Is it just me... have I gone and got crotchety? There's still a lot of fun, upbeat threads about Las Vegas here on the VMB, but lately there seems to be a sizable amount of negative this, negative that. Those greedy bastards running airlines. Gas has come down, how dare they not lower their prices! Bad food (see White Castle or any buffet thread) "intestinal distress", "made my farts so bad, it woke me up" (OK that one's pretty funny, but still). Rip-off casinos (see anything about CET/Loveman or any comps thread). And with the exception of a recent resort-fee thread (I don't know how the VMB resort-fee militia missed it (maybe the AARP meeting was in session), as there was actually some general and reluctant "acceptance" comments made.) The anti-resort fee mob continues their willingness to stay in a hostel, as long as it doesn't have the fee. Taxi Drivers need to be in jail (see anything Long-Haul) by the way the Taxi Cab Authority yesterday alerted the legislature that they're requesting six-(6) new enforcement agents to focus exclusively on long-hauling. If approved they'll start in July. Clubbers and party-goers... damn LA trust fund babies... how do you know where they're from, where they got their money... and why the hell do you hate them so much? Las Vegas shows now apparently suck. Rental cars are too damn much. Hell, even Joe's got a slight beef with Main Street Station!!!! Now I know that times are changing and judging by so many comments here, not for the best, and this board is to alert folks to both the good and the bad, as well as to pontificate. It just seems like there's more than the "usual" amount of criticizing being done lately. Has the board become a bastion for "nattering nabobs of negativism" (credit Agnew/Safire) or are there still some Vegas freaks out there who fly out, lose their minds, have a blast and return home in a fog only to wanna do it all again as soon as possible? Count me in the Vegas Lovin' Freaks group... I'm there once a month for business and yeah the company pays for my travel, room, food, etc., but as a partner in the company I'm not really on someone else's nickel. Certainly every cent I gamble with is my own. I get excited before each and every trip and hell... I already live in Nevada. I love the excitement that you can feel on the plane, I love the anticipation you can feel at McCarran of all those arriving. It's a FUN place to visit and party in and it's a mini-vacation for me EVERY single time!