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.
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!”
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”).
What he saw through his lens (from my angle):
A couple who truly look happy.
This actually may be THE hand that the Beatles wanted to hold.
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!
To be continued…