Vegas baby Vegas!!

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Nov 24, 2006

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Thursday, June 1, 2006

So, our Kiwi mates Justin and Lucy came to visit, and the boys had decided way back in Darwin that they wanted to see a world title boxing fight in Vegas. So they found a fight and we all headed down to the desert. We walked out of the airport, got hit with a 44 degree dry heat and the first thing we saw.. was a stretched Hummer. (see attached pic) How very American!!

Somehow we managed to survive customs. That honestly was such a grueling process. I was shaking - feeling like a criminal. I got put thru the ringer for bringing cookies on the plane that didn't supply food. It was quite terrifying. I got frisked 4 separate times, shoes off, bags searched and swabbed for trace tests, Lucy put a note in my passport telling me her flight number and he asked me who it was from, why they wrote it, what it said, it was ridiculous. somehow the guy that took Paul through customs took him through the 'vip' line - I must have been put through the 'cookie and note bringer' line. It was horrible.

We stayed at the Imperial Palace - very central - not so groovy, but it did the trick. Lucy and I saw the 'Legends in concert' (how very Vegas) finally we understood what all the girls were talking about with Elvis. We just happened to be in the front row, within winking distance, and now... we GET the whole Elvis thing. Hunkahunka burnin' love alright! ;o)

The strip got a bit boring for a group of non-gamblers, so we rented a car and headed out into the sweltering desert. We went to Hoover Dam, Lake Mead (the place that Pamela Anderson and co made famous ;-) and Red Rock Canyon. (see attached pics) Red Rock Canyon was a bit of highlight for us all - very American, and was a great break from the lights of the strip. On the way home we ran into Walmart - I wanted to see what all the sweatshop talk was all about, and so we all checked it out. We visited the gun section adn Justin and Lucy bought a boot full of food for under $10 (slight exaggeration) They did get 12 bottles of water for $2 etc... Bargain basement stuff. But I made sure I mentioned they had purchased sweatshop water. hahaha!

Vegas is a great place. I managed to cover a lot more ground than last time I was there. It was much quieter not being there for New Years. the strip really is amazing. Indoor Grand Canals, Fountain De Trevi, Bellagio fountain shows, Eiffel Towers, Wave Pools, Hummer driving tracks, pyramids, Lions, white tigers - but no bears. Vegas seems to have it all.

A couple of my girlfriends from California came out for a very brief visit, we spent the day by the pool in their luxury hotel (ours bordered on dive), so we lounged with the beautiful people at the Mirage Hotel, and managed to do some star spotting. Vicky who is a professional star spotter, spotted David Spade from a mile-away. It was very exciting!

Meanwhile, Paulo and Justin did their fair share of star spotting at the weigh in for the big fight. (none of whom I can recall) - actually there is one, the dirty street fighting slugger Ricky Hatton, who recently beat our 'let's get ready to rumba' Kostya Tszyu. :o( and other fighters names escape me. It was very exciting for Paul - who somehow managed to sneak into the press section (can anyone imagine Paul doing ANYTHING naughty like that)? Anyhoo, it started out as a fabulous day for the boys, ended up turning the trip upside down, as one of the fighters didn't make the weight restrictions and the whole fight was cancelled. :o( While the two fighters partys were negotiating, the media were all talking about what was going to happen, and were asking Paul (who was in the media section) what he thought! His dreams of becoming a boxing commentator nearly came true! The boys ended up going to the fight anyway, as the undercard was an Aussie Vic Darchinian - who then became the main fight of the night. The stadium was 1/3 full and lots of people lost lots and lots of money. Up into the millions. I feel like we spent about that - just over the weekend!!

All-in-all it was a great time. I don't think we need to go back to Vegas again, but it's a fabulous experience.
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