The girls all went shopping this morning so me and the boys headed to an off strip casino for a while. If you're the kind of person who hates reading about all the big wins that people hit when they go to Vegas then you can just carry on reading because the video poker has been terrible so far this trip. I haven't been able to hit anything, and I think the machines are taking some sort of perverse pleasure in teasing me with "almost" hands. You know it's bad when the casinos are giving you little trinkets for your play, and you're trying to find a way to value them for what you lost playing. This is my $50 spinning photo clock. You'd pay that for it right?
We spent the evening at the Rita Rudner show at the Venetian. Lori and I saw Rita about 8 years ago when she was performing at the New York, New York casino and enjoyed her quite a bit, so we were happy when she extended her contract to perform in July while we were there. While I think all of us enjoyed the show, I'm pretty sure our friend Mark got the most out of it. We had seats down front, and Rita decided that Mark was the guy she would go to for all of her audience participation needs. Whenever she was talking about women she would ask "Do you know why we do that Mark?" and when talking about men it was "What's going on in there Mark?" Lucky Mark got to participate in conversations on shopping, shoes, cleaning, cooking and menopause. Sorry about that Mark, but better you than me.
A lot of people wonder why we would choose summer to go to Vegas for this trip. Well for starters, there are 4 or 5 teachers in the group, so the timing works out well. It's also easier to do things with our kids on either side of the trip so that they don't feel like we're having all the fun. I assume most people's bewilderment at our choice of summer is based on the fact that the average temperature here is around 100°F. It is hot but pretty much everywhere here is heavily air conditioned and there's plenty of ways to keep cool. There's lots of places to get a drink, there are misters outside everywhere, you can always go inside a store, or, if you're truly crazy, you can always go down to the pool. It's going to have to get about another 20°F hotter before I'm willing to go that far to stay cool.