People Watching

Buck and Winnie statue at Harrah's Las Vegas, Nevada casino.

I’ve spent the past few days here in Las Vegas, Nevada. I came for the 2009 Blogworld New Media Expo.

Las Vegas is quite an amazing place. Quite frankly, I could care less about gambling — it doesn’t do a thing for me. Also, gambling casinos have popped up all over the country, so gambling itself is really nothing unique. However, Las Vegas is more than simply about gambling. Many of the giant casino resort hotels themselves are living/breathing works of art. The building architecture on display in Las Vegas is nothing short of stunning.

Las Vegas has it all, if a human condition can possibly exist, it most certainly exists in Las Vegas.

I’ve always been an observer of people — I’m not sure why, it’s just something I seem to have been born with. In one of the many casinos I walked through in the past few days, I happened to notice a couple of elderly women that were obviously friends sitting at adjacent slot machines. One of them had to step away from her slot machine for a minute or two, and I was amazed to watch her hurry back into the chair with exactly the same body language of a young girl eagerly jumping back into a chair to play with a toy or video game.

Las Vegas also has a fair amount of sleaze on display. In some cases shapely female dancers are right out on display in the front of bars so they can be seen from the street. I personally am not enticed by this type of thing, but something tells me that it needs to exist, and I’m glad there’s a place the world can go to see it.

Las Vegas reflects the greater world at large. It really is a world tourist destination. Tourists are present from every country of the world. I heard several languages I could easily identify being spoken and many that I couldn’t.

I shot a bunch of video this afternoon and this evening, and hope to put out another FindingAmericaHD episode soon.

To the prudes of the world that won’t come here because it does reflect the decadence of humanity, you are missing out. Las Vegas is simply a reflection of human beings — sure, there’s a certain seamy underside, but also reflected are the highest aspirations of art, culture, cuisine, architecture, etc. Many things seem a bit over-priced, but I’ll definitely be back.

2 thoughts on “People Watching

  1. I love your observations of and insight into Las Vegas. I personally love the place tho, like you, I’m not there for the debauchery available 24/7. Craps does have a certain draw for me, however. :-). You are spot on re the hotels and architecture. Walking thru those grand hotels the size of city blocks never ceases to amaze. And the people watching there is second to none.

    Thanks for bringing a little Sin City to those of us stuck elsewhere in the country.

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