Lykaon’s Log, Stardate 8/14/2006. The wife and I have arrived in the foreign world of Las Vegas, population 479,000. The inhabitants of this place are a bit strange and seem to like wasting resources and baring skin. Overall, the experience has been enjoyable thus far if not a bit alien.
We started our first day on this mission by eating lunch at a restaurant called “Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill” where I was surprised to find unique faire. I expected to find burgers, maybe steaks… the normal grill food, but to my surprise there were many unique dishes that I never heard of. I had a supposedly southern dish (though not a Texan dish apparently) of Biscuits and Gravy with Sausage — not breakfast sausage (that would be normal), but smoked sausage. The gravy wasn’t white country gravy, either. It was more the type of gravy you get on turkey at thanksgiving. Overall the experience was very enjoyable and I may revisit the restaurant before I leave Las Vegas.
After that we checked out the Venetian. We almost opted for a gondola ride, but settled for just window shopping instead. We spent a few minutes trying to get the human statue to break his pose, but he didn’t and we grew disinterested with the task. We left him a dollar for his resolve.
After the Venetian, we opted to head back to the condo for some midday rest. That’s right! I didn’t mention the condo. They didn’t have any rooms for us, so we got a free upgrade to a two bedroom. Now we have four beds to choose from every evening. Now that’s living the high life! We have a kitchen, complete with oven as well as 3 reasonably large televisions, a dvd players and a stereo system.
After our rest we bought some tickets to see La Reve at the Wynn. The show was quite amazing. It’s not of the Cirque du Soleil series, but it is in the same style; except there’s one catch. The entire thing is on a custom stage that is basically one big swimming pool. It has platforms which go up and down so they can have dry land when necessary. It was quite amazing and lots of fun to see a show with water as its theme. The costumes were amazing as well at times. I’d really like to learn some more about how the stage works, since there were actors who were under water for far too long to live without air. Many actors would exit the stage by diving into the middle of the pool, never to return.
After Le Reve, we found an Albertsons to buy some basic groceries to keep in our tiny little kitchen. I discovered that when leaving the strip, Vegas gets a lot scarier. We were accosted by a woman looking for money when we exited our car, but she was obviously not simply down on her luck. The grocery store was pretty small and pretty dirty. Perhaps we just picked the wrong store.
We made it out alive, however, which is good because there’s lots left to do on this mission. Next is to leave the city of Las Vegas and head to the Hoover Dam. I will try to maintain my log as we continue. End Transmission.