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#621 Mike K.

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Posted 15 December 2018 - 01:37 PM

There are different strata of the Vegas experience. Everything from clubs, to gambling spaces, to restaurants, to special interest activities, etc. The Vegas one experiences while moving along like cattle on the strip is merely one layer of a very big onion (for lack of a better word).

 

There are spaces hidden in plain site or open to only those who know of them and the process to access them. Some bars contain speakeasies that you gain access to by ordering a drink with a particular change to the standard recipe, etc.

 

"Old fashioned, two cherries, thank you." If you use that exact phrase, by the time your drink is done in 20 minutes a woman appears and says your table is ready and quietly takes you away while other bar patrons are none the wiser. Through the kitchen you go, down a stairwell, along a dark hallway, where you suddenly enter one of the most beautiful bars you could ever imaging where every drink is coupled with a cigar and only the finest liquors are served.

 

Vegas has mastered the art of parting you with your money and that's before you ever set foot in a "casino."


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#622 AllseeingEye

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Posted 15 December 2018 - 02:21 PM

/\.....which was precisely the point of the caveat "IMO", which I recognize is mine and mine alone and not an opinion or view shared by everyone.

 

You're assuming bars and/or drinks and/or nightlife are major components of why I might visit a place, "nuanced" or not. Nope, Not at all. The last time we went to the Caribbean for example I had exactly "0" drinks over ten days. Not a single cerveza or tequila. "Drinking" or the bar or lounge or club scene interests me on vacation not one iota. Been there, did that when I was 21. I ain't 21 anymore, heh.

 

For the record I spent very little time on the strip mainly for the above reasons, totally not my thing. Highlight of that trip for me was a tour of the Hoover Dam and going on a hot air balloon excursion. One activity I really did want to do was a tour of the Nevada (nuclear) test site which unfortunately is only offered a few times a year and wasn't when we were there.

 

You can keep the fancy drinks in the glitziest - or most hidden and out of the way - Vegas bar. I infinitely prefer the British Museum, or Broadway, thanks. Or for that matter a moonlight Caribbean beach. So I'll see your Las Vegas Mike and raise you a London or NYC or a tropical white sand beach.... :). Only problem with all of them is you can't tune in a Canucks game on TV.......



#623 Mike K.

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Posted 15 December 2018 - 02:32 PM

"Never ceases to amaze me the American penchant for uber-hyped marketing. Vegas.....the "entertainment capital of the world". Really. Not (and especially) if you're not into gambling, it isn't. I went once and have less than zero desire to ever go back."

 

Come to Vegas with me some time and I promise your opinions will change :)

 

And I'm not even a Vegas guy to be honest, but I've learned that the place is insanely multi-layered with a never-ending supply of experiences.


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#624 LJ

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Posted 15 December 2018 - 08:14 PM

Meanwhile the Globe is gushing with praise for the arena:

 

"T-Mobile Arena offers architectural features on par with the finest new arenas across North America. But, it wouldn't be Nevada without flashy extras like the nightclub areas in the upper rafters."

Oh it's got glitz alright. There is a continuous light show going on, distracting you from the entertainer, and they have private bars and all that sort of stuff, just crappy stadium for the paying public. It's like all of Vegas tho, drive around in the daylight and you see how grubby and depressing the city is, but when the lights come on after dark it shines. Probably didn't help that they had some major cowboy sort of event going on so there were cowboys of every description walking around a little out of their element. Sure get tired of listening to Okie accents in a hurry.  :)


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#625 jonny

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 11:42 PM

So Quinn Hughes looks pretty damn good so far at the WJC.
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#626 AllseeingEye

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Posted Yesterday, 11:08 AM

Not Canuck's-specific but related to the annual NHL trade deadline.

 

Was watching Sportsnet this morning and Brian Burke noted that most Canadian players aren’t very patriotic - in the sense that US born players often have contract caveats to the effect they will only play in US markets - because the Canadian teams are almost always on their no-trade list.

 

He is certainly not the first analyst to blame higher Canadian taxes but he maintains it is a huge consideration; and because teams in low or no income tax US states were always on the 'can trade to' list; Burke wouldn't out of respect name the one Canadian team above all that was on the "no trade to" list of the majority of NHL players, although Montreal (highest taxes of all NHL cities in North America) and Winnipeg (because after all its Winnipeg, heh) are the likely suspects, but he did say that the one city that virtually all players would accept a trade to is Tampa Bay. Interesting insight.



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Posted Yesterday, 03:21 PM

1 mill goes a lot further in Florida than in Vancouver, even if cost of living were the same. Luongo got a massive raise when he got traded back to Florida.



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Posted Yesterday, 03:45 PM

1 mill goes a lot further in Florida than in Vancouver, even if cost of living were the same. Luongo got a massive raise when he got traded back to Florida.

Quite true; although I think the main reason Luongo wanted to head back to Florida, aside from the fact the Canucks' window for a cup was closing fast after 2012, is that his wife is from Florida. Also as a Montrealer there are lots of Quebec snowbirds in FLA and I understand he has lots of (ex-pat) friends there too. Not to mention the weather there versus the Wet Coast, heh....



 



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