Sunday, March 27, 2005

Finally Settled in Vegas

Well, I know it's been a couple of months, but what a crazy couple of months it's been. I finally made the move from Nashville to Las Vegas--what an adventure that was--a story for another time, however. Anyhow, I started dealer's school as soon as I got out here, and aside from a week of goofing off with my buddies for March Madness, and a week on the deathbed with some sort of funky illness that damn near pulled the plug on me, I'm back at it, shuffling, cutting, dealing, and practicing.

I'm pretty much done with the blackjack part of school, I just need to practice my technique. I'm probably still a couple of weeks away from mastering the art of dice dealing, but since it's such a complicated game and difficult to deal like an expert, I don't feel like I'm behind at all. I figure that by the end of April I should be gainfully employed at some break-in casino trying my best not to embarrass myself.

Life in Vegas has a surreal quality about it. Just from my trips to the grocery store I've deduced that most every stripper and/or cocktail waitress in the city lives in my neighborhood, or at least shops at my Albertsons. The parade of fake cleavage in the produce aisle was something I was unprepared for when I began this adventure. I should have been, however--I share a house with both a stripper and a cocktail waitress. It may sound like a lot of fun, but the reality is well, actually kind of normal. They're just like normal roommates except for the hours they keep. Well that, and some of the interesting clothes I've seen them wear...

It's also nice having a great view of the Strip off in the distance as I begin my daily commute every morning. I was worried that I might be tempted to go gambling a lot, but I've discovered a couple of things--I don't like to gamble by myself very much, and spending a week on the Strip with my buddies was just about enough 'Vegas' experience for me for awhile. I've also found that I'm gonna have to learn to say 'no' on occasion. I've only been here a month, but it seems that every weekend somebody is in town that wants me to meet up and play craps or go drinking. I cannot participate in everyone's vacation and expect to be successful here. I'm looking at my experience here as a means to an end, and not an endless parade of free drinks and gambling stories, so my desire to visit the casinos is almost nil. In fact, I'm hoping to work two jobs, just to keep me out of trouble and keep me from spending money. That sailboat won't buy itself!

That being said, I have to mention what a great time I had last week. It was the annual March Madness ritual where my buddies gather in Vegas for four days of gambling, cigars, basketball games, and general buffoonery. On top of that, about twenty or so new friends from the message board made the trek out and spent the weekend keeping me sauced and entertained. It was truly an epic week that could never be topped.

Anyhow, now that I'm here, settled, and moving forward, I'll begin my regular updates.

Viva Las Vegas!


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