I don’t know what made me do it but somehow late one night I found myself watching Alaskan Bush People. As someone who mainly watches dramas, especially if they include a corset and a forbidden romance, this was a huge segue for me.
The show artwork alone made me curious and raised a lot of questions — mainly about their facial hair, which needs a thorough analysis that I am ready to undertake should it be requested. So you see, I couldn’t not watch. And when I did, I had thoughts — many, many thoughts, and not just about the facial hair.
Here is (almost) everything that went through my mind while watching Alaskan Bush People on 9Now:
1. So the Brown family has to move to a remote part of Alaska because their previous home was on public land and the government kicked them off. They claim the government destroyed their property. They live out in the bush without electricity and running water and live life on their own terms. Already this is wild (and I mean that both literally and figuratively).
2. The footage of them running through the forest is giving me major Twilight vibes.
3. One of the sons is named Bear, this thrills me to no end. Wait, it’s the guy who was just sprinting through the woods and climbing up trees… the name kinda makes sense now, though Tarzan may have been more appropriate.
4. Billy, the dad, is running through a list of things the kids have never done during their off-the-grid lives — go on a rollercoaster, elevator — it’s less enlightening than the guys listing all the celebrities they’ve never heard of. Bam Bam (ummm what?!) thinks Tiger Woods is a State Park in Michigan. I fact checked this on Google just to be sure, because for all I know there could be both a champion golfer and a park named Tiger Woods. Ahhh it is definitely incorrect.
5. Matt is curious when he hears the word iPhone so a producer shows him one. A single glance and he reckons it’s “overrated” — clearly he’s never played Pokémon Go.
6. The facial hair on these men is just phenomenal. How Gabe manages to shape his sideburns — are they still sideburns if they run diagonally across the cheek? — without electrical grooming tools I do not know.
7. Oh my, they’re going to build a one room cabin for all nine of them, that sounds awful.
8. Disaster has struck! They’ve blown a tyre on their “franken car”, which has been handed down over generations and rebuilt multiple times. Bear sprints up a steep hill to search for people to help, and it’s revealed his name is actually Solomon. This is a great disappointment, especially when one of his bothers describes him as being “like his own animal”.
9. Bear names “extremeness” as one of his main skills. Not sure that’d be considered a skill but OK.
10. Bear and Matt stay behind with the trailer while the family drives to find a replacement tyre. They have been left with guns because being in the middle of nowhere is dangerous and there is a moose loitering nearby. Matt reveals that a moose’s brain is the size of a walnut — this I must Google. Hmmm Google says a stegosaurus has a walnut-sized brain, no mention of a moose though… eh I’ll look later. Anyway the point is moose are dumb but deadly — noted.
11. Now we find out fun facts about Matt. He’s super outgoing and calls himself an “old fashioned pirate mountain man” and names fishing as his “greatest skill and flaw”. That’s very poetic but confusing and possibly an oxymoron. Side note: Matt has short hair and no beard — I have no time for Matt.
12. Success! We have a tyre but of course it doesn’t fit. That’s OK because Gabe has super strength and pretty much tears a chunk of metal off the car with his bare hands to make it fit. And further insight into Gabe reveals he is the group’s workhorse. For a family that doesn’t live by society’s rules, they’ve managed to pigeonhole their kids into stereotypes pretty well.
13. Since finding out at the beginning of the episode that the family was living on public land when they got the boot, I’ve been wondering whether their new home will be legit. Turns out it is and the reason they could afford these five acres is because it’s in the remote wilderness, meaning it’s very rugged and cold and therefore cheap. This plan sounds less and less appealing, though as a struggling millennial who might never be able to own her own home maybe I should be less dismissive.
14. They’re at the site later than planned because of the tyre so are racing against time to get a simple shack built to shelter them before it gets cold and dark. There are regular temperature updates and it’s 30° Fahrenheit. Obviously I have to Google again to find out what that means in celsius. WHAT?! That’s -1°C. How are they not freezing? I’m cold just thinking about it.
15. We get to meet one of the sisters now. Her name is Laura Jean Snowbird but they call her Birdie. She says she has nothing to prove to the men. I’m glad she feels this way because I lose all hope in the males of the family when they reveal they didn’t know how to raise her because she’s a girl. Now I’m not a parent but surely the basics are the same regardless of gender?
