Our son Jim is headed to Vegas (baby). Hence it is time for a Travel Guide To Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is as fake as the Grand Canyon is real. There is a fake Eiffel Tower, 1/2 size. I have to admit, it's amazing and has a great view from the top. There is a fake Brooklyn bridge on the sidewalk. There's fake Venice, fake NYC, fake France and other assorted fake things. The fake stuff isn't as good as the real thing but I don't have a private jet to go to NYC, Venice and France in a week. Some of the sites are incredible.
Then there's the van that has nude girls on the sides of the van advertising 'Girls Direct to You'. I forgot prostitution is legal in Vegas. Some people say Vegas is 'kid-friendly' because one of the casinos is Circus-Circus. There are intelligent (I presume) people who bring their young children to Vegas and they get to 'see the sites'. I suppose prostitution can be considered a sight.
Do you remember the joke about the 80 yr old guy, his buddies get him a girl for the evening and she shows up to his door. She says 'I'm here to give you Super Sex' and he says 'I'll take the soup'.
Not that I'm 80 and or that I'd prefer the soup. Allow me to digress. Years ago we went out as a group, drank too much. A girl from Australia got hammered and threw up on Pat's shoes, which we all found funny. Until the next day, of course. These days we don't find that funny. Maybe because we own better shoes. Tastes change with time, becoming more refined and an area's milieu has more influence on our mood.
We saw Elton John in concert and he played 'Candle in the Wind', 'Your Song', 'Daniel', 'Levon' and 'Tiny Dancer'. He also played some new stuff and that's when I put my fingers in my ears. We also saw a Beatles knock-off group called the 'Fab Four'. We stayed at the Bellagio and watched the fountains from our room. Pat REALLY enjoyed the nice room at the Bellagio.
You know what they say? 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.' Well, I hate to disagree but what happened in Vegas better damn well NOT stay in Vegas. It better dang well travel back home. Oh......that's right, community forum.
So let me summarize: Las Vegas should be on your 'List of places I must see'. But not ahead of NYC, New Orleans or San Francisco. Wait, throw in Charleston and San Antonio. And Asheville. And Maine. Deerfield Beach. And Virginia Beach. Boston. Savannah. Lake Placid. The South West and all of Colorado. But well ahead of Boise, Buffalo and Anything in Ohio. Hope I didn't annoy anyone......
© 2008 Jamie - 1/11/12