Things I Hate About Las Vegas
While I did spend a day in Las Vegas at Circus Circus when I was fifteen years old, I didn’t remember anything about the experience except that the University of Las Vegas had really nice dorm rooms.
So my business trip to Vegas for the Cisco Live! conference where my company sponsored a trade show booth this past week was essentially my first time.
On the plane ride out, I sat next to my friend Jon who happened to be going there at the same time to hang out with a friend for the weekend. He gave me the lowdown and some great suggestions for things to see. Adam had told Jon that he thought I wouldn’t like Vegas and Jon was surprised to hear that I didn’t think I would either. I told Jon that since I don’t gamble, hate crowds, and being ripped off, it just wouldn’t be my scene. During the six and a half days that I spent on the Vegas trip, I confirmed that I was mostly right.
Ten things I didn’t like about Vegas:
1. Casinos: You can’t go anywhere without having to walk through the casino to get there and the noise, flashing lights, cigar/cigarette smoke, lack of windows, and some of the sad people pinning all of their hopes on a slot machine gave me a headache and made me sad.
2. Crowds: Walking along the strip in between hotel complexes made me feel like cattle. I often had to wait in line to get into the hotel room to go back to my room. People, people, everywhere!
3. Being Ripped Off: Prices on the strip in Vegas are ridiculous, with entrees starting at $20, cab rides to anywhere starting at $15, $25 to get into an “ice bar” that included one tiny drink, and waiters pushing bottled water so hard you would think only a crazy person would want tap. Most of the meals we had were not nearly worth what we paid for them.
4. Techno music: At my hotel, I couldn’t go anywhere outside of my room without being assaulted with blaring techno music – at the pool, in the hallways, in the Casino, etc. I felt like a prisoner in my room at times because that was the only place it was quiet.
5. Kids: How can anyone in their right mind think that this city is appropriate for kids? Everywhere you go you see women dressed in slutty outfits, huge drinks, smoke, and consumerism. It just disgusted me to see people taking their kids to Vegas on a vacation.
6. It’s basically one big mall: Seriously, how does anyone feel that they are having a special experience spending $150 per person for a meal where the bathroom is located outside the restaurant and down the hall past a yogurt shop, a sports memorabilia store where a puffy Pete Rose is signing autographs, and an Irish pub. It just isn’t right. And there are stores EVERYWHERE.
7. The fakeness: Everything in Vegas other than the gambling, prostitution, and roadside wedding chapels is a bad copy of something else. It’s just so Disneyfied and depressing. Watching “gondoliers” paddle tourists down a “canal” with views of high-end clothing stores at either side is just ridiculous and embarrassing for everyone involved.
8. Lack of bank ATMs: You need cash for most cabs, to gamble, and to tip, but I didn’t see even one bank ATM during the week I was there. I spoke with someone who works at Wells Fargo, my bank, and he said that they make no money off of ATMs, so I’m guessing the reason is the real estate pricing is too high there.
9. Too much air conditioning: Vegas is just as hot as Austin this time of year – triple digit heat every day except that it lacks humidity so doesn’t feel as uncomfortable as Texas does during the summer. However, I was cold in almost every space that I was in because they pump so much air conditioning in. The convention center was so cold that it was cold 20 feet OUTSIDE the building and I had to walk quite a ways outside until I could begin to thaw off. So wasteful.
10. Lack of coca cola products. Pepsi owns Vegas and everyone knows that coke is better than Pepsi.
11. Vulgarity (I know, I know, I’m going over 10): There are countless examples of this but just one was the too large portions and lack of real maple syrup (even though they publicize it as real) at Hash House a Go Go. Check out this disgusting-looking breakfast dish of fried chicken on biscuits, mashed potatoes, with bacon, cheese, and a chipotle sauce. I went by myself so couldn’t even share it and this could easily have fed four or more people.
12. Horrible wireless service: No matter where I was, I encountered issues with dropped calls, lack of data services, etc. It was very frustrating especially when I was in my hotel room or working at our trade show booth.
Stay tuned for what I like about Vegas, coming tomorrow. What do you hate/love about Vegas?Tags: las vegas