Viva Las Vegas! (Not)

22 10 2012

So I just got back from a business trip to Las Vegas. It was a trade show, so all paid for by the company. I’d never been to Vegas and though I didn’t have especially high hopes for it, I was at least hoping for some sizzle.

I was really disappointed. It was just plain cheesy. Apart from one highlight when I discovered some Dale Chihuly on a ceiling in The Bellagio, my over-arching impression was just how utterly naff everything was. I’d be really happy never going there again. I understand that there is some phenomenal natural beauty in the surrounding area, but the city itself could easily be ignored. If it’s on your bucket list… leave it to last, just in case!

As you walk the strip you are constantly pestered by people flicking wads of “business cards” in your face, advertising “girls, girls, girls”. They wear T-shirts saying things like “Girls to your room – guaranteed in 20 minutes”. Everyone (guests and staff) looks bored. We were staying in the Las Vegas Marriott, near the Convention Centre. This is a “regular” business hotel without any of the casino trappings, and the staff there were very attentive. I’d recommend it if you find yourself having to go to Las Vegas.

The monorail is poxy compared to the Vancouver SkyTrain – and expensive too. But, in fairness, it was clean and appeared to be safe, even late at night. Its stops aren’t so convenient though, and we ended up using taxis after the first day.

Some of the hotels had free shows you could watch as you walked the Strip. The Bellagio’s fountains were pretty good, and ran different choreographed water displays every 15 minutes after 8pm. Treasure Island, on the other hand had “Sirens of T.I.” which was beyond naff, twice around the pole and back, it was so bad. It involved girls wearing less clothes than they should, but more than would make it interesting, and dancing pantomime-style to a pirate themed melange of crappy music. There was another pirate ship full of blokes (and a rather unfortunate result of an experiment to cross people with parrots) who could dance even less well, and weren’t even worth looking at.

We landed back in Vancouver at nearly midnight on Saturday. It was raining hard and it was 4 degrees Celsius. I’ve rarely been more glad to get home!

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8 responses

22 10 2012
A Dog With Fleas

Sorry you didn’t have a good time. But the pictures you took were beautiful!

23 10 2012
Quieter Elephant

Maybe if I’d gone with someone rather than for work I’d have found/seen different things. Since returning home I’ve softened from my original “nuke it and turn the place to glass” position… 🙂
Thanks for your compliments, but they were just “snaps” taken largely with my BlackBerry.

23 10 2012
sheriji

It’s always worth it if you get to see some Chihuly.

23 10 2012
Quieter Elephant

Agreed!
It was ironic because this piece was unknown to me, but was featured “anonymously” on one of our demonstration samples on the booth (we sell printers). The demo was back-lit acetate, so looked beautiful given that it was a photo of glass. I was explaining to an Australian colleague who Chihuly was, and that when she visits Vancouver she should try to get to Tacoma and see more of his work. To then see the actual installation in the Bellagio that evening was quite funny!

23 10 2012
daterofboys

I hear ya – spent a weekend there, a few years back…MORE than enough time.

23 10 2012
Quieter Elephant

Whew! Thanks for that. I thought I was being nonobjective. I was there 3 night/4 days. Still sitting in a dark room recovering.
Worst thing was that nobody knew how to make tea!

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