Should You use Uber or Lyft all over Vegas?

Update: July 2017 Uber and Lyft are now picking up all over Vegas. Operations started on September 15, 2015 and so far all is going smoothly. There are no restricted areas for use of the ride share services. Both Services are operating at the McCarran Airport. Now Uber has drastically cut prices many times. The base fare that was 2.40 is now 1.12, the price per mile was 1.85 is now .675, the per minute price was .30 is now .1125. A Service fee of 1.38 and booking fee of 1.90 will be added to every trip. There is also an Airport fee of 2.45. Lyft is mostly the same except You can tip on the Lyft App but cannot on Uber. Drivers are allowed to take cash tips on either service. The low rates have made it near impossible for drivers to make a profit and even though that is terrible for Them it is great for the riders. You will see that service is fantastic, cars are ready to pick You up all over Vegas. A short ride to the Airport from a nearby hotel will typically cost 12-13 dollars but only about 4.50 of that will go to the driver because of all the fees that are added. Uber is expected to add the tipping feature to their app by the end of July 2017.

Should You use Uber or Lyft all over Vegas, hell Yes!

uber is back in business in las vegasTechnology is the answer to that question. Uber and Lyft have an app that both the driver and passenger use to hire a driver or pick up a passenger. How does it work?
Uber drivers are given background checks, made to show proof of insurance and have a 8 year old or newer vehicle to provide transportation. The customer uses an app to request a ride and can get a fare estimate first if they wish. The app will show the rider how far away the driver is and how much time is expected to make the pick up. The request goes to the closest driver and shortly You will be on Your way. At a price that can be as much as half of what a taxi cab would cost, why not use them? A new or almost new car, why not use them? Knowing the driver has passed a detailed background check why not use them?

If You must use a taxi, You might find them to be nicer than usual because they know they are getting their ass handed to them by Uber and Lyft. Do I feel sorry for them? Nope! They should have cleaned up their act when there was no Uber or Lyft, now it doesn’t seem like they are sorry, just sorry they got caught. The last time I took a taxi to the airport, the driver took my bag out of the back of the car and dropped it on the concrete, not put it down but dropped it on purpose and He still expected a tip!! Everyone has a rude taxi driver story, I doubt the Uber and Lyft stories will be about rudeness.

 

If You are a new customer to Lyft You can get a Free Lyft Ride up to 20 dollars or if You are new to Uber, You can get Your first ride free up to 20 dollars: both of these services are much cheaper than is a Taxi all over Vegas or Worldwide: Get the Uber promo code.
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NASCAR Week in Las Vegas

Thursday night, March 5, 2015 at 6pm You can see the NASCAR tractor trailers that haul Your favorite driver’s car come down Las Vegas Blvd. Silly? Not to the fans, this is a big, big deal. And the race has Everyone excited, why? Because the most popular driver loves this track and had the race won last year until He ran out of gas on the backstretch just before the finish line. He was able to finish second.

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Snow in Las Vegas, February 23, 2015

Yes, it does snow in Vegas. It only came as a surprise because the weather had been unusually warm in the last few weeks. It snowed New Years Eve but after that it had turned warm but on February 23, 2015 many Vegas residents got to play in the snow.

Gay couples are filling out applications for marriage licenses now in Las Vegas

Gay Marriage is on in Las Vegas

Gay couples are filling out applications for marriage licenses now in Las VegasAn onslaught of gay marriage licenses are expected to be accepted immediately in Las Vegas, as well as other parts of Nevada. The Supreme Court will not get involved in upholding the ban on same sex marriages in Nevada. It is unclear when exactly the first wedding can legally take place but it is most likely by the end of October. The license applications have already been accepted Today, October 8, 2014.

Not all wedding chapels are eager to marry same sex couples. Contrary to popular belief not every business in Vegas will make a buck anyway they can. Seems that a few Chapels want nothing to do with marrying same sex couples.

David and Jackie Siegel shown here in their luxury box at CFE Arena in Orlando at Predators game.

David and Jackie Siegel busy in Vegas and Orlando

Do You think that buying the former Las Vegas Hotel would have it’s challenges? A full remodel is planned and already underway. How about buying a sports team in the same month? That is exactly what David and Jackie Siegel did recently. The former LVH which stands for Las Vegas Hotel and Las Vegas Hilton is now the Siegel’s branded hotel “Westgate Las Vegas Hotel and Casino”. But at the same time the couple also purchased the Orlando Predators, an Arena Football team. David was seen posing with the erection of the Westgate sign at the former LVH Hotel one day and at the Orlando Predator game the next. Private air travel has its perks.

