Las Vegas exists in a world half way between spectacle and spectacular. With so much of the former preventing it from ever becoming the latter. Which doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy three amazing sights.
The biggest light show in the desert is sunset. Consistently amazing. Not that people with strip view rooms ever see it.
Then there are the fountains at Bellagio. Setting the bar for man made spectacle. They are the pulsing heart of the strip.
Finally there are the crowds. The most amazing spectacle of them all. Trudging the streets at one in the morning suggests you are not having the night of your life. And experience would suggest that many in the crowd have blood alcohol rates higher then they will be in the morning.
Here is a crowd with a problem. The intersection blocks it’s path. Taxi’s swarm like alligators on a riverbank. The crowd coming the other way as full of edgy, disappointed and short fused drunks. The light changes and it all works.
The light, the insanity of the taxi drivers and the possibility of being smacked if you bump into someone turns chaos into order. Suddenly everyone is as cooperative and coordinated as a school of fish.
It is as taken for granted as the first two spectacles but it says more good things about tolerance and the future of society than a thousand politicians and preachers. Of course I was drinking that night too.
Sorry to be so wordy, enjoy the trip to Vegas, baby.