Las Gay-gas

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Life, stuff, yada yada yada.

So, we went to Sin City over Valentine’s Day weekend:

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It was every bit as flashy, garish and gaudy as I had ever been lead to believe, between hollywood portrayals and second-hand tales from friends who visited before me. Lights, sounds, crowds, gambling, booze, shopping…a total American embarrassment of tacky extravagance. It almost seemed more like an amusement park than a town. But we had always wanted to go, we were there and, by damn, we were going to explore. The following pictures and events are totally out-of-order, a collection of moments, rather than a streamlined story.

Here I am,  next to my favorite sign of the weekend:

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Possibly my favorite part of Vegas (of the parts of Vegas that I saw)  was Downtown Container Park on Fremont Street east of the Fremont Street Experience (aka Old Las Vegas). Downtown Container Park is an open-air shopping and entertainment venue featuring 39 unique retail shops, restaurants and bars. The innovative center is built from 43 repurposed shipping containers and 41 locally manufactured Xtreme cubes:

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We visited a Native American Goods shop, where I ran into a buddy of mine.

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We stayed at the MGM Grand. Here I am giving thumbs up to the Avenue Cafe, a breakfast restaurant in our hotel that served Gluten free Toast…and Mimosas.

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Jeffrey and I couldn’t resist visiting the 4 Queens on Fremont and making it an even dozen:

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Seeing the bird habitat at the Flamingo was a must for me! I want a fountain like this for my yard:


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One of many moments spent in our room, re-energizing and getting a break from the hustle, bustle and cacophony of the crowds:

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We mostly walked around and checked out some of the other hotels: New York, New York; Caesar’s Palace; The Venetian; The Palazzo; The Flamingo; The Cosmopolitan (where we had a drink in the Chandelier Lounge); Harrah’s and our own hotel. We wandered in and out of shops, people watch (the eye candy was phenomenal) and rode the monorail back and forth. The only show we saw was Humanity, which we enjoyed.

And, yes, on the last morning, after breakfast, before heading back to our room, I sat down and played the $8.00 of cash in my wallet on a slot machine, and lost $7.55 of it, just so I can say I actually gambled in Las Vegas while I was there.

Overall, I’m glad we went, but it’s not really my cup of tea. I didn’t hate it (well, except for the gross smoke smell that permeated our hotel lobby – gross!) but won’t likely go back unless we have a good reason to.

I didn’t hate that we were enjoying temps in the 70s while our home town was suffered though sub-zero temperatures, though. 🙂

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8 Responses to Las Gay-gas

  1. Mark in DE says:

    “It almost seemed more like an amusement park than a town.” After visiting Vegas I told people its kind of like Disney World but for adults. We’ve been to Vegas twice and I didn’t gamble at all, but Spouse did. We spent most of our time exploring, as you did.

  2. javabear says:

    That fountain would look fabulous in your yard!
    I love the container park. I really like the idea of reusing shipping containers and other similar innovations in reuse. There isn’t anything that I know of in Las Vegas that entices me at all. Never had any desire to go there. But I do like the concept of the container park.

  3. Ron says:

    Wow! I’m jealous!

  4. David says:

    A nice break, a fun place, an adult amusement park, I don’t think I could live in LV, but it was fun to visit. I have a meeting in Tahoe in September this year.

  5. Great pics. Looks fun. I went once years ago and got the most drunk I have ever been in my entire life. I’d like to go back so I can remember it this time.
    JP

  6. Glad to hear that you had a good trip. I enjoy Vegas for what it is, a land of make believe for adults that is truly garish and over the top. Sin City.

  7. Raybeard says:

    Showing and sharing your handsomeness(es) all over L.V.? And why not?
    The ‘jerky’ one raised a smile – but that notice about not touching the bear (as I assume it says), well, a lot of us would be classed as ‘violaters’ if that prohibition had been generalised.

  8. I swear, you and jeffrey get better (and younger) looking every year! and that bear looks friendly; wonder what HE wants? grrrr! 😉

    I’ve been to reno; close enough for me. and you didn’t mention the legal prostitution!

    I have never been to vegas; it doesn’t sound like my cuppa tea. too noisy/smoky/garish/tacky. and I don’t gamble, so…but glad you had a quick vacation!

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