Vegas -1, Wren - 0

While pondering this little blog post, I considered quite a few different headlines: Unlucky in Vegas, but it wasn't just about gambling; Vegas Failure, but that was that extreme. Plus, I'm hoping to have a chance to even the score tomorrow night.

The way it goes is this: last night, I stayed at the Sahara at the far north end of The Strip. Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory went well and we saw the Volcano at the Mirage on the walk back to the hotel. All in all, a good start. The morning, however, was a different story.

Determined to find a cheap all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, I set out early. Three urban, street-crossing, back-tracked, construction dodging miles later and still no cheap breakfast. Strike 1. On return to the hotel (after a repeat of said 3-mile trek) just before checkout time, I made some calls to find lodging for tonite. Not a single place in all of Vegas or Henderson for under $129. It's fight weekend. Strike 2. I hopes of finding better deals and other sage advice, I tried to turned to our friend the internet. "Free WiFi" the sign at the monorail station tauts. Well, not for my computer. Strike 3. Feeling rather dejected by it all, I turn to our friend public transportation. Getting to the bus stop, through the transfers, and to my destination cost me some nasty blisters on my feet*. Strike 4.

The happy ending to my tale is that I made it to a happy place where I smile more than I should and want for nothing. There were even cookies after dinner! Being taken in and treated as one of crew is so nice after the impersonalness of the big city.

Stay tuned for notes from the rematch.
Saturday May 5 2007File under: travel, road trip

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on Sat 05th May, 2007 12:52 am PDT Saxtor said:
Ahh yes, the legendary cheap food/accommodation in Las Vegas. You REALLY have to work hard to find it, which means going to Old Town part of Las Vegas, and even then it's a cheap room if you're really lucky, and a "cheap" $12.99 buffet. One time I was there, Phish was playing, but so was Jay-Z at one casino, Beyonce at another, Beastie Boys at another and some Naomi Campbell fashion show at another. There wasn't a room to be had for under $450 and all three hostels were booked, so I slept on the floor the whole weekend at the Stratosphere in some random people's room whom I met just wandering The Strip, getting a ride to and from the show every night. That's the best part of Vegas, you might get put through the grinder while visiting, but be damned if you don't have a good story to tell.
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on Sat 05th May, 2007 10:24 am PDT Saxtor said:
PS: It wasn't the Beyonce show...
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on Sat 05th May, 2007 12:04 pm PDT Nesbitt said:
Wren and Vegas....as long as I've known you I have never been able to reconcile the two. You are a man of mystery.
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