Las Vegas NOT running entirely on renewable Energy

Talk about FAKE news there were articles going around in the last week stating that Las Vegas was running 100 percent off of renewable energy. Since I live in Las Vegas it really confused Me. One of the sites that post an article was Popular Mechanics, which is usually accurate, or so I thought. In a City that uses much more electricity that most Cities the same size, I started trying to figure out what these articles mean. I noticed that many street lights are solar powered so did They mean that all of Las Vegas Street lights are run on renewable energy?

Then I saw an article written by Forbes that cleared up the mystery. Read the full article here.

Turns out that what was meant was the Las Vegas City Government was now running 100 percent off renewable energy after installing enough solar panels to power all the City Buildings and Street light. This is very impressive but it has nothing to do with all the Casino lights and huge energy usage.

Taco Bell Cantina, Las Vegas Strip

What is a Taco Bell Cantina, just an overpriced Taco Bell. But it is actually more than that, yes, it is the exact same food but the Restaurant is pretty damn spectacular. Will People pay more for the nice surroundings? Yes, They will and don’t forget this store is on the Las Vegas Strip which is some of the most expensive real estate in America. You will notice a glass wall where You can watch the “Chef” prepare Your food and at the Soda Machines They have wood levers to look like beer spouts. There is a nice eating area out front that is heated during the cold months and provides great People watching.

Even though the prices are higher than a regular Taco Bell, it is still a great value, for instance, a bean burrito is 1.99 instead of 1.39. They are not jacking the price up anymore than McDonalds or other Chains that still have stores on the Las Vegas Strip.

Lucky Dragon Boutique Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

The newest Hotel/Casino has opened in Las Vegas very close to the last one that opened (SLS).

In case You did not know Chinese People are very superstitious and it shows at this Boutique hotel. There is no floor number 4 because number 4 it is unlucky and there are lots of octagon shapes because number 8 IS lucky. You will also notice right away the staff is nearly all Chinese. The staff speaks English as well as their native Chinese. The Resort will provide a better experience for Chinese People because the food is real Chinese not American Chinese and the staff can communicate better.

The rooms follow all the laws of feng shui so You will have good luck but remember the Casino is also blessed with good luck so something has got to give.

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Lucky Dragon seen from the parking lot of The SLS, shows the distance from the Las Vegas Strip

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Lucky Dragon is just west of the Las Vegas Strip on Sahara. You can see it behind the World’s largest Gift Shop in the picture above.

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The above picture shows the front entrance to the Lucky Dragon

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The above picture shows one of the Chinese Restaurants at the Lucky Dragon. The restaurant serves only authentic Chinese food not American-Chinese

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The above picture shows what Lucky Dragon has one of the most modern games in Las Vegas, Dynasty.

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The above picture shows Bao Now fast serve Chinese Restaurant. It is authentic to Chinese and is what You would expect in street markets in Asia.

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The above picture shows the clean well spaced slot area at the Lucky Dragon.

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The above picture shows the well spaced Table game area at the Lucky Dragon

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The above picture shows the Center Bar, it is Octagon shaped because 8 is a lucky number to Chinese People.

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The above picture is the High Limit room, this room will fill up on busy nights.

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The above picture shows the generous amount of space between slot machines at the Lucky Dragon

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The above picture shows the slots and the beautiful surroundings at the Lucky Dragon

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The above picture shows the dragon that is the center piece over the center bar at the Lucky Dragon


Legalized recreational marijuana arrives in Las Vegas January 1, 2017 what it means in the Casinos

Marijuana dispensary located just two blocks from the Las Vegas Strip
Marijuana dispensary located just two blocks from the Las Vegas Strip

Legalized recreational marijuana goes into effect on January 1, 2017 in Las Vegas. So You are picturing Yourself smoking a blunt next to the cigarette smokers at the slot machines? Pot smokers are going to be disappointed to find out that NO, You absolutely cannot smoke Marijuana on ANY Casino property in Las Vegas or Clark County. Clark County or Paradise is where the Las Vegas Strip is, Downtown is in the City of Las Vegas but both locations will not allow Marijuana use. The only way this could change is if the Federal Government legalizes Marijuana because the Gaming board goes by Federal Law NOT State law.

The new Law that goes in to effect on January 1, 2017 could actually make it harder for You to smoke Pot in and around Las Vegas. As it is now there is No focus on it and plenty of People are smoking it walking down the Street. When the law changes there will be plenty of People that think They can smoke it in their hotel room, on the street and in the Casino so the Casino properties will have to put plenty of signs up letting You know that is not the case. Not only can You NOT smoke pot in Your room even if it is a smoking room, You also cannot indulge in edible Marijuana. Of course the chance of getting caught with edible marijuana is slim so if You decide to do it You shouldn’t leave it laying out in public view.

So where can You smoke Marijuana legally in Vegas after January 1, 2017? At a non casino property that allows it. The problem is most non casino properties are NON smoking so They are not likely to change Their policy to accept Marijuana smoking. But these non Casino properties are not likely to have a problem with You smoking pot outside. How about outside on the strip? Yes and No. It would not be a good idea to light up when You are at the Linq Promenade even though You might get away with it. Since it is owned by Caesars Entertainment they are bound by Federal Law not state law because of the Gaming license. The gaming license is the most important thing to any Casino property, without it they are out of business so they are not going to get in trouble from one Hippie wanting to get high on their property. You likely will be able to walk down the sidewalk in front of the Casinos and not have problems but not if You sit down and pull out a bong.

All in All, it is most likely just going to be a huge headache for the Casino properties and a huge disappointment to the stoners.

Warning for New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

Between 6pm on December 31, 2016 and 6am Jan 1, 2017 You may not carry a bag, back pack, suitcase, cooler, camera bag, cart or bottle. All bottle sales will end at that time at the carry out stores on the Las Vegas strip. A few months back purses were listed but they are not anymore but it would be a good idea not to bring a large purse that might be considered a “bag”

Need something on Your Vegas trip from Amazon? Here is how to do it:

At the Linq shopping district You will find a drop box for Your Amazon orders. This is better than waiting around Your hotel for a package. You order from Amazon and use the drop box as the shipping address and when it is delivered You will get an alert then go to the box with a code to open it and You have Your package. Much better than waiting around the Hotel for it.

Why an NFL Team would not make it in Vegas according to Arthur Blank

This is exactly what I wrote in an Earlier post. A game at the Las Vegas stadium would definitely be unlike any other in the league, at best the local team would have 50 percent of the fan base. But over time more and more People will adopt this team and even if They do not live in Vegas They would come to a couple games a year. Many NFL teams have part time fans that only make one or two games a year.

Why are escalators all over Vegas routinely shut down?

Nothing is more frustrating than coming upon an Escalator that is not moving. Walking up an escalator is awkward and almost dangerous. So why are they broken so often? Well, They aren’t. All of these escalators are extremely expensive to buy and even more expensive to maintain. If You ever owned a office copier You know that You had to have a maintenance contract otherwise You would go broke fixing it on a per issue basis. Well, these escalators are on that same type of maintenance plan but of course 100s of times more expensive. Every revolution cost a certain amount of money so owners often shut them off to save that maintenance money plus electricity especially in times where not many People are using them. The same with the moving sidewalks that You see at Excalibur, Luxuor, Venetian, Caesars and Bellagio.
And Yes, they actually do break down on occasion and You will see People working on them. But You can also notice one shut down and a little while later it is running again and No One has been there to repair it.

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