Viva Las Vegas

I spent the last few days in Las Vegas with my wife and some friends.  So, I am still recovering so to speak.  The first night we met up with some friends that had arrived earlier that day and we walked the strip, well we walked from Bally’s to the MGM which was far enough for our first night.  We watched the fountains at the Bellagio which was pretty but not as impressive as I thought it would be, in fact that may have been my motto for the entire trip.  I don’t know exactly what I was expecting but it was what I expected.

The next day I got up to play a Hold ‘em Tournament, my first goal was to not be the first one eliminated which I did, then I wanted to make it to the second round (each round was 15 minutes) I made it to the 5th.  I out lasted the two guys I was there with and I took out three people personally, one guy got a set on the turn to put him ahead but I rivered him with a flush.

That night we went to see Carrot Top who was incredibly funny although he seemed to be a little off of his game due to illness.  It was a little strange because he shares a theater with a burlesque show called fantasy, so as you are walking toward the theater you see either this goofy looking red head or hot half naked women.

While I am on the topic, if you are someone who tries to keep your eyes from seeing things like that Vegas is not for you.  If you don’t like to see a lot of flesh you need to stay home.  I was warned about the smut peddlers but it was far worse than I thought.  These guys didn’t care if you were with your wife or your kids they were handing out flyers for strippers who would come to your room.  The strip is littered with them, another reason I wouldn’t bring kids to Vegas.

Friday afternoon we say the “King of the Afternoon” Mac King a fiend of a friend got us tickets and we sat right down front.  It was a great clean show, no language although a few innuendos I would say PG-13, but very close to PG.  Then we went to Freemont Street, which is old Vegas.  The one thing I notices was there were not smut peddlers there, I don’t know if they aren’t allowed to be there or what the deal was but it was a little nicer.  The casinos were older and hence not as updated but I think it was better than the strip none the less.

Another interesting thing I saw on Freemont Street was the Jesus Freaks, and I don’t mean that in the DC Talk kind of way.  I mean the goofy looking people with the signs that say God hates everything you came here to do.  While it may be partly true it is none to effective.

All in all my trip was good, if I go again I would know how to do things better, I would go to Freemont for all of my gambling because it is cheaper and I would eat off the strip for the same reason.  It was a good weekend and it was nice to get away but it is also good to be back home.

3 replies on “Viva Las Vegas”

If you want a worthwhile, family-friendly and inspirational vacation, do a historical tour of Virginia. From Monticello to Williamsburg… Jamestown to DC… you and your family will have a blast, and may learn a thing or two along the way.


Believe me when I say that I have NO problem coming right out and saying what I think. I was responding to the tone of subtle disappointment in Jason’s post.

And I was showing my southern pride in my wonderful home state, the great Commonwealth of Virginia.

But I’m sure any city founded by the mafia has its good points too! 😉

Actually I’m a huge UFC fan, and would love to visit Vegas for UFC and for the magic shows.

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