There are a few cities for which I've seen t-shirts that say, "[Name of City] isn't hell. But you can see it from here." One of those is Las Vegas, and it's the only one for which I think it's most true. It's such a "cold" city, even in the blistering summer. Everything you see there, everything, says "We want your money. C'mon in!"
That said, there two things I do love about Las Vegas. Free parking at hotels and buffets.
I absolutely understand the free parking -- hotel/casinos want to get bodies inside, and whatever the lose on parking, they gain at the gambling tables in spades. And in hearts, clubs and diamonds. There's one oddity, though, with buffets that I've never quite grasped. A lot of hotels offer "all-day" passes for their buffets. For an increased prices over their regular buffet, you can have all-you-can-eat all day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, and snack time.
Now, I love buffets, and have long been kidded for pigging out at them. But how much of a slob does someone have to be to eat one more crumb of food during a day when you've had a buffet? Let alone another buffet. I suppose you can just snack out at various times with your pass...but then what's the point of paying for a buffet? It defeats the whole, joyous pig-out experience...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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