Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Friday, September 11, 2009

We were up at 5am for a five-hour drive to Vegas. Yes we decided to hit the gambling, sin city and show the kids the playground of the west. We had booked a night at Luxor, a pyramid shaped hotel on the strip and I was looking forward to a bed.

It appears that Vegas is having an identity problem. It must be eleven year's since I was here and then Vegas was green, open, clean and comfortable for all. Now it is a commercial sex playground with emphasis on the seedy. A few year’s ago it promoted itself as a family environment but today that attraction has gone and it has gone back to a darker side. The Treasure Island pirate show is a soft porn show , no Long John Silver and the birds in the show were not a feathered variety. The streets were littered with business cards to various sex shows with fairly explicit pictures on them that we had to choose where we walked with the kids.

Quite honestly the kids loved the shark show at the Mandalay Bay, the lions at MGM and the swimming pool. They were not allowed on the gambling floor. Ian and I did not gamble once or get a drink (other than with food). Vegas is an utter no no with children below 13 and we suggest you wait until the end of 2009 as the major development in the middle of the strip makes walking and driving difficult and basically, it looks crap.

The mayor of Vegas needs to employ an advertising agency with branding capabilities to sort out its identity– and if he/she is reading this I know just the right people.

Ps – waxing – I decided to go for a much needed muff and leg wax and eventually found a therapist at Planet Hollywood (if you are travelling to Vegas and looking for treatments book before you go it is virtually impossible to book spontaneously) I was amazed that the therapist threw away the spatula after every use – no double dipping here. Apparently there was a court case recently when a female contracted a sexual disease and it was diagnosed that it came from a pot of wax (allegedly) So now for hygiene (and to ensure you are not sued) reasons every spatula is chucked. Therefore the Amazon Forest is going to shrink even further due to the excess use of wooden spatulas in California This also may have contributed to the extremely high cost of my treatment $165 which at today’s rate was 101.00 I think I will shave from here on.
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