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Lost Wages, Nevada

Updated on May 23, 2010

There are so many phrases I've heard about Las Vegas, where does one even begin? The land of lost wages, is certainly one. Hear no evil, see no evil, can be applied here as well. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, is perhaps the most popular one. There are shirts galore all up and down the strip's many gift shops bearing it.

Or as one jokester put it, "Whatever happens in Vegas, never happened!" I actually think I like that last one better.

My wife and I recently had a visit there. This time being our second time since we were married. We weren't one of the ones doing the old shotgun wedding deal in Las Vegas, but we did call it our honeymoon.

Upon this particular visit we stayed at the Excalibur, which is actually a very nice hotel. I thought the casino was laid out nicely, and the machines seemed to do very well for us. The random number generators in that particular casino seemed on our side anyway.

Well, at least that was true for the first couple of days. The last day especially seemed to be hell bent on wanting most of its money back. I mean, not that that's any real surprise. No one ever said Las Vegas was built on winners, did they?

Which reminds of a joke my grandfather told me once, and I'm not sure where he had heard it. But there's this guy sitting at a bar in Las Vegas weeping. He orders up his fifth double of the night and another man comes along and sits beside him.

"What are all the tears for? You're in Vegas. You should be having fun," the man says to the crying man.

"I suddenly find myself to be a millionaire," the weeping man says back.

The other man looks astonished. "Well, hot damn! I wish I could have had such luck as you."

The weeping man looks perplexed, "But I was a billionaire when I got here."

I always did like that one.

My only complaint was at the door at the Excalibur. All throughout the casino there were desks staged with sales people from a new Las Vegas resort, The Grandview, who were offering four $25 gambling vouchers and two free Excalibur buffets to listen to a presentation, get shown around their place, and then have to dodge multiple efforts to get suckered into a time share condo. We took the offer and we did get the vouchers and the buffet, so ultimately it was worth it, even if it really was a load of bull.

I did find it annoying though, that throughout our entire stay at the Excalibur we were stopped by these sales people no less than 25 times. I mean, seriously? What they should have given my wife and I along with those other gifts were T-shirts which would have clearly read, "We did it already! Now get off me!"

I thought about complaining to the Excalibur staff. But to what end? I'd have probably gotten a nod. A "Yes, we know. We're sorry." That's really about it. The complaint would have started and ended at the receptionist's ears and gone no further up the chain than that.

And the time share people wouldn't care either.

You can throw a piece of meat at a dog and then kick him in the balls repeatedly. So long as there's still meat left on the bone he'll go on eating with swollen balls.

All in all it was a good time as Las Vegas typically is. Friends of ours were one of those who tied the knot in Vegas, and they did it at one of the one-stop wedding chapels on Las Vegas Boulevard. And like I said, we didn't come back with all of our money blown, so that was a plus as well. Had dinners at the buffet at the Wynn twice, and while it was a little bit pricey at $40, the food was fantastic, and every bit worth every penny.

Besides, it was my wife and I's wedding anniversary as well, so what the hell. You only live onceā€”and we were in Vegas.

We said we'd probably go back maybe in the next five years. We said that the first time we went out there. This trip was three years later. We'll see how well we do on that five year gap this time.

A view of the New York, New York
A view of the New York, New York
Elvis, who married our friends
Elvis, who married our friends
The view from our hotel window at the Excalibur
The view from our hotel window at the Excalibur
Mr. and Mrs. Springboard (Jim and Dawn) ;)
Mr. and Mrs. Springboard (Jim and Dawn) ;)
The Excalibur lit up at night
The Excalibur lit up at night


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    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      :) Yes. One of my favorite Vegas jokes. Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for stopping in for a visit.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Very good hub. Enjoyed it very much and the photos added a wonderful touch. I especially liked ""I suddenly find myself to be a millionaire," the weeping man says back.

      The other man looks astonished. "Well, hot damn! I wish I could have had such luck as you."

      The weeping man looks perplexed, "But I was a billionaire when I got here." Thank you and voted up.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I always liked that one. Thanks. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Excellent hub, nice photographs, funny joke. I enjoyed the journey. Thank you.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      What happens in Vegas. ;) Yes, perhaps I should have demanded a free night. Especially considering they now add on a resort fee which is charged per day on top of your room rate. I guess this is to pay for the soaps and the maid service. That used to be a part of the deal. But like I said in another hub about processing fees and paying for "free" stuff advertised on TV, people are just willing to pay whatever charges anyone wants to charge them and they don't argue the point because they think they can't. We've gone backwards on that one, but that's for another hub.

      Speaking on the "loud" part, I know that New York, New York was fairly loud. It's one part casino and one part night club. A very different atmosphere, complete with girls dancing on the bar.

      It is and was a lot of fun, though a trip one can only make every few years or so.

