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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for one of VegasChatter's newest writers, who pens stories under Wake and Wander, to tell us about his.
My first visit to Vegas suffered the metaphorical equivalent of a flight delay. I found myself waiting in the lobby of The Mirage for 45 minutes, suitcase at my side, until my friend "found his phone" and returned my call. When I finally got the room number and met him upstairs, he could barely stand up. The room reeked of rum and Coke, cologne, and the steam of a hot iron. Clothes were all over, suitcases in every corner. I saw that the space under the desk was vacant so I slid in my suitcase. I turned to the dresser and saw the bottles of booze. This wasn’t just any hotel room – this was a Vegas hotel room, for sure.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, William K., to tell you about losing his Vegas virginity.
After watching the Monster Jam World Finals on Pay Per View we decided to attend the show in person. In 2003, we booked a room at The Mirage for the Monster Jam show in March because we were told they had the best pool in Las Vegas at that time.
I called them before our arrival and quizzed them about anything being closed or shut down or changed prior to our arrival and were assured there was no problems or major closures. We drove down, arrived and were dismayed to find the pool we had hoped my son would thoroughly enjoy was under remodeling and had been so for nine months.
We were never told about this despite my phone call a few weeks before out trip.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, Anderguy, to tell you about losing his Vegas virginity. He shares the pics that prove it, too!
"I went to Vegas for the first time last February for my 50th birthday. I couldn't pull off completely free, but I think I did nicely: I used an award ticket on Southwest Airlines; I negotiated a discounted rate for a Strip View room at the Tropicana with a waiver of the resort fee; I saw Peepshow (front row dead center) and Zumanity (also a pretty good seat) using promo codes to score discounts."
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, Lynn B., to tell you about busting her Vegas cherry.
"In 1994, I had never been to Las Vegas, I had not even seen the inside of a casino! My new boyfriend, Bill, invited me to go with him and his best friend, Larry. They went at least twice a year.
I will never forget the ride down the Strip. We took a red eye and got there about 3 in the morning and the airport shuttle was empty except for us. When Larry told the driver it was my first time he drove slowly down the Strip and he told me a little about every casino. Oh my goodness, all the beautiful lights!! I had no idea that such a wonderful place existed."
Our special contributor and frequent Vegas Visitor, Joe K, returns to give us a little quick anecdote about doing it for the first time. And, by that, we mean his first time to Vegas. Got your own Vegas Virgin story to share? By all means, send 'em to us!
My first visit to Las Vegas was in 2000 on a family vacation and I was not able to enjoy games outside of the arcade of the Excalibur.
My parents are not gamblers so we took in the sights of Vegas and the nearby attractions rather than hole up on the casino floors. I remember my first walk down The Strip and being awestruck at the size of these resorts. I insisted on getting a coin cup from every casino as a souvenir. (Ed. Note: Ahh... memories of the old coin slots!)
From the Bellagio fountains to the volcano and from the Caesars show to the tigers at the Mirage and the Fremont Street Experience, I was entertained without gambling a dime.
If you like warehouses full of kids...
Time for another VegasChatter Question! Already? Yes, our amazing readers have great questions! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and if we deem it clean enough, we'll post it here on VegasChatter!
Today's question is an important one as it involves nightclubs. Pick up any tabloid magazine today and there is bound to be a celeb or reality star who recently partied somewhere in Las Vegas. But where should a Vegas Virgin, who's also a hard-working mom, go to get her crunk on?
Reader Chris writes:
I’m taking my wife for her first ever Vegas Trip this July. She loves to dance and wants to hit a nightclub or two while we’re there. I’d love to take her somewhere where she could have a blast (hopefully generating more trips in the future) and where we could fit in. We’re a bit on the older side (she’s 33, I’m 41), but we still love to have fun and need a break from the kids. We’re staying at the Venetian but we’d go anywhere if it was the right place. Any suggestions on where a 30 something mom on a break could glam it up? Also not sure if TAO would be easier to get into or not since we’d be guests of the hotel.
