Sin City.

23 06 2007

The dust-covered Honda Odyssey sped through the parched desert at breakneck speeds of nearly 50 miles an hour (joke). Bug-splatter by bug-splatter, the van trudged its way through the broiler that seemed to transform all color into sandy browns and pale yellows. The rounded mountains lay silent as the lazy sun slowly made its arc over the sky and I fell into a deep sleep.

Awoken by the sounds of annoyingly loud soft rock played by my step-father, I opened my eyes to see that we were still not there. I went back to sleep.


Lots and lots of lights. Everywhere.

Las Vegas.

The city of gambling, drinking, sex and downright craziness.

I’m only 18.

Well, that’s pretty much it.

Just kidding.


From a 9-pound lobster cooked at a Chinese resteraunt, to steaming hot pho, to one of those famous Las Vegas Buffets, to dining on fillet mignon 109 stories off the ground, I have to say, the food was spectacular.


I’d have to say the best part of this trip was spending time with my family, especially my brother. I never really appreciated what he did for me when I was younger, but as I get older, I start realizing more and more that he’s always been there for me. He finally graduated, so this trip was for him and my step-sister. We walked the strip after dinner and joked around about all the hooker/stripper ads that the Mexican people were always handing out. We played a couple of games and headed to the pool–he knew I couldn’t do anything else, so he hung out with me. Thanks bro.


  • We headed to the Mandalay Bay Aquarium one day and I am a sucker for animals, so I was pretty exited to see everything. There were sharks that looked like they had saws for mouths, golden crocodiles, exotic plants and flowers, lion-fishes, eels, and pretty neat architecture (alternated from jungle to ancient ruins to a sunken ship).
  • My brother and I rode the roller coaster at New York New York for 12.50. We’re still not sure if it was worth it, but regardless, it was fun. Huge drops, lots of turns and loops. fun.
  • My stepsister and I rode a ride called X-Scream (corny, I know) on the stratosphere tower. It was the first time I got nervous about a ride in years. The ride pretty much consisted of a…well, I dunno the site describes it this way:
      • Ever played on a teeter-totter 866 feet high? With the X-Scream, you can! With a space age, yet simplistic design resembling a massive teeter-totter unlike anything you’ve ever seen, the X-Scream will propel you and several other riders head-first, 27 feet over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower. Try not to scream when you go over the edge….you don’t want to scare the other riders! After being shot over the edge, you’ll dangle weightlessly above the Las Vegas strip before being pulled back and propelled over again for more.

Well, that’s pretty much what I did in Vegas. I did more, but I don’t feel like writing all the details in.

Later Days,





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