The Strip from the Eiffel TowerView All Sizes
The Strip from the MirageView All Sizes
JOURNAL : May 16, 2007
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Las Vegas is a hot, dusty desert city. In the raw daylight The Strip seems stale, empty and gutted by numerous construction sites decorated with spiny building bones. The town looks like a hangover from the excesses of the previous night.
The MGM Grand at NightView All Sizes
By night it's a smorgasbord of entertainment and pleasure — vivid, vigorous and gluttonous, illuminated with a billion colored lights! Extravagant shows, themed megacasinos, chic stores, ubiquitous slot machines and the constant, pervasive party atmosphere define Las Vegas.
Strolling about in Vegas at night is a feast for the eyeballs. I am a moth instinctively drawn to the exotic attractions, beckoned into the doors and gently encouraged to empty my pockets into the special machines. Okay okay, I do rag on about all the slot machines. Only because they were jammed into rooms everywhere did it seemed like they were the big winner in the cost-effective investment department, probably due to the absolute measurability of their profitablility compared to the relative unpredictability of poker tables, event sales and so forth. Even some liquor stores had slot machines!
Unless you're an ultraconservative puritannical religious type you'll probably derive some quantum of amusement from experiencing Las Vegas in all of its cheezy glory. With artifacts and ideas pillaged from around the globe the town lures the spending masses with garish absurdity rather than originality.
Where else can you experience the wonders of the world within such a tight radius? It's like a huge miniature golf course where you can hit a hole-in-one of your pockets.
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Ok, so there's the constant garish display galloping along at ludicrous speed.
But one of the most interesting spectacles is the teeming masses toiling at slot machines. Mechanically, like workers in a sweatshop, they pump money into the machine.
This time around we were only stopping thru for a couple days. Weaving in and out of palacial hotels and megacasinos we explored The Strip. Eventually we zoomed in to the thrilling Zumanity from among the four simultaneous Cirque Du Soleil shows playing at four different hotels. When the sun came out we shot straight up into the Stratosphere.
The Strip by DayView All Sizes
Las Vegas is a fun town and a national treasury — er, treasure. It's a special, necessary place to get crazy and have fun and see cool stuff and maybe go broke too.
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