Vegas Blog: I’m Shocked, Shocked to Find Gambling is Going On Here!

Flew into Las Vegas today for business, with jet service provided by Northwest. The first time on a flight where I’ve ever wanted a pillow, and Northwest doesn’t do pillows anymore. I could have used the nap since I was awakened at 4:00 a.m. by the storm sirens. I wasn’t too concerned about that since in our neighborhood the sirens can be set off by geese flatulence, but I knew there was no going back to sleep then and little to be found on the plane. Fair warning, then, that my first day’s impressions of Vegas may be tinged with a bit of the crabbies.

Another member of our group flew in on Southwest Airlines, which ran a lottery for its Vegas-bound customers. Everyone who wanted to threw in a dollar with his or her seat number written on it, and the winning seat won the whole pot. The winner was an 18 year old girl who picked up around $150 and was, reportedly, all “Ohmigaw, Ohmigaw, Ohmifreakinggaw!” If it had been me I’m sure my reaction would have been more along the lines of, “Jolly good! Pip, pip and cheerio, what?”

Did you know, gambling is legal in Nevada? You get off the plane and right there in the concourse is a bank of slot machines. Say, isn’t prostitution legal, too? These must be stationed out by baggage claim.

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