Areille - the Lioness of God

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

To sin or not to sin

Last weekend, I visited the Sin City for the first time and all I gotta say is I was amazed. I have been in the US for 10 years now and have always wondered what it would be like. I couldn't believe all that hype was of a place which made gazillions of cash by mocking beautiful cities from all over the world and of course pardoning all possible sins. It was funny to see how people, including me, where so in awe of Ceaser's Palace and the fake Eiffel Tower. The remarkable part about these pieces of architecture in Rome or Paris is their history and the efforts put at that time to build them. And after all that, these machine made imitations have become the #1 tourist spot. I used to think that gambling is what brought people to Vegas, but I was surprised to learn at this trip that gambling is only the 2nd highest form of revenue for Vegas, with #1 being entertainment - shows, hotels, food. Last weekend was just a regular weekend there, not a long weekend, nothing special, and the place was just packed! Packed beyond belief. The whole city's existence is entirely dependent on man's vices. Incredible!

4 Comments:

  • At 9/26/2007 1:29 PM, Blogger Improper Bostonian said…

    Gambling created Vegas out of an horrible desert. Entertainment business was an accessory for a while, even when Elvis, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra were big draws. Later professional boxing was a huge success. Sometime in the 80s there was a big crackdown on gambling business, and it became more regulated. Since then entertainment has been at the forefront.

    Many movies including Scorcese's "Casino" talk about this at various lengths. But it makes sense, that after you lose a ton of money you can atleast get entertained to cheer you up...

     
  • At 9/26/2007 4:19 PM, Blogger Ciara said…

    I have personally spent more $$$ on Entertainment/Fd/Drinks/Gifts etc. rather than Gambling in Vegas - and any $$$ I make thru gambling - I once again spend on Entertainment/Fd etc etc....my winnings have never been significant enough to last till the end of my Vegas trip and then to be used for any other purpose! :)

     
  • At 10/05/2007 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anand Narayanan said…

    You contradict yourself in the end when you say the whole city exists based on vices. This is not true anymore since entertainment is the biggest revenue generator and not everyone who goes to vegas looks for the kind of entertainment that is classified as a vice.

     
  • At 11/01/2007 11:41 AM, Blogger Sharma's Karma said…

    women don't have vices? ;)

     

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