An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Vegas Vignettes

Well, I have returned. I got a total of 8 hours of sleep the past three days, but it was oh! so worth it. Here is the whole gang at Piazza San Marco at the Venetian.

Cell phones are a must:

There is no doubt about it, if you go to Las Vegas you will get lost...not in the city, but in the casinos. You never exit the same way in which you enter, there are mirrors everywhere, and the casinos do this on purpose so you wander around, get lost, and spend more money. So, when you are trying to find a member of your party, cell phones are very helpful.

For example:

Where are you?
Oh, I'm over here standing by a slot machine.

Uh, could you be a little more specific?

You see? Very helpful.


What are the odds?

My sister-in-law and I decided to play roulette at the Bellagio. We played twice. The first time we each put our $10 on black. We decided on the same color because we thought we'd share in each other's joy if we won, or console each other if we didn't...we're nice gamblers. The ball landed on red.

We played again. Using the $10 minimum bid, this time we spread the money all over the board. We had a strategy, folks. For example: $1 on number 13 because my son just turned 13; $1 on number 14 because that's my age backwards (no 41 on the board, you see). Using this strategy, it took us ten minutes to place our bets. When we were done, we had that board covered. The ball landed on the only green slot on that huge wheel.

You know that saying what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? It's true...because our $25 definitely didn't come home with us.


Dinnertime Conversation:

One well-placed, thought-provoking question can stimulate both conversation and laughter: If you had to choose, would you rather wear a helmet for the rest of your life, or eat a puppy?
(Thanks, Mary!)

You do meet famous people:

Who did we bump into?

Baseball legend Pete Rose (not terribly exciting...but our husbands were impressed). Oh. And then there was Nicolas Cage.

Finally, some words of wisdom:

Just because you have a large bosom doesn't necessarily mean you have a nice cleavage. Enough said.

Sorry, no photos available...use your imagination.


Kim H. said...


It looks like you had so much fun. I'm ordering a few naps for you this week, kay?....

And that Nicholas Cage, well, is kinda creepy. Funny, cause most everyone I know also "runs" in to him as well. :)

Cheryl Lage said...

Oh Bia, as soon as I saw that first picture I thought, "Oh! That's as close to Venice as I've ever been!"

Looks like a marvelously fun trip...are there still any Haywire slot machines in active play? Hubby and I won $200 on our anniversary night one year...the sound of REAL coins hitting (as opposed to the sound effect now) was wondrous.

Welcome home, and get some sleep!
Viva Las Bia!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Sounds like fun!

Lisa said...

So much fun! Look at you guys! &:o) And, I gotta say, if I were standing in a hotel lobby and saw you and Nicholas Cage, well, there's no question who I'd run to have my picture taken with! Glad you're home safe.

E said...

I have never been but you actually make it sound fun...
And as to the bosoms...YES
You don't have to be in Vegas to see that and wonder do they not have mirrors and what were they thinking??

Soutenus said...

Welcome back!!!! You inspired me. Well, not to go to Vegas but to plan a trip (with my youngest)

He does not remember the NE and the rest of the family has roots there sooooooo I will be surprising him with a Mommy and son trip at Spring Break! (Don't tell him!) :-)

I am so glad you are back, safe and sound and that you had a great time!

Laura said...

A) That looks so fun Bia...
I'm going to Vegas. I don't know when...but I have to.
B) I cannot wait to ask my nephew that question about the helmet or the puppy.

rn terri said...

Nicholas Cage!! You are sooo lucky.

Bia said...

Since I've received a few emails asking about my encounter with Nicolas Cage, I thought I'd better come clear:

Nicolas Cage is made of WAX!!!!
Pete Rose, however, was the real deal.

And I ask myself: why, oh why, couldn't it have been the other way around???????????????????

Melissa said...

Oh, I am so glad you mentioned about getting lost in the casinos(sp?)! I thought I was learning disabled when I got trapped in the MGM!

Glad you had a good time!

Nancy said...

HAHAHAHA Oh my - love the words of wisdom. Man - I'm so jealous...not only a girls day(s) out, but in Vegas!

And wow - I don't know if it's a good or bad thing that Nick looks "real" there...does that mean he looks waxy in real life?? ;)