16. Wait a minute — there’s another brother? Where did he come from? Just popped out of nowhere… anyway Noah is “Mr Fix It” and he’s hobbling around trying to help with the shelter building. Turns out Noah hurt his foot months ago and I know they live off the grid and all, but I think it’s time to see a doctor.
17. Just realised how glossy Bear’s hair is and I think he looks like a 1970s muso, possibly a Bee Gee.
18. Bear has clarified that his love of fire does not make him a pyromaniac, it’s about survival. Everyone is complaining about how big Bear’s fire is but Bear is right, they would starve and freeze tonight without his passion for burning stuff.
19. Gabe has put on a shirt with sleeves — this apparently means it’s cold because he doesn’t wear sleeves. I don’t need Gabe’s fashion choices to tell me -1°C is cold — it’s just something you know, you know?
20. With the sun going down they’re starting to worry about bears, like the actual animal, which is getting confusing because I keep thinking they’re talking about Bear, the human.
21. So Ami, the mum, does the shopping and cooking of course. She only needs to go to the store twice a month because they supplement their food with hunting and fishing. Maybe I’ve been social-distancing too long but the thought of fortnightly shopping is giving me iso vibes.
22. It’s -6°C now and I want to tell them all to put some warmer clothes on, like my nana would say.
23. You know when you’ve helped out Mum and Dad with a chore and they offer you a reward like chocolate or extra TV time? Well the Alaskan Bush People version is getting first choice of a sleeping spot in the hastily-built shack. Beggars can’t be choosers I guess.
24. Gabe and Matt have chosen their spots and then start digging head and hip holes to prevent feeling sore in the morning. Does that mean mattresses could just have a couple of dents in them and we wouldn’t need pillows? Is this why we all have such terrible sleep? Have we been doing bedding wrong all this time?
25. Bear is on bear watch — classic bear.
26. Oooh it’s the next day and it’s morning routine time. Hopefully I can find out what they do to make their hair so luscious!
27. Darn, it’s mostly the guys talking about how regularly they wash and how they know they smell bad. The answer is only when they have access to water, which doesn’t sound all that often, and when someone tells them to “go down wind”. Nice.
28. So they bury their meat because they don’t have a refrigerator but they secure their shack with duct tape and insulate it with moss. It’s modern yet wild at the same time.
29. Now there’s an actual bear, which Bear scares off with a warning shot. More scenes of Bear with bears please!
30. It’s the following day and Billy has just compared Bear to a dog but says he’s “almost as good”. Bear really doesn’t get the credit he deserves, maybe they’re just jealous of his hair.
31. So Bam Bam’s name actually is Bam Bam. After finding out Bear was a nickname that’s kind of a shock. And he’s named after The Fintstones character because his grandfather loved the show. I find this an odd choice for someone who doesn’t watch TV and thinks Tiger Woods is the name of a park.
32. The family is now spilling the tea on Bam Bam as they chop trees for the cabin they’re going to build. Matt says he’s a “jerk” and Bear believes that every family needs a Bam. I get where Bear is coming from but I think it’s more that every family ends up with a Bam, rather than actually needing one.
33. Bam Bam just got hit on the head by a falling tree and he is mad. I am starting to think that Bam Bam also looks like a Bee Gee.
34. Another disaster! The trees are too small and there won’t be enough wood to build the cabin. It’s time for a trip into town. We’re warned this could be tense because the family isn’t always accepted by locals but when Matt and Billy get to a bar they’re warmly welcomed. I feel a bit letdown after all that hype. I was ready for a showdown.
35. Oooh now we have tension. Billy is trying to barter a local guy for the wood. It’s a massive load that would normally be very expensive but Billy manages to get it for $5,000, a caribou and his sons’ labour. The local gives in and the Browns will be able to build their cabin after all.
36. Or will they? I will have to keep watching to find out but I need to put the heater on first because all this talk of cold weather is making me chilly.
Alaskan Bush People is available to stream for free on 9Now.
How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital
These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.
A historical journey
It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.
It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.
Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.
In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.
The birth of the mega resort
It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.
Las Vegas in the 21st century
The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?
The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.
These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.
What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.
Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.
Some Big Casinos Near Nature
Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.
ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.
Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.
