Thursday, September 17, 2009

How's life, baby?

Yesterday, I got a short message from an old friend

Greetings from NYC. Its fall here today, really for the first time. Hows Vegas, baby?

My breezy reply went along the lines of...

Hey Jen, I was just thinking about Fall in New York, wishing I was there roaming midtown and Brooklyn. Then again, I prefer the heat. :) Actually, you can taste fall in the air here in Vegas, you just gotta be in the shade to feel it, but its nice at... night. .

The message came just as I was thinking about how long Ive been in Vegas, and realizing shortly by the end of the year, I will have been here nearly a year. That is a lot longer than I expected to be here.

Why have I been here that long? Because I cant think of any other place I need to go live in. Not back to New York or Jersey, nor back to San Francisco, and definitely not LA. Chicago, Florida, North Carolina, Portland, Seattle? Nah, nah nah nah. Just not feeling the need or desire to make home bases there either.

Sure, I miss all of the above and I could use some trips to all of them, but as home bases? None of them appeal as much as Vegas. Ive gotten a bit comfy here.

I could expound on all of the above, but in answer to her question...

Hows Vegas?

Vegas is fine. I find I like it here. I like the heat. I like the casinos, even though Im not much of a gambler. I like the vibe which is very mellow, even with the SoCal gang-banging, LA shallowness, Cali stressors lurking on the periphery. You can get away from stupid people and the bright lights here in Vegas. I like the idea of this a place where dreams can manifest, even though the economy is corrupt.

It is not easy to make money here, as with anywhere warm I can think of with more people than jobs moving in. But the side effect of having a place full of people who are primarily in the service industries, struggling to make a secure living, is that it creates a down-to-earth, classless culture underneath the glitz, glamor, vice and gambling. In a place that is spread out where you can be far from your irritating neighbor, acquaintance or colleague, that is not a bad thing.

I love that its a place, because of all the people who move here, it is full of fellow Cubs, White Sox and Bear fans. That kinda helps make it feel like home.

So, how has life been here in Vegas? Its cool, baby.

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