Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Vegas Musings

I'm back from Vegas, about $100 poorer (not from gambling but from shopping). Everyday there was full of working but the evenings were mine for play (which really just meant shopping or eating out).

Staying five days in Las Vegas gave me some time to ponder the sin city. It is VERY different from any other city I have been to - mind you these musings are only on my observations as a tourist. But what is the real Las Vegas? I read joeinvegas blog and feel like I gain a bit insight but even Joe is not a "native" Las Vegaian - does such a thing exist? A person born and raised in Las Vegas. I guess that is what I noticed markedly about the city, it feels like everyone is coming from somewhere else versus other locations where people are steeped in the culture of that city. And is there a culture to this city? Does that make sense? Sometimes I felt, walking on the strip or even riding the bus to the downtown area, that Las Vegas is a city of lost souls, people who want to leave their past behind, that they are running away.

On the flip side I have to say the people of Las Vegas are incredibly nice! Everywhere I went, from the Premium Outlet Center to the downtown bus depot, people were not only helpful but patient, this is a city that did not seem to begrudge its tourists (unlike New Yorker's who clamour for tourist dollars but treat tourists like crap). Also it is a very diverse city, independent thinkers abound, which is a good thing, I think.

Now I am back in DC, where the weather is cold and the people are a bit cranky because of it.

ps - if you haven't seen the movie, Slumdog Millionaire, what are you waiting for?!!

pps - did anyone watch the Obama speech on Tuesday night, isn't it great after eight years, we finally have an articulate intelligent president?!


Blogger Brenda said...

I've never had a desire to visit Vegas; I think it would probably be a shock to my Southern constitution. :-)

I do want to see Slumdog Millionaire but probably won't until I can watch it at home on dvd.

Obama's speech was great!

9:21 AM  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

I'm just upset that people come to town and then don't call. Jeez.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obams Rocks. He is a treat for the eyes as well as the ears. Thank God I don't have change the chanel when the preisdent speaks now.

I visited Vegas a while back, really hated it. It seemed like Disney for adults with the casinos added. Everything on the strip seemed like a movie set. It will probably be my last city of choice to live or visit.

I haven't seen the Big Oscar winner yet, but plan to do so soon. I loved the music.

How is the man hunt & Urdu Speaking going? No slacking allowed.


10:03 AM  
Anonymous Trisha said...

Glad you are back, safe and sound!
I have never been to fact, I have never been further west than San Antonio, Texas. However, my great friend and I decided if we weren't married by 40, we were eloping in Vegas.
I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire, but I WANT TO. I haven't had time to even think about going to the movies!
President Obama's speech was absolutely terrific.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for Slumdog Millionairre to be on DVD, as I do with all movies.

3:21 AM  
Blogger Merci said...

Maybe I'll see Slumdog Millionaire this weekend.

I've never been to Vegas, but I've been to AC. I know that the cities are not at all alike, but gambling is gambling. It's not my thing.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Brenda - I bet you would enjoy Vegas, just cause I get the feeling you can find the silver lining on anything. Who knows maybe when Zac becomes rich as some big business tycoon, he'll take his nanaw there!

Joe - I am so SORRY!!! I have lost your phone number but I thought of you ever day I was there, wondering if maybe you could have been one of those people in the crowd.

Austen - I'm doing better on the urdu than the man hunt, but working on both : )

Trisha - oh eloping in Vegas, that sounds so exciting!!

Citizen - can't wait to hear what you think!

Merci - yes there is something sad about gambling I think. Its ok for a little bit I suppose but that feeling of desperation seems to stink into these places.

11:57 PM  

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