Monday Message ~ Welcome to Las Vegas!

Las Vegas! My home town. Such a diversified and interesting place to live. This past weekend R.M. Sotera and I were able to hang out with Kelly, blogger extraordinaire, and another local gal, Laurie (who btw just got her first publishing contract ~ Congrats Laurie!). While Kelly was in town staying at the Rio, R.M. and I went there Friday evening and Saturday night to hang out with her. So, as a special treat…
Welcome to:
Rio in Las Vegas Week!
Coming to Las Vegas for a visit? Want a fun place to hang out at? Then check out:
The Rio Hotel and Casino as a place to stay in.
& Check back here each day of the week for insider tidbits on key locations within the property & to find special links to pictures and an interview with one of the Chippendales!

So what’s Monday’s message? The talk this week might be of a casino and its activities, but Las Vegas isn’t just about the strip, downtown, gambling, food and shows—all of which can be great depending upon what you’re in to ;). It just seems that sometimes there’s a misconception floating around about Las Vegas. People have said, “You live there? That’s so cool!” or they’re so focused on the tourist part they forget to see the bigger picture and they dislike the place. Granted, some of my friends who live here don’t like the big, brown, hot dust bowl due to it being a big, brown, hot dust bowl and they want to escape, or have already, and that’s understandable. There are times I, too, miss the green of the northeast and the rain and can do without the heavy traffic, but I still prefer the sun over seemingly endless cloudy skies. But I digress. What I wanted to say is Las Vegas has communities just like anywhere else. There are schools, churches, businesses, etc. that are here as they are in any other town you visit. There are groups/leagues/organizations you can belong to. When first moving here, we became involved in the running/triathlon community, still are to a degree, and belonging to a group makes living here a lot less ‘touristy.’ As for another argument I’ve heard, yes, Las Vegas might not have the culture of the older cities like New York, Philadelphia or Washington DC, but it does have its own brand. Las Vegas can be a pretty ordinary place. Well, as ordinary as it can be with an approximate 4 mile stretch of colorful eye candy.
Have a great day!