Thursday, December 28, 2006

Las Vegas: The clean remix Vol. 1

My third trip, and the second this year ... man I love Las Vegas! Something about this place is magical. I can play poker at 2AM, check out a white tiger at 10:30, drink liquor while walking down the strip, watch a Cirque du Soleil show at 9:00PM and play Keno from my table while I'm eating a late night dessert! We were barely in our room, as CathyAl averaged 4-5 hours of sleep per night.

Cathy had never visited before, so we did a ton of sightseeing. We visited the hotels along the strip, from the Wynn Las Vegas all the way to Mandalay Bay. The grandeur of these hotels amazed us both, as did the painstaking attention to detail. Crown molding, mosaic tiles, fresh flowers. Gatdamn!

The Bellagio fountain show, the volcano eruption at the Mirage, the Fremont St experience, so much to see and do! And in just 3 days, we managed to pack in a lot. Here are some highlights:

Cole Haan: We saw a Cole Haan store at the Fashion Show Mall, and went in to check out the high heel shoes with Nike Air technology. They were featured on my baby's favourite show, Oprah (which, by the way, I only watch because she watches it). She was so scared to try them on, because she knew if she really liked them, she would have bought them. I asked her, "couldn't you try them on, and have the self control to not buy them?", to which she quickly replied, ".... no."

White Tiger at the Mirage: We've seen tigers on TV, but seeing one with your own two eyes really puts the fear of god in you. This thing was huge! And no, Jon, you could not outrun this guy. Despite being raised by Sigfried and Roy, this tiger wasn't a pansy.

Some immigrant character beside me thought it would be cool to growl like a tiger and make a motion with his arm that looked like he was clawing at his prey (you know what I'm talking about, you do it too). It made me jump, as I am easily startled. And then Cathy started laughing at me. Fucking guy, what the fuck are you doing? Do you think the tiger is scared of you growling at her? She'll fuck you up ... and if she doesn't I'll gladly take care of you myself!

The view from Stratosphere: Back in the T-dot, we don't see mountains off in the horizon. So standing at the top of the Stratosphere tower, and seeing that you are in the desert (aka the middle of nowhere) bordered on all four sides by mountains, is quite a majestic sight.

More highlights in my next post, but until then you can check out the photo album.

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