greatings from Las Vegas

by John Wilker in EffectiveUI

we made it. Landed Friday night. It’s been a while since either my wife or myself has been to vegas… Smoke Sucks!

Check in is easy the Venetian operates like a Fry’s, the next person holds up a little sign and a traffic control suit sends you to the next open check in clerk/person. Neat.

We ended up in the Venezia tower.. Holy crabcakes! This place is swank. Fax machine in every suite! Nice stand up shower, seperate the tub (I love those).

We got in late and met our friend who was in town for the weekend and hit up the Grand Luxe Cafe. Think Cheesecake factory with a different color pallet. And think open 24/7! Good stuff.

Saturday we met some other friends who were in town for a conference, not MAX (she’s a doctor). I should say we met them after we slept until freakin’ noon! Jeebus!

We had lunch at the Noodle Asia (skip it), then headed over to the Mirage for Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden… NO! it was  not THAT secret Garden, don’t go there.

The garden wasn’t a well kept secret, lots of tourists found it before we did. But the ig cats are cool and you’re really close to them. The dolphins are cool too, but just a word of advice. It’s not a show, things are random and unscheduled…. they emphasize that point when you get in.

We did a little hanging out, then hit th indoor gondola rides… kinda cool. Worth 15 bones, once.

Dinner wasn’t until 10:30 so we hit up Tao (swanky, trendt nightspot de jour) for drinks. Skip the watermelon martini-thing. No bueno.

Dinner was at the Mix at THE Hotel. Nice! Very nice! Pricy, but then again this is Vegas and this was at the top of THE Hotel at Mandalay bay.

Satrday night ended with some cruising around the hotels around Mandalay and checking out the Vegas Monorail, which isn’t free FYI.

Today, Sunday brunch at the RIO, followed by finding the nearest 24 hour fitness.

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