Let’s get this out of the way right up front: I don’t own this turtleneck, nor do I have this jacket hiding in my closet. I was styled for this shoot, which occurred sometime during this past year, which, depending on when you read this, is either almost over or completely and totally over. The year, that is.
I got a lot of grief for the photo you see on this page, being called a professor or librarian (or worse) by co-workers, friends and family—people who care about my well-being but who also took great joy in commenting on what is now referred to across the city as “The Turtleneck Photo.”
Maybe you weren’t photographed in a turtleneck in 2012, but maybe you had your own version of it. Regardless, 2013 is a chance to escape the troubles and scandals of the past and build a better, more productive year. On the Strip, there is heightened anticipation for what’s coming in the new year (“The Best is Yet to Come”). Having seen CeeLo Green perform live both with Gnarls Barkley and solo, I’m extremely interested to see what he brings to his Liberace-themed production at Planet Hollywood. Ditto for The Light Group’s involvement in Mandalay Bay, particularly the 24-hour Citizens Kitchen & Bar (we can never have enough all-day, all-night restaurants, especially at that end of the Strip) and Light, their nightclub collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.
Of course, the best things to come out of a new year are the things we least expect—to that note, it will be interesting to see what fills the void left by Jersey Boys at The Palazzo (the theater has housed a Mythbusters stage show and a Mannheim Steamroller Christmas extravaganza since the boys departed at the end of 2011) and just what the Palms has up its sleeve in regard to its hallowed nightlife offerings. Saying nothing of the fact there will be not one but two observation wheels ready to alter our famous skyline. And, hopefully, fewer turtlenecks.