Vegas or Bust: it was a bust
September 13, 2011 Leave a comment
Troy booked my flight to Las Vegas. Because we have a zillion frequent flier miles on Delta courtesy of American Express, Troy booked Delta. Delta sucks and I totally do not like the way they fly. To start with, it’s disconcerting to taxi down the runway and then to return to the gate being told that there is “a problem with the brakes”. Good to know. This is one of those things you would hope they would have noticed before they started to take off. Hours later, we took off. As we were descending into Las Vegas, we flew through the mother of all thunderstorms. The plane went up and down and sideways. I puked. Twice. The shame. Fortunately for my fellow travelers, I am apparently good at puking into a paper bag in extreme turbulence as I did not puke on myself or them. You’re welcome Indian guy next to me.
On arrival, I headed for the Flamingo. I chose this hotel because I was either going to stay in top flight digs or old Vegas with mob connections. I opted for old Vegas. This was a mistake. The hotel does have the cool old neon Flamingo out front that’s been there since time immemorial.
The original Ocean’s 11 was filmed here. I don’t think they’ve done much to it since then. I suspect that the carpet is exactly the same (hot pink and brown stripes) today as it was when the Rat Pack puked there back then. I think this property has taken a dive in standards since Bugsy met his great reward. On arrival, this hotel which has 3000+ rooms had one, yes one, valet guy.
The casino is smoke-filled and full of middle-aged women in packs. This is not your destination for anyone under 55.
Our room was a sad attempt at updated. Troy and I are still trying to figure out the vinyl headboards:
Is the head board supposed to save you from a really bad headache in the event of head-banging sex? At 6′ x 6′, who needs that big of an area padded? This is a design element that needs more thought. Also, the 9 bare bulb fixture directly above the bed. I would ditch that.
We ditched out of Las Vegas as fast as possible. We have arrived in Zion National Park and all is well in the Harrison world. Big thunderstorms this afternoon and a downpour., though. Tomorrow, the Narrows.