Man cannot live by poker alone… or so I’ve heard. We have done other things in Vegas mainly because of Helaine’s voluminous pre-trip research. This is something she does for every vacation and we’re well served by it. It’s amazing what you can find out before you set out which can save you time, money, or both.
Did you know there’s an airplane viewing area in Las Vegas? I didn’t. It’s a well paved parking lot adjacent to McCarren Airport’s active runway. There’s even a low-power transmitter so you can listen to the tower. It’s a few minutes from the Strip and “Clicky” wanted to go.
The view is excellent. I understand why there’s a chain link fence, making photography a little more challenging, but I wish it wasn’t there. I remember back in the 60s an observation deck at Idlewild Airport (now JFK). There were coin operated radios which played tower comms. Those days are not coming back.
Until recently this sign was among the world’s worst traffic hazards. It sits in the center median, but there was no place to safely stop and park and everyone wants a photo there. Within the last few months a small parking lot has gone in. I waited a few minutes for a space to open. As you might imagine, it’s a popular spot.
The area in front of the sign is Astro-turfed! There is a burm to facilitate raising people a little closer to sign elevation. Judging by the people I saw most returned with a shot of the giant sign with teeny stick figure people beneath it.
Today we decided to take a walk down Las Vegas Blvd toward downtown–north. Old Las Vegas is too far to walk, but the remaining original hotels on the strip are in this direction.
We walked past the Fashion Show Mall and the Wynn/Encore complex. At this point the Strip thins and tawdry’s out. There are a few halted construction projects. I’m seeing a lot of that here nowadays. Huge construction cranes are looking quietly over exposed concrete and rebar.
I’m not sure if this is related, but there is now a company that rents construction equipment for off-road joyrides! Given a little more time I would seriously consider renting a big machine for some fun. Here’s the link, but a warning–it is a noisy site!
It felt old and tired and in need of a bath. I know there was a time someone thought circus acts, gambling and a kid’s arcade all made sense. They don’t seem to now.
Before I go I will say something about poker. I played two tournaments yesterday. My play is as good as it’s ever been. I didn’t cash in either. Then I sat down at a $1/$2 no limit table at the Venetian and won back my two entries plus a little.
A guy sitting next to me was drinking a beer with a really cool label. I asked him about it and ended up ordering one, though I don’t usually drink! It was a “Fat Tire” amber ale. Alas, it tasted like beer!
I love the label.