Posted by: joshjasper | February 24, 2009

The City of Sin

I returned last night from an extended weekend in Las Vegas, reuniting with close friends from years back in the Marine Corps.  It was a nice reprieve being in 70 degree weather and having the ability to freely walk outside without hiding under layers of protective clothing.  This was not my first trip to Vegas but I must say, every time I have been there, I leave even more amazed.

As everyone knows, all bets are off in Vegas.  Prostitutes roam the streets, sex is advertised on billboards and at every corner in the newstands, and there is a slot machine crammed into every imaginable location.  You need but walk by any given casino to find a burlesque show, a striptease, or maybe even a bar that has 50 televisions within it, all showing pornography.  We had lunch at the Outback Steakhouse within the MGM Grand, known to be one of the biggest casinos in town.  They have 6,852 rooms in their hotel!  The amount of staffing that must go into keeping such a monstrosity of a place in business must be unreal.

During the course of one evening’s events, we were asked by nearly a half a dozen people to frequent a strip club.  Our taxi driver, some drunk guy and his friends in our hotel, the front desk staff, and even our server at Coco’s Restaurant.  I get that strip clubs are popular in Vegas, but why the urgency for everyone to run at the chance to go?  Is it because many people truly believe in the saying “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas?”  I got to thinking about that while I was standing outside our casino getting some quality people watching in, and it occurred to me that you don’t have to leave home to do everything people run to Vegas to experience.

A person can simply stop by Dubuque’s strip club or even venture a couple of miles further to East Dubuque and have their choice of a handful of different strip clubs.  You certainly can get your gambling fix at the 2 major casinos in town, and you need only log onto Dubuque’s Craigslist to find hundreds of men and women soliciting sex for money.

It is easier to accept that Las Vegas is the only “City of Sin”, but I think we all know better.

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