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I have one word to describe our recent trip to Las Vegas for a 5-day getaway: Surreal. We had a fantastic time, but it was almost like an out-of-body experience. When you account for the time change and the 24×7 nature of Vegas, it’s easy to see why.

While there, we not only got a Mysterechance to check out both Cirque de Soliel’s Mystere (a very good show that was funnier than I expected) show and the Blue Man Group (which was just a friggin’ AWESOME birthday treat from my wife), but we got to take in some of the amazing dining experiences available. Though it can be a bit on the pricey side, just the experience of trying things like Kobe beef (oil seared and raw, no less) and tender Cod with a sweet glaze (those who know my eating habits will know how uncharacteristic that is!) was just plain fun. It was also some of the best food I’ve eaten in my lifetime.

The rest of our time, we spent wandering up and down the strip, in and out of shops and casinos ranging from the outrageously opulent Wynn to the down-and-out feeling Frontier, and everything in between. We did take the time to check out a few games, and I even tried entering a cheap Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament at the Tropicana. I definitely didn’t win, but I had fun nonetheless.

And I think that’s the attitude you need to take in Vegas. Especially if you’re the guy who we watched drop $10,000 on the roulette table in about five minutes while celebrating a Wisconsin basketball win over Pitt (that should have been an easy call, which I’m sure is where he got most of the money). Seriously, we watched him bet $4,400, $500 and $5,000 on red, only to see it come up black each time (he also threw $100 on 17 in there too, which he missed on as well). My wife almost had a heart attack, but they say not to bet what you can’t afford to lose!

All in all, Las Vegas felt like another world! Especially our hotel, the MGM Grand, which was so large you could literally spend your entire trip within the building. It’s definitely an experience worth the trip, and I know my wife and I plan on making that trip again sometime.

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