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Some of the views I enjoyed daily before seeking the perfect slot and a jackpot
All around me are palms reaching for the sky while below abound many thousands of palms reaching for thier wallets, or stretching to push a slot machine button.
Capsule 1.- Departure & Arrival
So much to talk about and lots of time to chat on the hub. Thanks to our owning a condo in Vegas, our seven day stay cost us a grand total of $279.00 for the week. Even betterour car rental on a corporate rate was only $288.00 for seven days in Vegas. We were also comped huge breakfast buffet and an $80.00 Visa gift card.
So far, so cheap.
Airfare was a bit more but it was non-stop with early boarding. I had two chances for a seat mate, a behemoth man who would have swallowed my armrestand my already Sardine size space or a 95 pound lady named Barb from Burbank,California.
Thankfully the gods of the airways blessed me with Barb and a few precious inches of cholesterol free room to stretch a bit. For a fee of $450.00 dollars round trip I was allotted a small bag of brownie bites with chocolate chips and a small cup of Pepsi.
I remember the halcyon day of a full meal and free drinks in those tiny shrunken bottles of liquid anesthesia plus a movie. Now I sat and stared at three different hair-styles over theheadrests in front of me for four hours. It was like watching that classic movie, "From Hair To Eternity." or listening to a strange version of the Pop band "Talking Heads."
When we arrived in Vegas we faced a tumultuous walk that must have been close to a mile to claim our baggage. Never fly from any gate that has B in front of its number. The B stands for "Bust" your butt thanks to the "Bonehead" who designed the layout of the airport.You will be stuck on an endless hike akin to clmbing Mt. N-everest
The rental car was ready and quite nice with an air conditioning unit that was two degrees above an artic blast. It was more than welcomed in the 105 degree oven baked waves of scalding breezes and sweat.The drive to the condo took a very short route but the traffic was a high speed, zig-zag, 80 miles an hour or more free for all. So many cars were passing me on both sides that felt like I was driving in reverse.
But at long last we reached our 12th story double accommodations.There would be many more stories to come They gave us two complete condos connected in the foyer by two doors, each with its own set of keys. We had two kitchens, two baths, two living rooms, two bedrooms and two huge tubs, jacuzzi size We could have invited friends and family to share in our extravagant week.
The view from the top floor was both lovely and desolate. You could see for miles to the mountains but aside from the landscaping and palm trees most of the view was right out of Dante's inferno. But a king-sized bed and a cold drink got us settled in for seven days of bliss.
Comfortable and cool condos and exqusite food.
Capsule 2.- The Condo and the Food.
The condo as you can see in the photos was fabulous.with frosty air conditioning, a quiet dishwasher, a stove, oven, microwave oven, Ice maker, coffee maker, and garbage disposal. We were able to make breakfast each morning whenever we wanted to without paying the high prices at Vegas casino restaurants. Which we did and enjoyed each morning or late afternoon depending on how long we slept in
There were three pools to cool off in and three hot tubs with fresh towels galore to dry off on. But why anyone would want to mimic a boiled lobster in a hot tub in that blazing temperature was beyond me. I did get in it for a few minutes and then commencedto walking very quickly across the scalding pool tiles. Then I would hit the much cooler pool. in a refreshing dive.
They had accomodations for all the smokers that were set far enough away from the pool area to allow the desert winds to blow it elswhere. It was an Adults only pool that was so quiet with no children shrieking but the other pools were full of the laughing kids just within a walking but not hearing distanc.
There was always a parking space close to the condo available, with wide slots to avoid folks dinging your rental cars with their car doors as they rushed to escape thew sun's inferno.
A casino called Southpoint was just a block away from the condos. We walked there quite often and won there as well. My biggest win was $2,500.00 at a casino called Palace Station. I hit the grand prize with only a one dollar bet out of the twenty.I put in. I was Andy Warhols definition of ten seconds of fame. Crowds gathered around me all drooling with envy and slapping high fives, probably because I beat the casino at its own game. at least in that half hour of gambling.
The waitress brought us a strawberry Daquiri and a Tequilla sunrise on the house. Drunks tend to spend more money so that made sense. I was paid out My jackpot by a girl I called "Bobby Barker" as she deftly counted out 24- $100.00 bills in my hand. My wife won over $950.00 dollars at a new casino called World Resort with only a.75 cent bet. I had other wins while I was there of $200.00 plus $140.00 and four $100.00 dollar wins and my wife also hit another
$380.00 on our last night there. We took home all of the money we won because we had brought enough to cover 7 days. All our cover cash and our wins went to other causes except losing it after the fact.
But the real prize was the dinners and lunches we ate while we were there. Put on a bib because you will be drooling all over yourself when you hear some of the delectable dishes we enjoyed. Neither of us were worried about the costs because we had both found sudden riches on the cheap.
