I just spent 4 days in an alternative universe. One filled with vampires, zombies, fairies, and a Minotaur. It was amazing.
The universe I speak of is a 6 hour plane/walk/wait away. You see Delta is not my favorite airline.
But Mirage is my favorite Casino/hotel.
Here is why. Kindness. Among the throngs of glassy eyed 20 somethings, desperate lost souls and grannies who “need a new pair of shoes”. I found kindness. This was amazing to me completely unexpected and very appreciated.
I should explain. I have an autoimmune disease which can be tricky. It makes me think everything is OK then slams me to the ground. This only happens when I do not get enough rest or I am stressed, according to my Dr. I find this amusing. You see the two things you get on every roll in Vegas are stress and no rest. Now you are wondering why I chose to go to the place that never sleeps?
Because I love my son, he loves his girlfriend, we all love my husband. So when he got us a Christmas present we would never forget. A four day all expenses paid trip with this beautiful girl and him. Well you see why we had to go. Plus I have seen it on TV my whole life and was really curious. Glad we went but back to the story.
Because of this my disease I wake up on average 2 to 4 hours before the rest of the world. Here is the good stuff. Vegas does not sleep. No really, not like NYC “the city that never sleeps” like for real they do not sleep. They have highly trained dealers that do shifts so the tables are always covered. Now as you can imagine even Vegas has a slow period or two. One of the slower times FYI is between the hours of 4 and 6 am.
Things I did not know:
you can sit at a table and not gamble if there are no players waiting
the waitress will bring you coffee and it is free
They are trained to not listen to your conversations
They are amazing people who have seen the world through many eyes very wise souls, even the young ones
So here I am old broad without the capacity to stay in bed. Hurting all over I slowly approached the table and was welcomed by Johnny. He is originally from the far east but has been here a while. He was so kind, even when the young man sat down and lost thousands as I begged him to stop playing. Then I met Mark, Kevin, Ray, Tami, Fahima,Bobby, the precious girl that gave me extra cream before I asked, the wonderful treatment at the Spa. Thanks ladies. To the exhausted Casino host that tried to help me figure out how the player cards worked. I cannot list all the kindness that was heaped upon me from the bellmen to the front desk to the casino to the restaurants to the spa to the security.
SO if you must see Vegas and you should :
see every Cirque show you can afford
drink lots of water
get plenty of rest, before you go
buy some good tennis shoes
do not go to the Circus Circus, it will make you sad
go downtown it is fun
always, I mean always stay at the Mirage