What Happens In Vegas...

You know, the whole "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" thing is real. I mean, it's not just a commercial or an ad slogan - they make you sign a confidentiality agreement before you board your plane to leave. So with that in mind, please don't repeat anything that you read here.

One of the best moments of the trip came on the first day I was there - at the Hoover Dam. Of course, the joke of the day was the "dam tour" joke a la Vegas Vacation. And so we were standing on one of the observation decks when a older couple asked if one of my friends or I could take a picture of them. Sure thing. So, I take the camera, square them up in the view finder and say, "OK, hold still - I'm gonna take your dam picture." Seth completely lost it, and the couple smirked, but I'm not 100% sure that they got the joke. They may have thought I was just some asshole guy who was pissed to be taking a picture for them. Either way, score one for me! I got some great pictures of - and from - the new overpass bridge. Check out my twitter feed to find a picture that I posted of the dam.

We saw two shows while I was there: Penn & Teller and Cirque du Soleil Beatles LOVE. Both were great. Penn & Teller were a lot of fun, and I can officially say that I've heard Teller speak! However, due to the Nevada penalties for revealing certain Las Vegas information I am not going to tell you how that occurred. And obviously at Beatles LOVE the highlight was the music. I had to see it since the Beatles are such a huge part of my musical foundation, and the way that they stripped, reworked, and remixed the Beatles recordings was just phenomenal. And not to give anything away, but one of the most exciting moments was right the beginning of the show when the mysterious first song built and then dropped into the true opening of the show. I literally got chills.

Question: what kind of food in Vegas is the best? Answer: comped food. Our last day there we had two complimentary meals at the M hotel/casino - one at the buffet and one at Anthony's Burgers & Brews (amazing burgers). I tweeted during my trip about how great the M is and this is one of the reasons why. Sure, you can gamble anywhere, but you're not going to get that kind of attention on the strip. A place like the MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay or Venetian has such a never-ending flow of tourists and fantasy campers that you're never going to get any kind of attention unless you're dropping some serious money. But the people at the M are so great to deal with and always make you feel welcome; and the atmosphere is just classy, lacking the gaudiness of the strip. And that's why we keep going back.

And in the end, I'm back home in NY. Our flight was delayed coming home but all's well that ends well. I was already being asked when I'm going back out. Who knows? Maybe sooner than I think.

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