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January 11, 2004
Las Vegas - Walkin' the Strip
So leaving Las Vegas is always a sad time. We reflect on some of the good and bad of what we saw.
Good: We already mentioned the Bellagio Buffet. The line is worth it, trust us.
Bad: The Pirate show at Treasure Island has gone from Naval Battle to lame TnA. Hopefully they'll realize this and dump the limp Sirens of TI soon. (And can Kurt Vonegut sue over the name we wonder?)
Limp: New Star Trek Borg 4D show hadn't opened yet. Expecting another trip back when it does, we skipped the Star Trek Experience at the Hilton.
Good: Finally a good Magician at the Houdini chain. These magic shops now litter most of Vegas. Most of the magicians here come across pretentious or like jaded used car salesmen. But we were entertained by the talent and charm of Joey Burton at the Caesars' outlet. Even though we were already familiar with all the tricks shown, he made them fun again and was great with the crowd. The worst Houdini guys, hands down, were the ones at the Venetian.
Bad: There are more punky white guys trying to look gangsta' bad in Vegas. They're all so painfully sad, throwing the West Coast/East Coast sign, but you know they all work at Wall Mart in real life. Guys, rude and drunk does not make you macho.
Sad: Simple sign in the Mirage saying that the ticket office for Siegfried and Roy was closed.
Tired: Women in sweat pants with words like "Juicy" on the booty. Honey, if you think you have to advertise then you need self-esteem counseling.
Awful: We used to love and recommend Drai's but no more. They had a great Duck Confit, but everything else stank. Very pedestrian tuna tar-tar with a pile of raw onions to give it some life - sigh. And the wine list was from hell (we knew and brought our own.) We hadn't even gotten our bill when the waiter asked if we could take our wine to the lounge to give up the table. The coffee he gave us by way of apology was rank. You don't spend $250 on dinner and get treated that way.
Good - The Aqua wine bar in Bellagio kept pouring new wines without remembering to put it on the bill. We "borrowed" some of their goblets, walking around the casino, and they didn't blink when we returned them hours later (we did sit down for a second helping though.) Maybe we'll eat there next time.
Amazing: The Cirque du Solei show "O" at Bellagio (seeing a theme here?) Yeah it's $120 a seat, but you're going to be blown away. (Row 6 center doesn't hurt much either.) Make reservations, it sells out.
Aside from that... well, it stays in Vegas.
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