Beemer (dr_tectonic) wrote,
Beemer
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Vegas

We're in Las Vegas!

Jerry is here for a martial arts expo for work and I'm tagging along -- usually it's the other way around.

We are staying at my brother's house, although we aren't getting to see him and his family because they're away on an Alaskan cruise. But that means we get to stay all by ourselves in their large and swanky house, which is much nicer than a hotel room. Plus it doesn't cost anything!

I have learned something new about geography on this trip.

In Denver, the streets are aligned to the compass (mostly), and the mountains are always in the west. So anybody who grows up there develops this subconscious sense of direction based on that, where you usually stay roughly oriented because some part of your brain is keeping track of where you last saw the mountains. This works great u tempresulttempresult <-ntil we go someplace flat with roads that curve, and then we tend to get turned around a lot. (I had a terrible time navigating Boston when I was in college.)https://dr-tectonic.dreamwidth.org/497537.html

Well, I've discovered what's worse than a place with no topography: a place where there are mountains in every direction, so you always subsconsciously think you're heading west!

I'm dropping Jerry off at the Bellagio every morning and picking him up in the afternoon. Well, the battery on my phone is old and feeble, and yesterday morning (the first day of the expo), I forgot to grab my charging cable for the car. After I dropped him off, I realized that I was down to 22% charge and I still needed to drive half an hour back to my brother's house, and I have basically no idea where it is without the phone lady guid tempresulttempresult <-ing me. So I put it in power save mode and switched from having it actively giving me directions to just pulling off to the side of the road and checking the map app every now and then. And I got so disoriented that I ended up going the wrong way no less than half a dozen times.

So that was my misadventure for the trip.

It's very hot here; highs above 100 every day. There are plenty of nice vistas, so long as you don't mind the landscape shouting "HUBRIS!" at you everywhere you look. (Like really, this city should not exist; this is not a hospitable locale.) But the house has a swimming pool and AC, so that's nice.

The trip here on Sunday was unremarkable. We had a nice dinner out at a nearby Thai place last night, and we have tickets to go see Cirque du Soleil's "O" tomorrow night. Otherwise, we aren't doing much touristy stuff. I'm mostly hanging out on the couch, working remotely a bit, and having downtime. Jerry's having a good conference. We head home Thursday morning.
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