I have been fighting illness and at the same time travelling for work. This week I went to Las Vegas for an AWS conference. I try not to talk about work in this blog and will not bore you with work details. I do want to share some pictures especially pictures of the odd things you can see in Las Vegas.
SO just to contradict what I just said… oh the duplicity… I will post two pictures from the AWS conference for those curious about what it was like.
The first one might make you dizzy or cause epileptic seizures. (I can’t tell you that it is better in person… all the light flashing when you are on cold medicine does make one dizzy)This is one hall of four that was filled with people all waiting to hear a “keynote” speech. The content was great this year… but the number of people and the size of the event was crazy.
Here is what it is like walking with the other 45,000+ attendees… This event was in four conference centers all up and down the strip. Great conference but crazy crowded.
Here are some pictures from Vegas (non conference… some might be a little risqué but I avoided the really “naughty” stuff)
Let me start with the really tame and normal pictures.
I stayed at the south end of the strip. I walked the strip up and down each day. If you have not visited Las Vegas there is a lot to see on the strip both day and night. (Some of it both buildings and people tend not to be “family friendly”) I have joked with my family that you don’t need to visit the world… just visit Las Vegas and you will see it all. I once said that this is the only place you could take a picture of the statue of liberty and the Eiffel tower at the same time but I realized you can do that in Paris as well.
Yes you can take the same picture in Paris but you can’t gamble and buy legalized marijuana which you can in Las Vegas. Not that I did… in fact as a tourist you can buy “it” but you will not be able to smoke it since you have to smoke it in a private residency. You are not suppose to consume it in any casino, hotel, or public place. I noticed this law was not often followed. I smelled that awfully pungent smoke every time I walked up or down the strip
Oh speaking of Paris… Each time I visit somewhere without Isabelle and I pass anything that is even close to a French patisserie I take a picture and text it to her. This is my way of letting her know that I am thinking of her. (I am such a great husband… and it is also fun making her jealous by telling her how good they were)
These are the ones I texted her this trip… and although I only tried a couple they were delicious! (I use to bring something home for Isabelle especially macarons… but too much of a good thing would spoil her)
Speaking of food…
Would you eat here? and more importantly who starts up a restaurant and decides “egg slut” is a good name. I understand the concept… they serve eggs all day, but couldn’t they name it better?
I was invited to eat here one evening but I am not an egg guy… and some how I imagine a very unpleasant eggy flatulent smelly place. Would you eat here?… and if you think the place offers something more based upon the name you will be disappointed. They do serve “Slut”. In fact it is one of their specialties.
I had an interesting only in Vegas experiences during a “pub crawl” this week at a restaurant. I picked one of the less crowded places (LAVO beautiful Italian restaurant with excellent food) and sat in a corner next to the kitchen door. The idea being that every new appetizer being brought out would stop at my table first and I would be sheltered from the crowds of festivity. My plan worked excellently in fact better than I thought since the trays of food visited my table on the way out and then returned on their way back to the kitchen. I could not have been more happy even if there was neon flashing lighted wands on my table.
Then weird happened… that is I guess if you are not use to acrobats/contortionists doing things on the floor between you and the beverage table. I was also concerned since I didn’t really know the applause or not applause etiquette for these types of acts.
I imagine these ladies are very talented but there has to be an easier way to earn money. Can you imagine how strong the lady on the bottom is… holding up the two other women.
All of this made me feel weird at the table. I started wondering if should I look or not and how much is too much looking. There were some guys yelling out encouragement which made it all the more uncomfortable. Am I out of the norm… is this “dinner party acrobatics” a common thing? I left my ideal location because of the awkwardness I was feeling which turns out to be a good thing. I probably had eaten two dinners worth of calories with all of the appetizers passing by.
And speaking of awkwardness…. one afternoon while walking down the strip a “take a picture and pay me money” worker spanked me with a riding crop. You read that correctly I got spanked. Honestly I was walking and avoiding any eye contact with these street money making acts, especially the mostly naked ones, and next thing I know a lady dressed up I think as a nasty police officer started hitting my butt with her riding crop (I didn’t know police used riding crops). I asked her to please stop spanking me. Not because of the pain… it only hurt a little but it was really embarrassing. She made things worse when she started yelling “Don’t be shy… come and take a picture with me”. She got in at least 6 good whacks… and I not knowing really how to react told a coworker “well I can cross that off my list”. My coworker just laughed and said “What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas”.
I did get a “free” picture of the lady. If you look closely you can see here with the crop on her shoulder. I am sorry that I didn’t get a better picture but the closest I wanted to be to her was all the way across the street… you know a “safe” distance.
I had one more “invade my personal space” experience while in Vegas…
Monday I was still sick and it was showing especially on my face since my eyes were puffy and my nose was red.(at least I want to blame my face appearance that day on being ill). I walked past some kind of beauty boutique and one of the men came out and asked me to come in. I thought he was going to try to sell me something for my wife but he said “You are much too young to look like this”. I told him there was nothing he could do to help the way I looked He ignored my comment and sat me in a chair. (I don’t know why I go along with these kind of things). He started talking about my fair complexion and stated while it can be beautiful that he could see every flaw. He started with all sorts of stuff… some in syringes… He spent at least 15 minutes working on just the left side of my face. (I spend less time in the shower for my entire body) He then showed me how much nicer the one side was and said it would only cost me about $300. I told him I struggle spending $5 on lotion. He asked for my phone and took two pictures.
His “miracle” side”… I am not sure I see the difference but he said send these to my wife and come back after she tells me how much better I look. The man obviously didn’t know how frugal Isabelle is… even if she saw a difference she would never spend that much on my face. Would you spend over $300 for the change you see? (if you see any)
There are some cool things that happen in Vegas (still weird ). One afternoon I noticed that they had shut down traffic on the strip and that there was a crowd growing around an intersection. I stopped just as a stock car revved its engine and squealed into the intersection. The car proceeded to spin it tires and spin itself in circles. This was very cool and there was a line of stock cars waiting to show their thing in the same intersection.
I thought I had to get some pictures of this… I took over 30 pictures but as I reviewed the pictures later I realized that all you could see was the smoke. I should have taken a video… lesson learned. I will end this post with a couple of those pictures. (enjoy the smoke… if you look hard you may see the car)
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