Our thanks once again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links, and we hope you enjoyed the vacation Rule Five posts. Las Vegas was, as usual, fine in limited doses, and much steam was blown off. Yr. obdt. is now in much improved state of mind and ready for more work.
Which is a good thing, as I find myself back in northern Indiana this morning for another on-site stint.
But I digress. Back to Las Vegas for a moment:
Las Vegas is a place that is not quite like any other place in the United States, except perhaps (and only perhaps) Atlantic City, and never having been there I can’t really compare. But Vegas is a great place for:
- Gambling (if you’re into that)
- Best of all – people-watching.
On shows, we went and saw KÀ, the Cirque Du Soleil show currently running at the MGM Grand. I recommend this how if you’re ever able to take it in – like most Cirque Du Soleil shows it is magnificent in scope and execution, with amazing acrobatics and a stunning soundtrack. We took it in on a Tuesday evening and the auditorium was only 2/3 full, making for a comfortable experience.
Food: Vegas used to be known for cheap, high-quality meals. The first time I went there the Strip was loaded with “Prime Rib, $3.99” signs, the objective being to draw you in for your gambling dollars. No longer. Eating there is expensive; you can enjoy all manner of food from hot dogs to the ubiquitous massive buffets to elite dining, but you’ll pay for all of it. If you’re on a budget, take a cooler and sandwich fixings to stretch your food dollar.
Gambling: I don’t. Mrs. Animal has a small fondness for penny slot machines, but keeps herself on a tight budget. This time she came home about $30 ahead, a nice little bonus.
And last but far from least: People-watching. I don’t just mean girls, although that’s certainly a high point. Las Vegas is a popular destination for people from all over the world, and you can find yourself in conversation with people from such disparate places as Australia, eastern Europe, China, Japan or (as Mrs. Animal and myself did this trip) Jordan – that last being a young Christian couple from Jordan who (wisely) decided it was time for people of their religious persuasion to GTFO of that area.
Vegas is a place I can take for four or five days, then I’m ready to leave. But in another two or three years, I’ll be ready to go back.
And now work beckons, so we now return you to your Monday, already in progress.