If you’ve never been to Las Vegas it’s easy to think there is only gambling. Nothing could be further from the truth. Las Vegas is a resort town. Yes, gambling pays lots of bills, but there are beautiful hotels, great dining and first class shows too. There are also strippers, hookers, places to shoot guns and even drive construction equipment!
If you want it and it can be sold you’ll find it here.
We saw a show last night. Kathy Griffin performed at the Colosseum at Caesars. It is a massive venue built originally for Celine Deon’s extravaganza. It seats four thousand in luxurious comfort.
If you’re a fan of Kathy Griffin you got to see lots of what she does… basically dish on other entertainers.
A few people on Facebook asked if she was dirty? Dirty words–yes. Profane subjects–no.
Everyone enjoyed the show a lot, but me less than the others. If you don’t follow contemporary culture closely (Oprah, Real of Housewives of…, anything on Bravo) you were left with some stories being meaningless. Alas, that’s me.
In many ways it reminded me of Catskill comedians in the 60s. Sometimes the joke was totally in English until the punchline. That’s where the joke switched to Yiddish. Bad for non-Yiddish speakers like me.
Today Helaine, me and the three OC Foxes went to Aria in City Center. This is a new part of Vegas started before the economy tanked! It’s breathtaking.
We had leisurely brunch-ish meal at Todd English P.U.B while the Eagles lost to the Bears in Chicago.
Let me get back to Aria and City Center for a moment. Massive. Daring architecture. Understated opulence inside.
Everything in Las Vegas is immense though they try and hide it. Cousin Michael pointed out the largest hotels frame their windows from the outside so what looks like a single window vertically covers two floors! They’d rather you don’t know how large the hotel really is nor how far it is from the road (much farther than t looks).
Las Vegas provides a level of service to a mass of people in proportions that never before existed. It’s just mind boggling how many people are being served in this city this long weekend.
The recession might hit the Strip hard Monday to Thursday, but the weekend is the weekend and the world has poured in.