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Old 07-17-2011, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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No worries. I'm sure he is. I would be defensive too if I thought someone was knocking the city that I love.
He does love Las Vegas. He has been here I think 20 + years and when he drove into Vegas he knew it was home.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Thanks gregoo. If I told you how long I've really been here I'd sound old(er). And nobody wants that.


milehighdesert, when you said what you did about Orlando, naturally I thought you were from there. I never considered Denver mile high desert, I thought it was mile high mountains, but have only seen it from I-70 a few times. I may have spent a night there once. I've spent a long weekend with friends that live in The Springs though.

But, "Does Las Vegas "feel" like a "real" city," is one of those full of innuendo questions like I get from snobs back east all the time, so I like to nip that sh** in the bud.

Don't worry. You'll like it here. 99.9% of transplants do.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas / GV
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Im a transplant and i love it...
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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Good NIP Buzzard......I never considered Denver as mile High desert either...its the edge of the great plains....[I was borne there and raised out on the prairie] But I guess to someone from the great frozen north, it couldb e desert....so he's got one mo chance
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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Good NIP Buzzard......I never considered Denver as mile High desert either...its the edge of the great plains....[I was borne there and raised out on the prairie] But I guess to someone from the great frozen north, it couldb e desert....so he's got one mo chance

Hey, (stomping foot) He still has to go through the final challenge, right??
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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So I have been offered a management job at a casino on the strip and have a few questions about Las Vegas. I've looked at other posts but I didn't see many that have been posted that recently. I've been there to visit before but I didn't really make it off of the strip that much. How's the crime?? Does it feel like a real city or not? It looks like people are generally happy there. It has to be better than Orlando......
Being a native of Florida, I can comment a bit on Orlando and the parallels. You won't get the stifling humidity here that you get in Orlando. Heat can be oppressive during the summer (anything over 110 is warm regardless of humidity), but our normal summer highs of around 105 are more pleasant than you would believe because of humidity that is normally around 5-15 percent during the summer. There is a local saying that the best parking place is the one in the shade, not the one nearest the door. Rains are usually brief but heavy (we get about 4.5 inches of rain per year on average), and because the ground is hard most rain runs off and flash flooding can be a problem. Like Orlando, Las Vegas has had issues keeping up with growth in terms of infrastructure, and traffic has been a major headache. There are several construction projects under way that should help with that.

Crime depends upon the neighborhood. There are parts of the city that are relatively quiet, and areas where I would never go walking alone. Some research will help you determine the difference.

One way Las Vegas differs from many other cities is that there isn't a readily identifiable city center (no large core of buildings in the downtown area like many other major cities). Las Vegas is very spread out geographically. Finding the area where you want to live takes some time and research. I live in Centennial Hills on the northwest side (east of US 95) and I find it a nice area. When I moved here in 1998 I could see the Strip out the kitchen window (those days are long gone). The neighborhood has been around long enough to be established and have some amenities (like a library and a YMCA, and a lot of shopping nearby), but it isn't so old that you run much risk of picking up a run-down house.

For entertainment, it's hard to beat Las Vegas. There are the static production shows on the Strip, and just about any performer you could ever want to see will be through here sooner or later. Our shows can be a bit more expensive than some other cities, because many times they are in small venues. That said, I have been to at least a dozen shows where I had seats on the first or second row - and I'm a long way from being wealthy. The one thing we lack is professional sports - and that may come once the economy picks up. NASCAR weekends are huge. We have UNLV for college sports. The basketball team is decent, football not so much - and the stadium is ten miles away from campus off Boulder Highway. We have minor league hockey (the Wranglers play at the Orleans Arena, just off-Strip) and for baseball the 51s of the Pacific Coast League play at Cashman Field, east of downtown. The UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives play at Sam Boyd Stadium (where the UNLV Rebels play).

People who never leave the Strip miss out on a lot of what the city has to offer. There are scenic areas nearby, such as Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park, both easy drives from the city. Hoover Dam in Boulder City to the south is another must-see, and a quick trip. A little further afield are several ghost towns, such as Rhyolite near Beatty north on US 95. Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Salt Lake City are all within a day's drive or less, as are several national parks (such as Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Sequoyah). Reno is about an eight-hour drive to the north. You can even be at Yellowstone or Grand Teton within 13 hours or so by car.

There are three distinct and separate cities in the area, each with their own city governments, police departments and so forth: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson. Henderson lies to the south and North Las Vegas to the northeast (Nelllis Air Force Base sits in NLV).

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Old 07-18-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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If you have a decent job, you will love it. The climate is great and there's always something to do.

