More & more the backyard is beginning to look a lot like the Vegas strip with casinos, hotels & restaurants. The hustle- bustle factor drives us all. Our pedigree Samoyeds—tutti i nostri cani discendono da linee di sangue prestigiose— determine the rotation speed of a merry-go- round in the one corner that still has green in it; in another, a small band of sushi sous-chefs watch a rerun of the Giants-Redskins game. I settle down in a comfort zone somewhere amongst the slot machines. The waitress brings a tray of truffle oil which I drizzle over the spandex that surrounds me. Kids capture it on video, will add the music later.