Big Update!! (Pictures)

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a proper update. I’ve been busy, or out of town, or some combination of the two. Good times, great oldies, right? :)

On May 9 – I went to Kenneth’s and saw Cameron (code word for “I got my hair done by the best hairdresser ever”). I love my hairdresser. He’s the cutest thing ever and sooo funny. I love talking to him. Plus, he did a supurb job on my hair:

New Hair Again
This is even after it was windblown! :)

May 10 – took an insanely early flight and got to Vegas a bit after 9am. Didn’t check in to the Monte Carlo until a lot later, though. Visited the most ghastly Wal*mart ever. Ugh. I hate that store even more now, even though they have cute dresses. Finally checked in, got a bit settled (meaning: hooked up the internet and checked email), then headed out to the Strip. Saw the Bellagio fountains, ate good food, went to M&M World, shopped a bit. Ate dinner, then headed back out. Bellagio fountains and Paris Eifel Tower at night oh lovely….

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Vacation 2006 | The West!

I’ve been out west the past few days. Arrived in Vegas super early Wednesday morning, checked into the hotel, then hit the strip! I got loads of pictures, LOADS. Hit the strip again Thursday, spent mostly all day on the road on Friday. Saw the Grand Canyon–oh holy Jesus it’s beautiful even when it’s covered in pounds of haze. Completely amazing. Lots of driving today, pretty tired, ready for sleep after playing catch up with email and stuff. Pictures and a more detailed account coming soon, hopefully. Phoenix/Scottsdale is not as activity-oriented as Vegas, so I should get more downtime to be on the computer. I HOPE, anyway.

‘Til next time…

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Weird Random Things

Some weird random things I forgot to post about.

1. When we landed in Vegas, the flight attendant said “Welcome to Lost Wages, I mean Las Vegas Nevada.”
2. At the airport yesterday, I ran into a guy I work with. I knew he’d be in Mexico the same week I was in Vegas; totally did not expect to see him at Cleveland Hopkins airport. The funny thing is that I’d been thinking about him and his trip, but I was sure he’d be landing at Port Columbus International. Just goes to show, huh?
3. The bullriders came into town Thursday night. There were tons of them, all in cowboy hats and big belt buckles. There were also lots of gay people. My mom doesn’t think there is a such thing as a gay convention. I am not sure. Is there?
4. One of the costumed people at the Venetian graduated from Ohio State. She was a music major. She said to me: “Here is the true test. O-H!” And I said “I-O.” That’s how she knew I was a true Buckeye. :)
5. The entire city of Vegas is SMOKING FRIENDLY. That boggled my mind. People were walking through the malls with cigarettes. All restaurants had smoking, and there was smoke everywhere. It stunk, especially in the older casinos. That part I did not like.
6. Gas prices in Las Vegas averaged $2.27 a gallon.
7. NO ONE had those stupid magnets on the backs on their cars.
8. I talked to another guy and he was from Pittsburg. Why is it that we travel across the country only to find people from our own states/cities or darn close?
9. I finally got carded at my own hotel, one hour before I was supposed to leave for the airport. How is that for ironic?

I was seriously gobsmacked at the amount of money people were throwing away in those machines. All of them trying to hit it big. I was just floored that people would waste money like that on the off chance they might win the Megabucks jackpot, which was well above $13 million. I mean, unreal. And the people drive like they’re crazy. I heard 2 fender benders within hours of each other on Friday. Insane!

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Last full day in Vegas!

I got carded today. THREE TIMES! At the Venetian! Finally. I was getting worried, ya know. Did I look older than 21? What was going on? What’s messed up is that last night, I had 2 ponytails and a Dora The Explorer do-rag on, and I sat at the bar and got drink after drink, no questions asked.

I guess it depends on the casino; how lax they are with their rules.

Anyway, today was beautiful. A perfect day. THIS is Vegas. The crowds, the sunshine, the traffic. This makes one fall in love with the city. It’s simply gorgeous here. I got to see the Venetian today. I can’t even describe it. I can’t wait to share the pictures with you because it is incredible. Also went to The Mirage, and to the Flamingo and shopped in the Maragritaville store. I FINALLY saw an Elvis today, at Barbary Coast, and he was fat!

At the Venetian, one of the jackpots was an Audi TT roadster. Oh, how lovely that little car was. Unfortunately, I did not win the lovely little car. I don’t gamble enough to win big around here. I just keep thinking ‘this is real money.’

Breakfast buffet this morning, lunch in the Venetian food court. Dinner will probably be in the buffet tonight. Yummy.

My favorite casino is the MGM Grand. My favorite buffet was the Bellagio. My favorite shopping was the Shoppes at the Bellagio, followed closely by the Forum Shops at Ceaser’s Palace. Gosh, there is still so much I want to do, I have to come back. Heehee. Next time, I’m staying on the strip, too. That will be sweet and save on cab fares and stuff.

I can’t believe I go back to Ohio tomorrow. I’m gonna miss it here. I can’t wait to come back! :)

Off to dinner now. Later, folks!

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