Jobs are the thing we don't have.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:13 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Being a native of Florida, I can comment a bit on Orlando and the parallels. You won't get the stifling humidity here that you get in Orlando. Heat can be oppressive during the summer (anything over 110 is warm regardless of humidity), but our normal summer highs of around 105 are more pleasant than you would believe because of humidity that is normally around 5-15 percent during the summer. There is a local saying that the best parking place is the one in the shade, not the one nearest the door. Rains are usually brief but heavy (we get about 4.5 inches of rain per year on average), and because the ground is hard most rain runs off and flash flooding can be a problem. Like Orlando, Las Vegas has had issues keeping up with growth in terms of infrastructure, and traffic has been a major headache. There are several construction projects under way that should help with that.

Crime depends upon the neighborhood. There are parts of the city that are relatively quiet, and areas where I would never go walking alone. Some research will help you determine the difference.

One way Las Vegas differs from many other cities is that there isn't a readily identifiable city center (no large core of buildings in the downtown area like many other major cities). Las Vegas is very spread out geographically. Finding the area where you want to live takes some time and research. I live in Centennial Hills on the northwest side (east of US 95) and I find it a nice area. When I moved here in 1998 I could see the Strip out the kitchen window (those days are long gone). The neighborhood has been around long enough to be established and have some amenities (like a library and a YMCA, and a lot of shopping nearby), but it isn't so old that you run much risk of picking up a run-down house.

For entertainment, it's hard to beat Las Vegas. There are the static production shows on the Strip, and just about any performer you could ever want to see will be through here sooner or later. Our shows can be a bit more expensive than some other cities, because many times they are in small venues. That said, I have been to at least a dozen shows where I had seats on the first or second row - and I'm a long way from being wealthy. The one thing we lack is professional sports - and that may come once the economy picks up. NASCAR weekends are huge. We have UNLV for college sports. The basketball team is decent, football not so much - and the stadium is ten miles away from campus off Boulder Highway. We have minor league hockey (the Wranglers play at the Orleans Arena, just off-Strip) and for baseball the 51s of the Pacific Coast League play at Cashman Field, east of downtown. The UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives play at Sam Boyd Stadium (where the UNLV Rebels play).

People who never leave the Strip miss out on a lot of what the city has to offer. There are scenic areas nearby, such as Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park, both easy drives from the city. Hoover Dam in Boulder City to the south is another must-see, and a quick trip. A little further afield are several ghost towns, such as Rhyolite near Beatty north on US 95. Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Salt Lake City are all within a day's drive or less, as are several national parks (such as Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Sequoyah). Reno is about an eight-hour drive to the north. You can even be at Yellowstone or Grand Teton within 13 hours or so by car.

There are three distinct and separate cities in the area, each with their own city governments, police departments and so forth: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson. Henderson lies to the south and North Las Vegas to the northeast (Nelllis Air Force Base sits in NLV).
You did good...one thing you got wrong is that Nellis is in unincorporated Clark County...not NLV.

And one thing you might add is that the largest group of people in Clark County live in no city but in unincorporated County.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:32 PM
 
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Good NIP Buzzard......I never considered Denver as mile High desert either...its the edge of the great plains....[I was borne there and raised out on the prairie] But I guess to someone from the great frozen north, it couldb e desert....so he's got one mo chance

I was stationed in Colorado Springs and those people call it a high desert. It is pretty dry and arid. Not as much as Vegas though. It's warmer than people think.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Hey olecapt, sounds like orca17 is another of our neighbors.

Hey orca17, jeez that was good. It's worth plagiarizing. I think I'll save it in Word for future reference.

Hey, back in the good old days of the 1990's, UNLV basketball was professional sports. Nobody has ever been able to figure out why we don't put as much money into football, but you'd have to ask the boosters that question. I've always figured it had something to do with gambling, but it has stumped most of us, who can't afford to be in the Boosters' Club, for years.

The reason our shows are so expensive is because the "new" corporate owners discovered they could milk tourists, and they wouldn't know any better since, if you went to New York, etc., it would cost lots more. Many of the powers that be in this decade, I believe, came from places like New York where everything costs an arm and a leg. In the good old days that we old timers talk about all the time, the Mob boys only wanted to take your money at the tables. So all other concessions were cheap to free. Showroom shows were like $5.00. Lounge shows were either free or a two drink minimum just so you wouldn't hog the tables. Drinks a buck and a quarter. But the arm and a leg price meant something entirely different then. Just welch on your markers and see.

Frank Sinatra, in about 1966 or so, decided he was worth more than the Follies Bergere, of Viva Les Girls, so he raised his price to $7.00. You'da thought it was the end of the world.

Then came two a$$holes, Howard Hughes and Paul Laxalt, and they got the easily swayed with cash legislature to change the laws so that corporations could get gaming licenses. Prior to that anyone on the license had to be vetted. Corporations have thousands of owners, so they couldn't be licensed simply because you couldn't run background checks on everybody with shares in public corporations. Immediately, corporations started buying up all the casinos, and the bean counters, that didn't know a 21 table from a craps table, made sure that every concession made a profit. No more freebies ...no more good old Las Vegas.
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