Saturday, July 24, 2004

Casino Gambling

I've spent part of today trying to plan a trip to LA and Vegas and reading Casino Player Magazine. I'd forgotten how insane Vegas is -- I remember when I went in 1996, my basic summary of the place was: Disneyland for Adults. One of my favorite spectacles at the time was Treasure Island, where the boat sank in front of the Casino every half-hour and the victorious pirates shouted Yar! Come on in and spend all ye gold coins.

The whole place is sort of surreal. Everywhere we went, me and my then-boyfriend kept getting accosted by people offering to marry us. Eating dinner: You guys are so cute! We have a chapel you know! No? What about dessert? Ice cream? With a cherry on top? And maybe a ring? Just the cherry then. Maybe it was because I was a bleach blonde then. Yes, it looked awful.

Today, I've learned that there's swim-up blackjack at the Tropicana, and get this -- soon there'll be a monorail. I thought that was more of a Shelbyville idea.

But I'm looking forward to the trip. I also spent some time today in between writing and reading watching Owning Mahoney, which is based on a real guy who stole a lot of potatoes from Canadian banks, only to lose it all gambling. It was a hard movie to watch -- I always cringe when I watch a movie where you just know the character is going to fuck up everything horribly. It's easy to see how a gambling problem escalates though -- and frightening.

I'm not immune -- I mean, a lot of the movie took place in Atlantic City, and one of the other reactions I had to this movie is: Hmmm... I should probably check that place out.


Blogger Chiba said...

I've got news for you, I was in Vegas last month - the monorail is running. Enjoy!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Toby Leah Bochan said...

not only is the monorail running, but they're calling Treasure Island "TI" now and the pirate show is gone.

1:42 PM  

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