I went up to the biggest little city with my fiancee and two good friends to eat, gamble (penny slots) and dance. We danced until three AM and had a great time. Reno is still fun but the casinos were not very busy for a Friday night.
What is amazing though to me is that people actually travel there to have fun when they could just as well stay home and watch a comedy Netflix and cook a corndog. We wanted to have a traditional buffet dinner and the Nugget was not a disappointment. Baked trout, prime rib, clams on the shell, it was great! Then after getting ready we went over to the old MGM Grand and danced to country music and had a few beers and cocktails. It was not very busy and I made the observation the Indian casinos may be the reason.
The five dollar and up slots were deserted and there were many 21 tables without a soul at them. The traditional ding ding ding of the slots was not as loud as I recall. The whooping of winners was hardly heard. I think the people are hunkering down. I did not listen to the news for 24 hours and when I returned home today I saw the SandP had downgraded our country's debt rating to AA+ from AAA. It kind of added up. Then I saw we lost a large number of our troops in a Afghanistan firefight and that got me even more mad. How could a military place so many soldiers in one helicopter knowing the Taliban had rockets which could bring the Chinook down? Are the Generals stupid? That is unacceptable.
The whole mess we have going in our country is avoidable but the politicians will have none of that. They want to micro mange us, tax us, control us, put us all in debtors prison and then blame someone else. I am sad that my country has become such a mess. The politicians have played with us and we are all losing important things to their incompetence. The loss of our brave soldiers to a stupid general, the loss of a stellar credit rating to stupid politicians (leftists) and the thought of more involuntary servitude in the form of higher taxes and more regulations makes me wonder why I even turned on the news today.
Reno isn't busy and I'll bet it is because the people don't have much disposable income to throw into a slot machine (they have enough sense to stop spending). Everybody loses. Harry Reid, US Senate Majority Leader, check out the results of your stupid decisions on your own state. You should be tried for treason.
Updated 08-08-2011 at 3:21PM. This is for the big mouth who was questioning my criticism of the placement of so many SEAL team members into a Chinook. According to a news story on FOX just now, a SEAL expert said they never place more than a few members in a vehicle or helicopter and this was the first time he recalled it ever being done. So, I guess the big mouth needs to apologize, ya think?