That One Time, in Las Vegas
When I was a kid, I saw the Four Tops live on stage at the state fair. I got to see them for two reasons: first, it was really cheap to get in and second, they were one of my dad's favorite musical groups.
Live music is one of my favorite things, so my family and I invest in concerts and live events whenever possible. I feel I was seriously under-musicated as a kid and I vowed I would never let that happen to my offspring.
When the band Depeche Mode announced their new album and tour a few months back, we jumped in as quickly as we could.
The options were Los Angeles or Las Vegas, because curiously, they were not scheduled to visit Phoenix this time around. So, we left for Las Vegas, hitting the road for an extended weekend.
Las Vegas is just about as far opposite of Cochise County as you could possibly get. The feel, the spirit, the people, the crushing level of tourists. It was an experience, no doubt about it.
The concert lived up to everything we'd hoped for. But the highlight of the trip was a connection we made with an old friend of ours. Andi* was born and raised in Las Vegas, spent time as a soldier, and now works security in one of the biggest property groups in Vegas.
Behind the Scenes
Andi knows the ins and outs of Vegas really well. She also seems to know nearly everyone who works there, and if she doesn't know them personally, it's only a few moments before she does.
I'm pretty sure even the Rat Pack would find something new if they were around to take her off-the-strip tour. She took us to the top of the Stratosphere, or Strat, as the natives know it, and used the map and the view to give
us an amazing, behind-the-scenes tour.
New & Old Vegas
New Vegas and Old Vegas came to life as she zoomed into the street view and shared her personal experiences. Andi also took us to...
Wait. I can't tell you. What's the saying? "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?"
That's a story for another time, I guess!
*Some names have been changed for privacy.