Vegas fragments

Random thoughts from my Vegas trip. These should probably have been tweets but when I’m traveling, I do not like to be connected to the web at all.

  • The approach to McCarran is best experienced by remembering Sam Kinison’s world hunger routine.
  • The way Vegas handles cabs is fantastically brilliant—particularly the cabstand at McCarran.
  • Three-winged hotels all look the same.
  • Most architectural details (e.g. mansard roofs, roman columns, crenelations, etc.) look silly when they’re 40 stories tall.
  • Gold does not equate to classy.
  • Neither do diamonds.
  • Nor money.
  • I’m an inveterate snob.
  • As legal as it may be, it just feels wrong to walk outside with an open container. I’m not the only one who feels this way, many of us ditched our drinks before leaving the hotel.
  • Cigarette smoke doesn’t bother me as much as I would expect, but it weirds me out to have someone light up right next to me—especially when I’m inside.
  • I prefer crab to lobster.
  • When the server is dressed too sexily, only the douchebags pay attention to her. The rest of us don’t know how to act.
  • If every building has its name on the side in multiple-story lettering, there’s no need to point out and name each building to me.
  • I can keep my sense of direction inside a casino.
  • Ribeye is always a good choice.
  • Outdoor muzak is an abomination.
  • The Wynn has fantastic service.
  • I cannot stand bad acting.
  • If Los Angeles is “one great big festering neon distraction,” what does that make Las Vegas?
  • Everyone I met professed to dislike the Vegas scene.
  • No free Wifi? What the hell? Google should have chosen Vegas for that project.
  • I finally purchased something from Starbucks after managing to avoid doing so for 20 years. Not surprisingly (to anyone who knows me), I ordered a tall cup of milk.

Author: Nick Vossbrink

Blogging about Photography, Museums, Printing, and Baseball Cards from both Princeton New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. On Twitter as @vossbrink, WordPress at, and the web at

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