare from Aunt Julie, I had it and let’s just say it was one of the spiciest things I have ever eaten. The burger came with jalapeno bacon and was covered in super spicy pepper “ghost sauce” that definitely will put your taste buds into overdrive. I came, I saw, I conquered. When you go to the Pioneer Saloon, it feels like you are back in the old west.
In closing, I personally wish everyone well in their practice and zealous representation of their clients. Let’s keep the practice of law professional, and welcome new members of the bar that are ready to make their own mark in the legal community.
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