I was tweeting back and forth with a few people the other night and I was brought back one of my favorite Vegas memories that I’m finally deciding to share.
As I’ve said before a lot of my Vegas memories are tied to music that I hear on a particular trip. The soundtrack to this day was Dido’s “White Flag“, a song I would normally not listen to, notice or think about.
This trip to Las Vegas was for a friends bachelor party a few years ago. I wasn’t as experienced as I am now, but I was one of the few people that had been to Las Vegas, so I knew where we needed to be and when and how often.
We decided to get an early start to our first morning in town. After a 99 cent mimosas over breakfast at Harrah’s we headed over to Bellagio for a little blackjack at 10:something AM. After a few amazing vodka drinks most of us were buzzed by 11am. This is when I noticed Dido playing for the first of many times this day.
It wasn’t even noon when we left the Bellagio and headed downtown. It was my first time downtown. We did a lot of exploring, but since it was a bachelor party we, initially, decided to skip gambling and went to the world famous Glitter Gulch for some more drinks and entertainment.
We lost a man in a couple hours at the Glitter Gulch but we did get to see downtown’s finest dance to Bryan Adams (I love BA) amongst others. We continued our journey to the Golden Nugget for more booze and blackjack.
After a break to clean up and change for dinner we noticed that we were still missing our friend at Glitter Gulch. He wouldn’t return for the night. We walked down the strip from Harrah’s to a fun night with wine, (mediocre) steak and cigars at Smith and Wollensky.
The sun had finally set and, of course, we were back to drinking and gambling. It was only about 9pm and I’m not sure how we were still going, but we were. After our longest sessions gambling, that included more Dido, we headed to the, then awesome, Crazy Horse II for a special celebration for our bachelor. Things happened and drinks were drank and the lack of sobriety continued.
Back to the Bellagio for more Dido, blackjack and vodka we went. After a couple rounds guys were losing it and dropping like flies.
Before I knew it the clock hit 5am and the last two remaining could barely speak complete words. Of course we weren’t tired and wanted to go somewhere. We hopped in a cab and asked the cab driver where we could go and sober up. He recommended Little Darlings as they didn’t serve alcohol. We spent an hour sobering up with water and soda before we began falling asleep to the smooth jams of Metallica and Pantera.
This was a very long and fun day. A day that will never be equaled as I get older and can’t roll as hard as I used to. The day had smatterings of Dido amidst the fun. Every time I hear “White Flag” some part of this day comes to mind. These are memories I’ll never forget and that song is popular enough that I’ll be reminded of it often.
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