Saturday, January 31, 2009

No place for a poor boy like me

I'm weekending in Las Vegas, and reuniting with friends I haven't seen in 30+ years (since we all attended grade school together in Sumatra).

I got back in touch with these folks(except for to Elvis, who didn't go to school with us!) through facebook, and we set up a get reacquainted weekend for the last week of January in Las Vegas. I wasn't very big on Vegas for the longest time, but I've come to appreciate it for what it is, and it's a great place for people to get together, since it's easy to get to from everywhere.

I'm hitting it on the tail end of a weeklong vacation in the Southwest, and it's a big change (weather-wise and culture-wise) to go from New Mexico to Las Vegas in one day. The one thing I notice here is that everything costs money. Almost every hotel has free wi-fi, but hotels in Vegas charge $15 per day for it. Anything to keep people out of the room and in the casino. Forget $40 a day -- you can't get out of Vegas for less than $100 a day. It's like Disneyland for grownups.

Tomorrow I head for home, and after a week of running around, I'm ready to head back to my regular life again.

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