What happened to me in Las Vegas probably happens to almost everyone who goes there:
1. I ate too much.
2. I got blisters on my feet.
3. I became dehydrated.
4. I spent too much money.
5. I had fun.
6. I wore out and spent the last evening with my feet elevated, wishing I had an ice pack.
I'll have a couple of fun photos to show you later in the week, but first I want to tell you what a great place Las Vegas is for doing research. For instance, I discovered these educational opportunities:
1. The Tuscany Kitchen at the Bellagio has a cooking demonstration and food tasting.
2. At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway you can get driving instruction and ride-alongs on the track.
3. Learn to fire real weapons, maybe even a machine gun, at The Gun Store.
4. And at Planet Hollywood Resort, you can take Stripper 101 classes and learn the fine arts of pole dancing as well as other classy...I mean classic stripper moves with boas, chairs, etc.
I didn't do any of these things. I did, however, enjoy the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, as well as the wall aquarium and the erupting volcano and Cirque du Soleil Love (The Beatles), all at The Mirage.
There was also eating, lots of eating. Serendipity 3 at Caesar's Palace (including a frozen hot chocolate), Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, and B.B. King's Blues Club at The Mirage were all outstanding.
Now you know the rest of the story. My husband was playing in the Las Vegas Regional Bridge Tournament, so I went along to take my own little Las Vegas vacation. A friend from high school days (and I won't even go into how many years ago we became friends) drove in from California to share my adventures.
Once again I want to thank Alan Orloff for being my first guest blogger and for covering the comments since I was separated from my computer that day. And I hope you'll mark your calendar for this Thursday when Barbara Graham's guest post about her writing life will appear.