Observations from a weekend in Vegas

Bob and I recently went to Vegas for a long weekend with his our family.

For those of you who don’t know me, there are a few things that do NOT top my favorites list:

HEAT

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CROWDS

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LACK OF SLEEP

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So you can see while Vegas, the popular city that never sleeps that is located in the desert wouldn’t necessarily appeal to me. But I will admit, I had a great time!

More importantly, I made a few observations that I’d like to share with you. (ps. if you haven’t checked out my observations from Disney, you probably should!

It’s Hot. 

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Yes, I get it, it’s a dry heat. What wasn’t dry was my face, back, armpits, and feet.  That’s right, I was a hot, sweaty mess.  Dry heat is tricky too, it makes you think it’s not so bad and then it slaps you in the face and reminds you it’s still freaking 100 degrees outside. It lets you think that walking a few miles won’t be so bad because it’s “dry heat” and then you realize that’s dumb.

 

It’s not Disney. 

I understand taking children on vacation to Disney. They have rides and Disney magic sprinkled all over the parks.

I do not understand taking children to Vegas. That just seems exhausting. I was blown away by the number of parents I saw pushing their young children through the casino at midnight, the entire family looking tired, ragged and regretful (about their vacation choice).

Downsides to bringing children to Vegas:

  • They aren’t allowed on the casino gambling floor, so gambling is out.
  • You’re constantly having to choose between keeping the kids up and having cranky kids or having them go to bed and missing Vegas at night.
  • There are questionable characters wandering everywhere. Bob actually saw a toddler walking the strip with his family, so proud of his newest present, an advertisement for a strip club downtown.

Upsides to bringing children to Vegas:

  • None that I can think of.

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“Free” Things Do Not Exist

If you’ve been to Vegas, you’re probably aware that most casino’s serve cocktails to people that are active on the casino floor. Cool. But that what they don’t tell you is that the cocktail waitress may (or may not) come by 1-2 times every hour, may (or may not) bring you the drink you ordered, and if she does come by, it is expected you tip her. So you can lose money gamble and get a “Free” drink or you can go to the bar and buy a drink, which is a win-win for me.

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Also, no matter what you do, DO NOT PICK UP A BOTTLE OF WATER IN YOUR CASINO HOTEL ROOM. They have it booby-trapped set up on a weighted system. If you pick up anything, they charge you for it. If you open the fridge, they charge you. And according to a friend… a bottle of water costs $16. Just saying.

Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster.

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In one night I experienced: boredom (because I wasn’t finding a game I liked), curiosity (because my sister-in-law showed me the ropes of a few games), excitement (because I won some $$$), frustration (because I lost some $$$), trepidation (because I wanted to win my $$$ but didn’t want to lose more $$$), cautious excitement (because I won some more $$$), pride (because I stopped myself before I lost $$$ again).

It’s exhausting.

I few pieces of advice if you are thinking of going to Vegas:

  1. Set a daily/total gambling limit. Trust me. It can go quickly if you don’t go in with a plan.
  2. People watching is free and great entertainment. Do it in the morning and evening as the subject matter will definitely change.
  3. Don’t “Marry the Machine”. People said this a lot out there. I think it means that if you win on a machine, don’t expect it to keep paying out. Move on.
  4. Bottomless mimosas are dangerous.
  5. Don’t come on a diet.

But hey, it was worth it. We spent great times with family, made a few bucks, ate some good food, and made a lot of memories! I call that a success.

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