David and Jackie Siegel shown here in their luxury box at CFE Arena in Orlando at Predators game.
David and Jackie Siegel shown here in their luxury box at CFE Arena in Orlando at Predators game.
The newest Walgreens on the Las Vegas Strip is at the corner of the LV Strip and Harmon

A Major player has changed the market for Beer, snacks and drinks on the Las Vegas Strip

Walgreens has just become the best deal on the Las Vegas Strip. For almost everything, they are offering the best prices. With a location on every part of the Las Vegas Strip it should make others lower their prices to compete. ABC and 7-11 are now 10-30 percent higher on water, beer, wine, sandwiches and snacks. Hopefully they will lower their prices and get a price war going.

The newest Walgreens have added Smoothies, fresh sandwiches, fresh fruit and a Coca Cola Freestyle machine. The beer and wine selection is huge, if You cannot find the beer or wine You like here, You are just too damn picky.

The newest Walgreens on the Las Vegas Strip is at the corner of the LV Strip and Harmon
The newest Walgreens on the Las Vegas Strip is at the corner of the LV Strip and Harmon

Recent killings by this former downtown busker has many alarmed.

Buskers have more rights than minority business owners in downtown Las Vegas

Recent killings by this former downtown busker has many alarmed.
Recent killings by this former downtown busker has many alarmed.
Buskers, bums, street performers, artist, beggars, sex offenders or even murderers. Any of these terms can be slang or even the legal definitions of the People that are allowed to ask You for a “donation” to get Your picture taken with them in Las Vegas. The recent killings of two metro police officers by a nut job and former street performer in downtown Las Vegas shed light on the issue. It also uncovered the fact that many of these entertainers had sketchy backgrounds.

When the City of Las Vegas recently cracked down on alcohol consumption and used “public safety” as their reason it brought into question the regulations that should be put on these street performers.

Street performers are allowed to be sex offenders, rapist, drug addicts, wife beaters, child abusers or even terrorist. We would never know because there is no background check being used. There is no permit needed, not even a registration. No pictures taken, the street performer can hide His/Her face the entire time they are begging for donations. Most of what You see are in costume, so all You can tell police if You have a problem is that sponge bob or superman attacked You. This is all because the City of Las Vegas is afraid of the ACLU. These People are protected by free speech and since they are not charging for a service they do not need a permit. They of course are asking for donations, try to get Your picture with sponge bob without giving him money and see how that works out.

But the City is not afraid of the minority owned package stores. They are easy prey for the big bad City of Las Vegas. They are not allowed to sell alcohol and have it consumed under the canopy. They are not even allowed to advertise the price of their alcohol at their store front.

A convicted Sex offender can dress up in a batman costume and have His arms around Your Child then expect You to tip him for a picture but the package store cannot put a sign out that says 99 cent miller lite. Free speech? Works for sex offenders but not for law abiding business owners?

Downtown Las Vegas has very little to offer the 3 day Vegas Visitor

Container Park Downtown Vegas, nothing much to it.
Container Park Downtown Vegas, nothing much to it.

When People ask Me about Downtown Vegas, I asked them how long they are going to stay in Vegas. If they say 3 nights which is the most common answer, I tell them not to even think of going to downtown Vegas. Going to Downtown Vegas takes most of the day so if You are only in Vegas for a short trip, You do not want to waste time away from the strip. I would suggest a trip to MResort or Green Valley Ranch as a day trip before I would tell You to waste Your time with the New downtown. Downtown has been ruined by the Zappos Company, it should not even be able to keep the Las Vegas name anymore, it’s an embarrassment to say the least. The only way I am suggesting that You go downtown is if Your trip is 6 or more days.
The recent actions of the City of Las Vegas which is influenced heavily by the Downtown Casinos and Zappos regarding the minority owned package stores was the last straw for Me. The Minority owned Fremont Street Experience Package stores were bothering the Casinos and the bars in the Zappos owned district because they were offering better prices on alcohol. Now that the City of Las Vegas has all but shut these package stores down, the Casino’s and the bars in Fremont Street East are free to charge much more for their drinks than they had to when competition was present. So now, Your downtown trip will be very expensive if You care to have any alcohol.

 

If You still decide You want to go Downtown the one thing You will not be disappoint in is the quality of the Downtown Las Vegas Hotels. there was a period of time when they were all dumps but they are all remodeled now and offer clean and comfortable stays.

