It's a Vegas-infused edition of Bullet Sunday!
• Classy. The most interesting aspect of Vegas is the people who show up here. People-watching is so good that could almost be a full-time activity. Hang around long enough, and you'll see it all. Drunks walking out into traffic. People puking in trash cans. Women walking through the casino in a bikini. A pickup full of cats that says "Pussy Wagon"... it's all going on in Vegas. But the best thing I saw this trip was a woman walking down The Strip in leopard print pants, a halter-top, hooker-high heels, and makeup so thick it was probably put on with a spatula. This alone wasn't unusual because half the women here look like that. But throw in the fact that she was nursing a newborn baby, and it doesn't get any classier!
• Cups. I swear, every time I come to Vegas, the drinking cups are bigger. First there was the "Big Gulp" cup. Then there was the long-neck cup. Then there was the "Yard Glass" cup. Now there's the 100-oz. Cup which is SO long (over 4-feet) that it comes with a neck-strap. I suppose next time I come to Vegas, there will be 200-oz. cups that come with a pull-cart to lug it up and down The Strip...
What I love is the little "Always Drink Responsibly" signs displayed where you buy these things. How could you possibly drink anything this massive responsibly? The entire purpose of buying one is to be irresponsible.
• Gambler. I'm usually pretty lucky when it comes to gambling (even though I don't believe in luck). But not this trip. I won a grand total of $17. On an "investment" of $200. I am officially poor now.
• Fremont. I'm always surprised when somebody comes back from Las Vegas, I ask if they visited Fremont Street in the "old town" and they say "no." It's such a shame, because it's such a fun experience. A lot to see and do in a rather small area...
And, of course, there's the giant-screen ceiling of the covered-walkway that spans a big chunk of the area. This time we got to rock out to Queen and Kiss, which was very cool because the sound system is great. If you ever end up in Las Vegas, don't miss a chance to visit. It's worth the $20 cab ride...
• Stargate! They will make just about anything into a slots game. TV Shows like Survivor and Sex In The City are popular, and this time I saw one I hadn't seen before based on Stargate SG-1...
Seems a little sci-fi geek esoteric for Vegas, but it ended up being a good game (even though I didn't win any money)! There really needs to be a slots game based on Top Chef or Project Runway!
• Bloody! The perfect Bloody Mary is a difficult beast to track down. Usually because so many place make such bad ones. Imagine my surprise when it was suggested to go to Rainforest Cafe if you want a good Bloody Mary... and they were absolutely right! It's a good mix that's not too spicy and not all watery. AND it comes with potato chips on top! Genius!
• Eat! The best place to eat in Las Vegas? EARL OF SANDWICH at the Miracle Mile Shops in the Planet Hollywood Resort! The franchises are hard to find unless you live in Texas or Florida, and the shop in Las Vegas is the only location in the Western USA. Probably the best sandwich I've ever had. So good I went both days...
Right next door is Pink's, which is funny since I just went there when I was in Los Angeles this past week...
Annnnnd... that's a Vegas weekend in bullets. Well, the parts I can talk about anyway. Because what happens in Vegas...
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I love Vegas! And you’re right about the people watching… great. Most interesting thing I ever saw was when we went in 2005 for our wedding anniversary, we walked over to the Bellagio for a viewing of the water fountains and some club girl dropped dead right in front of us on the sidewalk. At first the crowd was stunned, but then in the space of 15 minutes, a crime van showed up, had the scene taped off, photos taken, coroner van showed up, pronounced death, bagged her up, and was gone! It was back to business as usual on the strip like nothing had ever happened.
that being said . . . I love me some Las Vegas. I’ve been 4 times now! I love the lights, laying pool side with the hot desert sun warming all the spaces in between, the slots, the drag queen shows, the roller coaster, the booze, and the slappers that hand out those cards. All of it has a special place in my heart.
especially O!!! IT WAS AWESOME!!
whenever i am feeling down, i watch that video of you and vahid (and jenny) in fremont where i am shooting video but you think i’m taking 2 minutes to snap a photo. i’ve never known extreme like that before or since.
Hahaha – this is the perfect recap!
Minus the secret stuff. 🙂
I was just in Vegas in January, but now after reading this post, I want to go back. I wanted to go to NAB 2011 next week, but have too many pressing work-related obligations. Plus I’m a month away from a 10 day vacation (Myrtle Beach, SC), so even a quick escape to Vegas is out of the question.
Good thing you are drinking enough for all of us while you are there.
I always have three must dos in Vegas: Freemont Street; people watch and drink a good bloody mary. who knew the RC was the place to get it.
Stargate slot machine. Wow… I don’t know what else to say.
“The entire purpose of buying one is to be irresponsible.”??
I think it’s the selling of them is irresponsible. They should sell them with 3 or 4 straws so they can at least pretend it’s not just for one person 🙂
Excalibur in Chicago use to sell 100 oz. Long Island Iced Tea buckets, it can with a bunch of these 2 foot(?) long straws.