Saturday, May 28, 2011

Viva Las Vegas!

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I went to Las Vegas last week to visit my friend, Andrea, and her husband, Jordan.  My trip started off lucky from the time I got to the airport in Houston.  I grabbed a small bite to eat at a restaurant.  The restroom was right next to the restaurant, so I figured I should go before my flight left.  As I was walking out of the restroom, I wasn’t really paying attention to where I was going, and I almost ran into someone.  I mumbled, “Oh, I’m sorry,” and then looked up to see that the person I almost ran into was this man:

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Holy smokes, it was Drew Brees!  And he’s even better looking in person!  I didn’t get a picture with him or an autograph; I was too stunned to even form a sentence!

My first night in Vegas was pretty low key.  Andrea, Jordan, and I grabbed a bite to eat and then settled in for the night. 

The next day, Andrea and I spent our time sightseeing on the strip.  We went into seven casinos, but between Andrea and me, we only put $5 into slots.  We were having too much fun looking at the beautiful displays in the casinos and window shopping in stores that were a bit too expensive for us.

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We also watched the magnificent fountain show at the Bellagio. 

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Madame Tussaud’s was by far the most fun of the day though!  Andrea and I had tons of fun being silly and posing with all kinds of celebrities.

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Jordan had off the next day, and we all drove down to the Hoover Dam for a tour.  Wow, what a neat place!  Before this trip Abilene, Texas was the farthest west I had been.  So not only was the dam itself something to see, but the scenery was breathtaking!

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After leaving the dam, we headed back to the strip for a little more sightseeing and some gambling.  We went to MGM Grand to see the lions, and I decided to take a couple spins at roulette wheel.  I had never played before, but Jordan showed me the ropes.  And I actually made some money!  We did a bit more sightseeing on the strip, and then stopped at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on our way back to Jordan and Andrea’s.  This wasn’t just any old pawn shop; it is the shop on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars.  The guys from the show had left on a trip to Tulsa a few hours before we got to the store, but it was still a really neat place to see.

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My last day in Vegas was a pretty laid back day.  Jordan took us on a driving tour of Red Rock Canyon.  It was so pretty!  We were able to stop off at a couple of spots to grab some pictures. 

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After driving through the canyon, we went to a local casino to bowl a few games.  I’m not even going to say what my scores were!  We took it easy the rest of the day since I was flying out EARLY the next morning.

I had a great time in Las Vegas!  Thank you to Jordan and Andrea for opening your home to me and for showing me a great time.  And thank you to my parents for keeping the kids.  I know they had a great time with Mimi and Pops!

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