Communion Of Dreams

Slices of Vega$
January 28, 2010, 2:35 pm
Filed under: Humor, Society, Star Trek, Star Wars, Travel

I decided not to do formal ‘travelogues’ for my recent trip out to Las Vegas for the SHOT Show, but instead do a series of small vignettes, over the course of the next couple of weeks.

Jim D.


It rained.

It rained more in four days than it rained for all of 2009.

And of course, I was there for it.

* * * * * * *

Well, it’s a good thing that you basically don’t have to go outside when in Vegas. Ever. And that the rain doesn’t present problems for such festivities as taking a gondola ride at the Venetian. Like the Miss America Pageant contestants did.

And I was there for it.

No, seriously. And it was seriously weird.

Me, Jim K, and John E were having some top-notch pizza and a couple of beers at Postrio there in the strangeness that is St. Mark’s Square. When all of a sudden there was some pomp & circumstance happening around us. Of the sort that involves scant clothing on plastic women and men wearing tuxes. One of my dining companions mentioned that he thought the Miss America Pageant was being held the next week, and this must be some kind of preliminary event.

It was. The line of women wandered through the ‘outdoor’ restaurant, just a couple of paces from our table.

I looked up, saw what was going on, then turned my attention back to the pizza. At least that was real.

* * * * * * *

Did you know that there is a Star Trek slot machine game?

And a Star Wars one?

Also ones for Indiana Jones, the Wizard of Oz, and dozens of television shows?

I didn’t. I thought slot machines were all those classic things with just three spinning wheels that contain numbers or symbols.

What a rube from flyover country.

But one morning before I left, I dutifully went over to one machine, donated a $10 bill to it, and played twice.

Oh, sure, I could have gotten a thousand plays at a “penny machine”.

But two hits from that adrenaline pump were quite enough, thank you.

* * * * * * *

My traveling companion needed to get some additional cash the morning we left.

The ATM there on the floor of the casino just gave $100.00 bills.

Tells you all you need to know about the casino business.

Jim Downey

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