Yes I live in Vegas...NO I don't spend all my time on the strip!!

United States
January 11, 2007 9:12pm CST
I don't know why people think that just because I live in Las Vegas I spend my days and nights at the strip hotels gambling and seeing shows. That stuff is for the tourists....thats why they are called TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. I really think that people forget that there is a city beyond the Las Vegas strip. A city full of people that have to wake up and go to work to keep food on the table like everyone else. A city where little kids go to school and teenagers work in McDonalds. Its a city like any other, but with a 3 mile stretch of hotels and resorts with interesting themes like Palaces, pyramids, volcanos and pirates. Just because I live in Las Vegas does not mean I'm on a perpetual vacation! And its funny how people who didn't really go out of their way to visit me before I lived in Las Vegas all of a sudden make time in their busy schedules to come out and see me. Hmmm interesting and I would love to say by the way if you are coming to visit Las Vegas get a room because my house is not a hotel!
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
Yes I understand what you are saying and some narrow minded people would maybe think this way, that you do this but I have lived around some big gambling places and just because you live there does not mean that is all you do, and everybody has to work and earn a living and that is really strange where your friends now have time to visit you where before they didn't, that is dreadful as if they were real friends it shouldn't matter where you live they should go and see you.
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@sunrisekn (1467)
• United States
12 Jan 07
So funny!! I totally get what you are saying. I live in Myrtle Beach, SC which has kinda blown up as a tourist area mostly because of the golf courses. I used to work in the airport and when people got off the plane they would say--wow!! living here must be awesome, you've got the beach and all these fun things to do. Guess what?? I also I have a life to live and a baby to raise. And no, you can't stay at my house either. They wonder why the locals are so pale and the tourists are tan!! Ha! Who has time to sit at the beach, we are all trying to earn a living and live a life.
• United States
12 Jan 07
Everyone knows that the locals don't gamble regularly on the strip. They go to Sam's Town and stuff like that. : ) No offense but everyone who lives in a town with resorts and tourist stuffs should be well aware that they are automagically popular with relatives because of being cheaper than the hotels. : ) Actually, my wife's uncle lives in Vegas. He doesn't hang out at the casinos, well except when he is at work. It's kind of funny. He has a PHD in Psychology. He went out there because some place moved him out there to do work relating to that... but he got tired of it, everyone else's stress, and became card dealer. For some crazy reason we haven't went out to mooch off of him for free room and board. Just start collecting tourism vouchers and stuff for hotels and buffets and talk up how great everything is... Help push them out of your place.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
LOL..this thread made me laugh. Only because I live an hour out of New York City so people always assume that I live in the city. When my friends come visit me they are shocked. I always fly them into this tiny airport in the middle of the woods. We drive home and it is all woods, mountains, and neighborhoods. They all expect big buildings and city crowds. So not the case. I know just how you feel. However, my house is a hotel. lol I love having house guests.
@Wendy37 (38)
• United States
6 Sep 10
So now that you are in Las Vegas, your a friendship magnet? Must be nice. I'm from Las Vegas! I enjoy the recreation centers,parks,and the 24hr buisness concept! It's because of the 24-7 concept that provides more jobs and a better economy. However,I think if all the hotels had more non-gamble entertainment, more people would spend their money. Have you ever been on any of the thrill rides? My favorite place (when Im not working) is the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus and the carnival games ect.
@slaveeva (213)
• United States
9 Jul 07
I agree. Sure Las Vegas is a great place to visit but to live there isn't what you might think. Just like any other city, those of us who live here work. Most don't have the time to spend all night on the strip and then go to work in the mornig. People in Vegas are like people in other states. We just happen to have more casinos.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I use to live in Vegas and everyone would ask me the same questions or think I gamble all day long. It's just like any other place. I live in Oklahoma now and there really isn't much of a difference. Only thing really is that we don't have all the lights or the 24 hr places everywhere. We actually got a few casinos here as well. People are funny. Vegas is not only for people to just watch the shows or gamble all the time. Other people who live there do have a normal life.
