Today I made a little trip downtown to check out popup pizza and see if there was any TITO machines inside the plaza. Looking back on my 13 years of vegas trips I can truly say that downtown is literally COMPLETELY different from what it was. Uncle Joes Pizza and Kabob Corner is now completely papered up and closed, as is the infamous fremont dollar store. Pretty much anything that was on fremont (now called fremont east)10 years ago is now closed up or has been altered in some way shape or form that detracts from it's originality. Some might call it progress. I felt a little meloncholy that all the places I used to frequent when I first came to town are now closed or operating under different management. There are plenty of new places open on fremont for people to explore. Lots more music venues, places to dance, places to eat, even places to shop now. But I will admit that I look back fondly on playing in Jackies Basement (El Cortez) hoping to get a glimpse of him in the casino. I remember Jackie owning The Plaza, Vegas Club, Western, Gold Spike, AND El Cortez. He was the king of downtown and offered gamblers a great value for their dollar. Call me old fashioned at 36.......just don't call me old yet! ;-) How do you all feel about downtown today compared to yesterday?