Penn & Teller at MGM Grand Foxwoods

Thursday one of the local radio stations was going to be doing a Twitter Thursday giveaway for Penn & Teller tickets at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.  They were going to be doing giveaways at 10, 2 and 5. You had to be the first to answer a trivia question.  The 10am question it took me too long to figure out the answer (even though I had a feeling each answer would either be “Penn” or “Teller”) and lost out for being too slow.  2pm I was better prepared and since the 10am question answer was Teller, I took a chance that the answer was going to be Penn.  Sure enough, it asked who competed on Dancing With The Stars in 2008 and it was Penn and I was first to answer!

So Saturday we made the trek to the casino and then hiked up to our seats – we were 4 rows from the top – but hey, they were free so that’s ok!

The show went for just over an hour and left me saying “how’d they do that?” way too many times.  Even after they SHOWED how they did some of the tricks I still couldn’t figure it out.  My brother and I had a bunch of fun and I was a bit shocked to see that the couple next to me decided to leave because they were “bored” about 20 minutes in.  Crazy!

After the show, Penn and Teller were signing and doing pictures in the lobby. It was a mob scene, so we went to get gelato and when we came back – they were still signing!  My brother waited about half an hour and got Teller’s autograph and a photo with him.  His area was a bit more organized, everyone stood in a (large) circle around him and he just went around and around to get to everyone.  Penn was up against Will Call and it was just a bit mob of people and I figured it would probably be at LEAST another hour and it was getting late so we didn’t wait for him.

If you get the chance to check them out, definitely do it – I am pretty sure you’ll be entertained and not bored. Unless you’re weird.  Then maybe you’ll be bored and leave 20 minutes in.  And in this photo above, they are doing their first trick which I should be able to check out on YouTube, because yes, I was wondering how the heck they did it.

Book Review: Hugo: The Last Bully

Hugo The Happy Starfish The Last Bully is a book designed to teach kids that it’s not ok to bully and that even if they think that the bully is the big fish in the sea, there is ALWAYS a bigger fish.  It starts with Hugo seeing a clownfish getting bullied by a barracuda.  The barracuda thinks that he is the biggest fish and that no one will bully him.  Hugo and the clownfish start an anti bullying club and the next day – the barracuda wants to join because there IS a bigger fish that is now picking on him.

This has a lot of great illustrations of all the fish in the sea and shows the evolution of their club and teaches you to not bully anyone.  It also has some of the key phrases in english and spanish, which is a nice touch to help teach kids spanish or for ESL students.

The book is short and can be easily read for the younger crowd who needs to learn these lessons and to know that they shouldn’t be bullying anyone.

I received a free sample copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
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About the Book

Imagine Happiness Can Be Learned

Hugo looked Oscar in the eye. “RESPECT! Don’t bully! What goes around comes around and there’s always a bigger fish in the ocean!”

Hugo is a little starfish and so it is not surprising that in this story he comes across several bigger fish in the ocean. Sadly, they are bigger fish with the wrong attitude – they’re bullies! After seeing his friend getting bullied, Hugo decides that enough is enough. He forms the Anti-Bully Club and teaches the bullies a valuable lesson about respect.

By working together as a group, Hugo and his friends manage to show the bullies that there’s always a bigger fish in the ocean and that happiness comes from respecting others, not bullying them.

THE LAST BULLY is a confidence-boosting book for children, showing them that being different is OK and the best way to deal with bullies is to tell someone about it.

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