One Man Walking

2008-08-25 Viva Las Vegas

August 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Despite Rigatoni’s pleas we decided to go to Las Vegas. I can see his point, it’s not a pretty part of humanity, but it is fascinating and worth a look. We drove straight to The Stratosphere hotel which was pretty easy, given its dominance over the skyline.

The Stratosphere 

As is traditional in sin city Las Vegas, access to everything within a hotel involves walking across the casino floor trying to eek out another few bets from people just trying to reach the restaurants. I think $5 is an acceptable amount to throw away on fairly dumb entertainment. Speaking of which we ate in Roxy’s Diner where the staff karaoke their way through the 50s and 60s.
The Forum. Shopping in Las Vegas 
The Belagio 

The hotels along the strip are really quite spectacular and we took a couple of hours to walk just a few miles down through places like The Forum and past The Belagio. Along the way we got to watch the inhabitants, some permanent and some temporary, doing their thing. Some handing out leaflets to various venues off The Strip and some trading insults with each other like…

“BLAHHHH!”
“Wassup a******”
“Wassup b****”

A wonderful town, but we weren’t done yet. Before leaving for good I simply had to go up that tower, and when you’re up that tower I really had to have a go on one of those nutso rides at the top. The one I chose was called Insanity and that’s a pretty fair description of a rotating set of chairs 900ft above the ground and pulling 3Gs. Check out this video of someone else having a go.
Like I said, nutso. But it had to be done.

Insanity 

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