Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Vegas Post #1: Tacky is King

As promised... or mentioned... I will have a series of posts about our trip to Las Vegas. I apologize for anyone who has been to Vegas before (particularly anyone who has been there multiple times), because this won't give you any new information.

Anyway, like the vast majority of visitors, we stayed on the Strip. And on the Strip, tackier is better. Even the fanciest hotels (the Bellagio and the Wynn) are tacky to the point of absurdity. The New York-New York Hotel looks like its made of balsa wood and Scotch Tape. The "Eifel Tower" at Paris Hotel in no way evokes the same feeling as standing under the real Eifel Tower. It just feels cheap. The pirate show at Treasure Island... oh my god, that is the tackiest thing I've ever seen.

But, the beauty of Vegas is that doesn't matter. It's the tackiest place on earth, and to distinguish your hotel, you need to have something tackier. It's like the 1970's gave birth to its own city.

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