Uncle Tweed has often wondered what it would be like being born blind, only to suddenly regain sight in the middle of Las Vegas. Would you not be terribly dissapointed with the lack of neon the rest of the world displays?

You could of course top up on gaseous illumination in The Neon Museum of Las Vegas: “Since the lighting of the first casino many years ago, the concept of Las Vegas and neon have become inseparable. The neon that fills our City streets has come to symbolize Las Vegas to folks world-wide.”

Uncle Tweed was delighted to learn that

“Various programs like ‘adopt a sign’ and ‘adopt a watt’ are available making it easy and affordable for you to help bring back to life those classic Las Vegas signs.”

If you are fond of Neon, the colorless, odorless, gaseous element that makes up a tiny fraction of the earth’s atmosphere, you might already know these basic facts:

“Neon produces a crimson glow in a vacuum electric-discharge tube and is used extensively in the familiar neon light of advertising displays. It is also used in high-voltage indicators, lightning arrestors, wave meter tubes and TV tubes. Liquid neon is used as a cryogenic refrigerant and has over 40 times more refrigerating capacity per unit volume than liquid helium.”

But I bet you didn’t know that because neon is a cryogenic refrigerant the inventors Shioda, Takuo, Sakura, JP (Japan) and Yamada, Jiro, Tachikawa, JP (Japan) can use it for their “APPARATUS FOR CRUSHING HAFNIUM CRYSTAL BAR [USING CRYOGENIC REFRIGERANT] [PATENT NO.: 4,979,685][3]”

There is little Neon to be found in Las Vegas, New Mexico, which instead of casinos and neon lights boasts that for four hundred years “desperadoes and dance hall girls have all called us home.” Despite this fact “you won’t find a more hospitable bunch of folks anywhere in America. ” And at Christmas, the New Mexican Las Vegas makes “…the most of Christmas by lighting up neighborhoods all over town using both modern Christmas lights and farolitos (candles in bags, sometimes called luminarias).”

Trying to find out how to make these “candles in bags”, Uncle Tweed found this important warning:

“One last piece of advice. If you happen to visit New Mexico in December, and you happen to be very tall and thin, don’t fall asleep. There is a good chance that when you wake up, you’ll be covered with farolitos.”