This is as close to a national tragedy that I have ever been, or ever hope to be. I can't keep from watching all the news broadcasts and internet stories because I was almost in the general area. I know if I would have stayed another night there (like two girls from our group did), I would have made my way to the Mirage Casino to watch the volcano explode, then head to the Bellagio to watch the fountains and go further down the strip towards that direction. I know this because I was thinking that on Sunday afternoon when I was getting ready to leave the strip to head to the airport. It was, "If my plane wasn't leaving until late I would..." sort of thoughts and I know I would have been in the general area, not necessarily at the concert though. I don't know, but this has really gotten into my brain and makes me not want to go anywhere in large crowds or take my niece/nephews there either. I know that is letting the enemy win, but I can't help it.
On Friday I woke up bright and early to get dressed and head to the Hobby Airport for my Southwest Airlines flight (I love Southwest!). I made it to Vegas about 9:30 AM and met Clarissa in baggage claim. We couldn't check in until 1 PM so we dropped off our bag, ate a nice Brunch at Hexx and walked the Strip.
|This was basically Clarissa to get us free Chippendale's tickets. LMAO.|
We checked in and were walking to the elevators and a guy at a desk stopped us what we were there for and we told him a bachelorette party. He asked if we wanted free show tickets and my mind instantly flew to timeshares. Yep, it was a timeshare presentation but there were free Chippendale's tickets on the line...we quickly signed up! Haha. Actually Clarissa is the only one who went because we were running out of time and had to get the room decorated. She didn't want to go by herself but since it was a 2 hour presentation, we didn't have time for us both to go. I just told her what the standard procedure was and how to say no. If you can stay strong and keep repeating the no, you will get your "reward" of whatever you choose. It turns out the presentation lasted about 3 hours and she got there about 30 minutes before everyone else did. If you ask Clarissa, she will tell you that three hours was worth it!
Meanwhile, I decorated the room with all the crafts that we made. I waited to do the streamers because Clarissa wanted to help decorate too. I blew up balloons, set out the shirts and the rest of hte crafts for each person in their own pile. It turned out super cute!!
Amber had her own little chair for her stuff.
I made a door sign for both doors and throughout the weekend you could hear people talking about our sign and our bachelorette party. One day we were all in the hallway when another group came by and said, "Hey it's Amber's bachelorette party crew. Which one of you is Amber?" haha. I'm glad the whole floor new us. :)
That night one of the girls in our group was able to get us free club entrance with a table and bottle service. Now, I had NO IDEA how expensive that was but let me tell you, WOW! To get it in was about $50-$100 each person and the table itself was $5,000. Yes, you read the number of zeros correctly. The club was a beautiful spot on the rooftop of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino. You had to go up stairs through a big room and up an elevator to get to the nightclub. It was so pretty being that high up and seeing all the Strip lights.
The table came with a free bottle of Vodka + mixers so we all had a few drinks. We inquired how much another bottle was, but it turns out bottle service is VERY pricey. I'm talking about $495 for a bottle of Tito's Vodka. I couldn't believe it and wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen the menu. Here's a pic if you don't believe me. WTF?!?!?!?!
We danced for a while and then left to go back to the hotel to change shoes. Some people went back out and others (like me!) fell asleep. I figured I made my appearance (and even danced) at a club so I did my bachelorette party duties.
Part Two is coming up including all of the Saturday festivities! Saturday was SO FUN!!