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Las Vegas, New Year’s Eve, and a Jazz game

At the end of December we drove down to Las Vegas. Although we’ve been there before, it was the first time on New Year’s Eve. The drive was fairly eventful, with the last blizzard of the year slowing us down, and eventually getting us off the freeway near Springville.

The freeway had snow on it all the way to Nevada. we stopped at Mesquite for a bite to eat and our obligatory first donation to their economy. Sitting at a slot near the hotdog vendor, i somehow managed to win $200.

We wanted to make our hotel at a reasonable hour, and also not quite knowing how that machine payed off, we hightailed it for Sin City. It was just after dusk, and with our new-found windfall got the bright idea to see the Strip.

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The Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino sits near the middle of Las Vegas Blvd. As we wandered in the casino, there was a line of people buying tickets to ride to the top. Tania got in line and asked if there were any tickets available for New Year’s Eve. As luck would have it, there were- and for the cost of $200 we could spend the holiday almost 500 feet above 300,000 drunken revelers.

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After successfully escaping Nevada on the 2nd, we had tickets to a Jazz game for the 3rd. Someone wasn’t particularly excited to go to the game, with it being the evening after going back to work and against the Detroit Pistons. Things changed around 3:30 when i got an e-mail saying we were going to give up our 2nd row, upper bowl tickets for 1st row, on-the-court upgrade.

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The Pistons, despite a subpar record battled hard and even had a lead within a minute of the game ending. The Jazz snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with some fourth quarter defense and some timely offense. Sitting on the hardwood, close enough to hear the players was a rare and fun event.

Welcome, 2011, you*re off to a nice start . . .

Posted in Sports and Vacations.

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  1. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Vegas. I’m long overdue. I love your picture of the Eiffell tower here. Or as we Frogs say, J’aime l’image de la Eiffel tower.


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