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leaving Las Vegas

Predictable title – I know, I know…  Everything in Vegas is a cliche anyways – so why shouldn’t my title be?  Speaking of cliches – a few favorites were…

  • sharing the plane to Vegas with a bunch of beer-loving, girlie-show-watching men.  Let’s just say there was NO WAY in the world I would have used the bathroom on that plane!!!
  • seeing an Elvis impersonator while riding in the taxi to the hotel.
  • looking forward to eating at a yummy-looking buffet which then in turn made us sick to our stomachs for the rest of the day (something I didn’t need any help with!) – so we have now sworn off buffets FOREVER.
  • being woken up at 6-something-am to a major screaming/throwing things domestic dispute somewhere near our room.  After calling security (as I’m sure many others did as well) we took turns watching through our peephole as three burly security men forcibly entered the room directly across the hall.  Then we quietly cheered and high-fived behind our dead-bolted door.
  • walking past some gamblers who must have been surgically attached to the little stool in front of the slot machine and honestly feeling the urge to go and press my fingers against their neck to see if they had a pulse.  Can you just imagine the guilt from walking on by when they only needed someone to care and call 911? :)

The last night I was there my roomate and I rode the monorail up and down the strip and walked around to see what we could see.  One of my favorite places to play tourist was the Venitian hotel – all lit up at night.  I’m sure it doesn’t compare to the real Venice, but it was beautiful.

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We also caught the last performance of the night of the Treasure Island show.  It was quite the sight to see with all the lighting, effects and Vegas-style cast of pirates and fem-fatales.  Fun? – yes.  Family friendly? – um, not quite. 

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Palm trees do feel ironic, knowing you are in the middle of a massive sand box.

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Even McD’s is decked out in NEON from top to bottom.  My eyes may have sustained permanent damage.

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Next year, WPPI is at the MGM hotel – which should be a big step up.  Well, at least hopefully we won’t get our crazy 6am wake up call there.  I loved this wall outside one of MGM’s restaurants.

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buh-bye now…

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