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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Las Vegas

A little less conversation, a little more action!

Stardate 12611.8 USS Tahoe will soon depart for Las Vegas on an exploration and diplomatic mission. What has changed since my last encounter with the natives in late 1999?
Stardate 12612.0, a Sunday 2am Launch
Budget Rebt-a-car
Confirmation# 1184027625US6
7600 Earhart Road 94621 tel 510 633 5101

Stardate 12610.5. USS Tahoe, pre-departure systems check for launch at --2.0. Destination: Delta Vega through the M'hve Nebula. 100 strips of latinum to fill up!
Too bad ST:The Experience isn't there anymore.

6:30 sun up over Bakersfield with an ETA of 12613.4 noon check-in.
ARRival minus 10 minutes...
Speeding $400 lowered from 18mph over;
Pulling over to the left emergency lane $600;
Not pulling over to the right immediately (he was half a mile behind us!), could have been detained.
Let go with strict warnings on #s 2&3, priceless!

ARRived 11am
We are HERE
You know that you are in "Sin City" when there are no Gideon Bibles in the rooms.
In Las Vegas. Either you walk with God, or you're doing this.

Dinner with Sharon at Henderson, half-way to the Grand Canyon, Arizona border.

12614.07, a Monday
We walked from
Caesar'$ Forum at1pm to the Miracle Mile Shops for a lot of shopping.
We then crossed the Blvd to walk around the main level of New York New York but not the roller coaster. It is a lot of food places matching the diversity of the ethnic neighborhoods of New York.

I took a late night walk from Palazzo 1am w/ Myrna & Terrilyn...
around Venetian and its interior forum, to the streetside of Treasure Island.
- $10 Starbucks, everywhere there is a Starbucks,
- $30 taxi 'home' takes the roundabout freeway, A straight line on the Strip would have taken forever,

Angie w/ Paul hooked up with Lana straight on 'til morning.

I stayed up late nights to watch movies on HBO and Red Box. Star Trek the Voyage Home and The Ubdiscovered Country I enjoyed again. As well as The Expendables and the last 10 minutes of Cat People.

12619.125, a Tuesday
Luxor has the same interior I remember from eleven years ago. The view of the Mandalay Bay beach is where I had my picture posted at the FB kiosk.
-$ 89 Shark Reef at 4:30 for our group. It was worth it.
A quick walk through to the Excalibur, to New York New York neighborhoods of restaurants, we searched for a decent place to eat. (they're not cheap). We then walked around the Crystal and Aria, to end up at the other half of the Miracle Mile Stores. At 8pm, we saw the five minute Bellagio fountain show. as we waited for Angie to pick us up.

Paul treated us to dinner at Miller's Ale House where I had
the pictured seafood platter.

12621.5, a Wednesday
Breakfast w/ Gene "Osong" at Seafood City (yes I still eat filipino food).

We  checked out 11am, and left after picking up Lana. Coincidentally, Osong lives in the same compound of townhouses.

There was an exit to Boron CA. Which brought to mind "Death Valley Days" and the Borax label "20 Mule Team" brand of soap.
By 4pm we were in Barstow Station. The large McD has Telsa car charger parking spaces.

7:05pm 226 mi/ 3:42 ETA

Home by about 11pm.  Stardate 12622.9

Just a few photos.
Actually, this was Monday, the 13th of August. Before going to the Shark Tank at Mandalay Bay.