The best buffet by far was called the Bacchanal Buffet.perhaps because you might eat so much that your (Pardon my french anal canal might just BACCH up on you. Jimmy Buffet could eat there and emerge weighing three hundred pounds as he swore off margaritas forever. The buffet stretched hundreds of yards across three different rooms and everything you could possibly imagine was laid out for your taste buds to bloom into taste buddies.
I spent two and a half hours gorging myself on Lobster claws that were bigger than my hand which is a rather large size. The lobster meat was sweet and the clarified butter made it so delicious. I guess they clarified the butter so that you wouldn't think it was the cheap artificial butter you got anywhere else. I ate fourteen huge lobster claws, as well as three huge plates full of crab legs that should have been called Crabodacious.I devoured mussels and shrimp so fresh I almost believed Amazon was shipping it hourly from the coast. Each shrimp was fresh, firm, and so flavorful. I had a shrimp cocktail of over thirty shrimp before I was moving on to the prime rib, lamb and every other kind of meat not found anywhere else on any other buffett. Italian, Mexican, Sushi, Mediteranean, you name it and you could find it there.Then on to the deserts. Crem brullee,Tiramisu, key lime tarts, Cherries Jubilee, Fosters Banana pudding cups, and Cinnamon bread pudding, Gelatos came in twenty different flavors, I had the cappacino and it was divine.There were way too many deserts to remember or list here. The buffet was stuffed to the gills with Patrons and not only in the seafood and fish areas.
We of course were with friends who had a diamond membership to Ceasar's Palace so we had no wait in the long lines other folks stood in to get in. Ceaser himself never ate so good. We staggered out of there feeling like sumo wrestlers and yet deeply satisfied.
Now it did cost eighty dollars per person, but just five of those monstrous lobster claws would have run that much anywhere else. The next most delectable meal was at World Resorts Brezza. With an Italian flair they wowed us with dishes we had never eaten before. Their menu is online and you would be hard pressed to find anything you would not like. Southpoint's Big Sur Oyster bar had Pearls of delight dinner wise that were not just raw and hard to swallow. Even though I love fried oysters which they had. We started out with a clam chowder chock full of clams that were more tender then I had ever tasted. Then we had an Avacado and crabmeat salad. There must have been two full cups of crab stacked in a tower on top of a mound of avacado, and then diced tomatoes on a bed of Lettuce and yellow tomatoes. We shared it because there was so much to eat, Their fried calamari was even more tender and flavored with a wonderfully seasoned breading. You got a huge plate of them as well. Then I tried their number one seafood dish. It came in a massive bowl filled to the top with linguini and noodles in a garlc,olive oil and white wine sauce that could have killed all of thevampires in the world. It was Fan-tabulous and that was just the base.They put four huge scallops in it, that were two inches thick and two and a half inches wide, as well as the biggest, seven inch long mussels, much larger than I have ever eaten and rich with flavor, plus a lobster tail, as well as abundant shrimp and calamari.
"Excuse me while I burp!"
My wife had a lobster pot full of lobsters in the same sauce plus the most perfect lobster roll she had ever devoured, We ate there twice and it was always perfect. There are over a thousand casinos in Las Vegas and each one has specialty restaurants that will pop your eyes and your belly out. I will close on that note because I am leaving tomorrow much to my dismay, but I am leaving sated, bloated and happy at my finding my sudden riches on the cheap.
Here is my Ode to the souls of Las Vegas, both the rich and the poor,
Here is my poem in tribute to Las Vegas: It is called: Humongus Gamblers Anonymous."
Most vacation spots treat comfort in ways that are the vaugest but never in Las Vegas.It is the most perfect Hiatus where gambling is contagious if you win the pays outrageous, with shows on endless stages and when your hunger is voracious servings there are more than gracious it never ceases to amaze us it holdslots of happy faces. but in its town so spacious. There are also many vagrantsand some of them are not that fragrant and a lot of them are ancient each one victimsof displacement cause they gambled all their payments for their rent and gas bill statements and their begging skills are flagrant they live in such utter debasementon the steps or perched on casements and they often face arraignments for loitering inplaces vacant. A few offer entertainment sitting on thescalding pavement while others can be rather blatantand some can be downright impatient at the folks who pass them by avoiding any long engagement but they survive to my amazement living were there's no contaiment against nature's harshest agents all with no sheltered arrangements that would be most advantagous In some ways they are courageous eeking out a life without wages. Poverty becomes their cages some have been there now for ages till their corpse is found quite wieghtless, vacant stares upon their faces and some new souls take their places. So take the time to offer them a very special treat, the leftovers from your sumptuous meals cause they all need to eatLas Vegas throws out tons of food It would fill up every street and they will be most gratefulas you make their lives more sweet. But do not give them money most will drink it all away or stick it in a slot machine which is what got them this way.
But anything you left untouched from meals you have each day will nourish them and keep them strong to live another day Compassion is a free gift spread some love to those who've gone astray.
© 2022 Matthew Frederick Blowers III