Saturday, August 22, 2009

I Wonder

I like to travel and I have a curious personality, it's a winning combination. Usually, when I travel with my husband, he teases me about my curiosity as I start most sentences with "I wonder...." Since my trip to Las Vegas was a work conference and my husband wasn't with me, I had to wonder to myself most of the time.

Some things I wondered.

Las Vegas has Palm trees. I really love Palm trees, they seem so tropical to me, so Gilligan's Island. There was also quite a bit of landscaping along the streets. Las Vegas is a desert. I wondered how much rain Las Vegas gets and howdo all the plants survive? I wonder how long their water source with last?

It was extremely hot in Las Vegas. Well over 100 degrees every day and I didn't see a cloud the entire time I was there. I wondered how many days were sunny every year?

Ironically, most of my time was spent inside sessions at the conference in the hotel where I had to wear a sweater because it was so chilly inside. I wondered how much it costs to air condition the hotels and casino in Las Vegas? I actually wondered this out loud when my boss and I walked through the Venetian hotel and casino with it's soaring ceilings. I tried to keep my "I wondering" to a minimum when I was with my boss because sometimes I remind myself of a three year old child asking "why" questions with all my "I wonders."

I wondered what language the people around me were speaking?
I wondered where the people who bought things at the expensive shops made all their money?
I wondered how much water the hotels went through each day?
I wondered about the people I saw get married at the gazebo on Sunday?
I wondered how much money the average gambler in Las Vegas spends?
I wondered if anyone calls those women from the fliers being handed out on the streets?
I wondered how my seatmate on the plane felt when she got to see her grandchildren for the first time in four years?
I wondered how many people get hit by cars on the Las Vegas strip each year?
I wondered how long my tan, from the few hours spend by the pool on Sunday, will last?
I wondered if the people with young kids knew what Las Vegas was like when they brought their kids to Sin City?
I wonder how much profit the hotels make charging $4.00 for a bottle of water?
I wondered how anyone can justify the over the top excess of Las Vegas?

I could go on and on with my wonderings. Some of the things I wondered, I've already looked up, because I was curious, and I could. Other things just make me wonder more.

I enjoyed my work conference, learned a lot and made some good contacts, however, I do find the hedonistic culture of Las Vegas disturbing. What I didn't find disturbing was the "dry heat" Believe me when I tell you this, if you get frizzy hair, Las Vegas is your town. I straightened my hair every day and by the end of the day, it still looked good. No frizz, none. Now, I wonder how I can make that happen at home?

1 comment:

Far Side of Fifty said...

I wonder all the time too..I find it comforting somehow to know that there is at least one person who is as curious as I am! :)