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What’s it Like to Live in Las Vegas?

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Obviously, that had to be said right off the bat. But the bright lights of the Strip fade as you get farther and farther away and which direction you take is a bit like the direction you take in your life. You can choose the “nice” neighborhoods, if you can afford it, or you can choose the “older” section of Las Vegas. Currently, in 2013, the West, South, and Southwest are the areas of choice.

summerlinI live in Summerlin, a suburb of Las Vegas, about 20 minutes west of the Strip. Yes, we have slot machines in the grocery stores and gas stations but our main focus is in our everyday lives. We do as everyone else does in their home town: we live, shop, and work as normally as we can in ‘Sin City.”

When you are a “local” you are “in the know” meaning that you know all the back ways to get somewhere, to avoid traffic situations, and get to your destination as soon as possible. You also become familiar with various shopping establishments, becoming a “regular,” and getting to know names of your favorite employees. A “local” gets discounts and special offers for restaurants, night clubs, taverns, shows, etc.

elvis presleyLas Vegas has a rich and storied history with something for everybody. Living in Las Vegas, you get insider information regarding upcoming shows, promotions, and offers from casinos. But, we also get safe schools, quality government and police, a 24-hour retail and entertainment environment, and little traffic (compared to Los Angeles.)

During the 1960s, Las Vegas was a wild, uninhibited place full of the best entertainment (nude and otherwise,) the best food at the cheapest prices, and almost anything anyone ever asked for could be had. Elvis was huge, at the International, while Frank Sinatra and the rest of the “Rat Pack” (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop) ruled the Sands Casino. What a special time that was!

Living in Las Vegas has taught me to control my gambling (obviously) and to live as normally as possible. It’s great to be able to show visitors a good time while they are in town and one almost gets an instant “celebrity status” due to living in the most exciting city on the planet. We always know the best places to eat and at the best time to avoid the crowds. We know what the good shows are and at the best prices for the best seats. There are quite a few shows that are not worth the money or the time but that’s entirely a personal preference.

Leaving Las Vegas SignI used to hate passing this sign on the way out of town. It made me feel depressed, like the air was taken out of me and I deflated like a balloon. I don’t have to hate that sign anymore and can now marvel at it’s creation and history. I live in Las Vegas, and have done so since 2004, and I can honestly say, out of all the places I have ever lived, this is the best place and I love it.

Want to know which casino is best for gambling? Which is the best show for your money? How to get the best hotel room at the cheapest rate? Which is the best buffet or restaurant on the Strip? We locals know these things which makes us very popular on social networks and amongst our families and friends. Being local has its advantages and I, for one, am loving every minute of it!

  • What are your thoughts or opinions?
  • Have you ever been to Las Vegas?
  • Is there a question you would like to ask?

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