Monday, June 27, 2011

Vegas, Baby

It's been another whirlwind in this life of mine.
Last week I was in Vegas for my work's annual meeting.  Much like the losers at the Oscars, my position is the same - I'm just happy to be invited.  It is not common at all in the big huge company I work for that coordinators ever get to go to these things.  I have been to every one since I've been here.
This was the first time since I've started that it hasn't been in New York.  It was a crazy, busy, active, exciting, delightful few days.
Here's some of the highlights:
  • Saw my first ever Cirque Du Soleil show - we saw Mystere the first night we were there. Lovely. Weird, but lovely.
  • Watched all of my team ride the Big Shot - at the top of the Stratosphere hotel. Too cool.
  • Had dinner and drinks at the Foundation Room at the House of Blues compliments of Dan Akroyd. Yep, you read that right - Dan Akroyd. Now, go out and get you some Crystal Head vodka, because it's delicious.
  • Had cocktails in the Minus 5 ice bar.
  • I drank $120 worth of tequila, but because I am me, and turned on the charm, I got them all for free. Now go out and try you some Don Julio 1842 and Sauza Three Generations. Expensive? Yes, but trust me.
  • 113 is truly survivable because it's a 'dry heat'.
  • and last but not least I RODE IN A HELICOPTER INTO THE GRAND CANYON. We landed IN the Grand Canyon and had drinks and walked around.
  • See above - I rode in a fucking helicopter.
And oh yeah, there was a lot of work stuff going on too....

Today I'm taking care of a sunburn, due to the fact that I rode a float in Chicago's Pride parade yesterday. Another once in a lifetime experience! DANK Haus had a float, and I went along for the ride. Sure, I saw a lot of things in the crowd I wish I had never seen, but wow, what a crazy time.*

So, I live, the ankle continues its slow recovery, and it's back to business as usual.
I'm off to MI with Shannon and TheMarty for the annual rest/recovery/Freedom drinks/4th of July trip.  We leave Wednesday afternoon. Not a moment too soon. We'll be back on the 4th.  So, you may not hear from me until after that, but I'll try.

Stay classy.

*Me? Nope, not a lesbian, I'm straight as they come, but I do support the rights of everyone. And Pride parade is a wonderful celebration of all things awesome, unique and diverse.  I was proud to be there. Like one sign I saw said "Gay for a Day" sure, I'd say that was it.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Last week I was in Vegas for my work's annual meeting.


and last but not least I RODE IN A HELICOPTER INTO THE GRAND CANYON. We landed IN the Grand Canyon and had drinks and walked around.

Jealous...I had to drive a million bazillion miles in the middle of a work trip to nowhere to visit the Grand Canyon.

Kathleen said...

that sounds amazing. go Vonnie!

Von said...

I cannot stress how so so so amazing it was. The whole thing. I'm still in awe of it all.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a great week, Von... worth the exhaustion!

mikey said...

Vegas is always fun - you just have to approach it for what it is. And it sure sounds like you did. Vegas exists for a reason (did you read The Stand?), and you gotta let it all hang out. Drinking, gambling, staying up all night, sleeping with strangers, that's what vegas is for.

And I congratulate you on your wisdom. I went to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on a donkey. This was a VERY poor decision, one I regretted for a long time. As much as I hate helicopters (ask somebody sometime about the 'jesus nut' - here's a hint: they call it that for a reason), that's a MUCH better way to get to the bottom of a gigantic hole in the ground...

Snag said...

I suppose a donkey's better than falling....

Have a safe and rockin' 4th, Von!

Mendacious D said...

And you couldn't wait until next month when I'm there?

Minus 5 is awesome, though. People kept asking us why we didn't have our jackets done up.

"Because we're Canadian?"
"Oh! That makes sense!"

We were upstaged by a guy taking off his shirt. He was from Edmonton.

fish said...

Tres Generacions is most excellent. Far better than most of those poser tequilas (I am looking at you Patron).

Brando said...

The Grand Canyon trip sounds so Absolutely Fabulous. What a great trip.

Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

Wow..I am impressed. Living in Cali, Vegas is somewhere I have been a hundred times if I have been there once and you experienced things I still haven't done. Bravo! Glad you lived life to the fullest in Sin City.