Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
(I dedicate this post to Alex, happy 30th bday Alex, what an accomplishment!!)
The education system is really bad, the money is just not there to fund the public schools. People I talk to on the phone just don’t know how to do their jobs like here. My brother phones to order a pizza, calling a place that is a mile away, and they don’t know our street. He has to say adjacent streets until she recognizes one. Then he has to give them directions. She didn’t know how to use google maps?
The person I called about an airport shuttle recommended I take the city bus to sight see. What the heck? They are all retarded.
We were in what was described to us by our cab driver who took us from the airport, by way of the longest route possible, an ethnic area. I’m not a racist, so these are his words. But it was a tough area, if that’s what he meant, I’ll agree with him on it.
We went to a grocery store, only to see a man in his forties talking on a cell phone and dressed well leaving being chased by security. He was stealing a can of apple juice. He just gave it back.
We went to a Liquor store, right out of Boyz in the Hood (sign that said the cameras are connected directly to the Police station). People all tatted up, no shirts on, we just wanted some
The driving on the streets was worse than
I was told by the man that picked us up and took us to the rental car place that the downtown was very safe because there are cops and security camera’s everywhere. OK... We only went downtown to get the marriage license and that was it.
I always thought the radio stations in Grand Theft Audio were satire, they’re not. One radio station was hosted by Ryan Seacrest. One was pretty decent, played alternative, but also had Eminem and Snoop Dogg? It was weird, on the weekend they had a flashback weekend and older songs like the Sweater Song (not old at all), had the DJ repeatedly saying how old he was when it was new (like I was in grade 1 when this came out!!). Like a) who cares, you're like 21 or something, and b) you’re mental, shut up.
Some stations just had Spanish music and they were fun.
The strip is where all the Casinos and Hotels are located. It is huge, you can’t walk the whole thing, and is tons of fun. Nothing is realistic about it. You can walk around drunk, and with open alcohol. You can do almost anything. Our limo driver for our wedding had to explicitly tell us not to have sex in his limo.
It is a Liberal paradise. All it needs is Gay marriage, and maybe a few other things I’m forgetting.
Parking is all free. Food is cheap. Booze is cheap. Restaurants are cheap if you go to the right ones (buffets, which are amazing). Shows aren’t too bad pricewise. Exhibits are cheap.
The Casinos and Hotels aren’t really themed as they are dedications or replications of what they are based on. Architects from whatever area or specialty are brought in to give the place the correct look and feel and the result is amazing. It is not what I was expecting at all. You could go just to admire the architecture, the sculptures, and the art.
The gambling is not something I’m personally into. I find that if the odds are against you, you shouldn’t really waste your money trying to get lucky. But I understand the rush you get when trying.
I used to enjoy gambling when the loss was my own, but since my money has been combined with Holly’s I would feel guilty doing something I inherently know is stupid.
My brother only plays poker, and I think this is the smartest thing to do. At least with this game you are not playing against the “house” and with odds always against you. You are playing against human beings, with the “house” taking a piece of every hand you play. I only recommend this if you are sure that you are better than the players you are playing against. I don’t play.
Cirque du Soleil is amazing. It’s as close to an acid trip as I hope I’ll ever get. You can just sit, listen, zone out and marvel at how insanely messed up what you’re seeing is. I love it.
I highly recommend LOVE and I recommend KA. LOVE is basically a bunch of Beatles soundtracks with an ongoing story through time and some of their life stories. I love the Beatles so it was pretty sick for me. KA is a story about two kids, a prince and princess. It had the most elaborate set I have ever seen. I tried to video it but got caught so I only got a small sample.
These shows are something else.
Our wedding was as beautiful a ceremony as I could have hoped for. I will tell you that I was worried about the prospect of having a bad Minister, or a jerk Photographer, but this was not the case.
They were both great, everything went very smoothly. Ceremony was very quick and our vows were very emotional and very nice. I’m very glad we do not have to say it was a day we survived and we can say it was a day we loved and celebrated.
Being the way I am, I was leery of Vegas with its flashy lights and gambling and that. But what I found was a good heart and beauty where I was expecting cold capitalism. If you think you can control the urge to gamble away your future, go, it’s a good time.
One funny plus we noted was that it was our first real vacation where we didn’t have to worry about eating the food and getting sick. I’ve been to the
And note that this was my first time in the