Vegas Arrival 05/11/23

Rios and I are visiting Las Vegas to attend the Sick New World festival. I’m excited for the show. There are tons of bands playing. I see it as a nice wrap-up to the first act of my life. I get revisit all these cool bands from my youth.

We don’t get to do much in the way of travel, or even date nights. We’re with the kid pretty much all day every day. I didn’t put him in daycare, because who wants to pay for that? And I’m at home doing work anyway, so we make it all work out.

The downside of this is, of course, dealing with a toddler every waking moment of his life. We drove to Duncan this morning to drop him off with his grandmother. The sky was an ugly and imposing green. Rain and wind battered the car around. But we got him there, and then we drove the hour and a half back to the airport.

Lots of traveling. And then there’s Las Vegas itself! It is so fascinating to watch an entire city designed with the express purpose of separating people from their money. Oh, you paid for the hotel online? But once you get there, there’s a resort fee. And a hold. Same goes for online car rental. I budgeted a nice little $500 fun savings account. Then I go to pick up the car, and they put a $300 safety hold on it. Plus a $149 fee for…extra insurance. Plus a gas fee.

Well…okay, I guess. It doesn’t matter anyway. Neither of us are big spenders. But I do wonder how people do this kind of thing. Maybe they just make money?

Anyhow, enough rambling. Time to have fun, see the sights, and watch some of my favorite bands of all time.

I hope you have a great Friday.