Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong
I must say, my own experience of Vegas is much more akin to TheBark's than LuckyLuke's.
The hooker analogy is apt. To my eyes, the entire city is like a cheap prostitute - she may want to appear to be party central, but her life story is more tragedy than fun, her looks are over-done and artificial, and every inch reeks of a desperation to make a quick buck. I only spent a few days there, but Vegas left me feeling sad and acutely aware of the human condition. It was a relief to leave that desolation for the open skies of the desert.
You know, I've avoided downtown for most of my time here. Last December, a friend was in town and I met him down at Binion's. I could not believe the amount of silicone in that place from the card dealers. We sat down at one table and I watched this girl deal, and all I could think about was wondering what her hopes and dreams were, and how the hell she ended up HERE.
It's been quite some time since I've been to a strip club here, but I had similar, depressing feelings the last time I went. There's something inherently sad about watching a stripper parade around the club, asking guys left and right if they would like a dance, and be declined. How that must grate on the psyche is truly sad-sure, a lot of these people probably make decent/good money at it, but I can't imagine how it must feel to feel that this is your living and nobody's interested in what you have to offer in that regard.
As for the scent of Las Vegas itself, I know that, just about anytime of the year, when driving by the strip on the I-15, you'll get the smell of 100 buffets all at once. It's not particularly pleasant during the summer, but it does remind me of breakfast for some reason.
This was just in the news here, too. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009...ive-las-vegas/
I find it... strange that a lot of people move here with the job market being what it is, but I guess people do believe the grass is always greener elsewhere. The good news is, the housing market has become "affordable" again, so the lack of high-paying jobs won't hurt people from relocating.