VIVA, LAS VEGAS!

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By: Wayne Brown

A glowing maze of neon perched upon miles of desert sand

Known to some as Sin City, home of all vices known to man

A virtual Mecca built on gambling and the glitz of bright light

A place like no one has seen; totally new unto their sight

 

Towering hotels and casinos fill with tourists here for fun

Neon lights adorn in color as bright as the daytime sun

Money flows from the pockets in all ways and directions

The lure to come here and imbibe is much like an infection

 

People from all walks of life; the glamorous, the poor and rich

They all come for entertainment and to satisfy their gambling itch

By day they nap, swim, and walk the streets to see all the shops

By night, they play the gaming until in the wee hours they stop

 

There's craps, blackjack, and poker tables for those who love the deal

There’s machines of every kind and type; and roulette’s spinning wheel

Oh the endless games of chance one can play in the hope they have won

Some get lucky and do, many don’t, but all seem to have some fun

 

The shows are glittering sights of every conceivable talent and act

The entertainment is always amazing and that you can count as fact

Singers, musicians and dancers, magicians, and comedians all abound

They do their thing and leave you wanting one more night on the town

 

A melting pot of humanity all seeking the bright lights on the sand

A world of excitement and entertainment; everything at hand

Have yourself some fun and head back home to your wife and kitty

But always remember what happens here always stays in Sin City

 

© Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved.

 

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent Wayne!

I spent about a year and a half in Las Vegas (Lost Wages) and another year in Reno and Carson City, so what little gambling fever I had is long gone!


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Wayne, this was very good. Like Will, I have been a heavy contributor to the Las Vegas economy years ago. Now I can go and have fun, but just watch the other fools handing over their hard earned bucks at the tables.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...know what you mean...I have to go there for work too often. It's torture but you get over the idea of being a big winner quickly! Thanks, Will! WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Old Poolman...there were plenty of them this trip. I did not witness anyone getting excited over a win...things are tight out there. Food is very expensive as are the shows. The deals in Vegas as we knew it are basically gone. WB


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I have managed to deny the gambler in me in favor of the person who hates to lose money!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Great hub! Sounds like you had fun! There is a great teacher conference there every July -- imagine that. I don't gamble, but everything else is fun -- for about 3 days. I love the fountains at Bellagio and the dueling pianos at Paris . . . Your Elvis video/song is super. I saw Elvis at the rodeo in Houston some years ago. He was the King! When my 19 year-old was little he wanted to know if Prince lived in Memphis. I told him probably NY or LA and asked why. He answered -- if Prince is the King's son, shouldn't they live together. Ha!


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I think the three saddest jobs must be working in Vegas, in a carnival and a circus because then all of the magic and glitter that other folks see, all of the illusion, becomes another drudgery, another day at work. I've never been to Vegas and never had the desire. We have casinos and I have no desire to go to them either ... I'm just too cheap to gamble I think!!!

Great job on the poem!!! You made it seem very real.


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Chriscwarner 5 years ago

Brilliant! There really is no place quite like it!


TimBryce 5 years ago

Great place, but boy has it changed. I have a problem throwing Craps next to a guy who has nothing but a bathing suit on.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - I love Vegas. 24/7 with always something to do and see. Good job.

The Frog


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...I knew you still had that first dollar, Poppy! LOL! WB

@Truckstop Sally...Yes, I had some fun with dueling pianos at New York, New York...ended up singing "Nadine" with them. LOL! WB

@TimBryce...Vegas has changed greatly in the past 20 years. It use to be a gambling mecca where everything elese was cheap. No more, room rates are high, taxes are high, food is oh so expensive and not so good, and the gambling does not pay well. Add in a guy playing craps in a bathing suit and you have one classy joint! LOL! WB

@Poohgranma...Vegas can be a sad place but you have to look close to see it. Unemployment out there now is just over 14% and the housing market in down by more than 30%. A lot of people have had to leave to find work. WB

@Chriscwarner...Correct, it is a very unique place that never really sleeps...it just starts over again at midnight! LOL! Thanks. WB

@The Frog Prince...Thanks so much, FrogMan. Vegas is a great place when I have just won! LOL! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I loved it all! The poems, the comments, the video! Glad you weren't wasting your money on the tables WB! The house always wins, especially in a tight economy:) LOL

Sally - LOL! Im still chuckling about your son. The kids say the best stuff!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...The trip came in under budget. This time of year Vegas is pretty much a "spring-break" thing with parents taking their kids there for the break. The face of it all has changes a lot over the years but at its core it is still very much about gambling. WB


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Las Vegas, not a spot on good old Blackpool lol The mecca of the North. Welcome home Wayne.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Wayne, I was born there and have been back to visit and really do not care for it. love the poem, oh, The video does not work. I love Elvis and was hoping to see it

Tina


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...Thanks much...glad to be back and share my adventure. I wish I could share my losses as well! LOL! WB

@Granny's House...One day they will probably take the old family home of your birth out there and make it a tourist attraction like they did for Hemingway and Faulkner. You'll probably have to go back for the ribbon cutting???? LOL! WB


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

You couldn't pay me to go to Las Vegas; on the other hand... it's my(13 year old) kid's dream. She's such a potential gambling addict! ACK!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for reminding me, Wayne, that Las Vegas is still one of the most exciting cities in the U.S. whether you're a gambler or not. I like to go there to visit my money. (I think Dangerfield said that first).

And the Bellaggio with its beautiful fountains that dance to music is a must see. A word of warning though. Do not visit the city in August. Walking on the streets in that month is like wading through a sauna. :)


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

"But always remember what happens here always stays in Sin City." Yes it does. Unfortuantely, I've seen people leave their mortgage payments, college tuition for the kids, and more.

Vegas is a fun city as long as one doesn't take the gambling seriously. I love the Bellagio.

Great poem, Wayne, and voted accordingly. :)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@sueroy333...You daughter would feel right at home. I think there are more 13 yr olds out there than there are adults! LOL! WB

@drbj...The Belliaggo has some wonderful flower gardens too! I tend to enjoy the pool areas in the warm summer time...great visuals! LOL! WB

@Genna East...So true. Gambling has some really bad effects throughout the country. Some people become as obsessed about winning that they lose all rationale that the odds might not be in their favor. After all, who would be in the business if they were? I generally write it off as entertainment, set a budget for playing...If I lose, it was money that I could afford but if I win, its really lots of fun! WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@HeatherILT...You probably should even if you are not attracted to the gambling aspect. The lights and action are worth the trip and many of the shows are very good although some have gotten a bit pricey. Garth Brooks is there on the 8th & 9th with just his guitar on stage...$250 per person. I saw Frank Caliendo (the impressionist) while there. He was lots of fun! My sister is going out next week for the first time in her life. She is in a total frenzy mostly about the flying especially after the incident on Southwest last week...her carrier! LOL! I think she will feel that it was worth it when she returns. Thanks for stopping by...hope to see you again! WB

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