It's Monday morning. Ellie, despite her best attempts at waking herself up, is once again sleeping. Check out is in a little over an hour and nothing is packed, none of us are ready. Slightly hungover and very tired, I wanted to share a few thoughts on this fever dream of a weekend:
- Gambling: Didn't do too bad on this front. In three days I lost somewhere around ten dollars, mostly in nickel video poker. For the loss though, I got about a dozen free drinks so really I feel I didn't lose much at all except for maybe my judgement.
- EURO Final: I didn't even watch the second half and honestly it was pretty disappointing. There was a lot of energy in the room at first but one Spain scored the second goal the energy left the room. Even the whales that betted on Italy to win kind of got to go through this slow acceptance that they were going to lose a lot of money. No one was tense and also the game wasn't close so unless you are a fan of Spain it wasn't very interesting.
- Food: The food in Vegas is awesome. That's it. Whether it was Nob Hill Tavern where I had the Monkfish or Holstein's where we got burgers and shakes, the food was consistently top notch. To me, the food is really one of the high points in going to Vegas, yet it seems a lot of people aren't aware of this. Holstein's was about 25 bucks a person and thats with alcohol. It was only half full on a Sunday. We walked back from there and in the Paris there was a two hour wait for the buffet which is 30 dollars a person.
Why are you going to that buffet? I've actually been to it once, it was mediocre. You got Yelp now, there is no excuse to not try the number of great restaurants in that price range instead of loading up on the salad bar. Seriously folks, take a chance for once in your life and don't do the buffet.
- Imperial Palace Elevators: Imperial Palace, fix your damn elevators. I know you are not the nicest place but when I stay at a Holiday Inn their elevators at least work. Why do you need to stop on every floor even though the elevator is at full capacity? I've been on some very old elevators that don't do this, yet at Imperial Palace they all do it. Its incredible that the conversation I heard the most while I was in this hotel was "What's wrong with the elevators?"
- Asian Tourists: Asians, why do you need to take pictures of everything? I understand that you want to catalog your trip so you can look back at it in the future, but do you really need to block the escalator to take a picture of the Bellagio. There are hundreds of people walking though and yet you stop right at the top of the escalator and prevent people from getting to their respective destinations. Are you that oblivious and self-centered? What goes through your mind when someone does it to you?
This happened multiple times.
There was a lot of other things I could share but I'm too tired to write them. I guess the motto "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" holds some truth to it. Except maybe with the slight variation of "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas and is then applied to your debit account"