On I Don't Get Las Vegas

@Thirtysum I appreciate the appeal of the cheap beach vacation too, but to my way of seeing things, that's why God gave us Puerto Rico. Of course, I live in the east and speak Spanish, so my perspective may be skewed.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm 0

On I Don't Get Las Vegas

@TheDilettantista I did have two great meals there (one on the strip and one off), and I love the open container law (it's just funner to drink outdoors). Still, as far as open container cities go, I'll take New Orleans over Las Vegas any day of the week!

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:51 am 0

On I Don't Get Las Vegas

@rosalou "Filled Our Purses With Beer" sounds like the name of an excellent first novel.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:16 am 0

On I Don't Get Las Vegas

@garli I will agree that the people-watching was a highlight.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:47 am 0

On I Don't Get Las Vegas

@Beans Yeah. That tower in the photo is a casino called The Stratosphere, and there's a bar near the top that I went to. From there, you see how abruptly the city stops when it reaches the ring of mountains. I think if I lived there, I'd always be wanting to walk in any direction till the city stopped and the desert started.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:45 am 0

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

"He tattooed the corporate emblem of Travelers Insurance Company ... on his arm." I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:12 am 2

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

Salt Lake City has more crime than New Orleans or DC? That is interesting!

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:11 am 0

On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@Marille Yes. That is so much to ask.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:10 am 2

On Would You Pay for a Restaurant Reservation?

Want to know the appalling thing that happens out here in the classless hinterlands? People wait an absurd amount of time for mediocre chain restaurants. A few years back, a CHeesecake Factory opened in a shopping center in an affluent suburb. People were waiting *two hours* to eat at a Cheesecake Factory in a suburb of Hartford. It occurred to me that it would take me only slightly longer to drive to Brooklyn, get cheesecake at Junior's, and drive back. Moral of the story: people are weird.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:24 am 0

On So You Want to Quit Your Job and Open a Bar

When I was fresh out of law school, another lawyer friend and I dreamed of starting a law firm / bar, on the theory that they both need similar real estate, but at different times of day. We thought the bar would be called "Law Office" and would actually be a law office: oak and mahogany everywhere, law books behind the bar, etc. The conceit would be that all the employees would be law students or lawyers, and you could get free general legal advice with the purchase of a drink. Bar customers needing more in-depth representation would leave a number, and we'd get back to them during law firm hours (when they'd presumably be sober). This dream ship foundered on the rocks of the high cost of a liquor license.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm 1