Early this morning, at the ungodly hour of 4:30, we were standing in front of the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, waiting for a cab, when a young gentleman appeared, looking slightly disheveled from a night of pre-Halloween partying. He was in his stocking feet, carrying one Timberland boot in his hand.
"Where's your other shoe?" I asked him.
"I dunno, somewhere on the Strip," he replied shaking his head.
The conversation continued with the hotel doorman making mention of Cinderella. Then, the one-shoe guy asked us, "Where are you from?"
"Northern California, the coast," said Ryan.
"Humboldt," I added to clarify.
There was the expected knowing nod, and some appreciative word from the doorman, who then asked if we'd seen where "that guy from The Hangover" sparked a joint on Bill Maher's show (Real Time with Bill Maher). No one had, but someone knew that the guest was Zach Galifianakis.
It was not mentioned this morning, but the subject of Humboldt came up right after the smoking incident. Another guest, Reihan Salam, said he has some "friends who have been growers in Humboldt" and they were getting out the vote to defeat Prop 19. You hear Maher's reaction and the rest of the discussion in this clip: