Las Vegas has changed in the last 3 or 4 years…

Since I was last there.

For better:

  • Blue recycle bins on the street
  • Bike share stations
  • More express buses (the SDX had just opened last time and is way faster than the painfully slow Deuce)
  • More newer bars and restos on East Fremont
  • Higher longer zipline downtown in the Fremont Experience


  • New casinos on the strip (mostly replacing older ones)
  • More big box pharmacies on the strip
  • Little liquor stores on the strip

    For worse:

    • Lots of closed casinos and shops downtown
    • Half the poker rooms downtown are no morw
    • More panhandlers

      Misc funny moments

      • Waitress insisted the daily happy hour ended at 5pm. I pointed to the sign on the wall that read in foot high letters 4 – 6 pm 
      • Airport check-in person asked if I had a return flight out of Canada. Not needed, I say. Do you have a visa? Not required for US citizens, I say. She keeps reading through the fine print and agrees.

      Atlanta – not so Hotlanta right now

      Sunny and chilly wind…

      Clockwise from top left

      • 3 stadiums aide by side!?
      • Statue downtown of chicken chain’s big investment in scholarships over the years
      • Statue of woman who helped reshaped downtown
      • Indian lunch: salad with dal, veggies and a nice hot green sauce
      • New stadium under construction (reverse side of the leftmost stadium in the other photo)
      • Flatiron building! cf near St Lawrence Market in Toronto
      • Thats one big wreath! And the fire hydrant in front has a plaque: the first display of water system in 1875

      In Korean lounge at LAX

      Waiting for our 0:55 red-eye to PPT (Papeete, Tahiti) after relaxing in a day room at a nearby hotel and meeting Susan’s friend for lunch in Santa Monica.

      The KL lounge is large and mostly updated, with a small food selection (at least at this hour) and an open bar. It looks out (Inc a balcony) over the concourse.


      The last 2 photos are an ever-changing 3D-ish video wall in the into terminal (TBIT) .