Feels like such a long time ago…

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It’s hard for me to believe it was 10 years ago this month that I visited Las Vegas for the first time. I was still in my 20’s at the time! A group of friends from college joined for the weekend vacation. We stayed at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino and walked the strip, which I now know is a much more pleasant experience during the spring and fall. We passed by the M&M store while walking the strip. I didn’t even know this place existed. I also remember doing quite well at the blackjack table at Stratosphere. That turned turned out to be quite the anomaly now that I’ve been to Vegas countless times. And those $2 blackjack tables are very hard to come by nowadays. Good times!

3 thoughts on “Feels like such a long time ago…”

  1. Don’t worry about losses – remember… they’re just chips!

    A recap of my trip to the Met game yesterday with the family… (another) terrible loss for the Mets, but always nice to get to the park. Son enjoyed the game and rooting for David Wright, daughter could be bothered by it all.

    Some guy sitting to my left was texting and reading (??) his phone ALL GAME – when I saw all game I mean it. I doubt the guy watched 5 minutes of the game.

    Finally, apparently, people now go to the stadium to hang out in the ‘clubs’ within the stadium. Some of these people even watch the game on TV inside those clubs! But a lot were just hanging out at the bar area.

  2. Baseball is never going to be the “sit at the edge of your seat” type of event. The game starts slow and, assuming the game is close, momentum builds through the end. During the early part of a game, while the game is slow, I enjoy taking a stroll of the stadium to get different vantage points… and eat a hot dog or two.

    With that, I’ve come to terms with the fact that people don’t enjoy the game as much as I do. However, why would anyone spend the money (and time/traffic) to go to a game and not actually take in the sights and sounds?! Even worse, why look at your phone the whole time or go to a bar where you can barely see the game. Might as well go to a local bar and save the cost of tickets to watch the game on TV. Doesn’t make sense.

  3. I tell you what I’d like to see at a ball game, but doubt I ever will…. I’d like to see a game with no funneled in background noise. That means no music being blasted in the stadium, no more “Fan Noise-O-Meters” encouraging screaming, no more pumped up song ditties when guys are coming up to bat.

    I’d love to hear the pure sounds of the game, the fans, perhaps even the chatter from the players.

    I’ll admit, I do like to hear what music guys come up to bat for. Personally, I’d go up to bat to some obscure song from the Police. How about you K?

    I always liked Piazza strolling up to the plate to the opening bars of “Back in the Saddle Again” by Aerosmith.

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