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For a Great Cause

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Promise Garden

Promise Garden

UPDATE: For a post-walk update, see bottom of this post.

Hi, readers! Heads up: This week’s post is not about Las Vegas. It’s personal. If you’re not interested in personal, feel free to skip it. You won’t hurt my feelings.

Now then….

I’ve been writing about solo travel to Las Vegas on this blog since 2010. It’s been my pleasure to share my thoughts on the city and to encourage others to try a solo Vegas trip. What keeps me going as a blogger is feedback from you (via comments, email, Facebook or Twitter). I’ve heard from many of you about how you’ve enjoyed this blog, how much it’s helped you, and that you’re glad you discovered it. Your words mean the world to me.

If you’ve ever wondered how you might support me and this blog in a more tangible way, this is it–and it’s for a great cause:

On September 18, 2016, I’m participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Funds raised during the Walk go toward Alzheimer’s research, care for patients with Alzheimer’s and support for their families who are caring for them. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. It’s the only disease among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed, or cured. Currently, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Those of you who are gamblers know those are not great odds for any of us.

My team of three set a pretty modest goal which we’ve already surpassed, but with 2 weeks left to go before the Walk, I wanted to see if I could raise even more money for the cause. If you’d like to help, you can donate at my fundraising page:

http://act.alz.org/goto/graycargill

If you do, I’d love to know you are a reader of The Vegas Solo; please leave a comment on my fundraising page saying so. Of course, you can also donate Anonymously if you’d prefer.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be writing more about Las Vegas soon, don’t worry.

Post-Walk Update:

A huge thank you to those of you who sent me words of encouragement and donations for my team for the Walk to End Alzheimers in September!  Thanks to many generous donors, my team and I went 142% over our $1,000 goal to raise $1,415!

The forecast had called for rain that day, but the weather turned out to be beautiful. We were just three of over one thousand people who gathered for the cause. The walk took place at Shelburne Museum, one of Vermont’s best museums (do visit if you’re ever in Vermont!) and a lovely place for a walk like this, with lots of interesting things to look at along the way.

We were surprised by singer Grace Potter, who was one of several speakers who spoke passionately that day about the need to raise money to support Alzheimers research, support and awareness efforts. Our local baseball team mascot, Champ, also showed up to lend support.  🙂  We were happy to have played a small part in the Walk and all agreed we’ll do it again next year.

The Bloom is Off the Rose

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NYNY Sunset

NYNY Sunset

When I was a child, I loved hot dogs. Whenever we had cookouts, we grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, mostly because they were cheaper than steak or chicken, and we were not rich. One summer day at a cookout, I ate one too many hot dogs and got really sick. Really, really sick. For years after that, I couldn’t even think about hot dogs or look at them or smell them–let alone eat them–without feeling nauseated.

Why am I telling you this story? I was in Las Vegas in early May. I had an epiphany when that trip was over: Vegas is my hot dog.

I’ve gorged on Las Vegas for the past fifteen years and finally, it made me sick. Sick to the point I couldn’t wait to get home, and I didn’t want to write about my trip, process my photos or anything. I just wanted to forget about it and focus on other parts of my life. So that’s what I’ve been doing the past few months. Honestly, I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner.

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T Minus Two Weeks

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Loungers

It’s lounging around the pool time!

Who’s got a trip to Vegas coming up in the next couple of months? (Raises hand.) Me! I’ll be in my Happy Place in 2 weeks. I cannot wait.

This trip is all about Rest and Relaxation (yes, with capital “Rs”). I’ve shunned my usual busy schedule this time around. I don’t want to do anything that even remotely resembles work. I’m not going specifically to gather content for the blog, I’m going because I’m thoroughly exhausted from my day job and I needed to “get away from it all”. More importantly, I wanted an escape that I didn’t need to do a lot of work to plan. Luckily, Vegas fits the bill nicely!

So here’s the deal: I’m arriving on August 29th and leaving September 4. If your travel dates overlap mine and you’d like to meet up for a drink, let me know. Given the short notice, I’m not planning an “official” Vegas Solo Meetup this time, but if there’s enough interest and overlapping dates, I’ll try to set something up on the fly.

You can let me know if you’re going to be in town in the comments on this blog post or on the SoloFriendly Facebook page or you can Tweet me.

Of course, if you’re in town and you don’t want to meet up, that’s cool, too. I know everyone’s Vegas time is precious. Either way, I’ll be having a good time–provided I don’t get sick again. (Third time’s the charm, right? Pray for me.)

January in Vegas: Sick AGAIN???

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Caesars Dragon

Caesars’ Dragon in honor of Chinese New Year

I had high hopes for my trip to Vegas in January. I really felt like I needed a do-over since I got sick on my June trip and wound up not having as much fun as I’d planned. Well, I got a do-over, all right: I got to get sick all over again.

When it comes to Vermont germs, my immune system is made of Teflon. I’ve been exposed to every Vermont germ that exists, so I never get sick at home. Put me on an airplane, though, and it’s a 50/50 coin toss as to whether I’m going to pick up somebody else’s illness. Damn those alien germs.

But I did go to Vegas, and I did do some cool things while I was there. Here’s the recap: Continue reading

Vegas Solo Meetup Cancelled

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I’m so sorry everyone but I have picked up some kind of bug that is kicking my butt, so I have to cancel tomorrow’s meetup, I hope you all have a great time in Las Vegas.