Las Vegas Snapshots:
On the Eve of the Millennium
I spent a week out in Vegas last May and
lived to tell about it.
The old adage was "Las Vegas is a 24-hour town", often interpreted as
youíll be bored and/or broke by then (though others cited the 24-hour
availability of liquor.) And it was easy to get bored in Vegas if
you didnít gamble. The attraction of staring at others plinking
quarters into a slot machine and watching walls of neon blink off
and on paled quickly. Once youíd done the buffet and strolled the
lobby shops, there sure wasnít much else to do.
In the past decade, Las Vegas has become such a non-gaming
entertainment capital that on my recent trip, I felt it was
impossible to see and do everything in a week! Itís got that
Orlando feel Ė so many attractions and so far apart, lousy
public transportation, the mounting expense and that panicky
feeling that youíre not seeing enough stuff fast enough. Now,
the return home from Vegas is greeted with cries not of
"Did you hit the jackpot?" but "Did you see the volcano,
the pirate ship battle, the pyramid, the jousting tournament,
the 21st century video arcade, the roller coaster on the top of
the tower, the white tigers, the water slide, the place shaped
like New York?!" Hellís bells, I tried!
One can never say enough about Las Vegas but I filled 6 pages with 8-point type
(and the occasional picture)with my impressions of Americaís favorite vacation
destination. Fans of Vegas and fellow travelers can snap up their own copy of
Las Vegas Snapshots: On the Eve of the Millennium by
sending me two first-class stamps.
P.O. Box 90282
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 USA
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