Viva Las Vegas!


So this is the weekend for Terry’s annual Las Vegas trip with the guys. He’s been doing this trip in the Fall with the same 3 guys, that used to go to our old church, for at least 15 years, maybe more. They always go during football season. When we lived in Santa Clarita, they all drove together (a 4-5 hour drive one-way) and played radio music trivia games all the way. Now since we live in AZ, Terry just flies up and meets them there. The other 3 guys, Mark, Greg and Kent are all teachers so they also spend a lot of time razzing Terry about all the time off they get, that he doesn’t. But the real goal of the weekend is football, football and even more football.

They get there sometime on Friday, check into as cheap a hotel as they can get without being too sleazy and make their plans. Basically they do the same thing every year. Scope out the best sports book(the middle picture is the inside of a sport book if you haven’t seen one) and get there really early on Saturday morning so they can get great seats. Then they sit ALL DAY and watch college football (and any other sport that happens to be televised) on dozens of TV screens including several that are usually over 10 feet tall. They love to just sit there and be able to see ALL the games ALL the time.

It’s like heaven for them!

Some of the sports books even have “personal” TVs right at their chair so they can watch the most important game up close and personal. They may place small bets on a few games, but that’s not really the main point. It’s pretty much just to get their fill of football (for that weekend, at least). Then Saturday night when the games are over, they’ll find a good Vegas buffet and have dinner, probably hang out in the evening at one of the casinos, then hit the sack to start again the next day. Now on Sunday it’s pretty much the same, except of course, that it’s PRO football. So once all the games wind down at the end of the day, the teachers pile into their car for the long drive home and Terry hops on a plane headed for Phoenix.

A few interesting items to point out. We have been friends with these guys and their families for nearly 20 years, but now we really only get to connect a few times a year and only see each other MAYBE once a year. Terry gets to spend the whole weekend with these guys, but when he comes home and I ask how are the kids and the wives and how are things with the guys, he usually says he forgot to ask! They don’t seem to talk about anything but football or sports the whole weekend. Crazy huh? Oh well, I guess I’ll have to get the important news myself from the wives… I’m glad Terry gets to have a fun weekend away. It does him good…and I get a weekend in the middle of the season with no football. 🙂

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