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Unanticipated events that usurp your Vegas vacation time

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by booker, Sep 25, 2019.

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  1. booker

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    After retirement as a school librarian, I worked in sales for a company that sold books, media, educational services, and opening day library collections. The Monday that I arrived, the company scheduled a short, mandatory webinar the for that Wednesday. "Short," I discovered, was four hours.

    I was at the MGM prior to resort fees and WiFi, but I did have my computer and cables with me. Connectivity cost me an arm-and-a-legl. I ordered room service for 6:00am, had no drinks the night before, and hit the bed at a reasonable time – a totally unreasonable thing to do in Las Vegas. Worse, I had to actually think and apply myself, In Vegas! In the morning! Is nothing sacred? That was like 12 years ago and it still grinds my gears.
     
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  2. vegasdev

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    yep that would suck.

    Oct. 2016 I was admitted to the hospital in Vegas. needless to say, that was horrific.
     
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    That's my only worry in Vegas. I don't want to have to see a doctor. I carry 4 cards with me when I'm about town in Vegas...Driver's License, Casino Card, Credit Card and Health Ins Card. Oh, and cash. The machines still only take cash.
     
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  4. VegasBJ

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    my wife coming along usurps my Vegas time!!:eek:
     
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  5. bubbamsu

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    Many years ago my great grandfather passed away at the age of 96 a few days before we were scheduled to go to Vegas for a friends wedding which my wife was in the bridal party. He lived an awesome life, so for most of us it was a celebration of his life rather then the somber sad event that funerals are normally. We had planned on me cancelling my trip and my wife sticking to the schedule so as we can full fill all the obligations, but considering my great grandfather was a gambler, he made his way through the Great Depression playing cards and hustling pool in Detroit, all my aunts/uncles and parents thought it would be fitting and he would want me to go to Vegas for the wedding. They arranged to have the funeral on a Sunday afternoon after normal services so we could make it back to attend it.

    It ended up being a winning trip and we were able to re book the return flight to a red eye at no cost, as if the cost matter at all, but it was a nice thank you from Delta. It was a little odd to leave a wedding in Vegas early to make a funeral in Michigan the next morning and remember to stay sober enough to be able to drive the next morning. The weekend of the high of a wedding to the sadness of a funeral was very fitting of a Vegas trip.
     
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    Nothing really serious thank heavens. We left our beagle (he has since passed) with our daughter and they never really got along all that well. It came to a boiling point one afternoon which resulted in several hours of phone calls to piece things back together. Luckily we were sober at the time (a rarity for us in the motherland). While I am on call 24/7 for work purposes my phone usually lives in the safe when in Vegas. My employers knows I'd be all but useless most of the time while there anyway.
     
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    In October 2017, my grandmother got put in the hospital 3 days before I was going out for Halloween and wasn't expected to make it more than a few days. Since my dad is in a wheelchair and can't really get out of his house without me, I knew I had to cancel so he could be there with her. Oddly enough, when I called to tell my buddy I had to cancel he stopped me before I could say anything to say his grandmother had passed away that morning and he had to cancel. That was a bummer of a week. On a lighter note...

    I usually lose a few hours due to work each trip, but, this was the funniest one. On 04.20.2019, I got a phone call about 3:00 pm about a pretty serious problem at work. I was completely toasted by that point in the day, but, was able to walk my staff through what they needed to do while I was poolside. I went to the little computer room down in the lobby of TI to type up a report/paperwork to forward to my staff and as soon I finished the official that oversees my contract called. I did an awesome job keeping it together and informing him that we had the problem taken care of. Haha just as we were ending the phone call a random guy beside me says pretty loudly "Dude, I'm so fucked up. Let's go see some titties!" and it cracked me up. I then had to explain I was actually in Las Vegas and that guy was not part of my group. He laughed, told me that he was impressed that I could get the work done so quickly in those conditions, and to use a fake name at the strip club. About 4 hours were usurped that day.
     
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  8. HeatherC

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    2018 we had a trip planned for early June. May 16th my husband tore his distal tendon and had to have surgery. So that trip got cancelled. We ended up going late July after he was out of the ROM and could use his arm a bit.

    2019 I ended up with what I though was just food poisoning the last day of our trip. It was an interesting flight home. Ended up going to the doctor 2 days after we got back as my symptom were not going away. Doctor advised I had either Salmonella or E-Coli. It was NOT fun!!

    Hoping for 2020 will be a good trip with no surprises! :)
     
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    We've cancelled any number of trips for various reasons, but thankfully none really dire or life-threatening. Now a few visits have been interrupted when one of us came down with a case of the bug for a day or two, and my dad had a gout flareup one time but we loaded him up with stuff and dragged him around anyway. My mom's first visit, after I suggested we not make a weekend out of sitting around staring at each other at their place and we decided on a split-second departure for Vegas, she forgot most of what she needed clothing- and toiletries-wise. That was easily overcome once in town. Plenty of times I've had work to do while there.

    All insignificant given what some people face. And luckily so.
     
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  10. tmoney25

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    I go quite often for conferences. While this can indeed take away good Vegas time, I'm used to it and I plan accordingly to get around it. Arrive a day early and leave a day or two later usually gets me through.

    The first time I went to the conference I was with my boss. Yeah, you can already see where this is going. Conference was from Monday through Friday. Monday was pre-conference sessions and Friday was post-conference sessions. We arrived Sunday night. We left Saturday morning. He booked the rooms and flights for us. I told him I would like to stay an extra day and he said that I couldn't because company was paying. I said I would pay for the extra night and he said that isn't' allowed because the company is paying for the flight back and the flight back has to be the day of hotel checkout. I questioned why it made a difference, but "company policy". 6 months later he spent a few extra days at a different conference in Florida so he could take his family to Disney World. Company paid for his flight back....

