Viva Las Vegas

Dena and I went to Las Vegas last weekend for a mini-vacation and to meet with some of the supportive folks from Calorie Count. We’ve been to Vegas once before, but that was a one-night layover on our drive from Chicago to Los Angeles (and we stayed at a cheap motel). We stayed on the strip this time, at the Luxor.

Talk about a mish-mash of people! Las Vegas is one of the biggest tourist spots in the world, and the strip is the heart of that activity. There’s a lot to do and see, but we chose to watch Penn and Teller at the Rio Hotel. The show was fabulous. Afterwards, the cast hung out in the lobby and signed autographs and shook hands. It was pretty cool.

It was a little creepy to see the men and women handing out coupons for strippers and escorts to everyone walking by.. and I mean everyone. I saw them try handing them to men, woman, (young and old) and children. Next year we’re going to have a contest to see who can collect the most coupons, for the most services.

There’s a ton of shopping to be done. Walkways connect the Luxor, New York, New York, and the MGM Grand. We also walked through Caesars and a few other random hotels. I think I wore a hole in my shoes from all of the walking we did. That’s probably a good thing, given the food we ate. We didn’t have a single bad meal while we were there. We originally tried to get reservations at Emeril’s New Orlean’s Fishhouse for dinner one night but it was booked up. We went to Wolfgang Puck’s Bar and Grill in the MGM Grand instead and it was the best food we’ve ever eaten. Their Truffled Blue Cheese Chips were unbelievable and the Bread Pudding was to die for. Highly recommended.

We finished up on Monday, tired and poorer. We headed to the airport nice and early. Our flight ended up being delayed a few times. We eventually got home at 3AM Tuesday morning. I’m still catching up on sleep. I could never live in Las Vegas (my mom and brother used to) but it can be a fun place to visit. Next time I’m going to play some poker.

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