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your thoughts while reading the posts

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by rugbysteve, May 17, 2002.

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  1. rugbysteve

    rugbysteve Low-Roller

    May 13, 2002
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    hey there... I love reading the trip reports. Some are great, some are okay, but most do a good job of reminding me of the fun of Sin City. Here is my general question to other trip report readers. While reading the reports do you make generalizations about people and build mental pictures of them in your head. I can't help but be really critical of the people I read about.. thinking things like... Can this person be this stupid. I can't believe they did this or that. Or wow, I could totally party with this person or group. I never leave any negative messages, because I appreciate the fact that people share their stories and realize we are all different. But, I totally judge people based on the way they write their stories. Does anyone do this? Do you form totally biased opions about people just based on their experiences? Just curious??
  2. VEGAS $$$

    VEGAS $$$ Tourist

    Feb 16, 2002
    No I try not to form judgments on people based on something as insignificant in life as a trip report.

    I like to take into consideration these things:

    1. The person writing the report may not be very good at writing or story-telling

    2. I am sure people leave out lots of details and information they did on their trip. So the information you are given in the report is NOT the whole picture.

    3. Like life, the internet is filled with people from every walk of life. What some people "fall for" others do not based on their life experiences and how they were brought up.

    4. Who am I to say what is stupid and what isn't? I would feel pretty bad if someone told me for instance that me going to the Shark Reef was stupid because *fill in the blanks*.

    Now, can you clarify what you meant by doing stupid things? I may be way off track with my answers.

    BTW: It is not MY trip report you are referring to in your post is it? (feeling self-conscience now) :(

  3. bigdogmom

    bigdogmom VIP Whale

    Mar 9, 2002
    Aurora, CO
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I definitely form a mental picture of the people writing trip reports (and the people they write about). And yes, sometimes I find myself judging them as well, but usually I just try to read, form pictures in my mind, and enjoy.
  4. HurricaneMikey

    HurricaneMikey A-List Buffoon

    Jan 25, 2002
    Southeast of Sin City
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Yeah Steve, I think you're right on.... Good writing inspires me, makes me want to write a good trip report. But I've read a few "uninspiring" reports lately.

    But hey, this isn't a literary critique circle, it's about Vegas junkies getting together to share stories and keep the rest of us excited.

    Good times, indeed.

  5. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

    Nov 28, 1999
    Western Washington
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I don't judge. [​IMG] Not everyone has the time and energy it takes to write one of those novella trip reports. Some people don't remember the little details. Other people don't want to share that much.

    I put EVERYTHING into my trip reports. Sometimes too much information. Like the sounds in the bathroom at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay... the time Dan said my butt smelled like cigarettes.. etc. Sometimes I worry that people don't want to know that kind of stuff, but then I figure that if you don't like it, you can skip over it. [​IMG]

    I love every trip report. The only kinds I don't like are the kind where everything sucked. "Our flight sucked.. the hotel sucked.. the food sucked.. the gaming sucked.. the service sucked.. I'm a big grouch and I hate everyone and everything.. " Makes me want to say why did you even bother leaving the house? :rolleyes:

    Anyway.. I like the novel and I like the one paragraph that says "we stayed at blahblah and saw this show and did that thing. The pool was the best part."
  6. lorio

    lorio Tourist

    Feb 26, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario
    I love reading trip reports. Like anything, some are better than others. Some days I have the time to read the longer detailed ones and somedays I have a few mins. to quickly read over the hightlights. They are all good.

    And, it depends on me that day - what I am looking for and how much effort and time do I have?

    So, I recently posted at trip report - Now you have got me wondering..was is ok?

    lorio :D
  7. Flipster777

    Flipster777 Tourist

    Apr 11, 2002
    <blockquote>quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by lorio:
    So, I recently posted at trip report - Now you have got me wondering..was is ok?<hr></blockquote>

    [​IMG] I liked your trip report Lorio! [​IMG]

    My feeling is this.. if you find yourself analizing the situation or judging.. maybe reading certain trip reports isn't your thing, ya know? For me, I like to read them all cause I am a Vegas junkie.. some of the "lingo" goes over my head.. but maybe it should [​IMG]
    You'd be amazed at the things you can learn if you don't judge people. [​IMG]
    Oh.. and I am leaving in t-minus 12 hours for 6 DAYS so my trip report will be SUPER long.. hee heee :D
  8. Go Blue

    Go Blue Tourist

    Sep 23, 2001
    Boston MA
    What are the main reasons you guys read trip reports? Is it because you like reading about people's experiences in Vegas? Or is it because you like getting opinions and suggestions for things to do on future trips?

    Do you like reading the hour-by-hour reports that most people on this board use? That's the format I used for my trip last fall.
    For my upcoming June trip, I was thinking about eschewing that format and just writing mini-reviews of every hotel, restaurant, show, and nightclub I went to.
  9. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

    Feb 24, 2002
    North Carolina
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    What I "read" for in a trip report usually depends on whether I'm planning a specific trip or just reading for enjoyment. Currently I'm planning, so I'm reading a little more critically, trying to figure out what goes on my "must-do" list and what goes on the "if there's time" to-do list. But I enjoy them all. Sometimes if I'm reading a more brief report and I want more info, all I have to do is post a follow-up question. I usually get visions in my head of the writer, but don't much go beyond that. Illusion is fun--that's why I love reading but don't like to see films made from books in case the actor doesn't look like MY version of the character ;)
  10. Coecat

    Coecat Low-Roller

    Aug 21, 2001
    The trip reports are my favorite part of this board. I will admit I do form mental images of the writer and (hate to admit this) sometimes form judgements. [​IMG] I know I shouldn't. I read them because I like hearing about what people do and enjoy in Las Vegas. I often learn things and form opinions about what I would or would not like to do on my next trip. And, oh, that vicarious thrill of being in Vegas when I, myself, won't be going for several months!! And the envy of the big wins! It just builds that feeling of anticipation for my next trip that I could be the next lucky one--although it might take a while on my favorite nickel machines--LOL! :rolleyes:

    While I tend to like the "hour by hour" format with all the little details, any way that the writer wants to share his/her experience is ok with me! Like it says above, I can always post a follow-up question if I want more info.

    Some of the reports really crack me up--those are my favorites--where people find the humor in their vacation, even if there were things that "sucked." (Remember the reference to the movie, Indecent Exposure?)

    Keep those reports coming!

    Debbie :D
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