Bad David!

Ok, I know I have been bad for not posting an update in a while. I should just call this the “three sentences per month” web log by David Friedland, but wishful thinking will live on.

Went to Las Vegas (first time), stayed in the Luxor. Lost $80 on games with the largest house edge, American Roulette, Keno, and slots. Next time I’ll have memorized the blackjack basic strategy card and will try that, maybe. Maybe I won’t gamble at all. Note to Teppan-yaki lovers traveling to Vegas: don’t eat at Shintaro in Bellagio… it is waaaaay overpriced, and I don’t mean overpriced like $35 for steak, I mean overpriced like $35 for chicken and up to $200 for steak. Better bets are to be had elsewhere, for sure. In fact our tastiest meal was at the steakhouse restaurant in the Luxor, our first night there. Anyhow, the thing that was most interesting to me was the elevators in the Luxor go up at an angle along the edges of the pyramid (39 degrees I think I read somewhere), which must have been an unusual project for the engineers at Otis. I was disappointed those elevators (or inclinators as the signs on the ground level called them; the signs on the upper floors called them elevators) didn’t have windows. Oh well, I guess you can’t have everything. Also, the $12 elevator trip to the top of the half-high replica of the Eiffel Tower is not worth it, especially on a really cold (for Las Vegas) day in December. Finally, needless to say, Christmas in Las Vegas is pretty much a non-event. There were people sitting at the video Keno machines when we checked out Christmas morning just as there were every other day we were there. I imagine there were people elsewhere in the casino, but I didn’t look. My sister won $30 in the slot machines on our way out, just a pull of luck on her second or third quarter into the slot. Lucky her! Especially because if she had won too much more, they would have taken it away because she’s only 19. My flight back was a huge pain in the ass because they couldn’t get the right jet engine to start (they said it was a problem with something called an “exciter box”) and it took 45 minutes to fix it and when I got to Pittsburg I had missed my (and the last) flight to Ithaca for the night, so I had to spend the night in a (admittedly not that bad) hotel in Pittsburg, but ugh, especially because a certain friend of mine who will go unnamed but currently resides in the Pittsburg area didn’t return my calls and in fact I have been home for a week now and hasn’t contacted me at all. Actually now that I think about it maybe she wasn’t there at all and is at home and hasn’t gotten my message yet. Last, the new year’s party scene here in Ithaca, if it was any good, I missed it. I did have a pleasant time at Dan and Kate’s, but exciting, drunken or raucous it was not. I did find out that I have a starring frame on the Kevin Smith DVD though (Watch for me).

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