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New Stuff in Las Vegas May 17, 2006

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Last weekend had me out and about, roaming the town and it seems we have a new water park!

Water Park 1

Check out below the fold for more.

This is all just at the entrance!  Can you imagine what it looks like inside?  You gotta admit, Las Vegas has style.

Water Park 1

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Neat!  I can't wait to see what the slides look like!

 Waterpark?

 This is in the middle and beyond is another water feature that mirrors the first.  All those previous pictures were one continuous water feature. 

Oh.  I'm sorry, I was mistaken.  It isn't a waterpark after all.  It's our newest casino.  Sorry, no – resort. They don't build mere casinos anymore.  They build multi-billion dollar resorts. This one cost somewhere around 1.5 to 2 billion dollars.  Lavish palaces of gambling, er sorry – gaming.  There is NO gambling in Las Vegas.  None whatsoever.  You probably thought we did, but no.  Just fun and games folks!

I didn't get any shots of the inside, which is a shame because it's quite gorgeous.  Why not?  They don't like it when you take pictures of their games.  No sirree.  I found a gorilla in a suit and asked him if I could take pictures of the stuff in the casino.  The gorilla made sure that I understood that there would be NO pictures of the games and people playing the pretty games.  He talked about the law, possible shut-down for them, jail-time for me.  He stressed that last point.  I asked if I could take pictures of other, distinctly NON-gamey things, like the restaraunts, the night-club and whatnot.  The gorilla wasn't sure, but I could tell he didn't like the sound of that either.  Maybe he was concerned I might catch a reflection of a slot machine in a shiney surface or something, I don't know.  He was very emphatic about the games though.  If I wanted to I could go ask a supervisor gorilla and find out for sure one way or another.  I decided to pass.

Oh, and you can see how I look in real life over at Retired Geezer's BlogIdaho.  I owed him a picture of me with his hat.  At the end of this year the Stardust has a date with dynamite, to usher in the next multi-billion dollar resort.

Update:  I forgot to mention the name of this place.  It's Red Rock.  The latest and certainly greatest in a chain of Station casinos largely dedicated to the local market as opposed to visitors from out of town.  Red Rock is nowhere near the famed Strip or downtown. 

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Comments

1. michael - May 17, 2006

I think Vegas supports several third-world economies just with the palm trees that you import.

2. kevlarchick - May 17, 2006

I’ve never been to Vegas. Would they let a confused Yankee like me wade in those cool fountains? My sister lived in Phoenix, I’ve been there a few times, and there was always talk about the overuse of water. Vegas and the Valley of the Sun have sucked the Sonoran Desert dry.

Enas, you are adorable in your shades and your scruff.

3. Elzbth - May 17, 2006

Well, KC, I have been to Vegas several times, but only once in the summer. Remember the scene toward the end of the Wizard of Oz when the wicked Witch melts into the pavement shrieking, “I’m melting! I’m melting!”? That’s Las Vegas in the good old summertime. Try it in the winter.

4. Muslihoon - May 17, 2006

Very interesting, Enas. Thanks for the pictures.

The unnecessary use of water concerns me, though. Ah well. Vegas is Vegas.

5. Enas Yorl - May 17, 2006

Michael, yeah I wouldn’t be surprised. Personally, I don’t like palm trees, but the damn things are everywhere here.

Kevlarchick – you are very kind. I don’t know if they would like for you to wade around in the fountains – slip & fall liability concerns. As for water use here in Las Vegas it isn’t as straightforward as you might think. About 90% of the water used here comes from Lake Mead, and about 10% is pumped out of the ground. The ground water is only pumped during the summer months to meet peak demand. During the fall & winter we pump treated lake water back into the ground! In fact we have one of the largest and most sophisticated ground water recharge programs in the world. Finally, Phoenix is Sonoran, but we’re Mojave. There ya go – cool facts about a hot place! šŸ™‚

But Elzbth! It’s a dry heat! You’re right though – the best time to visit is in the cooler seasons. The Heat breaks around the second or third week in October, and starts up about now.

6. Enas Yorl - May 17, 2006

Oops! Muslihoon popped in while I was writing my other response.

Station Casinos had to jump through some hoops to get this approved, one of which was that they had to remove twice as much surface area of grass off of their other properties at their own expense. Interesting thing about grass is that it uses about the same amount of water per square foot of area that an open body of water looses through evaporation annually. So, by putting this feature in and taking that much grass out they actually had a net conservational effect. Strange but true.

7. Muslihoon - May 17, 2006

Wow. I’m impressed. Not what I expected at all.

If I hang around your blog long enough, I’ll know everything.

8. kevlarchick - May 18, 2006

Well, I’m feeling better about the water thing. I still would have to get drunk and splash around in those fountains. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right?

9. Enas Yorl - May 18, 2006

That’s it Muslihoon! Stick with me kid and you’ll get your PhD in Omniscience in no time!

Kevlarchick, yes. What happens here stays here. Except when it doesn’t. In which case, it won’t.

10. blogidaho - May 25, 2006

Good photos, Enas.
I don’t know if it’s still there, but the Courthouse downtown had one of the crappiest water features. I seem to remember a bunch of colored plexiglass stuck to the side of the building.
Very expensive and ugly.

11. Enas Yorl - May 25, 2006

HA! Yes, it was called “Ground Zero”. I saw the remnants of it a few years ago – the fountain kept breaking down so they eventually turned it off and it was bone dry. The plexiglass had faded badly and looked terrible. They took the whole thing down a while back. I’ll have to dig around and see if I can’t find a picture of it.

12. Sobek - May 25, 2006

They built a new courthouse, so the old one (which was designed by a Franz Kafka fan, btw) is now just sitting empty and ugly. The new one looks very nice, but has serious elevator crowding problems.

13. ButterFly - December 23, 2006

Hi guys!
Nice to meet you all. Just wanted to say hello!

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