But this time around, it was Steve's birthday. So we at least made it our "goal" to stay up all night. Honestly, I didn't really think it was possible.
But it happened.
And here's the story.
We touched down in Vegas just before 3 PM on May 28th. Memorial Day weekend. Now, I love Steve dearly but he picked a bad day to be born. This was my sixth trip to Vegas, and I've never seen it so crowded. Longest wait ever for a cab (okay, still only 5 minutes or so), traffic on the way to the hotel (at least the cabbie drove somewhat aggressively)...I could go on.
|There was a dumb screen thing outside our window, but hello suite floor!|
|Please excuse the slight blurriness - despite numerous takes, this is the only halfway decent picture of that darn Carousel Bar. Which obviously looks nothing like it does in the movie ;)|
Fast forward 30 minutes and we're in downtown Vegas - Fremont Street. Steve had never been, so I figured it was a must. I kept my $50 and won an additional $45 playing Blackjack at Binion's, formerly The Mint, where Hunter S. Thompson stayed for part of his Vegas trip back in 1971. We ate at Golden Nugget's Carson Street Cafe - nothing amazing, but the prices were right.
After dinner it was time for a real night out. Our names were on the list at Jet, but a friend of mine also had a table and bottle service at Gold at the Aria. We stopped in at Jet just long enough for me to realize that it wasn't any better than I remembered from my 2008 Vegas trip, and headed over to the Aria to close down Gold.
|Mallory and I at Gold|
|Steve and his pimp beer bucket|
Anyway, at this point we took a cab to the Flamingo - our next Fear & Loathing stop and the only one that actually still exists as per the story.
|Proof that we stopped at the Flamingo! Blurry picture tells the tale of how late it was. And how we felt...haha|
|Holy crap, it's daylight! :D|
|New friends at the Mirage! ;)|
|Stumbling from the Bellagio to the Paris...where are we? What time is it? WTF?|
|Doing my best to keep Steve awake - I want to say this was taken around 9:30 AM?|
I will say this much though - it's an experience I'm glad I had and I'll surely be talking about for quite some time ;)
|10 AM-ish. 25 hours awake at this point. I tip my hat off to...well, I'll keep that to myself. ;)|