Report from Vegas

I can’t believe that the IAAPA show only has two more days left. It’s been a whirlwind of education sessions, reuniting with old friends and checking out what Las Vegas has to offer.

I haven’t been to Vegas since I was 11, so you can imagine that things have changed just a bit. It’s interesting to see the old parts of the strip sandwiched between the new mega resorts. Also interesting (to me at least) to find out where all this came from- how did sin city rise from the desert, and why here?

Turns out that this region (many, many years ago) was actually not the desert it is today. It was actually wetlands with a great source of food, water and vegitation for travelers going from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. The area became a stop over on the journey, and inevidibly, people started to settle here.

From what I read, gambling had been a popular pasttime of the residents, and at one point it was actually outlawed. That lasted about 3 weeks!

Fast forward to 20 years ago (give or take) when Atlantic City and the casinos on Native American reservations were increasing in popularity, and you see the birth of the mega resort in Vegas. They were no longer the only game in town, so they had to up the anti (pun intended).

While I am not a big gambler, I can certanly appreciate the allure of Las Vegas. There are some great restaurants and shows, and of coarse, roller coasters!

The highlights for me thos past week have been seeing old friends, participating in all the great initiatives the HR committee has been planning for the last year, and making new friends and memories along the way.

Two more days to go!

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