It’s Trippies time again! What are the Trippies? The Trippies are the Best of Las Vegas Readers Poll hosted by VegasTripping.com. And why does this matter to you? Because this is your chance to make your voice heard!
Thanks to the Trippies, you get to vote for your favorite (and least favorite) Las Vegas hotel, casino, bar, dayclub, and more. They also have categories for those of us in the Vegas social media realm–podcast, blog, app, community, and more.
This blog, that’s who! (Look for me under the “blog” category.)
And yes, I’m just as excited this year as I was last year! After all, this is the Vegas version of the People’s Choice Awards! (Except more fair, because they don’t let you vote twenty-six thousand times for your favorites, just once.)
It really is an honor just to be nominated (I mean that sincerely). . .but if you want to vote for me, too, that’s cool. You can vote for all your favorites, by going here.
Voting is open now through December 11, 2013. Winners will be announced on Saturday January 11, 2014.
All right, enough blathering by me. Go vote for you favorites!
In Las Vegas, comps (“complimentaries” or freebies) are handed out to those gambling a certain amount (a lot) of money. Depending on how much you spend, you could be comped a free meal, a show ticket, or even your room for the length of your stay. Even low rollers like me can score free drinks while playing the penny slots. This is part of what makes gambling fun. I mean, who doesn’t like free stuff?
Except this is just one of the many ways Vegas psychs people out. Because in this case, “free” isn’t really free. It’s more like the casino version of a cashback credit card or an airline rewards card. You’re being rewarded for spending money by getting something in return that is worth a fraction of what you spent. If you’re playing max bet at bartop video poker, you’ll get a free drink, all right, but if you’re not winning, you can run through $60 in 30 minutes of play or less. That’s a pretty expensive “free” drink.
But it’s not just money that can lose its value in the chasing of comps. You’ve heard the expression “Time is money”? You have to consider what your time is worth, too. Which brings me to the reason why I am writing today’s post: The online game called myVEGAS.
More and more Vegas visitors are chasing comps via a Facebook game called myVEGAS. This is a free game, so it costs you no money (in theory), but you can rack up points that can be exchanged for real-world comps in Vegas, like meals, shows, drinks and even rooms. Sounds like a screaming deal, right?
The first time I saw Rock of Ages was aboard the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship last May. About halfway through the show, I slouched down in my seat, with my hand over my face, groaning and laughing about what a weak plot it had. But by the end of the show, I was just as pumped and upbeat as everyone else walking out of the show. The songs stayed in my head for the rest of the cruise. Somehow, I had been infected with the Rock of Ages bug. So much so that when I was planning my July trip to Vegas, it was one of two “must see” shows I booked. I had to see how the Vegas production compared to the Breakaway‘s.
Both casts are good, but somehow, I found the show at the Venetian much more interactive and intimate. Maybe it was just that I had a seat closer to the stage. I love the fact that the actors regularly “break the fourth wall” by addressing the audience directly (especially the narrator, Lonny, played by the awesome Mark Shunock).
Here’s an example of how this plays out:
Lonny (to Drew): “Nobody gets everything they want in life. Including all these people.” (Gestures at the audience.)
Man in back of theater (yelling): “I did!”
Lonny (after a couple of beats): “Sitting way back there? I doubt it.”
When you’re in the mood for Mexican food in Las Vegas, there is no shortage of restaurants from which to choose. Practically every resort and shopping mall offers Mexican food from inexpensive fast-food all the way up to pricey upscale. So why should you go out of your way to have lunch at El Sombrero Cafe? Let me count the reasons:
El Sombrero is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Las Vegas, established in 1950. In other words, they’ve been around a lot longer than most other establishments in the city of Las Vegas. So when you eat here, you know you’re enjoying a piece of Las Vegas history.
I don’t usually get too excited about new restaurants and bars opening in Las Vegas (unless, of course, there’s a theme; I’m a sucker for themes). After all, there are already so many great restaurants I haven’t had a chance to try yet. But one opening in particular piqued my interest this past year: Rx Boiler Room, the new sister restaurant upstairs from Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood. RM Seafood is one of my favorite Vegas restaurants, and I was intrigued by the description of Rx’s “steampunk” style. I had no idea what “steampunk” was, but it sounded just different enough from the restaurants already out there that I knew I had to check it out.
steam·punk (from Dictionary.com)
1. a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.
2. a subculture inspired by this literary and film subgenre: the fashions and gadgets of steampunk.