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Going for BONK

As I was away last week and still am, on a much-needed vacation, my column somehow got lot lost in cyber space. But as it still holds up this week, I am trying it again. Hopefully you will be able to read every word in another Pulitzer prize-winning column. OK, so maybe I haven’t won one yet, but maybe if I keep begging, they’re relent.

Okay, on to more interesting things, which means I won’t be talking about Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, her skinny, pregnant girlfriend, whatever her name is, or Britney Spears, so you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Feel like getting hit over the head, but all in good fun? Then BONK might be just what you’re looking for. All this week, through Friday, Hooters is featuring a new game show called BONK in the Night Owl Showroom at 3 p.m. each day. And just to make things interesting, there is a beautiful BONK Babe involved. Here’s how it works.

It begins with three contestants randomly chosen (which means it might be you) wearing helmets and holding soft foam mallets. The helmets are equipped with sensors that ring when the helmet is hit. In order to "bonk in" and answer a question, one must hit him or her on the head with the mallet.

The first round is strictly self-inflicted bonking, so it helps if you’re a bit of a masochist. Contestants score points for a correct answer, lose points for an incorrect answer. The questions are relatively simple so speed does matter. When a contestant reaches 10 points, the round ends and the low scorer is eliminated. The remaining two contestants face off in the "Back BONK" round. The questions in this round get tougher and opponents may not only bonk themselves, but may bonk their opponent. Points are scored if your opponent is incorrect when they have been "back bonked."

The winner of the "back BONK" round is a finalist and is given the opportunity to win a prize by taking the "BONK Challenge." There, you are asked to name 10 items from a given category (i.e. casino games, cartoon characters, pizza toppings, etc.) within 30 seconds while being bashed on the head by the BONK Babe.

This process is repeated three times producing three BONK winners. At the end of the third game, the three winners then compete in a single round finale known as the "BONK Bash." This is a free for all where all three contestants may hit themselves or any of the others in a race to 10 points to determine the champion. The champion is then crowned with the mirrored BONK disco helmet and winner of the grand prize. Prizes may include an overnight stay at Hooters Casino Hotel, dinner at one of the properties restaurants and lots more, so I’m told. Prizes don’t seem to be that big a deal but seeing that tickets to the game are only $14.95, whaddaya expect? Sounds like a lot of fun and a nice break from losing money in the casino.

GRAND SLAM OF TALENT

Looks like another boffo production for Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children benefit concert Oct. 6. As of this writing, talent lined up for the show includes Tony Bennett, Kelly Clarkson, Matchbox 20, Carlos Santana, George Wallace and a special performance by Jerry Seinfeld. It all takes place at 9 p.m. in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Grammy award-winning producer, arranger and composer David Foster will return for his 12th year as musical director for the event, held annually to benefit at-risk youth in Southern Nevada. Performers and other celebrities are expected to participate in a red-carpet ceremony open to the public prior to the show from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the east side of the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Tickets are $90, $70 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s West at the Fashion Show Mall and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000 and you can also log on to www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

TASTY TRIBUTE

Hats off to chef Kamel Guechida, pastry chef at the Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant Joël Robuchon in the MGM Grand. He has been named Bon Appetit magazine’s Pastry Chef of the Year. High praise indeed and another example of why Las Vegas has fast become one of the great dining cities in the world.

As evidenced in his signature dessert, the soufflé, Guechida’s brilliance lies in the balance between his dedicated artistry and deft technical skills. Guechida is innovative with the bounty of the season in dishes such as the Violet Milkshake with blueberry marmalade and Marinated Peaches with raspberry meringue and strawberry sorbet. Perhaps the most memorable is the spectacular petit four trolley, affectionately known as the "candy cart," which displays an array of bite-size sweets that range from chocolate truffles to sake meringue. These descriptions were written by the MGM Grand’s fine PR staff, but I totally agree, especially about the milkshake, as I am a milkshake aficionado and this one by Guechida ranks among the best I’ve ever tasted.

I will leave the last words to Chef Guechida, who said: "It is an honor for me to be recognized by such a prestigious magazine. Joël Robuchon was designed to be a special and extraordinary experience. This accolade from Bon Appetit reflects the commitment of Joël Robuchon’s culinary team to delivering superior products and experiences to our guests."

GOOD RIDDANCE, O.J.

The big news these past few weeks in our town is O.J. Simpson being charged with armed robbery after allegedly breaking into a hotel room with some guys he met at a wedding and grabbing some stuff once owned by him. As of this writing, Simpson was arraigned in a Las Vegas court and there appears to be a lot of evidence, including eye witnesses, that could put Simpson where he belongs — in prison and hopefully for a very long time.

Nothing would make me happier than to see this sleazeball (Simpson) get nailed for a crime — any crime — that would put his sorry butt behind bars. He’s one despicable human being and I’m surprised no one has put a bullet in his head by now. He may not be too bright, but he’s been smart enough not to mess with those people who would do just that if they felt he was in any way trying to screw them.

Good luck and I’ll see you on the Strip. And don’t forget to check out www.valleyblogs.com. If you have a question or a Las Vegas experience you would like to share with my readers, please e-mail me at lennylasvegas@gmail.com Please include your full name and the city or town where you live.

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