@mpc2000 (65)
• United States
13 Jan 07
wow, you're hot, can I come visit you, I'll pay for the visit, I promise, I'll even take you around as my tour guide, deal? just kidding. but I heard that it was nothing but a dessert with three miles worth going through anyways, wow, only three miles, that's so crazy, I'd like to see a whole in the wall club out there. a bar in the dessert would be nicer than all the glamour and glitz. and I take it you have a job out there and are not on a perpetual vacation. cool. Hey, do hookers really pay taxes out there? LOL, now THAT IS HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!
@Goranimal (315)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Well there goes my chance of a trip to vegas.....just kidding, am wondering, is it expensive to live there? and is there work? other then the strip? Am just curious.
@abg1988 (340)
• India
13 Jan 07
I DONT LIKE GAMBLING
@sharone74 (4838)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I grew up in Vegas and when I was a kid there was no point to going to the strip except for wet and wid and Circus Circus. Otherwise you were to young to do anything. When I got older as a stripper at the Palomino club and for two agencies I saw quite a bit more of the strip than I wanted to. I gambled a lot too, but heck I had the money to do so. My mother and aunt still live in Vegas My mom is a housemouse and a saver my aunt is a gambler, a smoker, a drinker who is always taking advantage of her financially though my aunt has a much better job! it seems it takes all kinds of people to live in that crazy town.
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
12 Jan 07
LOL! I love what you said. Living in Las Vegas is not a perpetual vacation! Of course it isn't. I live closeish to Branson, MO, and that is such a tourist town that I can imagine people thinking that people who live there spend all their time seeing the shows and other such fun activities. It would never be the case. Families live and work there, like yours lives in Las Vegas. I would never assume that someone is a big casino gambler or spends their time running around to big Vegas shows just because they live there. What a funny/strange misconception. That would be like thikning that all peopl that live in St. Louis Missouri spend time at the great arch, lol. ^_^
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
12 Jan 07
That's such a good point. One time I lived for a couple years in a popular ski resort area, and it was funny how all of a sudden everyone who knew me wanted to come visit. Also, everyone though I should be skiing all the time. Nope, sorry, I had to work a full time job so I could pay my rent! And oh yeah, Holiday Inn has vacancies!
• United States
12 Jan 07
My sister moved to Las Vegas about 3 years ago and she does not spend all her time at the casinos either. She is a hard working woman and she moved there to be closer to her daughter and grandson. So it is true, not everyone who lives in Las Vegas is there to gamble.
@vglusker (24)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I live in NY and feel the same way. Anyone who ever comes to NY always stays at my house, never in a hotel and trust me they can afford one.
@sadanand (191)
• India
12 Jan 07
Hi,Living is Las Vegas does not mean you are a part of the business going at the place.It is an utter rumour. Be proud to belong to a place which never sleeps and is the dream of every American who love vacationing. Stay cool and respond. I have myself experienced the same during my childhood. I have experience the ill effects of rumour in my professional life one day and went to the cabin of my boss to ask for the explanation. He suggested me never give room to a rumour. According to my boss when rumours arise you can do three things for sure.....do not react, talk to the person creating rumours or do nothing they would end by themselves. So do not react and stay calm and be proud to be a part of the city which is a dream for vacation loving people in America and all across the globe.
• United States
12 Jan 07
I think a lot of people have stereotypes about certain states, cities, etc. Many peolpe think that is all you would do because when someone comes to visit Las Vegas they arent going to do the things you do when you are there because you live there everyday as opposed to them only being there a short time, so they believe that you are doing the same things they are doing which isnt reality.
@anja31 (708)
• Canada
12 Jan 07
every knows that gambling in las vegas is something for the tourist but not for the locals. An other thing is that the people who would like to visit you but never visit you before I would say your are not welcome to stay in my home