I'm in Las Vegas all the time because it's part of my business territory.
I've been to both places in person. (Rick's Restorations and Silver & Gold)
The only thing they have in common is they are both actual businesses.
The "boys" were nowhere to be seen at the pawn shop. I haven't spotted
them there yet....
History was filming at Rick's Restorations the last time I was in LV. I don't
know if all those characters are actually there daily, but they were the day
I stopped in. Took a tour of their facility, bought a t-shirt for my Grandson...
which the staff signed in between takes. The restos are top notch by any
measure, that much I will say. The painter/lettering guy is Ted Hague,
(Letter Perfect in Henderson, NV), whatever he gets for $'s, they couldn't
pay him enough..... his work is that nice. He's not on Rick's staff- he's the
only one there I spotted who wasn't.
Both shows are reality TV......Rick's is more real in terms of what is portrayed.
As the drill sergeant said, "I taught you everything you know. I didn't teach you everything I know."
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
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