I enjoyed some down-time over spring break. I had my projects completed ahead of schedule and discovered I had nothing to do. I discovered I did not know exactly what to do with this “down-time” thing.
A few weeks before, Mr. Magick Man said to me, “you need to get away”. He had a vendor convention coming up where he actually wasn’t going to be behind the tables. This was a convention one of his wholesalers invited him to, where he had the opportunity to look at product and see what’s new. Of course, he could visit other vendors and see what they had as well. Where was this convention?
How could I say no?
I’d never been to Las Vegas. This would be an exciting trip. Three days in “Lost Wages”. 🙂
Mr. Magick Man explained to me we’d be spending most of our days at the convention. Our evenings would be free, but I might be exhausted by then after walking around from vendor to vendor. They had over 2000 vendors at the show. We listed 30 we wanted to see, but once we got out there we’d be walking up and down rows looking at other vendors. It’s not possible to go through all these descriptions online and it’s easier to look once you’re there.
Of course I knew that, but I thought surely I’d have the energy from the excitement of just being there if nothing else to go explore.
Day one ended with me thinking, “I don’t have to walk out of this convention hall. I just have to put one foot in front of the other. Just one more step. Just one more step. Ok, just one more step. That’s right, just one more step.”
Day two wasn’t as bad. We went to the jewelry hall. Mr. Magick Man found a few new vendors there but is fairly set in this area, so we cut the day short. We had tickets to Cirque du Soleil Zumanity that night. Had a lovely dinner at the New York New York casino, explored a bit and got some pictures, played a couple of slots, then it was time for the show.
The show was probably the best Cirque du Soleil show I’ve ever seen! Breathtaking, as always. I’ve never had 4th row seats, though. One of the guys threw me a rose!!
Our last day we did one more sweep of the convention we did one more sweep of the hall before we went home. Mr. Magick Man placed some orders with his existing vendors.
A couple of observations on Vegas…
- We stayed at the LVH, over by the convention hall, so we had to take a taxi over to the strip or anywhere else we wanted to go. The “touristy” areas and the “convention” areas are these little islands of luxury and excess. They are surrounded by people who live in lower income areas who may never enjoy such things. I saw the same thing when I worked for Microsoft and traveled to India. Maybe I was just tired, but that was my perception as I looked out the window of the taxi.
- I’m not much of a gambler. I played the slots, but I didn’t go for the tables. I thought I’d like to try blackjack but I saw the minimum bet was $10 a pop. I’m sure that was a “beginner’s” table, but nonetheless, I just couldn’t justify doing it. I’d rather take $10 and throw it in a box than hand it over to someone else, because I know I’m not that good at blackjack. On the slots, I didn’t really lose anything, but I didn’t come home ahead either. It isn’t too bad – I broke even. Anything I won I kept playing. When I lost all of that, I stopped.
- I never thought I’d hit the point where everything was too shiny. With all the bright, flashing lights, and noises everywhere, it’s hard to focus. It’s hard for me to focus anyway. Vegas just makes it more difficult. It was overwhelming. If you need a quiet place you can go back to your room. If you aren’t at your hotel you’re pretty much out of luck. If you’re the type who doesn’t have this problem, don’t worry about it; however, if you’re the type who needs to go hide under the bed and recharge after being around people after a couple of days, fair warning.
I had fun on this trip despite the work and the overwhelming sensory input. Vegas was a new experience for me and it was just what I needed. I don’t think it’s the ideal vacation destination for me, but that’s just me. I’d rather be on a cruise ship (yes, even after the issues we’ve heard about on the news), where I can find my quiet corner and gaze out over the big, blue nothing.
Spring break is over and I’m eye-deep in homework once more. Posts will be sporadic, as usual. It’s good to be back.