Las Vegas is definitley a strange place. I thought it was the weirdest when I first moved here 8 years ago. But I live in Henderson and can see the Strip from where I live. So I see it all the time, from a distance. The lights are pretty on a clear night.
At first found it strange that I live in everyone elses vacation land and was annoyed with it (I moved from Omaha NE) I combated the weirdness by staying away from The Strip/downtown unless I have friends/family visiting. I rarely, if ever, stick money in a slot/video poker/keno machine because it is boring and a waste.
For people who just come for a weekend miss out on a lot of stuff here because they are only on the strip or downtown at the hotel/casinos stuffing money in a machine or stuffing their face with buffet food, seeing overpriced shows or going to trendy nightclubs. There is so much more to Vegas than “The Strip”. There is lots of stuff to do other than gamble. If you want nature, there is Red Rock Park or Mount Charleston, and Lake Mead/Hoover Dam, none of them are more than hour (or so) outside of town. The Grand Canyon is a 6 hour drive away from Vegas, not easy to do if you are here for just a weekend. (I wouldn’t trust the helicopter tours- they have fallen out of the sky one too many times :eek: )
We are just like every other town: we have normal jobs, houses or apartment, go to school, and have hobbies just like people who live else where. We just happen to have “another world” in the center of our town as a “play place” for those who want to let loose and “have a good time”.
The weather is something to get used to as well. It is hot as blazes here in the summer (this isn’t hot, it’s the setting for london broil), but the rest of the year is great! I enjoy living here and really can’t think of living anywhere else.