Someone named Marissa Perino, supposedly an intern, wrote a truly horrendous and factually inaccurate article for Business Insider about Las Vegas. It was so bad that I just couldn’t refrain from trashing it. Here’s the article in question:
So much bullcrap in one post, so where do I start? I have lived in Las Vegas for seven years and visited here about 7-8 times prior to the move. Pretty much nothing she wrote has been my experience, and I think it’s safe to say she’s never been here. She likely found some pictures on Google Images that looked unappealing and cherry-picked a few negative reviews on TripAdvisor, which is lame.
What I gathered from Perino’s post is she doesn’t want to vacation somewhere hot or cold, nor is she interested in traveling to somewhere that is expensive and has large crowds, traffic, long lines, and requires walking.
So, that rules out Disney World, Disneyland, all of California, mountain towns, nice beaches, New York City, Boston, and basically everywhere other than my hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, but only in September or May because it’s too cold or hot the rest of the year. She must be a real blast at parties. I can hear her now, asking everyone in the house to turn down the music because she’s trying to watch Big Brother and can’t hear the TV.
So Much Nonsense in One Article
Let me preface this by saying, yes, a lot of people come to Las Vegas, which means you’ll encounter large crowds in some places. That’s kind of what happens in places that people want to go.
One of her biggest complaints is that lines are long “everywhere you go.” I really don’t know what she’s talking about. I’ve lived in Vegas for seven years and have stood in a long line maybe four or five times. Once was at the Aria Buffet a couple days before Christmas. Another time was waiting in line to get into the club at Luxor. And there has been maybe a couple other times.
On New Year’s Eve, sure, it’s going to be insanely packed. You’ll also have a hard time finding a seat at the sportsbooks during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Super Bowl Sunday is crowded as well. But few other days the rest of the year are so bad that you can’t even move around the Strip.
You can always step right up to a blackjack table or get into a fancy restaurant provided you make a reservation.
The next thing she complains about is the extensive walking. Cry me a river. I used to live on the Strip near the South end. As a poker player, I spend everyday in the casinos, so I would walk to Aria, Bellagio, and sometimes even all the way up to Venetian and Wynn. I loved it. I got great exercise and was in the best shape of my life. What’s so bad about that? Unless you have health issues, you’re just lazy if you complain about having to walk.
Lastly, and this is my favorite LOLZ, she wrote that, “Vegas has also been known to experience snowstorms, which has the potential to derail your plans.” Umm…what? In seven years, I’ve seen maybe a few snowflakes total. Fake news!