Happy New Year from Vegas

10-01-2012 » Travels » To comments

Sorry about the long wait, good people, but finally I found time to update the blog. Having said that—you should follow me on Twitter—for regular updates. Anyway, I’m most def alive. In Vegas right now, as a matter of fact, doing some of the things I love the most: traveling, shopping, discovering (and buying) gadgets, and just soaking up that good Vegas feeling.

Yes, good people, of course I’m visiting the famous 2012 International CES. Gotta love those gadgets! My first time in Vegas was in 2006. That was back when the HME still existed, Home Media Expo. (I won’t even bother looking for the website. The recession killed that show dead after 2008.) Twice I visited that show in Sin City, and before that back in LA when they still called it the VSDA. Now I’m at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) for the fourth time. Yes, Sherlock, that means this is my sixth time in Vegas, and I never stay at the same hotel twice.

And in order of appearance, by popular demand, my Vegas hotel list, with rating:

1. Caesars Palace 9/10 | Great view, high standards, and the Forum Shops
2. Rio (10/10) | Brand new, very high standards, great pool and gym!
3. Imperial Palace (3/10) | mostly a dump, really worn, the brochure looked better
4. Circus Circus (5/10) | Cheap and OK, a bit far from the center, great steakhouse!
5. The Mirage (8/10) | A Classic, OK quality, small pool
6. The Stratosphere (7/10) | Newly renovated rooms, Strip view, tower, but far from center

The Stratosphere is impressive, and it’s the northermost of the great Strip hotels. It’s quite a long walk from the Venetian, where the press events are held, and it’s even outside the reach of the Las Vegas Monorail (not a real maglev), but I chose this hotel because it’s closer to Fremont Street and Gold & Silver Pawn Shop of the (History Channel TV Show)—and I just wanted to experience the tallest free-standing observation tower in the US. And, it’s actually the only major Strip Hotel & Casino in the City of Las Vegas!

You may wonder, how about the novel? Is it done?

Yes! It’s done. However, my editor wanted me to change a few things, to make it even better for the target audience. At the moment I’m still in the process of implementing those changes. So stay tuned. I think we can still make a spring release.

As I said, follow me on Twitter, and remember: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.


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