You know that saying…
What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas.
Well, I’m perfectly fine with that. On top of being sick and tired of hearing that slogan everywhere, we really do not like Vegas.
It’s dry, sandy, dirty (in more ways than one), loud, crowded, too much traffic, too many tourists turning right in front of you because they’re staring at the giant hotels, etc, etc….
Must I really go on?
So why you ask did we stay 2 weeks?
We had to be there for CES, The Consumer Electronics Show. So we got this brilliant idea to arrive a little early and be in Vegas during New Years. We thought it would be fun to be on the strip and watch the fireworks. We thought it would be nice to go out for a nice evening on the town.
We should have known better.
We were told, by the RV resort that we stayed at, that you really don’t want to be on the strip on New Years. Lots and lots of people, crime, expensive everywhere you go and you can’t really see much.
What were we thinking? It didn’t really sound like something we wanted to do. Oh well. So we stayed up and watched it on tv with the rest of the world. And boy…Were we glad we didn’t go down to the strip. It was super crowded. And for those of you who know us, you know how we love to be in a crowded area….NOT.
Well, we had some time to kill before CES, so you know what idle hands and minds do? Well, if you are David…
…you tear up the bedroom carpet and pad, find where the bedroom floor has been squeaking, and fix it. Yup, that’s my bedroom floor all torn up. Just so David can throw some screws in the floor and on the side walls, to fix a squeak.
I must admit though, it is nice not to have a squeaky floor anymore :)
You also see some interesting things while in Vegas.
When I was going to the store, I saw this sign.
I also saw a sign that said, “Discount Smog Here”. Sorry, I couldn’t get a picture of it. But it did raise the question, why would anyone pay full price for smog when you can come to this place and get your smog at a discount?
I’m not really sure what they mean by “regular men only”. And if they are considering the term “regular” against Vegas standards, then I really don’t know. Because nothing in Vegas is regular. Too funny.
We really didn’t do much more of anything before CES. Not much to do in Vegas if you don’t gamble, don’t drink and have seen all the interesting shows already. So we just kept to ourselves and relaxed before the craziness of CES started.
And boy…did it start.
Their were parties to attend. Mostly on the strip. Which meant fighting more traffic and trying to find parking. We found Valeting nice. It was easier and we didn’t have to walk a mile from the parking garage to the area we were trying to go. However, this caused issues some nights because the Miss America Pageant was in town at the same time. So parking was usually full unless you got there way early. How I love big cities…NOT!
So what did we see at CES?
Not much. A bunch of the same stuff but new and improved. OLED televisions were nice, but too expensive right now.
David found this…
He’s just trying to figure out if it will fit in the motorhome. What an awesome work station this would make. I put a stop to that :)
We had an AVSForum.com party this year, as we have in previous years. Not as big of a crowd as we’ve had in the past, but we truly believe attendance was down all around CES.
It was a nice party and everyone seemed to have a good time. Which is all that matters.
At another party we went to had the band Chicago playing a concert.
It wasn’t as good as it could have been. It was in a huge banquet center, so the acoustics were horrible. So bad in fact, we ended up leaving after a couple songs. And we weren’t the only ones leaving early.
So once CES was over, we were ready to get outta there. We went just 2 hours south of Vegas to Mohave Valley, Arizona, near Oatman. More on that coming up later.
Chicago Concert In Vegas During CES