Vegas Revisited


Usually, the phrase “so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk” is a hyperbole. Not so on the Las Vegas Strip in the middle of July. I meant to bring an egg with me to try it out this time, but you know how tight TSA carry-on baggage regulations have gotten lately. And believe it or not, there’s nowhere on the Strip to actually buy a single egg unless it’s already cooked into a fifteen dollar frittata, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. It was hot.

Not that the heat was a surprise to Tracy, Regina, and I. This was, after all, our second July trip to Vegas, which made us experts of a sort, if there is a field of expertise that specializes solely in finding great places to eat and shop and indulge in innocent entertainment in a town built mostly around naughtiness.

I suppose we might have been a little naughty, if you count the sin of gluttony, because we ate, and we ate well. Hoo, boy, did we eat. We made a return visit to our favorite buffet of all time at the Bellagio, enjoyed sushi again (several times) at the site of my own maiden sushi experience, Ra, and together polished off four large boxes of gourmet chocolates from famous Ethel’s Chocolate Lounge (it was buy three get one free–what were we supposed to do?) Without a doubt, though, one of the gustatory highlights of the trip was lunch (courtesy of Regina’s wonderful husband, Chris, who paid the bill) at The Mesa Grill, a hotspot owned by celebrated chef Bobby Flay. I had the amazing Barbecued Lamb Cobb Salad and we ordered and split three desserts that defy the powers of my usual catalog of adjectives. This morning I got on the scale to tally up the damage and was pleasantly surprised to see that I didn’t gain a pound! I guess all that toiling up and down hot Vegas sidewalks had its rewards, after all.

We stayed at the luxurious (and I don’t use that adjective lightly) Venetian hotel, possibly the most pampering place in which I have ever parked a suitcase. With big fluffy robes and slippers, fresh flowers in the bathroom, three flat screen televisions (including one you could watch while stretching out full length in the enormous tub), and a panoramic view of the Strip out of our picture window, our deluxe suite made me feel like the rock star I always wanted to be.

And, of course, we shopped. It didn’t seem to matter that everything cost half again as much as it would at home. It was only Vacation Money, after all, so it flowed rather more freely than the real kind. The kids’ favorite purchase of mine was the dice-shaped lollipops I brought home for them. As of this writing, they’ve sucked most of the dots off, and are working diligently at making the rest disappear as well.

Oh, and I’m sorry to disappoint you gambling teetotalers out there, but I did take my turn at the penny slot machine. I lost a whole dollar! At one point, I was up to a dollar forty; I just knew I should have cashed out then. So much for my plan to pay off our student loans with my ill-gotten gains.

I should mention that this lovely and relaxing girls getaway was only made possible by support from the troops at home, particularly Paul, who took my place as pancake-maker, tucker-inner, boo-boo-kisser, and all around nurturer in addition to performing his own duties as spider-killer, entertainment-coordinator, and transportation-provider. Thanks, babe. You totally rock! (And I don’t mean like Wayne Newton.)


Tracy, me, Regina:

The famous Bellagio fountains! I recorded this on my tiny purse cam, so please excuse the tinny sound and the Blair-Witch-esque camera work. I highly recommend seeing it in person:

11 responses »

  1. Vegas was the last big trip my wife and I took before our son was born. We stayed in the Luxor, and I remember it being so cool to have a room in a pyramid. The best part of the trip was the Cirque du Soleil show, Mystere. Ten years later and we still talk about it.

    Some day I’d like to go back, but I’m not sure how kid-friendly the place is. Maybe I’m just paranoid. I would love for my kids to see the new Cirque show, Love.

    Even though there have been periodic campaigns to redefine Vegas as a family-friendly getaway, I don’t think I’d take my kids there. The major vibe of the place is still largely based on roving bands of party-hopping twenty-somethings looking for the kind of fun you don’t tell your mother about. Also, it is REALLY easy to lose someone in the crowds and huge casinos (and that’s just the adults!) That’s my two cents. We actually did see some families with small children while we were there, but they were few.

  2. Yeah, you’re back! Boo, you didn’t take me with you 😦 Thanks for the Blair-Witch-esque video – I can’t wait for the day that I get to see it, live & in person 🙂 🙂 🙂 Michael & I have this as one of the 5 places we’d like to go visit – so far only San Francisco has been crossed of, and that was only because we knew someone that lived there. Maybe I should get one of my friends to move to Vegas so we’d have a reason…hmmmmm….

    Haha! It will have to be one of your other friends, I’m afraid. As much as I love to visit, five days is about the maximum I can take before Vegas overload sets in. Must be all those flashing lights!

  3. Looks like you had a great time. Love the pic of you you and Tracy and Regina. Can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve seen Tracy! Glad you enjoyed yourself!

  4. I’m jealous! I have always wanted to experience Ocean’s 11 up close and personal. Sounds like you had a FABULOUS time, which, of course is how all those kind of weekends should be! 🙂

  5. Las Vegas in July! You are brave! When my hubbie and I went last summer in July it was 116 degrees, so I know the heat you felt! Whew! Happy to hear you had fun with some fabulous friends! I guess there are reasons to go back to Vegas…

  6. I’d like to go next week to see the short stint of the Donny & Marie reunion show. I know, I’m a wuss 😉 But, I had a crush on Donny growing up…so sue me!

  7. This sounds like such a great time. What a fun way to spend time with friends. I gave you an award on my blog today. Your blog is always “just plain fun to read”. Pass on the award if you like.

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