We just got back from Las Vegas. Ah, the magnificent absurdity of the place!
Some friends got us a deal on a suite at a resort about 10 minutes south of the beginning of the true Strip. Can't complain about that...but even though it looked quite nice, the carpet was so dirty that it turned our feet black.
Some new, big, high-rollin' casinos that weren't there the last time I was there. Places like Aria, Cosmopolitan, Vdara...all in the same area, which looks like the set of a sci-fi utopia.
In the past I was never a gambler...but I always enjoyed dumping my loose change in the slots. Now you can't even do that anymore...they only take bills or various types of plastic. So fuck it...you probably could have made 10 bucks off me...your loss casino!
Traffic is heinous...partly by their own choice. The traffic lights are totally out of synch and take so long to change that you might celebrate a couple of birthdays waiting for a green light...especially if you want to make a left turn.
Down on the crowded sidewalks of the Strip there are hundreds of illegal immigrants that keep trying to slip you ads for 'escorts'. Their shirt logos claim they can get you a girl in 20 minutes. I look at the traffic that is motionless next to me and think..."If I really needed a girl in 20 minutes right now she ain't gonna make it!" So is it like pizza...if they don't get it to you in time is it free?
Saw an exhibit at the Luxor called _Bodies_...which is a collection of preserved human corpses showing the muscle and organ structures. Very weird...cool...and unsettling. But why were almost all the bodies male? Is the exhibit sexist...or do a lot more guys than gals get off on the idea of donating their naked carcass for exposure to the public?
Saw the Cirque Soleil show _Ka_. Very, very cool. I won't give anything away...but I've never seen anything live that looked so much like a full budget CGI, special effects movie. SO strange to see these incredible acrobats do all these amazing things then watch the obese mid-western tourists lumber out of the theater.
Saw the infamous Criss Angel show..._Believe_. It is entertaining. Once again, no spoilers...but I will say that he manages to update the tricks from the 1970s to at least the 90s. It seems there are really only so many basic illusions that these guys can perform...it's all variations on the same themes. I guess at first there was hardly any 'magic' in this show...it was more just a psycho-drama where Mr. Angel tried to show what was going on inside his head. But it got such bad reviews that they have been adding more and more actual stage magic as time goes by. He also has some side-kicks that are amusing...including a hyper fellow called The Maestro.
So that was my summer vacation.