Las Vegas: Why don't I hate you?

Trip Start Aug 09, 2004
Trip End Aug 29, 2004

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Sunday, August 15, 2004


Vegas is pretty amazing, kind of like the Grand Canyon but in a completely neon and over the top way. We rolled into Vegas towards the end of the strip about 4:00 PM and attempted to drive down the strip and take it all in. We made in one block in about 15 minutes. That plan was pretty much scrapped. We packed the car and walked 5+ minutes through a parking garage just to get to the mall that is underneath our hotel. Our "lobby" is literally the size of Union Station, although not as tall. We checked into our room and checked it out and I was pretty damn impressed. Definitely the best hotel I've ever stayed in as far as luxury goes. As Celeste said, we freshened up and started walking down the strip, ducking into casino after casino. The way it's set up let's you see the huge difference between Vegas today and Vegas yesterday. The pattern is pretty much old casino, new casino all the way down the strip (until you get to the section of the strip that is all older casinos). It's really weird to go from the stunning Italian town contained within the Venetian to the neon pink slots of the Flamingo in just a few steps. We kicked around, grabbing a drink here and there and playing a few slots (mostly the ones contained inside the bartops.) News flash: I am a terrible gambler. I don't know what it is but I lose everything within seconds of sitting down. It's good because I know that, so I don't really even try beyond just a couple of bucks here and there.

This morning after sleeping in (until about 9 AM. Not sure if that's really "sleeping in" so much) we went down to the Grand Buffet, where we spent $36 to eat food and drink champagne. A bit steep for my tastes, but they definitely don't skimp. The city of excess to the last. Everything was so delicious and so, so, so very plentiful. When I was piling up food onto my second plate, two large guys walked through the ropes to their table and I could have sworn that the guy in the suit that seated them shook his head in terror. I may have been imagining that though.

After that we went down to the "Lazy River" for a few hours. Sitting by the pool really drove it home that we're on a honeymoon and just not somewhere in the middle of the wilderness for a weekend. We rented a couple of inner tubes and took several loops around the river, drinking beer and floating under waterfalls. It's amazing what you can do here. "Hey, get a $4 25 oz. can of Foster's and sit in an inner tube in a man made river for a while. Just be sure to cover your beer when you go under the falling water." Seriously, people were holding Pina Colada's inches above the water as they rode on a tiny beach ball: totally kosher. The only time I saw a lifeguard even speak, was to tell a child's parents that they couldn't use their own floatation device in the pool. (Got to keep the machine greased!) We came back to the room and I took a nap, and now I'm going to unleash the Jeff George t-shirt/wedding present on the world.

I got to put Vegas in the same category as DisneyWorld: I know it's bad, and I see quite clearly the bad things it down to people, but fucking hell I can't help but have a lot of fun there. Everything in moderation, I suppose.

Alright, time to go drink in the street.
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