I was reading a ladies comments in regards of comparing Las Vegas to San Francisco and I gotta say I been to both places myself and as far as her description of sf It's identical to what I saw but San Francisco reminds me more of being at a greatful dead concert then in a high risk area. It's a weird place i'll say that but it just seems like a bunch of tye dies and dopers all over the place to me. And that smell she is referring to well they actually bottle it and its a cologne, I don't know who came up with it but it smells just like bum and everyone's wearing it. My hotel didn't have a seperate bedroom either but how many do? And if going to san fran book everything before you go. From the room to the rent a car to the trip to see alcatraz because it all sells out daily. I wish i could write her personally cause vegas is not the place you wanna move. I know I lived there 13 yrs. You think cops are out to get you in sf? Wait till you get to las vegas where they don't take state taxes outta the paychecks. Believe me law enforcement makes up for that. And once they do get you ticketed numerous times youre trapped in vegas cause you cant get a driver license anywhere else. As far as the pan handlers, Just have a roll of qaurters with you and give out one to anyone who asks and you should be able to get outta the vacation with a half roll left. Well maybe it is bad. All I can say is stay outta oakland and youll be ok in san fran
OK, ANYplace that is a large city has its pros and cons.
What's cool about LV? You already KNOW it's full of debaucheries, gaming, drinking...all those sinning kinds of stuff that makes it fun for tourists and makes for jobs. It also means you already should be more than aware that it also allows for more money type crimes. It's in your face and if you miss it...well...stay in Moosejaw...
Across the map anyone can also figure out that any city you go to is going to have dangers. I lived in NY back when you didn't go into certain areas after dark..like the park or Harlem...
Yeah, I've been screwed by conniving money grubbing a***** in Nevada, which is why we're now in a homeless situation. But...
Hint: you just don't need to drive through some of the areas that are slums.
Now, that said, I want to point out what has happened to my daughter and I here in ... what's it called...? Ah, a SANCTUARY CITY!
First off the bastard stole my car. Yup, San Francisco has this towing scam thing going on. The city earns more than 11 million a year on parking tickets alone! LET ALONE the towing kickbacks it has going on. You have to pay the pd here close to 200 bucks on TOP of the tow fees.
I just want to point out that my car was parked legally on a no-traffic side street, no street sweeping warnings or ANYthing. SOME idiot there must have just not liked my WY plates or something. Makes people really want to visit, right?
OK, so now we're stuck in a single room occupancy on the edge of a war zone, the Tenderloin. You want gross....there have been close to a half dozen shootings/murders (some by BART cops) within the past month within a 4 block radius! Every night there are fights, screaming, crashing...you name it....under out window. We're on the 4th floor and it wakes us UP. You have to walk around piles of unknown origin excrement, several blood dribbles, splotches, or ....along certain blocks...urine smelling homeless sleeping in the middle of the sidewalk. You don't want to be out after dusk, let alone all the people asking you for money during the day. A 'neighbor' had his wife thrown out of a window a few months back. The pot smell is thick on blocks and in the halls...
I could go on. So, just how unsafe is LV sounding now?
Yeah, we're frantic about trying to get away from here and the first goal is LV.
Yeah, it has its problems but at least it's honest about them.
Our first meal in Las Vegas was lunch at the Bellagio Cafe, with perhaps one of the worst martinis in recorded history. One mini-sip and it was obviously an inferior product. The kindly waitress told us that for popular drinks the house liquor was placed in a vat and kept chilled with ice, dispensed as needed by the bartender with a gun similar to those used for soda at pizzerias and cafeterias. The result is a bubbly liquor, watered down by melted ice, and tasting just awful. In the large busy restaurants and bars in Las Vegas, use of the booze gun is a standard practice even in some of the better establishments.
When ordering, be sure to specify that the liquor is to be poured from a bottle. Interestingly, some establishments claimed to never do such a terrible thing. At others, the server simply nodded and moved on - read between the lines.
This tip can really be applied to any area that you travel around the world, but because I was just in Las Vegas recently and rented a car (or as I have know learned from our worldwide friends - hired a car) I have decided to post this warning tip here.
Whenever you rent (hire) a car be sure you know what you are liable for and what your own car insurance will cover on rentals (hires). Before traveling I would recommend that you give your insurance agency a call and see what things are covered and what things are not.
