My wife & I celebrated our 31st anniversary (Tuesday) with a 3-day trip to Las Vegas! We just got back yesterday. It was great! A lot more fun than I was expecting.
I've gotten all sorts of shocked reactions from everyone when we told them our destination. Things like...
- "What?! You went to Sin City?!"
- "A preacher going to Las Vegas?!!"
- "What kind of shows did YOU go see?!"
- "How much money did you lose?"
Well, for the record, let me say that Suzy and I did not put one quarter in a slot machine, and the only showgirl we saw was on a billboard. Sure, there was plenty of nefariousness to be had if one wanted it. But we had a lot of fun walking up and down the Strip on sensory overload, looking at all the shops and hotels we could in the time we had.
The main attraction that took us to Vegas was the Cirque du Soleil show, Love. I've blogged about this show before. It's built entirely around a collection of Beatles songs. I came up with the idea several months ago that Suzy would love seeing that show on our anniversary. I can't describe in words how good it was. Not only did the songs sound better than ever, but if you've ever been to a Cirque show, you know how good the performers are and how surreal and breathtaking the choreography can be. All the superlatives apply! We were in awe for 90 minutes.
We also saw the Broadway musical Mamma Mia! Suzy and I aren't big ABBA fans, but the show was good and fun.
What else did we do? Well, we stayed at the Mirage hotel, and they have this humongous swimming pool where we hung out for a long time on Tuesday. We spent time walking around and gawking in Caesar's Palace, Venetian, MGM Grand, Luxor, and Paris hotels. We walked a LOT. And to finish up our stay in Nevada, we drove to the Hoover dam on Wednesday. It was amazing too.
On the down side, it was sad walking through the casinos and seeing people wasting their money on such a grand scale. But, it's just one more reminder of the fact that everybody, including me, has that God-shaped vacuum in their hearts.
Say, maybe I could plant a church in Las Vegas...