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Monday, January 29, 2007

Vegas, Baby!

parisvegas2Yep, we went to Vegas for the weekend. For less than a weekend really. Whose crazy idea was that? Mine. Whose crazy response was in favor of the crazy idea? PBX's. The whole thing was crazy.

Contrary to popular belief, it does not take 4 hours to get to Vegas from LA. It's a good six hour trip - what with stops for stretching and all.

So how'd this crazy idea come to be? See, we were writing and one of the characters runs through the Paris Las Vegas Hotel but we didn't know how to work out the logistics because neither of us had ever been inside said hotel. It had been raining and we were getting giddy.

This is all it took:

"Have you ever been there?"
"No."
"Well, let's go."
"Okay!"
"Really?!"

The next thing I knew we were running around the house packing for a road trip. Two people and two dogs. Within less than thirty minutes, we were on the rainy road -- in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 10 freeway. It took us an hour just to get through the other side of downtown. Still, neither of us wanted to turn back.

pariswelcomeI love an adventure.

It was midnight outside but the sky was blue as day when we arrived in Paris. They say Vegas never shuts down. Gambling goes on forever. But the shops do close. I bought the biggest, most decadent eclair as the pastry shoppe was locking up.

The only gambling we did was take alternate back roads off the 15 freeway from Barstow to Pasadena on the way home.

We were able to miss some gridlock - but gained no time.

I wonder how ironic it sounds by saying how absurd I think the whole Vegas-thing is. Billions of dollars in overpriced beer and entertainment to pay outrageous electric bills, jam-packed with sad hopes of striking it rich on "just one more hand," surrounded by miles and acres of poverty-stricken America. Preposterous.

We drove twelve hours this weekend to do one hour of research. Seems just about as absurd huh? Still, it was an adventure and aside from the life-sucking energy of Vegas overall, we had fun.

Click on either picture in this post to see a few more pics.

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