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LLindaC May 13th, 2006 08:11 PM

HONK if you HATE Las Vegas!!!
 
Would be my bumper sticker. I've pretty much traveled the world except for Asia, I can't understand why people go back to Las Vegas year after year! I hated it for the most part. All the loud smoky casinos, people sitting at slots with their cigs and buckets of quarters and blank stares. Noise, traffic, hookers...oh right that's Reno, you don't see any in Vegas, lol. Hey, you can see great hotels anywhere. You can eat good food and see great shows in other more desirable places. I like the analogy "Gilded Turd" to describe the city. Tacky wedding chapels, funky people...I don't know..you'd have to pay me to go there again, honestly. What gives?

P_M May 13th, 2006 08:14 PM

Sorry, no honk here. :-)

I agree with a lot of your points, especially the smoke--UGH!! But Vegas does have some of the best live entertainment to be found in one city. Every time we go we can enjoy a unique show that can't be found anywhere else in the world. Even the fountains at the Bellagio are a great example of unique entertainment in Vegas. I like the fact that I can go there every year and there's always something new to see. And I do love a good game of cards!! My faves are blackjack and Caribbean stud poker.

I've always believed that Vegas is something people either love or hate. I've known a lot of people who hate it, and there's nothing wrong with that. But hey, to each to his/her own. There are so many nice places to visit in this world, so thank God for the freedom to either go to Vegas or go somewhere else. ((Y))

smalti May 13th, 2006 08:25 PM

I thought I was the only person who tried to talk friends out of going to Las Vegas! I was eager for my first trip, then dreaded (but couldn't get out of) the second trip, then I absolutely refused to make another trip there, ever!

Yet many, many people love it. To each his own, I guess.

LLindaC May 13th, 2006 08:37 PM

Yes, P__M, thank God we do! My neighbors are in Iran on a peacekeeping mission. It's amazing what we take for granted in this country! Well, good luck at your card games. I'm not a gambler at all, I guess that, too, changes my perspective! Okay, I occasionally bet on the Ky Derby, lol.

trippinkpj May 13th, 2006 08:53 PM

My husband would honk, although I wouldn't, LOL.

ezlivin May 14th, 2006 03:28 AM

HONK !!!!!!

karens May 14th, 2006 06:38 AM

Honk Honk!

Vegas is one of those places you seem to either love or hate - very little "middle ground" here!

My husband I are still trying to figuring out the marketing strategy with Vegas lately. With all these ads totally promoting lying and sleaze - just who are their target tourists?!

tuckerdc May 14th, 2006 06:50 AM

Actually, I used to feel very like the OP, but have been mellowing (old age?) Was just out there last month to visit my brother - who lives there and LOVES it. Now, this is not for me, as a place to live. I can't imagine anywhere that would do less for my soul. (Or even a place to visit more often than every few years.)

But as a vacation destination of complete relaxation and reality escape - well, does anyplace do it better than Vegas? It really is a great big Disneyland for adults - and what's so wrong with that?

Yes - I abhor the waste of water and energy - but it exists and, taken for what it is, it's kind of totally American - I mean, can we think of anyplace else that's anything like Vegas?

(And the penny poker machines aren't bad either!!)

Lori May 14th, 2006 06:50 AM

It's pretty simple: don't like 'Vegas ? don't go back. enjoyed 'Vegas? return.

Pretty basic.

Catbert May 14th, 2006 07:57 AM

For me "hate" is not too strong a word for Las Vegas. I detest it. Thought I would never return. I was cajoled into taking a friend from Scotland there a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately he wasn't too crazy about it either so we passed on through and went to San Diego.

I agree, though. It's great to live in a country where we can go pretty much where we choose.

Neopolitan May 14th, 2006 08:05 AM

I must say, I put off going to Las Vegas for many years as I KNEW I would hate it. Finally we went because I happened upon a super cheap fare when American was giving a special bonus (triple miles if you flew in the next month and then all your flights for the year would be tripled). So we decided that was a good place to go to get a ton of miles cheap. Guess what, I loved it. Of course it didn't hurt that I did well at the slots and ended up paying cash for everything we did and coming home with more money than we went with. But I just gave into it as being "divine decadence" as Liza said in Cabaret."

But then I also admit to loving Disney World too.

bill_boy May 14th, 2006 08:11 AM

I love it!!!!

But, I don't blame others for hating it.

Judyrem May 14th, 2006 08:25 AM

Yes, Neo, that is exactly how DH and I were too ;-). We KNEW we would dislike it intensely ... BUT were pleasantly surprised! I love Disney World also. Hey differant strokes LlindaC, yes? HATE is tooooo strong a word IMO.

John May 14th, 2006 10:56 AM

I HATE nothing. But I dislike Disney world and would NEVER go there.
Go to Vegas once a year to gamble but can only take 3 days and MUST leave.
Hate is a nasty 4 letter word!

missjanna May 14th, 2006 11:29 AM

I went once in March and DH was shocked that I wasn't crazy about it. He LOVES Vegas.

BUT I think it had more to do with the situation than the place. Vegas is a walking town, and I was nursing a screwed up knee and tendonitis in my foot, so walking around made me miserable. And his friend had us just walking into and out of casinos all night and doing nothing. All the casinos look the same on the inside after a while.

I went in with an open mind expecting to love it, and I walked out hating it. So now even though we are newlyweds, we have already decided that some trips he will take alone and some I will take alone. Vegas is one of them.

nina May 14th, 2006 12:26 PM

HONK!

Okay, I admit I've never been there, but I hate casinos, gambling,crowds, neon, buffets, lounge acts, smoke, concrete, magic shows, strippers, malls, and Elvis impersonators. I don't think I'd like Vegas...

LLindaC May 14th, 2006 12:54 PM

Okay okay I'm SO sorry that I used the politically incorrect word "hate" and called derelicts and streetwalkers tacky. But thanks to you who are levelheaded this is just the thing I wanted to hear! I really am interested in why people come back. There are casinos the world over. There are Hermes shops, etc. Didn't want to start a nasty fest, but if I have a few days off it's at the bottom of my list. And yes, I've been offered several lucrative jobs there since I am a singer and keyboardist. I have many friends who work there, but I couldn't do it. I suppose it's different for gamblers.

Nora_S May 14th, 2006 02:26 PM

Honk! The town uses way too much energy and way too much water.

Bobmrg May 14th, 2006 06:35 PM

Honk! Honk! and a toot or two for Reno. I used to fly charters to Reno and Las Vegas, and was more or less forced to hang around until my pax had had their fill. I love to compare the happy, smiling faces on casino TV ads with the grim silence of real-life gamblers. I was snarled at more than once for standing behind someone at a blackjack or craps table...gave off bad vibes, I guess.

tcapp May 14th, 2006 07:27 PM

HONK, HONK, HONK, HONK, HONK, HONK, HONK, HONK, HONK, HONK, HONK, HONK.


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