Thursday, April 05, 2007

good times

thirteen things i did and/or learned during my parents' first visit to las vegas earlier this week

week #25

1. be at the airport, in the right spot, to pick them up on time. that way if they take a different escalator, can't find you and think you've forgotten about their visit, they at least hear airport sounds in the background of the phone call

2. people watch at the airport. my parents flew in on a sunday, the day most people fly out. you can really tell the difference between the happy people flying into vegas on friday night and the bedraggled people flying home on sunday afternoon. yikes. bachelor/bachelorette parties really take a toll on some people.

3. despite being nearly thirty, i think my parents are always impressed when i cook for them, or possibly that i can cook and no one dies mid dinner.

4. drive around and point at all the spectacles including condos starting at the mid 800's, cabs with a dozen naked butts, pink stucco gas stations and cell phone towers disguised as really really tall palm trees.

5. there are several inexpensive and/or free things to do on the strip, my favorite of which are the fountains and the gardens at the bellagio.

6. visit shoe stores that are supposed to be selling discount shoes. get there and realize the cheapest shoes are over $100 (i don't know why we were surprised, the outlet was next door to a lamborghini dealership after all). get into the car and drive to the shoe store with the big sign in the window: hundreds of shoes $3.99

7. visit all the various breakfasty restaurants their hometown does not offer: blueberry hill, IHOP, the original pancake house, etc

8. watch the NCAA championship and cheer for florida. not because we especially like florida or hate ohio (though they are probably going to have a complex if they lose to florida in baseball this summer) but because we want donevan to move to kentucky (and the best time to negotiate any move is after a big win).

9. eat your weight in ice cream. i sprained my ankle this week. can't run anyway, might as well eat ice cream. peanut butter cup. cookie dough. cookies n cream. butter pecan. yum yum yum.

10. if you want to go to hoover dam, prepare for this to be an all day event. yes, its only twenty or so miles outside of town, but the last billion of those miles seem like a parking lot. i think the last four miles took over an hour. and then there would be funny signs telling us to reduce speed up ahead...

11. not everybody wants to try new things. i took my parents and andrew to a little mexican place that served more authentic dishes. mom got her standard chimi. dad got a burrito. andrew cried because he couldn't order enchilada suprema. i was the only one who tried something i'd never had before. but they were happy with their things so maybe i shouldn't press them for change.

12. drive around and point at all the specticals including how every community is gated but the gate isn't ever closed, or how every community has a wall but the wall is only four feet high, or how some roads are three lanes and sixteen ft wide and some roads are one lane and thirty two feet wide, and just in general the shear number of sea green stucco houses.

13. saying good bye is always hard, whether you live two hundred miles away or two thousand.


  • At 8:48 PM , Blogger JennyMcB said...

    I enjoyed your list! Just to let you know, my parents are always amazed when I cook a decent meal, and I am 46! Sounds like a fun visit and good info on the Hoover dam visit.

  • At 9:02 PM , Blogger Vader's Mom said...

    What a wonderful list. I've only been to Vegas once, but I can relate to most of the things you listed. We really loved the Bellagio...and the Blue Man Group!

  • At 9:28 PM , Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

    Sounds like a fun visit. Sorry about your ankle; did the ice cream make it feel better? *grin*

    Happy TT!

  • At 12:29 AM , Blogger Nadine said...

    It all sounds about normal for Vegas, really! I was born and raised there, left 13 years ago for Germany with my Air Force husband. We've visited once, but probably won't ever live in Vegas again.

    My first TT is here!

    Happy TT!

  • At 12:44 AM , Blogger Miscellaneous-Mum said...

    It's hard to get people to be adventurous when eating, isn't it? Don't know why! Thanks for visiting me :)

  • At 2:46 AM , Blogger Ingrid said...

    ain't vegas great??? i like going there for the weekend!! i always have tons of fun!! everything there's just great!! food, shopping, shows!!!!

  • At 4:06 AM , Blogger PJ said...

    I suppose the definition of a discount is in the eye of the beholder...

    My brother's going to Vegas soon, so I'll tell him to check out your list.

  • At 7:30 AM , Blogger Joely Sue Burkhart said...

    Sounds like you had a great visit! Happy TT.

  • At 8:59 AM , Anonymous Barbara H. said...

    I'm afraid I am not very adventurous in eating, either, especially when traveling -- my stomach is always not-quite-right until I get home.

    Sounds like a fun visit, and sounds like Vegas is a colorful place! I admit I had pretty much thought of it as just casinos, but knew on some level there was more to it.

  • At 10:17 AM , Blogger Janet said...

    "cabs with a dozen naked butts" ... huh? I'm going to Vegas in June for a birthday celebration and this would be great to point out to my friends LOL!

  • At 4:29 PM , Blogger Ctina said...

    Thanks for the comment! I love people watching at airports too! Its so fun to sit in the coffee shop and watch!

  • At 5:15 PM , Blogger FRIGGA said...

    Good list, I love walking through the Belagio too. My TT13 is up at

  • At 6:35 PM , Blogger Amy Ruttan said...

    I've always wanted to go to Vegas. Great TT!

    Thanks for dropping by mine.


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