I just got back from Las Vegas!
Man oh man, it was my first visit ever, and let me tell yíall, if there was ever a town I fell in love with at first glance, itís Las Vegas! It has The Brotherhoodís name written all over it, in fact, if there ever was ever a town that Iíll need to visit regularly for rest of my life after only one visit, itís Las Vegas!
I went out there for a speaking engagement related to some of my writing activities. Even though I spoke for only twenty minutes in a tiny conference room in one of big strip hotels, I can now say, for all eternity, that ďIíve played Vegas!Ē I was out there for all of two days, which now makes me a certified Vegas authority. And because Iím now so knowledgeable, hereís some unique things yíall can expect to see if you ever make a trip out there:
1. Some huge hotels - I thought I had seen some large hotels in places like New York City and Chicago, but nothing compares to these big mamas out in Vegas. You have Luxor, which literally looks like a pyramid with a light shining out of top. You have Mandalay Bay, well, actually there are two Mandalay Bays now, and they both have copper colored windows in their rooms. They also have eleven acres of swimming pools and a huge shark aquarium. The owner of Mandalay Bay obviously likes fish, and probably also likes having a little something on property to help keep guests in line. Letís also not forget Caesarís Palace, which is huge, and Venetian, which is even larger. Thereís one place called Excaliber that looks like a castle because one actually sits right at entrance to it, Paris Las Vegas has a replica of Eiffel Tower standing right next to it, one called Stratosphere has an 1100 foot tower built close by (get this, thereís a roller coaster on top of it), and grandest Vegas hotel of them all is Bellagio. Collectively, these have to be most unique hotels in world.
2. More gambling than you could ever imagine - every big motel has a casino, and you canít get to anything without going through casino first. Iím serious, if you want to go to your room, youíve gotta go through casino, if you want to eat at a motel restaurant, youíve gotta go through casino, and remember this - if you need to go to bathroom, donít wait til itís leg quivering time to go, because youíll have to go through casino to get to it as well. Something tells me that those Vegas motel security people wonít like guests who whiz all over their carpets or slot machines.