Tourists / Residents, Las Vegas
The neighborhood of Henderson, about 15 minutes drive from the strip, is very quiet and very beautiful. All the houses are painted the same and the roofs are similar all throughout.
My father-in-law's house is in Henderson. He bought the house a few years back and moved to Las Vegas from Hawaii because of his illness. He loves his house and his neighborhood. It is quiet and very secured, away from the noise of the strip!
Since Las Vegas gets too hot, he had lava stones put at the front of his house. He also planted some cacti and palms. He loves the very low maintenance front and backyards!
The neighborhood of Green Valley is more of an upscale neighborhood. The houses are beautiful and newer. The roads are paved beautifully with pedestrian's walk ways planted with some desert plants.
There are some squares built for the residents and shopping centers so they don't have to go to the Las Vegas Strip to shop. Some of them go to the nearer casinos to gamble. They said, their chances of winning is greater compared to the bigger casinos!
Most of the residents work at the Strip and the locals are used to the many tourists and visitors coming to Las Vegas.
as everyone knows, Im a big fan of History Network's Pawnstars and on a revisit to Las Vegas, I must visit the Pawn shop and take pictures and if possible take pictures of the Stars like Rick Harrison or the Old Man or Big Hoss and even Chumley but they were not there when I was inside unfortunately, however, I did the next best thing which is buying the souvenir items that I like most which are the refrigerator magnets and shot glasses, they have many kinds of the Shot glasses and with the individual photos of the stars or you can buy them in a set and they sell it between $ 5.99 to $ 8.99 and $ 25 for a 4 piece set.
address is: 713 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89101-6755
as everyone knows, Im a big fan of History Network's Pawnstars and on a revisit to Las Vegas, I must visit the Pawn shop and take pictures and if possible take pictures of the Stars like Rick Harrison or the Old Man or Big Hoss and even Chumley but they were not there when I was inside unfortunately, however, I did the next best thing which is buying the souvenir items that I like most which are the refrigerator magnets and shot glasses, they have many kinds of the refrigerator magnets and they sell it between $ 5.99 to $ 8.99 dependig on the size and the pictures.
address is: 713 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89101-6755
again, not only do I collect assorted shot glasses of my travels but I also collect assorted refrigerator magnets and my stay at the Encore at Wynn is no different and you can buy assorted kinds of ref magnets inside their shops and at the casino and they come in different types like magnetized strips or plastic with magnets and more. the prices ranges from $ 4.99 to $ 7.99 depending on the type of ref magnet that you would buy.
yes, I'm an avid collector of refrigerator magnets too besides the shot glasses and when visiting a destination, The first thing that I would buy are the shot glasses and the refrigerator magnets and here in las vegas, it is no different and the variety and kinds of ref magnets here in vegas are varied and are numerous. You can buy them everywhere, at the Hotels and casinos, the restaurants and the various souvenir shops in the strip, off the strip and downtown areas and at the Mc Carran Airport and they range from the plastic type to the aluminum or magnetized and porcelain type and they typically costs from $ 2.99 to $ 8.99 a piece, depending on the style or the materials and the designs used. buy them now!
Having been an avid Collector of Refrigerator Magnets and Shot Glasses, I must buy a shot glass of Vegas to be a part of my extensive colection of Shot Glasses at home and here, you can buy a variety of Shot Glasses as souvenir items and they are available in different types and themes like frosted glass, pewter, aluminum, tempered glass and more and have a number of designs. they retail from $ 2.99 to 8.99 a piece, depending on the type and design you want and are available everywhere in vegas.
The local residents in Las Vegas advised me not to gamble. They said, gambling is not good for you! The residents are right! Betting your whole income is really a bad idea. But, going to the casino and play a little bit and have some fun is quite okay!
When we go to Las Vegas, which is quite often, we budget a $100 only for playing the slot machines. If we win, then we play more. But, if we lose the $100, that's it, we don't bet anymore.
There are high stake gamblers who come to Las Vegas though and that's where the casino makes money! Don't be a fool! Just come to Las Vegas and have some fun. You can gamble all you want as long as you don't gamble your house and your whole retirement!
They just came up with the double buses and in order to get a better view, make sure to go to the deck. It is nicer to seat up front where you can see the view of Las Vegas Strip especially at night. Taking the bus at night is nicer just to see the spectacular neon lights at the Las Vegas Strip!!!
Make sure not to take the bus between 4-5 pm because that is the peak of traffic. You don't like to be caught in bad traffic especially since most of the day job workers get off from their work between these times.
The best time to catch the bus is at 7-8 pm after dinner when you have already done some of your free shows. (The Las Vegas Strip is so beautiful! Make sure to check my videos in Las Vegas, too!)
When in Vegas expect to meet a few eccentric & colourful characters. On our first night we were approached by a lady just randomly walking outside the MGM with a parrot on her arm who told us we 'look really English'. And what may I ask is wrong with looking English when we ARE English??!?
Parrot lady wasn't our only brush with an eccentric with a pet. Outside the Stratophere we saw a scruffy looking man pushing a cat around in a trolley. We didn't talk to him.
Overheard conversations are fun. I was buying something from a man at a stall in the Tropicana when I heard him say to his friend "I might go vegetarian you know. Peter Petrelli (from 'Heroes') is vegetarian and he's HOT!!!!!"
My favourite person however, was the man who showed us to our seats at the KA Theatre at the MGM Grand. He told me that my dress was fabulous and that my shoes had more sparkle than his personality!
*Sigh!* If he ever wants a new best friend, I am right here!
Although inside the casinos it may seem like 10 PM no matter what time of the day it actually is and there are always a large number of people out, there is a cycle of the type of people you may run into.
From about noon until 9 PM you see a mix of many people, from entire families with kids to people who just arrived to the elderly.
Between 9 and 1 AM, the families disappear as young people, rich and famous people, and other people without kids are still around and things are probably at their peak.
Between 1 AM and 5 AM, the amount of people in the casinos slowly decreases, as the number of drunk people outside are increasing. This is also the time when you get accosted most by people giving flyers for X-rated "services."
Between 5 AM and 9 AM, the last of the drunk/hungover people are gone as the elderly return to gamble.
By noon, everything starts again.
It's fascinating to watch this change as the day goes by.
With this I am not only speaking of around the Strip, but also in your hotel. These are grandiose complexes built to keep you (and your money) on property. Wear shoes in which you are comfortable walking.... and standing for that matter, because there may not be a seat at the bar!
Distances on the Strip itself are greater than they appear, being all clustered with lights and structures. More than likely, Point A to Point B will be farther than you anticipated.
There is no such thing as a native of Las Vegas. Everyone is from somewhere else. Or so it seems. Like Southern california and Houston, Texas there is a large population of people who migrated here for one reason or another. Some chase dreams, some are at their last chance location.
Beware of the Las Vegas Drivers. They're notorious for running the yellow light. They haven't learned the "caution - prepare to stop" on yellow. To a Las Vegan yellow = Hurry up the light is changing!! Check your rear-view mirror before you hit those brakes.
One thing you will see is a lot of people handing out smut(XXX magazines). We personally did not mind, but it did become a little overwhelming as the days went on. Just put your hand up and shake your head if you don't want any. Don't worry, nobody will really notice if you do!
While walking busy areas such as The Strip or Fremont Street, it's best to look like you know what you're doing, like you've been there many times before. Sure, take pictures and have fun, but just as it is in other busy cities, they spot 'tourist suckers' very quickly.