October 8, 2000

OK, so I’ve been in Vegas the last couple days… I got back yesterday, but I’m still sore and exhausted… Pfew! Heh, that was a cool trip.

Thursday morning, I was at donuts with Space and James… I had been feeling the urge to go somewhere, just not go home… maybe take a ride along the pch or something. Then it hit me… Vegas! But I couldn’t do it alone, that’d just suck. So, at donuts, I ponder aloud “Hmm… I could be in Vegas in five hours…” They took it and ran.

We arranged to wait until 5pm when Space could get his paycheck. Money kinda helps in Vegas… We really hit the road about 6 and got there around 11. The first night we stayed in the Garden Tower of the Tropicana, which was really kinda along the lines of Motel 6… maybe a little nicer. But we did get some perks that motel6 doesn’t have… like that groovy jacuzzi, the 24 hour restaurant, slots, etc…

Unfortunately, james ended up crashing on the floor both nights… No couch in our room at the trop, and the motel6 we stayed at the next night was so cramped they couldn’t have fit an extra bed in there if they’d had one to try it with… He did manage to get a somewhat comfy bed made out of extra blankets we sent for, and some extra pillows.

We hit the jacuzzi for a while, wandered over to calypso’s, which is the tropicana’s 24 hour restaurant… I tried to get a volcano, but they said the bar closed at 11pm… I don’t know what was up with that… doesn’t seem right to me. But we wandered back toward the room so I could crash out… James and Space went out in search of booze for a while, and I drew up a couple comics on a Tropicana notepad. 😉

They wandered back in around 4:15 or so, having had no luck locating booze (they were in search of a store to buy it at, since Space is only 18 and was pretty sure he couldn’t buy drinks at a bar). James and I tried to sleep, but I was having no luck… My mind wandered back to this guy who had been laying down near the jacuzzi we were first checking out… We’d been kinda noisy, but he didn’t seem to react at all to our presence…

I got to thinking, maybe he’s dead. Maybe he won’t be found until morning unless I go tell someone… Maybe they’ll be so grateful that I spared some other guest the grim discovery, and so sorry that I had to see it, that they’d give us some badass room and other complimentary stuff… Maybe bump up my room whenever I come or something, yeah, that’s the ticket!

So I mentioned to Space that I was heading out to check on something, and that if I wasn’t back in a few it was because I’d found a dead guy. He gave me a strange look (go figure), so I mentioned the guy to him… Space had spotted him too, but had only figured the guy was sleeping.

The guy was gone by the time I made it back, so I guess he was probably alive after all… Or maybe they just came and carted him away quietly while we were eating dinner and I was drawing comics… Oh well, no comp stuff…

The next day was our full day in vegas… we checked out of the trop, did breakfast at calypso’s, then drove down to Don Pablo’s to get a couple cigars. We lost some coins at the Stratosphere (my favorite slot was nowhere to be found), then wandered back up to motel6 to check in… Our room was pretty crappy; that is the worst motel 6 I’ve been in. But we went out and got Vodka, so all was right with the world, or something.

Space mixed red bull and vodka into an empty water bottle, which we chilled in a sink full of ice while ordering out for pizza, then Space and James alternated napping. We decided to trek down to the Mirage, since Space still hasn’t seen the volcano blow. We made it to the Bellagio (via the tram from MGM Grand to Bally’s) then kicked it there, Space and I smoking cigars and watching the water show…

We decided to pass on the Mirage and went over to the Harley Davidson Cafe, where Space and I got Shock Absorbers, and we all got other assorted drinks… I so love that place. I think I’ll have to move in.

Spent a while in GameWorks, where I blew 15 bucks almost entirely on Silent Scope 1 and 2… I dig that game. I’d describe it but I wouldn’t do it justice…

So, we blew some more cash at the trop on slots, wandered over to the luxor where we blew some more bucks, then headed home and crashed out. In the morning we checked out of the motel 6, hit calypso’s for breakfast again, and made the drive home…

On the way home, Space and I managed to convince james to let us teach him quake team fortress… james was excited about the level building part of quake. I’m looking forward to doing some tf again… it’s been a long time.

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