Here’s what happened.
4pm Friday afternoon - naptime: Tired from a crazy week of work and averaging 5 hours of sleep a night, I go to my car and take a nap before my flight because I knew I wouldn’t be sleeping for a while after I landed.
6pm: I get back to my desk, send off a few more emails, print out my boarding pass, Hakkasan presale ticket, and Wet-Republic dayclub presale ticket. I had never heard of these places until my friends who planned the trip told me to buy these tickets. Hakkasan presale was around $84.98 ($75 plus fees) and Calvin Harris was set to perform. Wet-Republic was $56.65 ($50 plus fees) and Steve Aokii was scheduled. Yes, damn VENUE DRIVER EVENTS TKTS 866-760-0007 NV and their online fees.
730pm: I go back to my car, change into a dress shirt and dress shoes and proceed to the airport. I only have carry-ons and am already traveling in my most dressed up form – no need to worry about wrinkling my shirt by having it stuffed in a backpack. (Benefits of being a guy I guess).
830pm: I’m in the security line for the airport and to pass boredom I talk to the guy in front of me. He said he’s visiting LA for a conference and a personal vacation. He makes pizzas for a living, but he specialized in a type called the neapolitan pizza, which cooks in 1.5 minutes, and uses a wood oven that is heated to 900 degrees. He tells me that pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Cool. Apparently the guy is from Montreal, Canada.
9pm: I get to my seat. On my right is an attractive woman. This rarely happens. Sweet…
915pm: Landing gears up. I turn to look at her, awkwardly. Damn, it was very awkward. she looks away and pulls her hair from behind her left shoulder to cover the left side of her face and her left eye from my view. I don’t know if she’s doing this on purpose to avoid talking to me and making eye contact with me, but if she is, that’s really clever.
930pm: Halfway through the flight - I still haven’t talked to her yet, but I want to keep trying to push myself to talk to the people around me. I gather the courage and choke out “What are you going to vegas for”. She responds and it turns out that she’s very amiable. She’s going to party with friends (same reason I was going). Unlike me, she’s pretty used to partying at Vegas and hadn't lost sleep the night before due to the excitement about it like I did. She just bought her tickets the day before and she isn't too into the clubbing scene, as she was mainly going to eat, relax, and gamble. She was a film producer and although she now lives in LA it turns out that she was originally also from Montreal. (What's going on here...)
10pm: land. Shuttle or cab? The hotel that I’m staying at that my friends booked is the Venetian They had said the cab costs around $14. I notice a stand that sells shuttle tickets for $7. I decide to save a few bucks and I buy a shuttle ticket. (This eventually turns out to be a mistake because i had to wait 30 minutes for the shuttle to arrive, because I apparently had just missed the previous shuttle. Once I finally did get on the shuttle, it luckily didn't try to go through the strip, but took a back street called Koval. It turned out all our cab drivers took this street as well, except for one cheese-dick cab driver that didn't.)
10:05pm: With my newly purchased shuttle ticket, i walk to the area where my shuttle is supposed to arrive. a guy who's already sitting there tells me that I apparently just missed the previous shuttle. Damn. But i start talking to this guy and it turns out that he’s 29 and drives trucks for a living (even though he doesn't look like the stereotypical truck driver at all). He says that since he’s a truck driver, he’s able to quit, travel, and then pick up a new truck driving job fairly easily when he returns from his travels. Because of this, he has been to 47 states and several countries. He doesn't have much savings, but doesn't seem too worried about that. Cool.
1115pm: I finally get to the room. I open the hotel door expecting to be welcomed by loud electric dance music and a roomful of my friends pre-partying, taking shots, and fist pumping This was not the case. It’s quiet; my friends are recovering from a prior hangover and struggling to get ready. Most of them arrived in Vegas Thursday afternoon. They drank in the hotel Thursday night, went to bed at 6am Friday morning, went to the gym at 8am (you know, to stay swol), got breakfast, drank more, went to the Marquee dayclub, and continued drinking. Two of my friends lost their wallets, shirts, and the rest of the group, then individually stumbled back to the room for an afternoon nap. I’m arriving just as they’re waking up from this afternoon nap.
One friend had lost his sandals and tank top and came back wearing sandals two sizes smaller.Another friend lost his sandals, shirt, cellphone, and wallet, and came back wearing sandals three sizes smaller. he actually didn't remember most of his day or how he got back. He just remembers getting along well with a girl named Miranda at Marquee day-club. But can’t remember how well, or whether they kissed.
1130pm: More shots are poured and taken. Even though he is still drunk/hungover/sick, the friend who came back wearing sandals two sizes smaller takes a shot after being called a pussy by my other more sober friend. The friend who came back with sandals three sizes smaller contacts Marquee day-club and finds out that they found his wallet and cell. We will need to get his ID because he won’t be able to enter Hakkasan nightclub without it.
1150pm: We get to the front of the hotel and get ready to get a cab, but get talked into getting a limo by some limo driver. This was the second time I've ridden in a limo in my life. I guess this is how Vegas rolls. but everyone except me are all so tired/hungover that we don't even bump-up-the-music/yell/dance/sing in the limo. We just sit quietly and talk shit. The limo drops off two of my friends at Marquee so they can go get his wallet/cell. The limo proceeds to drop us off at MGM for Hakkasan.
(to be continued)