August 20, 2005

Las Vegas with HSC Friends

Filed under: Friends,Places — Cory @ 2:53 pm

Last weekend, after spending a few days working in Reno, I flew out to Las Vegas to meet up with Andrew, Gerard, and Ben. I was out there two weeks earlier, so I had a pretty good idea of the layout of the town, and felt pretty comfortable getting around.

We stayed at the MGM Grand on the strip, which was really nice (the water in the bathrub actually drained faster than it was coming in – a Las Vegas rarity!). I stayed there when I went to Vegas with my family back in 1995 a year or two after it opened as the largest hotel in the U.S..

Saturday night we had dinner at some ye olde restuarant at The Excalibur. It was an extremely good meal, and for the first time that I can remember, I was the only person at the table who actually finished eating everything I ordered. We finished out the night by wandering around, occasionally playing blackjack, and eventually crashing around 4:30 or 5:00.

The next day we decided to take a trip to downtown Las Vegas. We spent a some time at the $3 blackjack tables at Binion’s, saw the sights, and eventually caught a cab back to the strip. Simply put, don’t ask questions when you meet someone from Eritrea.

All of our flights were delayed that night, and I ended up getting home around 6:30 Monday morning, just in time to completely pass out on my bed. I’ve been struggling to recover all week, which is why I am just now posting an update.

Earlier this week Slashdot covered a story about technology and security in Las Vegas. Interesting stuff, and it really makes you wonder what they aren’t telling.

To sum it all up, I love Las Vegas and am ready to go back whenever you are. :)

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