The real estate market has tightened up so much in Las Vegas in the last couple months that if you can even find a house to bid on, it's sold within hours. Our friends have been unsuccessfully bidding for a couple months now and finally got a house.
On Monday after school, a mob of us parents and kids met them at their new house as they received their keys, and boy, were we in for a delight. It turns out the previous owners, longtime Las Vegans, kept the house in a pristine, vintage, 1970s condition. The house came with all the furniture, bedding, pots and pan, LIQUOR...
It was like going on a treasure hunt. My friend Jim said he wasn't sure if he wanted to get rid of the couch because when he looked at it, it made him want to curl his head up in his mom's lap, while she stroked his hair.
The game room even came with the pool table and the rust shag carpeting.
I think I had this exact stereo, circa 1984.
This bathroom makes me want to put on Barry White.
Check out the laminated list of casinos hanging on the wall. This couple never had kids, never had pets, and never wore shoes in the house. They also liked them some gambling!
The kids were all, "What is that?"
My Aunt Ellie had this exact same coffee pot when I was growing up.
Right before they turned the keys over, they pulled all the plastic off the furniture. I'm not kidding when I say they got a brand new, 30 year old house.
I want a bedtime story, Grandma!
She left all the cookware.
This screams, "Grandma"!
They left 45 records, which could actually play on the turntable. The kids, again, were like, "What are those?"
They left the organ.
Who remembers climbing up on one of these?
All the appliances are original and they all work. It's like they didn't even live there.
It has a 13 feet deep swimming pool with a diving board. I'll be hanging out there all summer!
Greg said he drank this in college!
She left all her macrame.
It was truly one of the most fun evenings I've had in a long time. In true Vegas fashion, where if something is more than 10 years old, we blow it up, they were gutting the house yesterday to take down the popcorn ceiling and paint.
My friend Brian kept telling me I needed to submit the house to the website Retro Renovation for their Time Capsule stories.
"It's over, Brian. They gutted it."
That's how we do it in Vegas.