• Date joined:2010-06-30
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Las Vegas, baby! Home of the the Strip, where you can find the hourly volcano eruption, a 1/3 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower (same size as the one at Paramount's King's Dominion amusement park, in Virginia), the rotating restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere, a rollercoaster that goes around and through NYNY (and is about 2/3 to 3/4 as high as the hotel, in spots - YIKES!), a fountain show every 15-30 minutes, a black glass pyramid with a light so strong it's the only other man-made thing you can see from space (the Great Wall of China being the other), and the Adventure Dome amusement park at Circus Circus.

Also, nearby the Strip, if you know where to look, is an overabundance of topless clubs, where the stories are many and varied about the VIP rooms, and just outside of Vegas are a few different legal brothels (you can advertise in the phonebook, as a hooker [usually it's under "entertainment"], but it's not legal to personally solicit inside of Vegas).

And yeah, don't forget about the cash cow: casinos, both on and off the Strip. Casinos still don't allow anyone under 21 to gamble, but they've taken to building stuff for the entire family around the casinos, including bowling alleys, arcades, gift shops, upscale malls, theaters (both live and movies), clubs of all kinds, and of course food (food courts, restaurants and buffets).

There's something for every visitor in Vegas, and if you'd like to book your stay, you can call... nah, just kidding.

For the locals, it's 49 shades of brown and beige, generally fake people, the occasional scorpion, and no state taxes. It's almost always sunny, the summer temps are in the triple digits (110+ usually), and you will learn the value of covering up or wearing sunscreen, or you will burn. Locals don't go near the Strip most days, simply because the traffic is horrendous and the tourists are a frickin' hazard - I know you're here to sightsee people, but watch the crossing signs, will you? Also, off of the Strip, Las Vegas is just like any other town, but with less trees and grass. Nevada (notice I didn't say "we" - I'm a transplanted local) also boasts between the second and fourth worst school testing scores in the country. I'm not sure if that's because it fluctuates from year-to-year, or because the education system is so bad, they have trouble counting that far.

If you can't tell by now, Vegas is clearly wasted on me. First chance I get, I'll probably move back to Virginia, which, while very pretty, isn't really known for too much of anything, as far as I can tell.

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I've been reading comics for over 30 years, and I'm loving stuff like Comic Vine and some of the programs for cataloguing comics. My first three comics came in a Marvel three-pack, and thanks to Comic Vine, I finally figured out what the third one was (couldn't remember the cover).

Not much to tell beyond that - trying to straighten things out and hopefully write a book very soon.