Monday, September 08, 2008

I'm Back

Well I've been catching up on all of your blogs. Three+ days with no computer has left me feeling a little bit out of touch. While there certainly was some down time that I could have used for a quick internet fix, it seemed that it would be in poor taste to bring the laptop along on an anniversary weekend. And there was a keyboard and high speed access from our room in the Luxor, anyways--at $14.00 per day. Ever wonder why you can go to a Holiday Inn Express or Super 8 and get free high speed access, but at the nicer, more expensive hotels it costs you?

Neither Chris nor I are gamblers so the casinos are a mere distraction from everything else that is going on around the clock in Vegas. It was 105 degrees (F) daily (that's 40.5 C). If you've ever been to Vegas, you know that we did a lot of walking. The Luxor is at one end of the Strip so at least we didn't have to decide which way to go when we headed out, we just had to decide how far.

We enjoyed the shark reef at Mandalay Bay, the lion habitat at MGM Grand, and the fountains at the Bellagio. We walked through the shops in the Venetian and also at Caesars Palace, strolled through New York, New York (the best City in Las Vegas), and had a Nathan's Dog for lunch. We took a cab to Fremont Street on Saturday night and enjoyed the Fremont Experience. Oh, and we ate! What we ate probably could have fed a small family; what we spent on food would probably feed a family for a year in many countries. The money that is spent in that city is mind numbing. So even though we don't gamble, Las Vegas still managed to empty our pockets and we returned home broke! (but heavier!)

I saw a bit of Biden's interview on Meet the Press--thought that he did a good job with some tough questions but answered most questions like a seasoned politician. More on politics in another post.

Tonight will be for relaxing, tomorrow for catching up on the lawn, the horses, the laundry, yada yada yada, blah blah blah.



Mike said...

"it seemed that it would be in poor taste to bring the laptop along on an anniversary weekend"

Priorities John, priorities!

Bilbo said...

We've been to Vegas twice now. The Bellagio fountains are spectacular, as is the indoor topiary. We saw Phantom of the Opera at The Venetian; Zumanity (Cirque du Soleil) at New York, New York; and the Cirque du Soleil water show (don't remember the name, but it's spectacular). Also did the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam tours and ate in great restaurants. Gambling is for the birds.