 

 

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Happening Now all over Vegas

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Orleans Arena – The Orleans Hotel – Styx & Foreigner
July 25, 2014: See all these old guys do things old guys normally cannot do: Jump around and play some bad ass rock n roll.
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Las Vegas Casinos on the Stock Exchange
Would it make You feel any better if You just lost a grand at a Las Vegas Casino if Yow owned a piece of it? Well, You can and some of the stocks are doing very well. These Worldwide companies have properties in Las Vegas as well as all over America and even in other Countries.
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The most famous debuts in Las Vegas history
Liberace, Elvis, Sinatra, Wayne Newton, Siegfried & Roy, Don Rickles, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and the Rat Pack. Interestingly, more than half of them debut at Hotel/Casinos that are no longer in business.
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Kiss is taking up residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock. Starting November 15, 2014 You will have many chances to see Kiss live. Locals are buying up tickets to the first months worth of shows and many are buying multiple dates. If You are a fan of Kiss You know this is a show You can see over and over.
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Lady GaGa, July 19 and August 1, 2014
She will perform at the MGM Garden Arena. Will She stay in Las Vegas from the first to the second show?
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Las Vegas is running out of Cheap Hotels
The cheap ones are getting torn down and rebuilt or just remodeled, either way, the end product does not go back to being a cheap Hotel, it ends up expensive. I am not blaming the hotels for wanting to improve their property but I sure hope this doesn’t keep up.
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Happy Hour at the Hi Roller
Hi Roller turns 100 days old and is celebrating by giving You special prices and a happy hour. Already giving discounts for summer riders the Hi Roller is offering more.
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Giada De Laurentiis is coming to town!
Can She cook? Actually, yes, She can. She is the hottest thing on the food network and will soon be the hottest chef/owner on the Las Vegas Strip. Her Restaurant will feature three dining choices, one elegant dining, one lounge dining and one patio dining overlooking the busiest intersection all over Vegas. Continue reading…..

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The Las Vegas Strip is not in Las Vegas!
The Las Vegas Strip is Paradise! Paradise, Nevada, that is. Did You know that the City of Las Vegas does not start until You are north of Sahara Ave? continue Reading…….

 

 

 

 

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Hi Roller at The Linq
I cannot say this is worth the time and frustration. The price is reasonable but I would maybe wait until they figure out how to get You on the ride in five minutes instead of 20 (even when empty). If this attraction is ever get crowded, I would expect to wait a long long time. Continue Reading…..

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Downtown Las Vegas Sucks!
There are new alcohol container laws or old laws being enforced. No longer is Las Vegas the place where You can walk around with Your drink anywhere You want. The City was known for that and now that has changed. Seems that the City of Las Vegas had a plan to get rid of the package stores downtown because their prices were much lower than the bars that were outside the casinos. The casinos did not like the competition and forced the City of Las Vegas to do something and they did. Have You ever tried to walk and drink a beer out of a cup? Spills all over You, doesn’t it? Continue Reading………

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Thunder from Down Under celebrates 13 years at Excalibur in Las Vegas. The day fell over the Forth of July weekend, 2014. The show is now the most successful male revue in Las Vegas. Male Revues have come and gone in Las Vegas, the only two that having staying power is The thunder and the Chippendales. there will be more to try but these two will likely outlast them all.
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The Cromwell, newest Hotel in Las Vegas
This hotel is not meant for sleeping regular hours. You can sleep in a great bed but You need to wait until the music stops on the roof. The rooftop pool party goes until 4am and the thumping goes all the way down to the lobby and even to the hotels across the street. It is something Las Vegas is going to have to address very soon as more and more day and night clubs are added to hotels all over Vegas. Keep Reading………
 

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Find Girls in Las Vegas
It is very easy to do if You are willing to spend some money. You can even do it for free if You want to spend most of the night cruising the casinos and the bars. If You want a sure thing You can get an escort.
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Zombie Burlesque
This show has surprised Everyone. The crowds have been twice as good as expected. So much so that the producers decided to design a stage specifically for this show. Not many shows this new have become this popular so fast. We still have this show at 50 percent off but I am not sure how or why. This could end any day now.
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Jackie Gaughan Honored
He owned the South Point Hotel Casino at the time of His death in March of 2014. His Grandson got His first Nascar Nationwide Victory in June of 2014 with Jackie’s name on the winning South Point Car. But Jackie’s first love was the El Cortez where He lived in an apartment until the day He died. He was the majority owner of the Elcortez until 2008. Read More……..

 

 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 9 – 2 favorites to win 2015 Title
We have all done it, wish We would have placed a bet on a long shot only to see the long shot become the favorite. Now the favorite is Cleveland but just a month ago the odds were 40-1 then rumor of Lebron returning to Cleveland reduced the odds to 10-1, not as good but a far cry from 9-2. Now it is a bet not worth taking.
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