    But wait, there's more. We had to take in every single event held by the conference. Forget that we were bringing our wives along. Sessions ran from 8:30am until 5:00pm. Then there was vendor "party" sessions in the early evening, and conference party events after that, usually ending at 9:00pm. In order to get the best bang for the companies buck we had to attend everything... we planned to bring our wives along. This would not go over with mine. He neglected to tell me that his wife wasn't coming until Wednesday night until after my wife's flight was booked so she could fly with us. So my wife had to spend over 12 hours on her own for 3 days. She isn't the type to solo Vegas for long.

    Then, for the post-conference session. He chose my session for me because it was "his" conference to attend but because it was so big he asked to bring me along to have a 2nd set of eyes and ears. Mine was a full day session of boredom. His was only half-day session, so he went to the pool in the afternoon with our wives while I was in the boring session.

    I really had no Vegas time that trip. I burned the candle at both ends to try and experience Vegas but it just wasn't the same.

    After returning he decided that it wasn't worth it for me to go to conferences like that again. He was gone three years later, and it took me two years to finally ask to go back to that conference.... for that one I arrived on Sunday evening, the opening kickoff event was Monday night, sessions ended Friday before lunch, I stayed until Sunday morning. No questions asked by company. I paid for Saturday night's hotel cost.

    Sorry, this turned into a bit of a vent. I still get triggered when I see my old boss or remember things he did.
     
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    tmoney, please tell me you no longer work with/for this person.
     
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  12. tmoney25

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    No. It was a long 9 years though. I worked at my present company for 3 years with him there. It was actually during a Vegas trip that I told my wife I'm going to get a new job when we return. We returned and I learned that he was moving to one of our clients. I thought I could work with that so I stayed, but he was worse as a client. Thankfully it wasn't daily or even weekly interactions with him so I could limit my exposure to him. I'm not a pushover, but somehow he always got the better of me. He was really good at gaslighting people. Everybody celebrated when he left his job. Both times.
     
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    This trip! My teen’s car A/C went out Monday. That was $917. We live in Florida, where it’s still in the high 90’s, so had to have it fixed, lest she sweat her $200 makeup off.

    Then my Husband woke up yesterday morning looking like he had been punched in the face, he was so swollen, and in pain. A trip to the dentist this morning showed he has a huge crack in his back molar. As I type, he is at the oral surgeon having a root canal, and crown; to the tune of $1937.

    So I’ve had a $3,000 week and it’s only Thursday. I thought about canceling my trip- for about eight seconds.
     
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    I've had to cancel two trips due to health issues. And then there were the three automobile accidents, NONE of which were my fault.
    • July 4, 1991. My mother's 80th birthday trip, driving to the then Union Plaza from the airport, we were stuck in traffic on Sands Ave. getting ready to turn onto the strip, a big Cadillac driven by the woman in charge of Harrah's laundry turned into my new, rented Geo Metro at a whopping 5-10 mph, driving it into the curb and totaling it – right quarter panel, left quarter panel, hood bent bumper, door, light, wheel out of alignment. I never have been in a Geo Metro since. What a piece of junk.
    • December 1993. Driving from downtown to the strip in I-15 in a windstorm, a semi truck in the left lane caused a sheet of metal (road debris) to fly through the air and hit my grill and puncture the left front tire of the rental car.
    • August 2015. Merging onto Tropicana from Reno Ave. near the airport, an old pickup truck that was also merging behind me rear-ended my new, mid-size Chevy, buckling the trunk and ruining the bumper/taillights. The driver was a sign painter who was just off work who had been working inside a sign on the strip in 105° head was rushing home for a cold beer.
    Nowadays, I just Lyft. I'll rent a car if I want to go to Boulder, hike at Red Rock, or hit Mt. Charleston.
     
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    "Emergencies" at work.

    Family drama scenes, which fortunately don't happen much anymore.
     
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    First world problems but the worst usurp in Vegas time for me was when my BIL and SIL couldn't find room lodgings and so asked my wife and me if they could stay in our room.

    BIL snored so loud I actually missed the noise from the freeway.

    BIL hung his stink underwear on the toilet door hook so my wife and I can see it and smell it in all it's glory while sitting on the toilet. (we didn't dare try to touch it)

    We actually had to change our reserved king bed room in the newly renovated tower and change to a 2 queen bed room in the old tower to accommodate our wonderful cheapskate in-laws. (they didn't want to pay regular rate for a room but got no problems throwing hundys at the slot machines).

    What a wonderful usurp in Vegas time for my wife and me that we will never forget nor engage with Bil and Sil ever, ever, EVER AGAIN.
     
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    I was interviewing for my current job and it involved speaking to so many people on the phone. Three of those phone interviews took place during a Vegas trip. The final one was at 7:00 am Vegas time.
     
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    I always like trying to balance clients and others being on Hawaiian or Eastern time, sometimes farther removed, and having to do the phone thing,
     
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    I used to get the dreaded 5 AM Vegas time calls from customers and resellers after retiring at 3. Our vacation coverage was spotty and I missed a few mornings of gaming resolving hot issues for customers. My problem was I actually cared. This while working for a huge technology company and I don't miss it one bit.
     
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    I don’t think I’ve been on too many vacations at all recently without work taking up some time. The joys of being self employment:(
     
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