Also you should ask the rental agency about beyond time charges. For instance, when we were is Las Vegas I wanted to rent a car for just our last day in town to spend some time exploring a little further afield on our own. I made sure I found out what type of time leeway I had when I turned the car in before an hourly charge would apply. I found out that I had a 30 minute leeway. So when I signed the car out at 9:33 a.m. Monday morning as long as I had it turned in by 10:03 a.m. the following morning I was OK. However, if it was 10:04 a.m. I would have been charged essentially almost another 1/3rd of the next day rental.
The Excalibur is kinda corny. The hotel, up close, seems to be designed and built rather inexpensively compared to most of the hotel/casinos on the strip. I wasn't too impressed with the design and the casino seem rather quiet.
The 1st time I visited Las Vegas it had a reputation for being a cheap vacation, so cheap in fact that when my friend won a trip to see the Chicago Bears play the LA Rams, they overnighted us in Vegas both coming and going, presumably because it was cheaper. $5.99 prime rib dinners, dirt cheap hotel/air packages. Those days are gone unless you are a high roller/frequent visitor and get comped. Hotels are expensive, food is expensive. I think people like the buffets because maybe they can skip a meal or two if they pig out at the buffets.
Entertainment has always been expensive, I was shocked at how much they wanted for Pointer Sister tickets back in the 1980s and I'm equally shocked now. The highest price ticket to see Blue Man Group in Boston is $58. The highest price ticket in Chicago is $59. The highest price ticket in NYC is $78. Las Vegas? A whopping $121! I assume the show is very similar, I've seen the one in Chicago and there's no way I'd pay $121 to see it.
Celine Dion? You'll fork over anywhere from $205-$319 for her best seats. Does she really have that many people willing to pay that kind of money to see her? Really? Or are those all comped seats?
If you're a visitor from Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Ireland, or other places that have gone smoke-free, you may be startled to see that smoking is quite all right almost anywhere you choose to go in Vegas, above all in the casino spaces. If you're not used to it these days, it may be quite a lungful, especially if you happen to pick a gambling table or slot machine next to someone who is going through as many smokes as chips or quarters.
If you plan to get married or renew your wedding vows in Las Vegas please take notice and check with your chapel or hotel and make sure you can bring in flowers from an outside venue. I recently had need to order flowers for a vow renewal and learned hours before the ceremony that no outside flowers were allowed in the chapel. This is to ensure you spend all your flower budget money in the Chapel and not at a local florist where you can get better selction and prices. I had bought the bride's bouquet, 2 buttonierres, 2 corsages and bouquet for the matron of honor and none of it was allowed in the Chapel. The bride carried silk flowers provided by the Chapel. This really irked me but what could I do? So please make sure and check first before making outside floral arrangements.
If you are going to take a flight from Vegas to see the Grand Canyon, be prepared to fly on a small propeller plane. Make sure you don't do like my friend Anders and eat several burgers before the flight or it will all come OUT !!
I don't suggest walking too far away from Las Vegas Blvd. (main casino strip) during the night. There are some shady people wondering the streets at night. Don't walk to Rio Casino and Palms Casino after dark. Take a taxi. Those two casinos appear to be close to the main strip, but they are pretty far away.
You are going to encounter every type of person in Vegas. I am one who gets intimidated by the fake boobs, the perfect bodies, the model-esque looking folks. Knowing you will walk in to a club surrounded by these gorgeous people only encourages one to look their best!!! :) Dress to impress! It may even help you get ahead in the lines and score a free drink or 2!
Keep an open mind, as you will encounter plenty of religious fanatics trying to spread the good word to anyone who will listen.
I am a Catholic girl and have my beliefs, but the last thing I need is to argue religion with anyone when I'm on vacation. Just ignore them, they aren't talking to anyone in particular.
There is no denying the danger once in a Hotel in Vegas which due to the large capacity of visitors are rather big and high. The aspect of a fire can be a do or die situation while you are in your room or in a night club etc.
Always be concious of the exits signs and never use the lift in case of a fire...Crawl low as not to inhale smoke and make out to the nearest exit or as recomended in your room fire escape instructions.
The great thing about Las Vegas is the number of sunny and comfortable days there are here in the valley... but this does come at a cost. This is the desert after all, and summer temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees (F). Thankfully, the casinos have plenty of air conditioning, but word to the wise... don't spend too much time outdoors.
we experienced absolutely NO loutish unruly behaviour,and felt 100 % safe ,a credit to the usa because if this was in england it would be full of total louts ,drunks ,boys and girls alike.
i have to say incredibly we never heard anybody using foul langauge openly on any of our trip.
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