I was just reading another thread about the Last Vegas movie and thought I would share a few of my thoughts about our beloved town. Hearing about everyone's thoughts about this movie put me in a nostalgic and sentimental mood for some reason and felt it incumbent upon me to share... The first time I ever went to Vegas I stayed at the old Lady Luck downtown and brought $400 to gamble with over a 4 night stay . I went with a buddy of mine who paid for the flight and room so I couldn't complain. I had never been to Vegas and never gambled in my life so it was quite the experience. To this day I remember playing one of those 95% payback bank of slots and winning "something" enough to pay me in gold tokens in chip trays and walking up to my buddy with a I just fu##@* the cat look and him getting pissed that I won... He has a hard time winning. We stayed there the whole time, didn't go anywhere else except for a brief excursion to the Mustang Ranch on his behalf. I sat at the bar and talked to the bartender about being in the military while my friend got his fix. Quite the night. That was my first trip to Vegas and 10 since then. Each have had their memories I will truly never forget. Some are simple, like people watching, the first time I saw the Bellagio fountains, to the smells of each casino that never seem to leave my mind. There truly is no other place on earth that leaves such an everlasting sense of desire, prosperity, anxiety and excitement that Vegas can, even when you're not there. When I leave I feel as though I just left my best friend and when I come back I feel as though I am seeing my best friend for the first time in a long while. When I am in Vegas there are no bosses, no stress, no conference calls, no deadlines and no clocks. And I love every minute of it It is my happy place and thought I would share.