Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Las Vegas is America....

....in microcosm.

You have the South side of the strip, Mandalay Bay, The Bellagio, Rio, etc. (the rich) the North side of the strip, with the Riviera, Circus Circus (the Middle Class) and Freemont Street (the retired) all trying very hard to ignore all of the pawn shops and pan-handlers (the poor) while occasionally hob-nobbing with one another in mixer settings. Then you have the prostitutes (politicians) who pander to whatever side they think can give them money (the vote or money).

At one time Vegas had style, it was filled with stars like Sinatra, Martin, etc. Gambling had style and panache and was done with flair. Today gambling is a sad sight to see. Poor folks and people with a lot of credit pumping more money than they should into slot machines (Flat Screen TV's, expensive cars, etc.) that slowly drain their wealth why the casino's charge a TON for mediocre food that's designed to have the appearance of luxury.

That being said, I still love Las Vegas, for all of its faults. I like being able to sit down at a poker table with a better than average chance of winning. I like playing the 25 cent Wheel of Fortune progressive slots with a way worse than average chance of winning. I also like seeing the lights, the shows and all of the entertainment Las Vegas has to offer.

Just like I still love America, for all of its faults. I like having a job, being free to write this blog, being able to approve comments from people who don't take the time to read what's written. I like having the freedom to worship (or not) as I choose, and to buy what car I want and to live where I want, work the job that I want without the central planning agency telling me how it should be. I like being able to go to Las Vegas to sit down at a poker table. Yes, I don't like the guys constantly shoving prostitute coupons in my face as I walk down the strip holding my wife's hand, and I don't like seeing bad Elvis impersonators (trust me, there were several of those) but I still like Vegas.

I could do without the prostitutes.

Keep the all you can eat seafood buffet at the Freemont casino however. That was good.

1 comment:

  1. welcome back. it's always amazing how those guys manage to make that noise with those cards to draw your attention.


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