I'm back, and had a ton of fun. Quite a bit of it was unexpected.
For starters, the planning issues I spoke about earlier took an unexpected twist. My cousin and my friend spent pretty much the whole trip with me, sharing a two bed hotel room, with one of us sleeping on the floor. As I was the one who paid for the hotel room, it wasn't me.
I expected to do a bit of gambling. Normally I start gambling with the intention of losing some amount of money, then stopping. I was so busy, I never really did much. I stopped to do a few $3 pulls here and there, hit a $165 payout, and ended up leaving $50 or so up. We also got a free walk through of how to play Craps, which was fun.
The Venetian is a hotel with some very expensive shops. Normally I would have no business shopping there. In a surprising turn, Godiva brought back my favorite candy bar, and a friend asked me to pick something up at Mont Blanc. It was pretty neat doing some actually shopping at such a fancy place.
"How's your night going?" It delighted me to no end being asked how my night was going, whenever I ran into someone before dawn. I too have always considered dawn the start of a new day.
Something that really surprised me was Las Vegas is a city that definitely does sleep. Walking around the city at 5:30 am, wishing that Starbucks was open, was not part of the plan.
Lyft surprised me. They did the shared ride thing there. It was kind of a gamble. Once it added 30 minutes to my trip. In general, it took about 10% longer, and saved a couple of bucks. They were usually within 3 minutes, when I needed them. And in Vegas it was a legitimate job; one you could support yourself on entirely. Conversations were often interesting, and they knew a lot about the city.
Self driving cars. They were around. Probably mostly for CES, which had wrapped up a few days before I arrived. Pretty cool to see people sitting in the driver seat, looking around the strip instead of where they were going. Safely, of course.
I do want to talk about the shows, but that will be another post.