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aug 24-26 trip report

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by chef, Sep 1, 2003.

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  1. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

    Apr 20, 2002

    My Trip Report

    Even though I was just in Vegas a couple weeks earlier, I decided to go back again.
    The trip was okay, but I never got into the flow of things mentally.
    Stayed at the Stardust (one night at $44, the night free) and enjoyed room on 25th floor that looked out over Strip. I know a lot of people bash the Stardust, but I like the feel and nostalgia of it.
    Being a Vegas history buff, I really enjoyed the display that the Stardust had in its lobby of 45 years of being a casino. I don't know how much longer it will be up, but if you get over that way, it is worth checking out. A lot of neat old photos and information. They also had a video playing with actual footage from the earlier times.
    Otherwise, did the usual stuff - went downtown in the evening and walked the Strip.
    Generally, Vegas is an exciting place, but this time, it didn't do it for me. Maybe, you need to space your trips out to enjoy things better. Don't get me wrong. It wasn't a bad trip, but not as exciting as what we've had in the past.
    To give you an indication of our lack of exploration - we even ate in the Stardust three of the four meals we had. The other meal was the $5.99 prime rib (always good) at the California.
    Food is one of my favorite things about Vegas and I never was even in the mood to check out better places.
    After eating at a Todai in San Diego in January, I wanted to try the one in Alladin, but never made it. Maybe the Stardust coffee shop baked chicken dinner I had the night before took my appetite away.
    The craps were so-so. As usual, it is not as much fun when you're losing as when you are winning.
    I could have even stayed a day longer, as I had pre-paid for a night at the Riviera, but I ended up changing my flight and coming home Tuesday instead of Wednesday.
    After I got back, I did kind of regret leaving early. I kept thinking of what I could be doing in Vegas, instead of being at home.
    I guess what I learned from all this is that Vegas is the same no matter when you go. The only reason I didn't enjoy it as much as I had other times is that I was not in a Vegas frame of mind.
    Prior to leaving, I did not have that anticipation needed to appreciate things. Two weeks between trips is not enough time for that to build up.
    I also felt a little guilty about traveling too much. It's hard to enjoy Vegas when you think maybe you should be at home or work.
    I'm sure when I go back in December, I'll be raring to go again.
  2. retropia

    retropia Guest

    Vegas history is fun, so I'll have to check out that exhibit at the Sahara.

    I agree that anticipation is the best part about any vacation. When done right, anticipation can give you a positive outlook towards things that inevitably go wrong during the trip.

    The flip side is that if your expectations are too high, and you've convinced yourself that everything will be perfect, the first thing that goes wrong can spoil the trip for some people.

    You'll have plenty of time to whip yourself into a frenzy between now and December.
  3. Coaster Kikky

    Coaster Kikky Tourist

    Jan 8, 2003
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I don't know if this is a widely known word, since it is made up, but the roller coaster enthusiasts use a word to describe what you just said... it's "anticipointment"

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