Published on April 13th, 2015 by Chance in Success,


Living in Las Vegas has taught me many things. I moved to Vegas in 2000 and I lived there for a little over 9 years.


Las Vegas taught me that change is persistent and that everything in Vegas is always changing. I was gone for around 3 years one time and by the time I visited Vegas again in 2015 for , everything was different. The local Fazoli's had become Freddy's, my favorite Chicago Hotdogs place was gone, the scenery was different and I didn't even recognize my own neighborhoods. One of the only recognizable things was PT's bar! Even Rum Jungle inside the Mandalay Bay was replaced by a nightclub called Light. And if that wasn't enough to freak a local out, Studio 54 in the MGM Grand casino is now an awesome club called Hakkasan that Calvin Harris is a resident DJ at. I often felt like it was the first time I had ever been to Las Vegas. If I hadn't spent so many years there, I would have been turned around more often than not. But luckily I knew my way around.

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Something else Vegas taught me was how to thrive in a bar or a casino without spending money or drinking. It might not be as fun to not drink or spend money in Vegas, but when you live in Vegas for a long time, you tend to want to save money in casinos and nightclubs. The high prices on the Las Vegas BLVD strip can drive an average person into being broke quite easily. If you think I'm kidding, go ahead and pay $9 for a tiny bottle of water in the nightclub, then pay $6 for something that's usually a dollar elsewhere. It's not very fun for locals to pay those prices. Even with local love discounts, Vegas can still be quite pricey.

Another thing that Vegas taught me was how to be a better business man. I spent a lot of time in big businesses, large casinos, plenty of fine dining and nightlife atmospheres, and even saw a lot of it behind the scenes. It was amazing seeing all of the underground tunnels in the casinos that employees walk through. It's a whole different world other than the bright lights and big city. It reminded me of the hive in Resident Evil, how it just goes on and on and you could be walking in it for miles and miles.

One thing Vegas taught me is who my friends were and how to pick them. Las Vegas is riddled with seedy characters alike. Even the locals can be quite jaded at times, you never know if they have a gambling or drug habit. You never know if they are trying to just get their next fix or gambling money, or if they're just starving after gambling their money away, and you never know what they'll do.

Las Vegas taught me that I don't always have to live life in the fast lane. Living in Vegas can be hectic, and it can be quite exciting as well. I love living in Vegas but once I left Vegas to return home to care for my grandparents in Jennings, Louisiana, I saw how frantic I had become and it was quite nice to relax and unwind.

Leaving Las Vegas can be one of the hardest things to do. Everything is nicer in Vegas. The poolside parties, the scenery, the party people, the easy personalities... it can all be quite addicting. I love Las Vegas, but it's not all glam and glory. People can turn on you in a New York minute, and you never know who you're dealing with there, but it's a lot of fun being there. Going to the shows in the casinos is one of my most favorite things to do, especially Blue Man Group. But I encourage you to find your own favorite things to do in Vegas.

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