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How to gamble in Vegas – the Elana way

When I first moved to Vegas, I expected some culture shock, since it is so different from Oregon. That’s exactly what I got on many different levels.

The first shock was seeing a slot machine section in the local grocery stores. EVERY freakin’ grocery store here has a slot machine section!

During my first […]

Visiting the new bridge near Hoover Dam

Earlier today (Saturday Oct 16) I stood on a new bridge.

For the last several years, the powers that be have been planning and building a new bridge in front of Hoover Dam. I’ve been watching it’s progress on the Discovery Channel and in reports in the local newspaper.

A few months ago, they announced […]

The day I met some Billy Mays wannabe…

Some weeks ago, I woke up and realized I had won the “personal energy lottery” (i.e. I actually had a little energy for a change) for that day. So I decided to get an errand or two completed before the energy vanished again.

I did something I normally don’t do… ended up in a shopping […]

Dealing with the Vegas simmer, I mean summer

I had a laugh about two weeks ago, while enduring the usual Nevada “living in an oven” summer weather.

Here in Vegas, the local paper is the Las Vegas Review Journal. We call it “the RJ”.

The RJ had published a picture in their paper depicting people running happily through the Salmon Street Springs […]

How not to be Hip in Vegas

For a Portland techy geek like me, the “hip” thing has always been rather questionable. The concepts of “hip” and “techy geek” simply don’t go together.

Back when I was living in Portland, too many years in the rain had affected my brain. I had a real need to just get the heck out and […]