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      8 years ago from California

      SB: I have had quite a few experiences in Vegas...many before I was married and some after I was married. I think the last time I went with my husband, we just decided that it was too damn loud!!!! This was many years ago and the only time we go now is because of business. One of my fave hotels there is one of the oldest ones.....Caesers Palace. I enjoyed reading about your visit there.....I'm glad you had a good were patient with the sales people....I would have been so annoyed, I would have demanded that I get compensated for atleast one night! ha ...On a serious note, Vegas can be a very dangerous place (I have seen at the highest levels; entertainment biz people)....the stories I could tell would get me thrown off of here, so we will just "leave it in Vegas!" ha Best, G

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I always did like that joke. :) Glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Springboard, I love Vegas and haven't been in a long time. I liked your detailed description as well, the pictures and the joke. Good hub.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Jersey Girl, thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. It's a trip well worth making at least once.

      TinaMarie, they DO keep the lost wages. ;) Great to see you.

      TinaV, a word I often use is balance. You can't bet the farm, and whatever you do bet, you can't expect a return. Gambling is not an investment, it is entertainment and nothing more. Of course, I'd always appreciate being entertained by WINNING. lol

      Sheri, definitely worth a trip if you can make one sometime. It's a different world. Very neat place.

      BJBenson, I'm not much of a gambler myself. My wife laughs at me when I stick $5 in a machine. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. :)

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      8 years ago from USA

      We live 6 hours away but we have not went since my husband doesn't really like to bet. Being a close up magician , the casino's really don't like my husband unless he is entertaining. I think you had a fun trip and I hope you get to take more. I really like the pictures you took from your trip.

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      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks so much for sharing. My husband and I have NEVER been to Vegas. I recently watched the film "The Hangover" and the sights of Vegas in the movie made me wanna go that much more. I really loved your pictures!!!

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      TINA V 

      8 years ago

      You have a funny story about the man from a billionaire to a millionaire. But that's true in Vegas strip if the person doesn't know how to control himself.

      By the way, belated happy anniversary to you and to your wife. You've got lovely pictures. It was nice of you to share your trip. Have a great week!

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      Very nice Hub Springboard! Loved the pictures..Vegas would be a fun place to visit, but they can keep the lost wages thing! lol..

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      8 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Very enjoyable hub. Never been to Vegas - plan on getting there in the next few years. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Dr Irum, thank you.

      Drbj, you know, oddly enough it does seem that way. I noticed that the last time my wife and I were out to Vegas as well. The first couple of days we seemed to do well, and the last day we gave it all back. Not sure how the machines know who I am...

      But there ARE a lot of eyes in the sky. ;)

      Ann, I should note that Vegas is not just a gambling town. It's a great vacation spot for many other reasons such as the many great shows they have there, and there are sights to see that are fantastic such as Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Carmel. And the food is out of this world. Some of the best restaurants can be found in Las Vegas.

      Psychicdog, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

      Hello, indeed. The nightlife is a bit interesting as well, though in different ways. :)

      POP, islands are good too. Mmm. I could use a tropical island right about now.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Maita, it's definitely a little wonderland of sorts. Whenever I step into a casino, I pretty much do so with the mindset that whatever goes into a machine will likely stay there. And usually it does. :)

      As long as the machines let me play a little bit, I'm fine with it. It's when they eat up the money real fast is when I stop feeding them.

      Eovery, probably a good idea. It can be dangerous to be sure. Especially considering that while Vegas is better than a thousand miles away, Potawatomi Casino is only minutes away. Doh! :)

      Sandy, yes. Though I must I'd rather have been able to write about all the money I won. Oh well, can't have it all, right?

      Sheila, than you.

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      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed the story and the pictures. I have yet to make it to Vegas. I am more an island kind of person.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, for a wonderful read. Las Vegas is certainly a different world in every way. Thanks for the pictures.

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      8 years ago

      very enjoyable read,thanks Springboard

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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Hey Springboard...thanks for sharing the story with us. I have never been to Vegas, and don't really dream about going there, so i appreciate your photos and words a lot! Great hub!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Springboard - happy you had a great vacation except for the losing last day in Las Vegas.

      On cruise ships I know (inside info) that if you are on a 7-day vacation, you will most likely win at the slot machines the first 3 days. But don't wager after that. The odds will strangely turn against you. Perhaps the Las Vegas casinos follow that same path.

      Love Las Vegas, tho, and try to get there every few years to visit ... my money. (old joke).

      Thanks for a fun-to-read hub.

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      Dr irum 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful story ,with beautiful pics .

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      Glad you had a good time.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Wonderful story and pics. A great lesson about casinos and lost wages.

    • eovery profile image


      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Neat, I try to stay away from the "lost wages" area.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      8 years ago from US

      Hey Springboard, beautiful experience, thanks for the pics, never been to Vegas, never been playing in a casino but have seen casinos in Macau

      I like your story about your grandfather hehe, surely you never become rich in casino, but like you said, you live only once, why not -- a friend here whose family lives in vegas, she moved here in Texas and we plan to be there this autumn, let us see, Thanks springboard, Maita


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