Dan’s first week of work in Brawley was nice and short. He started on a Wednesday and they got off a bit early on Friday. That weekend was Fourth of July, so a bunch of the guys decided to go to Las Vegas. We figured we’d go too, though we got a room in a different hotel.
Vegas is a pretty interesting city. It’s just as hot there as it is in Brawley, which surprised me, but probably shouldn’t have. Our hotel was off the strip, but we decided to walk there and check it out. Unfortunately my feet did not appreciate all the walking in my sandals and I got a few blisters. Not fun. When we made it back to the hotel, I changed to my only other pair of shoes, which are comfortable, but heels. After the initial walk we decided to use the monorail system that they have for some of the major distances. It helped, but my feet were shot. On day two I hunted up a pair of cheap sneakers and they helped a ton. Was able to enjoy the trip a lot more without feeling like I was limping everywhere.
I’ve never been to a place like it before. It was almost like one giant resort… you buy a drink in one place and can carry it pretty much wherever you want, including onto the monorail. Bizarre. Everything is connected, or very close to. You just walk from one place to the next. Then as you walk on the sidewalk between casinos there are all these people handing out little cards for escorts. That was probably the thing I hated the most. They were everywhere, and they’d smack the cards to make noise and try to hand them to everyone walking past. All around on the ground were the cards that people just tossed. What a waste.
Some of the decor is just amazing. I think my favorite place to walk around was Caesars Palace. It had Roman architecture, and was just plush and expensive looking. Their mall had tons of fancy stores and the ceiling was painted to look like the sky. Just gorgeous. The canal in the Venetian was also cool, though it didn’t have quite the same impact. The Bellagio Fountain was moving. Some of the songs gave me chills when mixed with the water show. Dan and I stood by the fountain for a good 45 minutes and heard a bunch of songs, though my favorites were “Simple Gifts” from Copeland’s Appalachian Spring, and “Con te Partiro” sung by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (incidentally, that’s the song I walked down the aisle to, and is already a favorite).
It was a fun weekend.
Before we moved down here, I had known that the area was supposed to be prone to earthquakes, but was hoping we’d skip out on it. Not so much, though I am still hoping that they stay small. I’ve felt 4 so far. Two were very brief, only about a second long where it felt like a large truck had driven by. The other two were a few seconds longer, and I actually felt sustained shaking. Could even see my glass on the ottoman swaying. It’s really eery and creepy. I will be glad when we get to move to a different area.