Las Vegas    Dec 2007
Yes it was Vegas again. This time for a dance competition for Louise. It was a regional
competition in Country and Western Dance and included everything from Waltz to Two Step. Louise
did very well in her own age and skill bracket placing 5 firsts and 1 second her group of 3 ladies.
She also received 4 firsts, 1 second, and 1 third in the Age group below hers, which was good enough to
get her first place in both the Open Novice and Crystal Novice groups. (They divide the competitors
by both age group and skill level. Open, Crystal, Diamond, and Platinum for the ages groups
and Novice, Intermediate, and Expert for the skill levels)
The Competition was held in the Riviera Hotel on the Strip. For a competition or conference the hotel
was fine, but I would stay elsewhere if I was just going for vacation. The location is good, but
the food choices are poor and the gambling not very good.
The Dance Comp
Various pictures from the Dance Competition. Louise and her instructor Albert. In each age and skill
group there were six different dances. All of the competitors danced with an instructor. Each dance
lasts about a minute and a half and has between 3 and 8 couples on the floor at the same time.
Picture wise, I'll have to get a better camera for events like these. This is the limit of what your
basic consumer digital camera will do under low light and high movement conditions.
The Vegas Strip
The Wynn Hotel in Vegas. Yes 2.7 Billion buys a very, very, nice hotel. Thankfully its free to
walk through and see the sites. Just look at the table minimums very carefully before sitting down.
We saw a $100 minimum table in the general area, so I can only imagine what the high roller tables
are like. The design philosophy here was "indirect light good", "direct light bad". The entire
hotel eats and breathes class and expense. Well worth a walk through.
Eating out in Vegas is a hit or miss affair. Whatever you have heard in the past about cheap
food is just that, "in the past". Prices are definitely up everywhere we went. The only "deals"
we saw were for high-end dinners. You could have an OK dinner for $15-$20 anywhere or spend the
extra and have a $30 main course at the Paris restaurant that was absolutely stellar. Likewise, you
could have the standard buffet at the Circus Circus for $15 or have the best Brunch buffet I've had in
my entire life for $30 at the steakhouse in the Circus Circus. Champagne, cooked to order
filet mignon, and a host of other items. Outstanding!
Also of note is the Peppermill restaurant (picture 2). Think Neon diner with good food. Good food
at a reasonable price relative to other Vegas eats.
No title required. There are some pictures you just have take. I didn't notice it at the time
but a guy at work asked why all the statues had shiney butts. I'll let you figure it out yourself.
The Venetian. The Big Three ritzy hotels in Vegas include the Bellagio, the Venetian, and now the Wynn.
All are expensive, and all are worth your time to walk through. This time in particular we did the walk through
at night. Highly recommended as they all really look outstanding in the evening.
The Stratosphere. Yes, more pictures of the Stratosphere. It looks very cool at night and in the
second picture I finally captured the ride on the top that slings you into the air in action. You
can just make out the people on the tower if you look. Again, expensive but well worth the cost.