Pete Lee

Monday, October 10, 2005

My post-Vegas report & attempts to stay out of trouble

A few things I learned whilst in Vegas:

1) For the most part, the Strip sucks.
The traffic is horrendous and everything is really, really expensive. (That said, if you're travelling on a company junket, by all means, stay at a nice place on the Strip.) For example, I caught the Pussy Cat Dolls show (by Carmen Electra) at the Pure bar (owned by Shaq) at Caesar's Palace. My weakly mixed vodka soda was $9, and I saw the girly-girls ponying up $20 for a sour apple martini. Yes, that's $20 for ONE drink. The fun-to-cash ratio was simply not good enough for me to ever recommend that sort of chicanery: if I want to be in the company of high-maintenance women and asshole guys, I can do it far cheaper elsewhere.

2) Staying off-Strip: a far better choice.
I stayed at a property my friend is a bar manager at, the Palace Station Hotel and Casino. The Irish Pub there was quite nice, with prices roughly what you'd pay in your average brewpub in Portland. The food at the various restaurants was tasty, affordable and served in generous portions (the Grand Cafe is probably the best value, overall). I opted for a value room: after a $5 a night "service charge", it ended up being $60 per weekend night. Sure, it didn't have a pretty view of the pool one would find at the Bellagio, but quite frankly, my requirements for a room in Vegas are cleanliness and suitability for passing out. This place did it in spades. I'm not willing to spend an extra $190 just for a nice view.

3) Taking my money elsewhere.
Some of that "extra" money came with me to Ellis Island, which was hailed by my friend's Vegas veterans as the place to sing karaoke. Despite what a Citysearch user review said, I found the beer to be quite tasty, and reasonable in price ($3-4/pint). The karaoke system was one of the best I'd seen (LCD TVs everywhere with the lyrics), and the host was quite good.

I won't bore you with the details about the hellacious flight back--and the fact that Alaska Airlines lost my luggage. Talking about it depresses me.

I'm needing to stay out of trouble at the moment: my Human Anatomy & Physiology class is easily the hardest class I've ever taken, and is requiring a lot of study time. Fun stuff, but it's hard to find the energy to concentrate after working a full day. I'll be a bit scarcer these days, but I'm sure I'll meet up with y'all at some point soon on the weekend.


  • Glad you had a good time and made it back, bro (even without your bags). Yes, the strip is by and large something to avoid, unless you like to pay a lot to hang out in crowds and get stuck in traffic. Then again, I tend avoid Vegas entirely, so YMMV.

    Sad to hear that Alaska is still headed down. They were really a great airline when I had to fly so much in 1999-2001, but they seem to be in a bad way right now. They've been last of the major airlines in on-time arrivals for several months this year.

    As one person put it, "Alaska, you're really making it hard for me to like you".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, October 20, 2005 4:16:00 PM  

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