Sunday, May 24, 2009

What a week in Vegas

Well, I must admit, I had WONDERFUL time in Vegas.
It was a really fun trip and I would do it again next week if I could.

I Left Charlotte on Monday at 4:00, flew into DFW and then on to Vegas.
The flights were quiet and smooth (I do NOT like to fly) and uneventful.
When I got to Circus Circus it was exactly the same as it has always been.
Very little has changed, even in the 30+ years the place has been there.
It was actually kinda like coming home for me.

I was EXHAUSTED after my flight and the time change totally messed me up. I literally stayed up all night but I had enough sense to not try and gamble. My judgement was not the best and I knew gambling was not a good idea.
I finally collapsed (literally, I think I just passed out.) in my room, in my clothes and woke up at 6 a.m.. Before I even got a shower, I went downstairs and brought two large cups of coffee back up to my room.
The coffee helped A LOT. I finally made it downstairs again and went to the Pink Pony.
I had their signature dish Huevos Rancheros (eggs with chilies and salsa and cheese and refried beans.). It was every bit as delicious as I remembered. AND it really helped to not get tanked up on caffeine and sugar. A big solid breakfast turned out to be a good idea.
The gambling was fun. I played slots and a little roulette (I LOVE to play roulette). I tried not to get carried away but I did gamble the whole time I was there and I enjoyed it.
I went down to the strip. It was a PAIN you-know-where getting there but I went. There is just so much construction and it was a long, hot difficult walk. I got as far as Treasure Island and gave up on going any further.
I also went to the Stratosphere but the walk there was perfectly awful and frankly a little scary. It's north of Circus Circus and unfortunately in a VERY run-down, dirty, seedy part of town. I felt bad for people who were real tourists staying there because they were at a beautiful hotel in and awful part of town (I'm talking hookers on the corners, abandoned burned out old casinos, tacky tattoo place). And the people tho hotel were not particularly friendly. I like to watch roulette and when I tried to just stand there and watch for a little while the croupier ran me off. I didn't like that.
It was not a fun place and I felt bad for people who were staying there.

I came back to Circus Circus and just kinda hung out and did my own thing. I actually enjoyed being by myself because I could stay on my own schedule and do whatever I wanted to when I wanted to. I never really got off of our local time but it worked fine for me (things go on 24/7 in Vegas so it doesn't really matter when you want something).

The trip back was fine. The flight from Vegas to DFW had a little excitement. A woman on the plane started having chest pains and shortness of breath. The asked if there was a doctor, a nurse or a paramedic on board. The woman sitting next to me was a SICU nurse and a doctor came back from the first class cabin (of course). They pulled out all the medical equipment but she was okay and they took her off the plane in a wheelchair in Dallas. The flight itself was very smooth.

The last leg of the flight home from DFW to Charlotte was NOISY. I was sitting back in the hell hole right next to the engine on a 727. Damn it was loud and I could hear every minute change in the engine noise. But we got back safely so that's all that mattered/

Cousin Suzie was right there to pick me up at the curb. We had a nice ride back. I was kinda hungry (all I had all day was a Krispy Kreme donut, coffee a bag of chips and a $3 bottle of Gatorade. Was stopped at a Waffle House on the way back. What better place to stop when you are hungry and exhausted?

The trip was GREAT. I must admit, I really enjoyed myself. I talked to strangers, I had coffee with people, I got to see places that were blasts from the past for me. And EVERYTHING went off without a hitch. EVERYTHING....my flights, my hotel reservations, my airport shuttle.

It was sure fun and I am glad I went.

I would do it again in a second.

The only things I'm sorry I didn't do?
I'm sorry I didn't bring a hat for Cousin Suzie/
I'm sorry I didn't go to see the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor/
And I'm sorry I didn't go to Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island.

Other than those three things, it was a wonderful fun trip and it was sooo good to get OUT of this town!

1 comment:

City Girl said...

I was on that flight from Vegas to DFW! I wondered what was going on when the stewardess asked for a doctor/nurse/paramedic/EMT, but I was on the first row figured it was tacky to ask.

How weird.

Were you at Interop or the retail real estate show?