After a rather bumpy ride from Seattle, I arrived in Las Vegas at around 3pm.

The flight in was beautiful. I've never been to Vegas before, and my seat (1A - yup, I got upgraded) offered me a great view of the city on final approach. I must say, Flight Simulator comes very close!

What did strike me from my vantage point in the air, was high much like SimCity the surrounding area looked. It is all dry and barren with these perfect squares on green plopped down on a regular grid - the golf courses looked even more out of place.

The airport itself was also very strange - my senses being instantly assaulted by slot machines - then I smelled smoke. You can smoke in here? Freaky.

The airport...

Landing was quickly followed by a one hour airport shuttle ride. Note to self, get a cab next time. At around 5pm I got to the Stratosphere Towers. The entrance confused the hell out of me - no lobby, just a gambling floor with no sign of the hotel check-in.

That one took me a while to figure out.

Anyway, here I am, in my room on the 22nd floor, suffering from complete sensory overload and I haven't seen or done anything yet…

Time to get some food and hook up with Mike. Then maybe a little flutter at a table or two…