For some reason I go to Vegas at least 3 times a year. Mainly because its easy to get some friends and my father to go, so I can spend time with cool people. Also, hotels are cheap, people watching is awesome, and the streets are knee-deep in beer and food… I talk about Vegas quite a bit to my “co-workers” and so a trip was planned for the beginning of this month, and about half of my company (7 people) ended up in Vegas simultaneously.
The first night I got a call from the CEO who has the CTO and all but one other worker at the airport trying to get a cab. The call goes something like this;
CEO: “Hey Mordechai, you in for dinner reservations tonight at the steak house at the Venetian?”
Me: “Sure, I’m in! Just be warned though that I’ll be playing a poker tourney at Caesar’s. If I’m in the money and rolling well, I might duck out on dinner. ”
CEO: “That’s weak. If you don’t want to go, just say so.”
Me:”I’d like to, but I’m just sayin’, if I’m in the money..”
CEO: “You need to give a straight answer, you just sound spineless.”
Me: “Then, No, I’m not going to the steakhouse.”
CEO: “You’re in or you’re out.”
Me: “I’m out. I’m not going.”
Anywho, after all that, the CEO slithered out on the dinner to play poker at the Bellagio while one remaining coworker and I drank about 30 $1 beers at O’Shea’s Casino (O’Shea’s employs a ‘little person’ to walk around wearing a green velvet tux and top hat with shamrocks on it while talking into a microphone in an incredibly deep voice) and played low limit poker at the Flamingo. At one point I was berating a danish gentleman because Beowulf and Hamlet were both stories about Danes, but written in English. I think he enjoyed our conversation and being called “Gunther” for 2 hours…. At a later time yet another Dane was yelling at me, but I don’t recall why…
In the end I only saw 2 of the coworkers over the 3 days, ate the best steak I’ve ever had in Vegas (At Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesars), and got to hike around some mountains that I had no idea you could hike around.
There must be some lessons in all this, but I’m drawing a blank… Perhaps: ‘Vacationing with coworkers is wicked retarded.’ or ‘Don’t play low limit hold’em while trashed on lite beer.’?
I give the trip 2 thumbs up!