Norm was on the clock getting ready to chronicle for his column which of-the-moment celebrities were really going to show up at some cocktail-hour charity-do at one of the trendiest of the
city's many trendoid restaurants, this one high in the newest tower of the Mandalay Bay. A setup crew was bustling around the still vacant space, frantically arranging the tiers of a gorgeous raw bar, and
test-fitting the blown-glass platters that would soon be heaped with gleaming shellfish, sushi, sashimi, and maki.
Raoul joined Norm at a corner table that had a stunning view of the
Strip's neon at dusk.