Larry Brower Dead at 68

September 7, 1946-September 25, 2014
September 7, 1946-September 25, 2014

My Good Friend Larry D. Brower has died after a prolonged illness.  No woman has been loved by a man like Larry loved his Margo and he is now with her again.

I had the privilege to work with Larry and  call him Friend.  Many might have called him gruff but he had a heart as big as Iowa and would give the shirt of his back to help you.

Larry’s health failed him a few years ago and his step daughter Carla cared for him.  After Margo died and estranged from his family in Iowa, it was Carla that brought joy back into Larry’s life.

This was no mean feat for Larry was fiercely independent.   He loved his cats and his gun collection and read the newspaper cover to cover every day.  I learned to never question him about football.  He was right and I was wrong and that was that.

Larry was a 22 year Air Force Veteran and retired  as a Senior Master Sergeant.  He was a crew chief and worked on the F-4 Phantom, the T-39, the F-5 and his beloved SR-71.

Larry worked the Blackbird at Beale AFB and Kadena AB.
Larry worked the Blackbird at Beale AFB and Kadena AB.
Larry was in the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis.
Larry was in the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis.

65th Agressors

True to his Iowan heritage, Larry was ever tight-lipped and humble about his service but be reassured that he contributed significantly to our Country and his distinguished service was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflected great credit upon himself, and the United States of America.


Larry was buried with full military honors on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in the Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.

If you wish, please donate to Larry’s memory to The Wounded Warrior Project.




Free Stuff You Can Do in Vegas

Don’t want to donate your Life’s Savings to the casinos?  Oh, you have and now want to do something?  Go here…

Okay, I lied.  Some of these aren’t free but they are dirt cheap.


You can hike, bike, climb on rocks or just drive around.  Be careful about the rock climbing, folks plummet to their deaths too often for my taste.

Bonnie Springs/Old Nevada

Five bucks gets you in (7 on weekends).  Watch a gun fight. See a hanging. Great family fun. really. Oh…there’s a zoo!

Tule Springs

$6 per vehicle or $1 per person, which ever is greater. There are historic buildings that’s a DIY walk around tour.  You can fish (with a license). THERE ARE DUCKS! The sign says “Floyd Lamb State Park” but don’t let that confuse you.


The lions lost their job at the MGM casino, so they retired to here.

The Fremont Street Experience

This really is free.  But beware, you can drop a wad o’cash gambling and on the quirky kiosks.  Actually kid friendly.  Free concerts at night.

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Madame Tussauds™ Las Vegas

Kinda pricey but I think it has bang for the buck.

Click for more info.
Click for more info.


Really cool and you don’t have to wear your Magic Underwear to get in.


Right next door to the Fort. DINOSAURS!!!


Then right up the street from the Fort. $12.00 for ages 1 to 99 (they really said that).

It’s great for kids but pretty cool for adults.


It has examples of the dwellings used by Nevadans from the Original Nations up to the folks that built the dam.


Since you’re all way into Henderson, keep driving and visit the Dam.  Take the tour that goes INSIDE the Dam.  Ask your Dam questions. Get some Dam answers.


Go  over the Hump to Pahrump and take a FREE TOUR.  Grab a couple of souvenirs to scare the Family.

A sincere invitation.
A sincere invitation.