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.
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.
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.)
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 →
Don’t leave your valuables out in the open in your hotel room.
After my December post, Vegas Scams and Safety Concerns, I received an email from a reader who wanted some of the background I’d referred to in that article. He’d had a suspicious incident occur on his last trip to Vegas and wanted to know more about it. I’m glad he wrote, because it made me realize I made a lot of statements in my post without providing links to what I was talking about. (Shame on me!)
I know a lot of the online skepticism about hotel room break-ins stems from people who find it hard to believe a person wouldn’t hear somebody entering their room. (This reader did.) But I think there is a very credible reason why this may be the case, as you’ll see toward the end of the post. Also, some people wear earplugs when they travel so they can sleep more soundly. That, of course, is a double-edged sword.
In any case, if you, too, are curious to know more about incidents of hotel room break-ins, here is his email to me (with his permission) and my response, with links to some sample online forum posts, hotel reviews, and articles.