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April 16, 2009

Sin City

Vegas Visit with the Kids Is Drenched in Debauchery

But we were heading back from a trip to the Grand Canyon and the Vegas Strip seemed a natural stop — another mystifying spectacle, not unlike the canyon itself in its dazzling scope and strangeness. Besides, where else can you see Egypt, Paris, and Manhattan in a single road trip?

Getting to those theme hotels is tricky, though. You walk a lot in Vegas, even to catch a cab or hop on the monorail. And strollers are a burden on the city's endless maze of escalators.

You can't get anywhere on the Strip, either, without plodding through casino after casino, and despite the colorful, dinging, video-game-like appeal of the ubiquitous slot machines, kids aren't allowed to play. If they even stop walking long enough to watch Dad play a game, a security guard nudges them toward the door.

Having grown up in our new smoke-free world, my kids were irritated by the cigarette smell in the hotels — and surprised to see people knocking back cocktails before noon.

"Jeez," my 10-year-old snorted, "do people just come here to smoke, drink, and gamble?!"

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What did you expect??? Seriously what did you think LV was like. Vegas is not a family resort never was never will be you had to know this. Have you been living under a rock?

Wed, Apr 22, 2009

you are a dolt. looks like you assumed many things about vegas. did you mother not teach you anything about assumptions and how you look afterward? i hope your kids have more awareness than their mother.

Wed, Apr 22, 2009

Let's see: "Starshine" is your name and you are SO surprised that LV has sex solictors on every street corner on the strip. You are certainly naive and you have extended that to your children. Parents should at least tell their children about the world around them in order to prepare them. My own mother was a bartender and slot machine mechanic and made sure that I knew to avoid certain places and things. She never gossiped or pointed fingers but told me to watch and learn and most of all, to beware.

Wed, Apr 22, 2009

I can see where, the bright lights, bling city might be exciting for kids. Too bad it didn't quite work out, but it did you something to talk about and share with the group. Cheers to ya for giving it a go-go.

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

This is a delightful column, and I think John, Jason, and Buck should learn some manners. Sure, LV promotes its sinful side, but families still go. This is a good cautionary tale for others and a really fun story.

Wed, Jun , 08:25:49

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