Lack Luster Trip

Well I did eventually make it to Las Vegas after three canceled flights and 15 hours. I wasn’t all that impressed with it, of course that could have something to do with the fact that I was working from the moment I woke up until at least 6 in the evening (8pm by my body’s clock). It was 9 hours of standing at a booth talking to people saying the same thing over and over.

“What do you guys do?”

[Proceed to explain my company’s business model to people who didn’t understand CPC or email advertising which meant a lot of backtracking to explain what I just explained using different language.]

My day was broken up by quite a few meetings with clients I currently work with who wanted to ask questions about their accounts’ when I didn’t have any of their information in front of me. My only free time was later in the evenings at which point my only interest was in finding something to eat and going to bed to get off my tired feet. I didn’t even have a desire to gamble because everything was sooo expensive! I usually enjoy playing blackjack for most of an evening when Brandon and I go to the casinos here at home, but in Vegas I couldn’t find a table with less than a $25 minimum bet! I wouldn’t have been able to play very long with bets that size.

I did manage to get out for about two hours to go see Freemont Street. It was one of the most bizarre experiences I’ve ever had. The cab dropped me off less than a minute before Don McLean’s American Pie started playing on overhead speakers. All of the casinos on the street were dark, no outside flashing lights and no discernible s0unds could be heard over the music. What looked like at least 150 people were frozen, staring up at the video roof that spanned the entire seven blocks of Freemont Street. My two coworkers and I were the only people still moving/walking. We were all marveling at how everyone else appeared to be a movie that had been paused. It was eerie. Then, the instant the music stopped it was as if someone had hit the Play button and people began strolling, chatting and laughing as if nothing had happened. All of the casinos’ outdoor signs lit up at the same instant as well. I suppose that’s why they call it the “Freemont Street Experience.”

It was cloudy and rainy the whole time I was there too so I didn’t get to get a really good shot of the strip like I’d planned on. As a substitute, here is a cloudy shot as I was taking off to go home (undoubtedly the best part of the trip.) The other picture points out where I stayed.


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