Las Vegas, the city known for their flashy strip and gorgeous hotels, is one of the most sought out cities in the world. Idolized for their outrageous parties and extravagant conventions, was definitely on my “places-to-go” list. For years my parents preached about how they would take me, but those promises weren’t kept. It was a series of spontaneous events that help push me toward my sought out destination.
Entering in the fall of my freshman year in high school, I was somewhat reluctant to start school again. I had done nothing all summer, all I ever did was wake up and glue myself to the couch. I felt like I had wasted three months and was not prepared to take on responsibilities. I needed a vacation to take my mind out of this box of boredom, my house. This had changed suddenly. Early Friday morning, the doorbell rang, startling my parents. I elected myself to answer it so they would not have to move. It was my longtime friend, Nick Gurfien and his family, his mom, dad, and his little brother Diego. He lived up the street from me and we had been going to middle school together for the last three years. He proposed a plan that had lit a fire in my soul. Nearly out of thin air, he asked if I wanted to spend a weekend in Las Vegas with him and his family. I was so shocked that I couldn’t say yes fast enough. In my excitement, I forgot who’s answer really mattered, my parents. I quickly ran upstairs and consulted with my parents. I had them call Nick’s parents so they had good communication on what was going on. They approved, I was so happy my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest. I quickly packed everything I needed and within an hour were on the road. Nick had his own IPad so that we could watch movies on the ro...
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...'s back pack, I had a pretty good chance of sticking my leg out and tripping him. But I was not there in the moment, mentally and I let my opportunity slip through my hands, or my feet rather. Luckily, police tracked down the thief and arrested him for robbery within the next thirty minutes. It was traumatizing for a moment, because we didn’t know if he had a weapon or not, but it was a very interesting experience.
Las Vegas, now home to one of the best weekends of my life, can never be underestimated. It is still a thriving economic city that has its vices. It is not all fun and games out on the streets all day and all night. It teaches you no matter how much fun and joy a situation can bring you, it can be snapped within the split second. Now I’m more prepared in life and will be more alert the next time I’m in Vegas. But, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
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