My Trip to Vegas: Part 2

I got caught up with the idea that the only way people can interact with a place like Las Vegas (or the Bellagio) is through a camera, so I took pictures of people taking pictures of people.

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The camera is also the way people interact with each other. There’s a lot of bossing around involved: “Stand over there!” “Smile!” “Johnny! Quit making that ridiculous face!”

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Why is it that so many of us are compelled to record our outings? The camera records the experience, but the very act of having a camera in your hand while having the experience changes the experience.

Do you find there’s a difference between being in a place with a camera vs being in a place without it? I like to take pictures, but I also like to go to a place, say, the Acropolis or something, and just be there. You know, feel the ancient vibes.

The vibe in Vegas is weird because the place ate its own history. Old Vegas is gone, and new mega-Vegas with its monstrously large hotels is here to stay. You can read about the tiny shreds of Old Vegas still intact here (appropriately called the “Nostalgia Tour”).

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What he saw through his lens (from my angle):

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A couple who truly look happy.

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This actually may be THE hand that the Beatles wanted to hold.

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Only in Vegas? Especially in Vegas!

We did the buffet thing. The Scout generally beelines for the prime rib, then mixes straight horseradish with creamy horseradish to go with it. His sinuses enjoy the experience.

In the last couple of trips to Vegas, we’ve tried the buffets at the Mirage, Planet Hollywood, the Bellagio, and Mandalay Bay. So far, the Mirage wins for best overall quality. Plus, you get to see their 20,000 gallon saltwater aquarium, which is an awesome Vegas freebie.

The Bellagio’s buffet serves champagne in wine glasses. We managed to arrive the end of the brunch session, and watched them bring out the dinner stuff. The Scout had a crab leg for desert. Vegas!

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To be continued…

My Trip to Vegas: Part 1

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10 Responses to “My Trip to Vegas: Part 2”

  1. jeanhasbeenshopping Says:

    I love Vegas! This is an excellent view of Vegas visitors. You’re right – that girl’s hand is beautiful!

  2. dbs Says:

    I hate HATE Vegas but I love LOVE this post.

  3. Pasadena Adjacent Says:

    I love old Las Vegas

    http://pasadenaadjacent.com/2009/01/01/out-with-the-new-in-with-the-old/

  4. AmyR Says:

    I really find that I need to leave the camera in its bag sometimes. Always experiencing things through a lens isn’t necessarily for the best.

    Great post, and thanks for the tips on the buffets. I think you like to see Vegas like I do. We’re generally in for a weekend, we see a show, check out the decorations at the Bellagio, eat, and then we’re done for a solid year. 🙂

  5. Cafe Observer Says:

    Or via their mobile phone

  6. pippi Says:

    Yes, the camera takes you one step back into your head, doesn’t it?

  7. Petrea Says:

    Oh gosh. Vegas kind of creeps me out. But I know a lot of people love it.

  8. Fun with Bo Says:

    I love Vegas. The perfect place to take a break after non-stop action protecting the world.

  9. Christina Says:

    The Scout looks like he’s having a BLAST. What fun!

  10. Sister Wolf Says:

    I admit that I love a good buffet.

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