We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, Seth Gruen, to tell you about busting his Vegas cherry.
My initial reaction to this assignment was that it violated every ethical code that dealt with a trip to Vegas.
For years, hasn’t Sin City’s slogan been “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas?”
I simultaneously wrestled with my own journalistic integrity. I didn’t go to school to write fiction. I leave that to the English majors. So, naturally, as with any sources who may not want to be mentioned by name, I went and asked a few members of my trip how they felt about my publicizing our exploits. The unilateral decision was that the names of those on my trip will remain anonymous -- except, of course, mine.
Time for another VegasChatter Question! This time, it's from a VC member who's a New Year's Eve virgin.
New Year's Eve is one of the most thrilling times in Vegas. The parties! The celebrities! (ok, the pseudo-celebrities.) The drinking! The parties! The dining! The parties! The drinking!
But, it can also be a bit unnerving for the NYE Vegas Virgin. So many people. So many choices. So many little things that you feel you should know, but don't. It's probably safe to say that there are quite a few people out there right now feeling just like VegasChatter's binciong:
Time for another VegasChatter Question! This time, it's from a VC member looking to score points with the boss. Do you have a question about Vegas? Send it to us and if we deem it clean enough, we'll post it here on VegasChatter!
VegasChatter fan and office Vegas expert Steve wrote in for help planning a weekend he'll look forward to hearing about Monday morning (and tell us about shortly after):
My boss is headed to Vegas for his first time next week! He's in the 50+ club and probably not interested in waiting in line at Marquee or even trying to get his picture with Chumlee. He knows I'm a big Vegas guy so he is asking me for suggestions.
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What a strange concept to us. What do we recommend people -- that are the polar opposites of ourself -- do in Las Vegas? And, those people? Our parents. Our parents who don't gamble, don't drink and don't seek out fine dining. They've spent their lives earning enough money to retire and live a nice modest life. Unlike their son, they don't look to frivolously spend their hard-earned money.
Our parents recently broke their Vegas cherry and we, of course, helped provide some things to do. Our parents, like us, are children of the East Coast. They've never been this far west, so there was a lot to explain when booking travel since they haven't been on an airplane since they had to use a travel agent. We love booking travel, especially when it isn't our money.
Once flights were booked we went to our Total Rewards account to see what rooms might be available for free or cheap. Thankfully, we found a week of comp rooms. Much like small children, we didn't want to shock our parents too much when choosing a hotel room so we chose Harrah's since it's not too flashy or glitzy. The room was modest, functional, in a good location and free. With an upgrade, we were able to get a mini-suite with "vintage" 80's motif. Additionally, Harrah's would also allow our parents to keep expenses down as it has plenty of inexpensive food options nearby, like Denny's, McDonalds and the Casino Royale food court.
Though many factors contribute to Las Vegas' unique dazzle, we never thought philanthropy would be one of them. Which isn't to say our expectations for humanity were necessarily lowered (an initial Hulk Hogan sighting perked us right up!), but in general, the breed of travelers that Vegas attracts tend to be pretty self-absorbed.
Which is why we were slightly taken aback to witness a moment of genuine kindness between two complete strangers—while aboard, of all things, a Greyhound bus between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
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If you are as into Vegas as we are, then a lot of people in your social network probably know you as that “Vegas guy (or gal)”. They tend to ask you questions for their Vegas trips about what they should do, what show they should see, what club is best, and where to stay. A lot of times these people are Vegas first timers (or haven’t-been-in-a-long-time-ers) and the experience will make or break Vegas for them. But what if, instead of advice, they want you to go with them?
This happened to us recently. A couple friends decided: “hey, we should all met up in Vegas.” On the surface that sounds great, but neither of these guys have been to Las Vegas before. So what should you do with Vegas virgins?