Friday, April 22, 2005

Day 5: Las Vegas, NV -> Long Beach, CA

Once again, I didn't get around to posting this last night. Oh well.

Vegas remained amusing, as ever. I mean where else can you see such astounding examples of hubris? A replica of New York City built in the middle of the freaking desert! Right down the street from a roman colloseum, and a pyramid, and a sphynx, and a pirate ship... It truly does boggle the mind.

Plus, where else on the planet can you ask the question "where is the buffet?" and have the answer be "oh, next to the lions."

In any event, we hung around vegas for most of the morning, then headed out towards LA, a nice 3 hour drive, as opposed to the usual 9 or 10 hour drives we've been doing up to now. When we finally got to our destination (Long Beach), we wandered around for a while, looking for something to do to waste time while we waited for my friend Ellen to get out of work. We eventually gave up and just found a hotel room (yay internet accesss!).

Ellen eventually met up with us later on, resulting in a trip to Krispy Kreme and a rousing game of Set back at her place. She still kicked my ass, but in at least one game I was only behind by 3 sets, so I consider it a moral victory.

Anyway, time to take a shower and check out of the hotel. Today the plan is to head up the coast towards our final destination, although as usual, things may change at the last minute (I like to think of it as "Just In Time Planning").