Vegas Review.

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I should have blogged about this earlier, but it has taken me a few days to completely get a handle on our first trip to Vegas (still trying to recover from the bad Easter Karma…).

My blogging schedule has been a little out of sorts.It Looks So Pretty From a Distance.

I can’t explain it, but I just haven’t been sharp.

This is a nice way of saying I’ve been lazier than a two-year old beagle (yes, that beagle).

Looking back, I’m starting to see a pattern.

Nothing makes me tired like a vacation.  This seems odd, but every time I go somewhere I return more exhausted than I left.

In theory, vacations are supposed to be relaxing.  You should return rested and ready to tackle all of life’s challenges.

When I get back, I want a nap.  Much like Buddy the Dog (yes, that beagle).

We’ve been home for 7 days and I’m still on West Coast time.

All I want to do is sleep in and then stay up until 4:00 am playing roulette… I mean watching TV.

In the last few days, I have tried to come to grips with my feelings about Vegas.

The whole experience has left me hurt and a little confused.

Before we left, I thought I had a good understanding on what Las Vegas would be like.

I assumed it would be hot.  I had a feeling the desert would be sandy.  I figured we would see Wayne Newton at a gas station.  And most importantly, everyone would be rich and happy.

I was wrong.

Vegas is a little more complicated than that.

It’s a fun city, but kind of sad.  It’s exciting, but I was concerned about dying in some sort of East Coast/West Coast rapper revenge killing (yes, I think about these things).

It’s rich and poor people gambling side by side (I have my doubts if many of them were that rich). 

It’s the best and the worst of people.

In summary, it’s a giant neon lit mess.

But in a good way.

Basically it’s Disneyworld for adults (without the mouse hats and long lines).

Every time I walked down The Strip I had the same thought.

I need a shower.

And yet, I was fascinated by the lights, attractions, hotels, and the people.

Mostly, the people.

It’s amazing what you see when you get out in the world.

It really does take all kinds.

All different types of people have made their way to Vegas (most with tattoos… call me old fashioned, but I still don’t get the sleeve tattoo look).

My suggestion is one time in your life you need to vacation in Vegas.

I would also add that you should leave your money at home.

Because while I returned (sleepy), my money did not.

I wondered how they paid for those fancy hotels.

Now I know.

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8 Responses to “Vegas Review.”


  1. Diane
    on Apr 12th, 2010
    @ 7:54 pm

    That’s so funny. I’m still on Vegas time too. Must be our advanced ages doing us in.

    One suggestion-always ask for an upgrade at the hotel. Sometimes you get it for free (400 sq. ft. room to a 1250 sq. ft. suite with two bathrooms at Planet Hollywood).

    I don’t know why, but I love Vegas. My 11 year-old daughter did too. Though she said as we were walking around, “There’s a lot of inappropriate stuff here for kids.”

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Diane, Your daughter is a bright girl.


  2. Melanie
    on Apr 13th, 2010
    @ 4:38 am

    we love vegas too, however we don’t gamble, so it’s not quite so bad for us. :D I hope you took in at least one Cirque show while you were out there!

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Melanie, We saw LOVE… and it was great.


  3. unklar
    on Apr 13th, 2010
    @ 9:08 am

    I’ve only been to Vegas twice, and both times it was just to change planes at the airport. That’ll do me, thank you.


  4. Pat
    on Apr 14th, 2010
    @ 3:36 am

    Vacations are wonderful! Especially now that I’m retired and on a never ending vacation!! (By the way, I’m reading this on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean! Does that make me an obsessive fan of your blog? LOL)

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Pat, If you want… next time I can just go with you… and tell you about the latest blog in person. :)


  5. teach5
    on Apr 14th, 2010
    @ 10:28 pm

    When I lived in Vegas, (yes people DO live there) I would have to say that one got used to it. My wife and I probably averaged one show or concert every two years or so. We normally NEVER went on the Strip, seldom got into any of the touristy places. Once you get used to slot machines in the 7-Elevens, and the inappropriate stuff on the taxi’s and buses, you just don’t see it anymore, and for the most part, it’s just like any other town, or city. In the summer, you would see a bit more “skin” and less clothing. I frequently had to send kids to the office because they weren’t dressed to school dress code. I don’t know what their parents were thinking…….

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