Monday, July 04, 2022

Vegas: Beatles and Interdimensional Supermarkets

It was another sunny day in Las Vegas. We did a lot of cool stuff today.

Maybe the highlight of the entire trip for me was a visit to AREA15.

It's sort of an entertainment complex with a lot of different stuff going on.

We had some lunch at Beast Breath Smoke House. I fittingly went for the St. Louis ribs. Seattle doesn't have much in the way of barbecue so I take what I can get.

We were here to visit Omega Mart, which is sort of an interactactive art exhibit. It was heavily themed and very cool.

The more you explored the more you could learn about the backstory of the place. A guy found a way to another dimension and built a corporation that owns Omega Mart, so that's the reason that there were so many weird things in the store.

It was also kind of fun because you could actually buy all the weird stuff on the shelves.

There were a couple ways to move on to the other zones of the installation. I believe we escaped the store through the employee break room.

Things got weird.

The story was very immersive. We were inside for about three hours and I still still we missed hours of content and entertainment.

After you solved the main story there was a sort of side quest where you could join the resistance and fight against the evil corporation.

One of the ways out of the supermarket was a secret door in a refrigerator.

We were at a friend's birthday party and met Kuoling and Jason. They just happened to be going to be in Vegas at the same time as us so we invited them along.

The deli counter was especially weird. This was the tattooed chicken.

I felt like a did a good job of leaving very few stones unturned here and so was fairly satisfied when we left. Only afterward did I realize there was a secret bar over here near the pharmacy. Nooooo!

I guess Meow Wolf has a few other such installations across the country and I think I will need to see every one of them.

Lydia showed off her freakishly good basketball skills.

We returned back to our Roman Caesars Palace headquarters for some rest.

Tonight we viewed the very fun The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show at the Mirage.

It felt like the right time to go to this show. I have never seen a Cirque show I didn't like and I've been on a Beatles kick later due to seeing Paul McCartney live in Seattle.

The theatre was in a unique X type of format. There didn't seem to be a bad seat in the house.

We had dinner at the funky Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge. It was kind of like if a strip club and a Denny's had a baby.

I don't know that I got a picture of it but I remember that Lydia was served a food that changed my life. Her meal came with a blueberry muffin and the waiter asked if she wanted that grilled. Uh, obviously. Cut that baby open in half, buttered it, then put it on a griddle like they use for hamburgers. It carmelized the sugars in the muffin and was the only food I want to eat for the rest of my life.

Resorts World I think is new since the last time we were here in force. It had a lot of Asian influence.

One of Liberace' fancy pianos complete with candelabra.

Iron Mike Tyson

I don't like sunburns and skin cancer, but Lydia likes pools, so we compromised and visit the Caesars Palace pool after dark.

It was not quite as I expected. Only a few other people seemed to think was a cool idea, so the place was almost abandoned. The bartenders were bored enough that they made everyone free drinks which was fun.

I've decided that Caesars Palace isn't just a hotel and casino, but a depiction of an alternate historical timeline where Rome never fell but survived to the present day, colonized the new world, and brought about a period of technologically advanced hedonism.

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