I flew into Las Vegas yesterday for one of my best friend’s bachelor party. I had no desire to come to Vegas, but I have to say it’s cooler than I thought it would be. We’re staying at the MGM Grand, and I got to see a few other places yesterday and today. So far, the MGM Grand pretty much rocks. I noticed a few oddities about Vegas since my arrival that most will probably find really trivial, but for some reason I find amusing. Read on for more
First, I have to mention the carpeting. I don’t know if there’s something about the desert air, or the largely fake indoor air, but the carpet everywhere I go seems to be brand spankin’ new! I’m not just talking about the hotel either. IN THE AIRPORT, the first thing I noticed when I got off the tram that takes you to your luggage is that the carpet looked (and felt) brand new. Same at the hotel, the other hotels I’ve seen, a couple of clubs, etc. I don’t know what the secret is, but it needs to find its way to the east coast… which reminds me… maybe the fact that it never snows (sleets, slushes or hails) in Vegas helps.
The next thing I want to mention is the cars. Every single car, it seems, is a taxi. I haven’t even seen any cop cars. A taxi driver said that most of the cops here are undercover, so I guess there’s more coverage than it seems.
The time change has me all messed up. I ate dinner last night at about 2am EST. Then I went out. I came home at around 2am Vegas time. Then I couldn’t sleep. Then I fell asleep and woke up at 7:30 local time and learned that the absolute best time to see Vegas is between 8-9am local time. I ran around and took some pictures of stuff, saw the Monte Carlo and New York, New York, checked out a few shops, and finally met up with the rest of the crew around 2pm local time.
I’ll write more about the MGM and the other places later. I haven’t seen Venice, Paris or the Bellagio yet, so I’ll have plenty more to write when I get back.