We are all back from Las Vegas. I am the one who proposed the trip, so it was on my head whether it would be a worthwhile vacation. I picked the city because it is vibrant and an excellent people watching city. Las Vegas is like New Orleans... filled with LOTS of life and sights to see.
Here were my travel companions: Tony (left), Bart twin (center), and his girlfriend Cyndi (right):
During the four days (a perfect amount of time to visit Las Vegas), I was able to go on fun excursions by myself, some with Tony, and others with all of us in a group. I think we balanced it well enough to where everyone had personal space, one-on-one times, and group time. I have friends who live in Las Vegas, so I was also able to spend some quality time with them. (Travis, Ronnie, Wence, and Evan)
While my brother and Cyndi were going to a show every night, Tony and I only saw Zarkana at the Aria. The singing, riveting visuals, and acrobatic feats were a pleasure to watch. One particular part between two shirtless male acrobats made me think of it as a thumbs up to gay marriage. It was touching. :)
The only annoying thing about Las Vegas is walking thru the casinos and the strip on weekends. My brother and I correctly deduced that women and families who brought small children were very slow walkers and made walks stressful for those of us who prefer to speed walk while the temperatures were hovering almost around triple digits.
For Bart and I's 44th birthday, Tony and Cyndi treated us to a delicious dining experience at Giada's. Las Vegas's newest HOT restaurant. While I loved the food, my A.D.D. could not stand another moment of the 2 1/2 hour dining experience. I retreated to my phone as I could not listen to another over-the-top presentation (salesmanship) by our waiter. I prefer a much more relaxing dining experience, but I felt like we were trapped in a time-share presentation as everything seemed geared towards up-selling us into spending more money on "sparkling water", exotic drinks, or iced tea that was percolated right there on your table with three separate glass containers. In the end, our bill was $343 for four people... not including tip. Don't get me wrong, the food at Giada's is delicious. The presentation and salesmanship was a bit of a turn-off. :(
Here is a pic of Tony and I after eating at Giadas. My brother was supposed to take a pic of her picture in the background, but he screwed up. LOL.
So, I am back home in Louisiana. Las Vegas was entertaining and I am glad I went. Be forewarned, it is a very expensive city for drinks, food, nice hotels, and gambling. At the Cosmopolitan, it will set you back $5 for a bottle of water and $18 for a alcoholic beverage. Just getting two crepes with a plastic bottle of coke and sprite was $34 at the Vdara. The slots are super tight. I didn't notice anyone winning. The comps were extremely stingy, but I guess the resorts have higher priorities like servicing their high debt loads. If you are a straight male, you'll enjoy that all the women dress super slutty at night to go to the various clubs. Maybe they were hookers... hmm... something you never know in Las Vegas. :)