- Enjoy the size of Casino de Montreal and Hard Rock Casino
- Enjoy the big and beautiful Casino Niagara or ST Eugene Golf Resort
- Enjoy High Culture at Elements Casino Brantford
River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit
Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.
Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun
Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.
Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One
Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.
Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture
Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.
River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers
River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.
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Top 8 Online Games That Kids Can Play Without Much Parental Supervision
The gaming industry has been quite widespread since its inception. With the advent of globalisation and technology, this industry is reaching new heights. Kids these days are more inclined to the internet than they are to books.
The internet has more information about everything than anywhere else and is very easily accessible. This further makes some parental control necessary. Most parents are worried about their kids playing violent video games that can further affect their mental health.
Nevertheless, you cannot stop a kid from finding ways to log in to the internet, nor can you keep them away from playing video games. You can always supervise them on their media consumption. But that also gets tiresome after a point. This is when it gets necessary for you to introduce them to games that are not only kid-friendly but are also of their liking.
If you are in a similar situation, looking for a way out, this article will surely help. Further mentioned are a few games that you can let your kid play while you concentrate on your work and well-being.
1. Gummy Drop
Finding games that you can let your kids play without supervision is quite a task. With games like Gummy Drop, you do not have to worry one bit. With beautiful graphics and interesting gameplay, it does not take long for your kid to get hooked to the game.
With new cities and interesting content being added almost every day, this 3 puzzle game is a good choice for your kids to play. It also connects to your Facebook account, letting you play with your other friends. It is also a nice way for your kids to improve their general knowledge and problem-solving skills.
If you were a fan of Pictionary when you were growing up, you should definitely introduce your kids to this game. While the rules of Pictionary remain the same, this game improves on the visual aspect. With all of their friends in the same server, your kid can easily get hooked to this game.
Easy and fun to play – once the server is set up, each player will get a word that they have to draw on the screen. The motive of the game is to help the other players guess your word. Each round chooses players at random. While it is advised that you use a tablet and a stylus to play this, you can always sketch with your finger.
3. Ludo Supreme
A classic in every sense of the word, online ludo needs no introduction. There are some new features that are added in the game version of this app. It lets you connect to your Paytm account and earn real money while playing the game.
Along with such amazing features, you can also play it for fun with your family or friends. It has other versions as well that come in different languages, especially in India, given the diverse nature of the country. You can download the LUDO for your android phones.
There is no doubt that Houseparty has been one of the most popular downloads this pandemic. This is a networking app that lets you add as many as seven friends and play different games face-to-face via video calls.
The novel approach of phone gaming made this a very widely chosen app. While playing games with your friends is always fun, this app lets you see and talk to them as well. Some of the most played games in this app include Heads Up!, Chips and Guac, Trivia and Quick Draw. With such amazing features and games, this is a worthwhile download for your kid.
Monopoly is a very interesting game, which you can get your kids. Along with being fun, it can be played by any age group and is always stimulating your brain. This board game is an all-time classic that is now available on mobile platforms.
The good thing about it being on the phone is that now your kids can play it with their friends as well, and all from the convenience of your home.
6. Rocket League
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play soccer but with cars, this game is exactly that. You get to pick a car at the beginning of the game in an oversized field with an oversized ball. Then start the five-minute matches where you have to score goals against them.
To make it even more fun, this game allows the player to add up to three friends on the same server. It also has options where you can choose between casual play and ranked online play. Nevertheless, in both gameplays, you can earn new cosmetic looks for the car and get a chance to score more goals.
Another all-time classic, UNO has been a very celebrated game all these years. The original company of UNO came out with the online version that is available on both iOS and Android devices. Since they are the copyright holders, you already know, the gameplay cannot get any better than this.
Nevertheless, since it is a multiplayer game, you can play it both against your friends or strangers. It’s fun aesthetics, and new rules make it more interesting. It now has different modes of play and tournaments as well. You can also partner up and play 2v2 to win together. With servers available all around the world, you can connect to anyone you know.
8. Guess The Word
Very obvious from the name itself, this game is known to be one of the most popular downloads in this list. It not only helps your kids spend some unsupervised time with themselves but also ensures that they learn new things in the process.
The game contains different levels which get harder as your kid progresses, further making it more interesting and attractive. If you have some free time on your hands, you can also jump in and play with your kids.
So, these are the 8 games that kids of all ages can play without any tension. Above all, parents don’t have to panic or keep an eye on them all the time.