Ahh, Las Vegas. Hawaii’s ninth island. Where all the Hawaii folks go hoping to get lucky.
Ever wonder why Hawaii folks are drawn to Vegas like termites to a light? Is it for the fun? Or the food? Or the free rooms?
I have a theory – but it’s just that – a theory. With the cost to own a home in Hawaii, it takes almost a whole lifetime of work just to pay off your home. But a nice, say $1.5 million jackpot would easily pay off the mortgage. And that’s after taxes. Would still have to work to pay for utilities, home insurance, property tax, etc. but not having a mortgage would make life so much more relaxing.
Dreams put aside, what other reasons do people go to Vegas for?
Me and Paula love the shopping. The 2 outlet malls. Being MLC, we still refer to the one by the airport as Belz since it used to be called Belz Outlets about 15 years ago. And the one by downtown – we just refer to that one as the downtown outlet.
And there’s the Burlington stores that has good deals. Something like a Ross but much, much more organized. Think TJ Max with Ross prices.
And of course Trader Joe’s for the omiyage. But there’s also Dollar Tree stores where everything actually costs a dollar!
What else is the draw to Vegas. FOOD. Yes, In-n-Out burger. Always have to have an I-N-O burger when visiting Vegas. And if you ever go the the super busy one just off of Tropicana, there is a I-N-O logo store right next to it. It looks like an old service station. You can get some cool I-N-O gear there.
And there’s Five Guys Burgers in LV too. Yeah, we have one here now – but it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg for a burger in Vegas – like it does here.
And there’s Olive Garden there and Applebee’s restaurants. I especially like Applebee’s. They have this sizzling steak with a spicy, cajun like rub on it. So ono. It’s called a Bourbon Street Steak. Here, take a look;
Another stop that we’ve been making lately is Monta Chaya Ramen in Henderson. Good ramen with excellent prices. Not the kine $12 for a bowl of ramen. More like $6 – $7.
And then there’s good ol’ Market Street Cafe in The California Hotel. I must say that their salad bar is pretty good. And the Crispy Chinese Chicken is ono. Takes little while because it’s a whole 1/2 chicken – like a huli-huli chicken. Deep fried with Chinese spices on it and drizzled with a sweet sauce. Worth the wait. And the short-ribs is good too. Local, teriyaki kine. Big pieces.
Okay, ‘nough about food. Getting hungry. Oh, I just read that a couple of Chic-fil-a’s just opened in Vegas.
Oh yeah, the gambling! Me and Paula aren’t table players. We stick to the machines. Poker and Keno. Sometimes the slots. I especially like the multi-card keno because you know how if you pick 5 numbers in a line, the 5 numbers on the next line come out? So you move your five numbers to that line, and the ones that you had before comes out? Frustrating, yeah? So with multi-card Keno, I fool the machine and pick the first 5 numbers on one card and the other 5 numbers on another card. And whaddya know – 5 numbers on a different line comes out. Lose money.
Nah, but if you’re patient and don’t chase – sooner or later – she hit. Sometimes later can be an hour later. Or the next day. Or the next trip to Vegas – but she hit.
As for Megabucks – gotta try. Put $30 in, spin 10 times. If no hit, oh well. Try again tomorrow. Just no chase!
Talk about chasing. One time Paula and I were watching this girl playing the $5 Wheel of Fortune. That’s $10 a spin. And she really wanted to hit the spin. We watched her drop like $400 in less than 5 minutes without hitting the spin once! And more worse, her player’s card wasn’t inserted good so wasn’t registering. But I wasn’t about to tell her. She looked futless and was determined to hit that spin. I hope she was playing with house money.
How about the weather? We love the cold. There were a couple of times that we experienced snow flurries blowing around when we were out shopping. But they didn’t last too long. Other times we watched thunderstorms pass through from our hotel room. Awesome lightening show! But those storms blow through so fast. One time it was nice and dry. We ate dinner and when we were done, a couple came in saying how they were caught in a huge downpour. Really? We go outside to see – all pau. We missed it. Only could see the trailing lightening from the storm moving on.
Oh, but the summer heat – killahs. I’ll take cold over hot anytime. The 100+ degree temperatures just drains the energy out of me. Paula and I like the cold so much that one time it was super cold so we stopped by a Starbucks and bought a coffee. Just 1 coffee that we shared. Then we took it outside and sat on the cold chairs while we passed the hot cup of coffee back and forth to warm up our hands. The locals sitting inside were probably looking at us and saying “Must be Hawaii tourists”.
Checking out The Strip. Been there, done that. Glad we did because now they charge for parking! Big time! For the longest time, I always appreciated the free parking. That’s what brought us to places like MGM, New York, New York, Paris, Bellagio, and other strip hotels to check it out. And of course we dropped some bucks as we played the machines there. But now, it’s like Waikiki. We just drive through and enjoy the sights from the road. Maybe we’ll go to the places where parking is still free – like South Point, or Orleans, or Rio.
Okay, my hands getting itchy. Better start looking for good air-fares.
How about you MLCer’s? What’s your draw to Lost Wages? The food? The shopping? The clubbing – No act, this is MLC. Okay, maybe the shows. The buffets? The cold weather? The hot weather? Friends and/or relatives? I can’t wait for the Raiders to move to Vegas! Just win, baby! Yeah – Vegas, baby!
Another awesome Give2Live event coming up to benefit the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry. All star line-up of Divas!