This past weekend Benjamin and I went to Las Vegas to attend the wedding reception for our friends Jodi and Greg. The reception itself was very nice and all of the TAMSters were there to help her celebrate — the first time we’d all been together since Jenny and John’s wedding three years ago.
That said, Vegas and I do not get along. Our plane arrived in Vegas an hour late and we stood in the taxi line for 20 minutes. It was 1am PST Saturday morning before we got to our hotel. Benjamin and I spent Saturday hanging out with the Texas TAMSters (including attending the reception early afternoon). That evening a group of us went to the Stratosphere Tower where Janice, Karen, and Benjamin road the three rides at the top while the rest of us looked on. Then it was back to the airport that night to check in for our 1:45am flight back to Texas. That flight was delayed an hour too. We finally arrived back in Austin at around 9am Sunday morning. In total, we were outside of the Las Vegas airport for less than 24 hours. Most of that was my fault (I thought I was scheduling at a 1:46pm flight and screwed it up).
Vegas itself was too depressing and flashy. It was depressing to see people sitting in front of slot machines throwing their money away for hours. And its legal to smoke virtually anywhere in Vegas — something that bothered both of us. B and I decided that we might have enjoyed some of the shows, but agreed that if we want to see a show we’ll go to Toronto or NYC before we head back to Vegas. It was an interesting experience, not one I want to repeat.
Most importantly: congratulations to Jodi and Greg, we wouldn’t have missed it for anything. To the rest of the TAMSters: it was great seeing everyone!