Sad but true..

9660112_GI have been reading up that MGM Properties, that own MGM, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, New York New York, Bellagio, Mirage and Circus Circus will start charging for parking starting April 2016.  From what I understand is that this charge will not apply to guests of these hotels, but everyone else who shows up to gamble, shop, dine, attend a show or just roam around.

Those of us who have stayed in Downtown Las Vegas have been used to having to pay for parking in some form or another.  California, Main Street Station , Fremont, Golden Nugget, Four Queens etc.  Most of these we can simply exit by showing our room key.

I read that the MGM properties own over 3000 parking stalls on the Strip so if they were to charge $5.00 per car, that would make a good chunk of change for their profit margin.    I just hope it doesn’t become like the resort fee charge;  one hotel casino starts and everyone else follows.

What I can see happening is someone paying and parking their car in one hotel casino parking garage and walking everywhere else or riding the monorails.

Helps with the pedestrian flow; Regulating Buskers

I recently visited Las Vegas from February 21-26, 2016 and stayed at the The D Downtown.  More on that later.  What I was amazed it was the Fremont Street Experience seems to be less people, but it was more likely a better flow of people.

Those of us who frequent downtown know how the street peddlers have multiplied over the years.   From the guy playing his horns, a couple of rappers and a spray paint artist creating landscapes to MANY peddlers offering anyone an opportunity to take a picture with half naked nuns, Wonder Woman, Bumble Bee from the Transformers, a midget Mr. T and the cast of the Hangover to name a few.  Not to mention the other singers, rappers, dancers, and musicians that began to crowd the streets.  Trying to maneuver around all these people would be tiring and time consuming.

On this trip, I noticed that there are strategically spots on the ground that look like poker chips and the performers have to stay within these boundaries in order to ply their talents.  I found out that as of November 16, 2015 a new city ordinance went into effect.  The performers, or “buskers” as they are called, can register on line or at a booth near the Fremont Street and are randomly assigned one of the spots for 2 hour intervals.

Remember, they cannot charge or demand money for taking pictures with them.  Any money you give them is strictly up to you.

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Why I’m here


I have lived in Hawaii for most of my life and have found that the rest of the world views my home as “paradise”, which it really is.  Sun, pleasant weather, beaches, beautiful people etc.  Which makes it hard to realize that those of us that call Hawaii home vacation away from here and the number 1 vacation destination (at least it seems to me) is Las Vegas, Nevada!! Known in Hawaii as the “9th Island”.

I would visit Las Vegas at a drop of a hat if I could.  I know there are others out there like me who feel the same way.  I wanted to have a spot on the web where I could share what I learn about the 9th Island in my travels, research and, of course, talking story with others who enjoy Las Vegas.

As I write this, I will be quoting other articles that I come across and I will diligently, try as much as I can to give them the credit due.  This not a blog for tips on how to gamble or count cards etc. but more of a place for everything else while on a Las Vegas vacation.