These past few days I have been glued to the TV and other news website concerning the coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. I will start off by saying I am extremely proud of our athletes for what they have accomplished and really wish they could win them all. Every four years are the only time I get into watching swimming, water polo, track and field etc.
So far in my lifetime I have seen the summer games twice within the USA and it got me thinking about the possibility of the Olympics being in Las Vegas? Hear me out before you start with the reasons why it couldn’t happen.
Since hotels and mega malls seem to get built in record time in Las Vegas, I’m certain an Olympic sized arena could be built and in record time. The city of Las Vegas is toying with the idea of bringing the Oakland Raiders or another professional football team to the city and the arena, complete with football field and surrounded by a track could be the perfect solution.
An Olympic pool would have to be built, but with the heat in Las Vegas, it wouldn’t be hard to have people using it for a long time after the Olympics.
Other venues could be built or are currently in place to host most events. We all know that hotels rooms would not be a problem there.
Many of us have a Facebook page and we get inundated with pictures of friends vacations, announcements, opinions, happiness, sadness etc. There are a lot of fun games to play on Facebook but the one that has my attention is the MyVegas Slots. I used to play Farmville and it was fun but when MyVegas came along, I haven’t been to the farm in years.
You get virtual cash just for starting the game and as you play it, you also the opportunity to build MLife properties on the Strip. You start off with some small properties such as a wedding chapel, helicopter tours, restaurant, and a car rental. As you play, the properties start to build and eventually you end up with properties such as Circus Circus, Mandalay Bay,New York New York, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Aria, and Bellagio.
As you continue playing either the slots, or black jack, you set your betting amount and play. When you win, you get bonus coins to continue playing and as you continue to play, you earn Loyalty points which can be cashed in for so many things! You can get 2 for 1 tickets to shows, buffets, free merchandise, spa treatments, meals, drinks, shopping and tours just to get this list started.
I love to visit Las Vegas as much as the next person, but there are times when I visit that I want to slow down and see what’s around. An energetic couple in my neighborhood of Mililani Mauka told me about an activity they do when they travel. Dennis and Carol Romig belong to a local walking club named “Menehune Marchers“. They have walked in all 50 states and have passed on some information for this blog.
Whenever they visit Las Vegas, not only do they gamble, shop, eat and sightsee, they do long walks. Their club is in a network of other walking clubs across the country and when they visit the 9th Island, they take time from the usual to work off the awesome food they have been consuming.
Have you noticed that you tend to see a lot more things when you walk vs riding a vehicle? I know I do. You find LOTS of small, hole in the wall places to shop and eat. You get to really appreciate what a business has to offer, and the food can really taste good because you have worked up an appetite by walking.
Most of these clubs walk most of the year except the summer months because, as we all know, it can be super hot! I have enclosed some pics of the route these walkers have taken and will be following up on this blog entry in the near future.
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