Vegas Bites

Rhys has it spot on when he calls Vegas the polar opposite of the Grand Canyon. The only purity to the city is impurity, a state it has perfected. Some quick bites from Sin City below.

Top However-Many Things about Vegas

  • Hearing hundreds of languages and accents in one place. People appear to flock here from around the world!
  • Having the opportunity to practice my Japanese (with a gambler from Nara), Thai (to a blackjack dealer from Thailand), and Chinese (to a blackjack dealer from China).
  • No antes on blackjack tables.
  • Gorgeous suite at the Stratosphere – we got upgraded for very cheap because our reserved room wasn’t ready.
  • Strawberry EXTREME!
  • The Star Trek machines – you logged in and saved your progress, so it was like you were working toward goals while gambling. Dangerous and addictive!
  • The Venetian, with its “open skies.”
  • Seeing robot waitress who could not walk in heels.
  • The strip at night in all its neon glory.
  • Dancing fountains at Bellagio, Volcano at Mirage
  • Free drinks everywhere
  • Naked card collecting

Worst However-Many Things about Vegas

  • Being sick in Vegas (Eagle knows this better than I ever will, though)
  • The uber-severe blackjack dealer-ess, who looked like the scary old lady from the Dark Crystal.
  • Crap service at the Stratosphere – no one working there seemed to know what was going on.
  • Stupid timeshare scam artists accosting you at every entrance and exit.
  • Siren’s Call at Treasure Island – omg lame.
  • The worst blackjack player – IN THE WORLD. He was at our table and had no idea what he was doing – all the other tables were full. He seriously a. tried to stay on a six and then again on a TEN, and b. kept hitting 10+ hands against 5s and 6s (often taking the bust card and screwing the table in the process). YIKES!
  • Sad, old casinos squatting in the shadows of their newer and more successful brethren.
  • Not winning.
  • Missing my dad in Vegas by one day!
  • Missing the Star Trek Experience exhibit by ten days!
  • Strip-jaded faces in strip-jaded places.
  • Forgot to hit the Oxygen Bar and Bodies exhibit. D’oh!

No, not substantive, sorry! California is fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. The weather is cool and lovely, In N’ Out was a treat, we’re staying with the nicest dude in Long Beach, and we’re going to Huntington Beach today. Life is good.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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