I‘m back…muhaaaaa. Yes folks. I’ve returned from my annual jaunt to Las Vegas. As always, it was a frenzy of flashing lights, chiming slot machines and people all looking to hit it big. I’m happy to say that I out did myself from previous years hitting a total of 15 different casinos in my attempt to find the video poker machine that would throw me a Royal Flush.
Alas, my search was futile. Lady Luck was not smiling down on me in that respect but I had fun at the attempt.
On the way into Vegas, stopping at State Line, I saw the longest line of people waiting to buy California lottery tickets. (Mega Millions was up to something like 568 million.) The wait was 6 hours. Geezzzzz! Needless to say, we only drove by to get pictures of the crowd. You can’t tell by this one but that line is doubled and snakes around the front of the building and extends as far back as where I stood to take this pic.
I hit a few pawn shops looking for treasures,(didn’t find any). Checked out an Antique mall with the hopes of locating a piece or two of my vintage china. Still trying to replace what an ex-boyfriend broke a couple of years back. (That’s what I get for asking him to do the dishes…lol.) No luck on that one either.
Jonelle and I drove out to Red Rock to see some spectacular scenery. Unfortunately it was late in the afternoon, so we didn’t stop to do any hiking. However, we did drive the 13 mile scenic route and, by the way, they don’t tell you in the guidebooks that there is a fee of 7.00 to get into the area. Clever…huh.
But…, the most exciting part of this adventure was the drive home.
Leaving Vegas at a warm 85 degrees with moderate winds, outside Baker the temps dropped almost 35 degrees and we were hit by a sand storm. Shit, howdy! At first Jonelle thought it was some sort of tulle fog rolling in but no, it was waves of fine sand and pebbles. Dark thirty, we crawled along at 35 mph, down from the 80 I was averaging. After five or so miles of that, the sand stopped and the rain hit. It was crazy! To top it off, I nearly ran out of gas. I’d been pushing against a strong head wind all they way and hadn’t paid attention to my gas consumption. I had to stop to gas up in San Dimas, about 30 minutes from home. Wild when you realize that it took less than a tank of gas to get to Vegas.
So, the paint on my car is a little worse from the wear, dings from the pebbles and the hood looks like someone ran sand paper across it but it had needed new paint since before I bought the car. (Bad clear coat.) Oh, well, I’ll put that on my list, adding to a million other things I need to save money for…lol. What can you do but laugh.
Just for fun, here’s the list in no particular order of the casinos I visited.
What? It was over four days.
Golden Gate (Best Homestyle Breakfast)
The Plaza (Bingo!)
Las Vegas Club
Gold Spike (Old style machines that pay out nickels.)
Gold Strike (Worst food and you have to wait for an attendant to pay out.)
Silverton (Super cool Mermaid bar. Jelly fish tank and Mermaid tank. Bass pro-shop.)
Whiskey Pete’s (Still a dive.)
Stratosphere (Won at Roulette here.)
Main Street Station (Beautiful old style Lobby and elevators done in Victorian style woods.)
Note: I will be reducing my posts to this blog to every other week, alternating between this one and my other blog, “Following The Dream.” I’m feeling pinched for writing time between the two blogs, my manuscript for the next novel, working two part time jobs and trying to keep my apartment safe enough for human habitation. Hopefully this will make for better quality posts as I won’t be pressed to write more than one a week.
In the meantime, don’t trust too much in lady luck and you won’t be disappointed.
~ K.L. Parry ~ author of “The Pirate’s Daughter and a King’s Ransom”
- Best of Las Vegas on a Budget (apartmentguide.com)
- Cheap Vegas Hotels (mademan.com)
- The Lights Go Out in Las Vegas for Earth Hour 2012 (prnewswire.com)
- On Writing “Las Vegas Legends” (classiclasvegas.squarespace.com)
- Is This Las Vegas Sands’ Next Big Growth Story? (dailyfinance.com)