We’re glad that you’re here, but we can’t always bring our own lives to a stop for you…
When I lived in Fort Lauderdale during the 90’s and 2000’s, friends who came to visit would inevitably ask “Where’s your tan?”. Well, I probably would have been golden bronze if I wasn’t doing stupid things like working six-day weeks…and using the seventh to clean, do laundry, buy groceries and take a well-deserved nap.
People tend to forget that those who live in tourist destinations aren’t on a perpetual vacation. We cook, sleep, shop, watch TV and go to church like everyone else. Why anyone would find that surprising has always been peculiar to me.
Another common misconception is that tourist-town locals are eagerly awaiting for their friends and family to visit so they can drop what they’re doing to entertain you. Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.
Your vacation time is yours, not ours. We want you to visit, see everything there is to see, and spend lots of money to boost our economy. But no, we can’t automatically set our own responsibilities aside because you’re headed our way. Don’t assume that we can, or that we even want to. We might want to spend our valuable free time doing something else. So don’t be offended if we say “Sorry, I’m busy”.
Here is a list of ten frustrating things that Las Vegas residents face on a regular basis. Please keep them in mind if you know somebody who lives here. Be kind, be considerate, and you’ll likely get that in return:
Yes, I live in Las Vegas. But…
1. No, I won’t pick you up from the airport. We have countless taxis, Uber and Lyft drivers waiting for you and all your shit.
2. No, you can’t stay at my house. There are literally hundreds of hotels here that you can afford. I wouldn’t ask to stay at your house.
3. No, I can’t get free tickets to shows. Locals have to pay for them like everyone else.
4. No, I can’t take time away from work to show you around. Why should I cash in precious vacation time for your visit to my hometown?
5. No, I don’t have any hot gambling tips. Most of us who live here don’t go into the casinos.
7. Don’t expect me to pick up the entire tab if we meet for dinner or drinks. I could be in my kitchen making an economical meal. You’re the one with a discretionary budget.
8. I can’t introduce you to any celebrities. What makes you think I have Celine Dion on speed dial?
9. Please refrain from telling me how shocked you are that we have schools, grocery stores and churches. Don’t you have them where you live?
10. Don’t call me up just to tell me that you’re in Vegas. Your phone worked when you were back in ____ and I haven’t heard from you in years.
Have a great time and come back again!
Author: Sam Novak
Fitness buff, outspoken critic/blogger focusing on shows, restaurants, events and performers in Las Vegas. Freelancer for Las Vegas Magazine, Staff writer for BestOfVegas.com. Former contributing editor for VegasChatter and former deputy editor for VegasBright...
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