“If you can live in Vegas, or visit Vegas, and leave in one piece, still loving it and somehow laughing about it, you should spend at least part of your last night in town doing something that will serve you well no matter where you go next: thank your lucky stars.”
– J.R. Moehringer
I haven’t been to Las Vegas in over a year and a half now. My hiatus was self-imposed, for good reason. It was time to get serious about my career and focus on things other than a true count, but that’s over. It’s time to fly 5 hours due west again, racing the sun to Sin City.
Now, this trip will be different. First, most of those excursions out west were akin to business trips, this time, it’ll purely be for pleasure. Yes, there will be gambling, but casually. For those who know me personally, you know that I’ve been under a bit of an intense time, which is fine, but I definitely need to blow off some steam, which is what this trip is for. So, less gambling, so what the hell else is there to do in Vegas? Well, a lot apparently.
Most of my days will be spent lying by a pool sipping whatever drink is nearby, and getting some color back after the brutal last few weeks of winter in New York. There will also be liberal use of the spa. Listen, say what you want, everyone can use a good spa day.
What I’m going to do when I’m not gambling? Collect a $1 chip from every casino on the strip, window shopping, actual shopping. Oh and eating, the eating. The food in Vegas is amazing. You can throw a rock from pretty much anywhere on the strip and a Michelin star restaurant. And then there’s also In-n-Out. 2 x 2 Animal style and a milkshake is a little slice of west coast heaven.
The newest thing this trip? Clubbing. I’ve been Vegas a bunch of times and I’ve never once stepped foot into a club in Vegas. But this trip, my partner-in-crime this likes them, so if we’re going to do them, we’re going to do them right. Reservations have been made, it’ll be a hell of an experience, because if there’s anything worth doing in Vegas it’s worth overdoing.
What does this mean for you? Well, as I nurse my black coffee and pastry to recover from the shenanigans of the night before, I’ll be updating the blog. Daily updates for the week, redacted as needed. It’ll be a hell of a time, and hopefully it’ll provide some laughs. See you on the other side folks.