“I only ever play Vegas one night at a time…it may not be the end of the world, but you certainly can see it from there.” – Robin Williams
You are in the middle of the desert.
Times Square appears like an oasis.
Add palm trees, the Eiffel Tower, and an Egyptian Pyramid.
Make everything legal.
Boom . . .
You have Las Vegas.
I just returned from my 4th trip to Vegas.
And I still can’t decide if I LOVE it or HATE it.
Awesome restaurants. Amazing shows. The best people watching ever.
Ingenuity & luxury alongside greed & bad decision making.
All crashing together in a 4 mile long street appropriately called “The Strip”.
Comedian Artie Lang said, “Vegas means comedy, tragedy, happiness and sadness all at the same time.”
The Vegas Strip is the only street in America where I would pay a cover charge to walk around.
A Quentin Tarantino movie is playing out on each block.
People from every walk of life collide in a neon lit 24/7 wave of chaos.
Scenes From “The Strip”
I was watching Bellagio’s fountain show.
Dancing water & Sinatra’s voice boomed over head.
I imagined being in the cast of Ocean’s 11. Two large men standing next to me started to argue.
Then, right on cue, dozens of people with “Trust Jesus!” signs marched on the scene screaming “Repent!” to everyone in the crowd.
This all took place across the street from the Eiffel Tower, which was backdropped by a 7 story image of Britney Spears looking down on us.
Flying water, angry men, Paris, Jesus, & Britney all coming together.
What possibly could go wrong?
Later that night, I was transported back to 8th grade. At least for a moment.
Doctor J walked into the restaurant where I was having dinner. He sat down right next to us. How cool is that for a boy from Philly?
I waited in vain to find the right moment to ask for a photo, but no dice.
The Doctor was busy operating at the dinner table. We left him alone.
Maybe next trip…
Nothing about Vegas is AVERAGE.
Love it or hate it – a night in Vegas is REMARKABLE.
– Joe Ciccarone