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Viva Elvis

Considering how much I love Elvis, it’s surprising that it took me fifteen visits before I made a pilgrimage to anything inspired by Elvis in Las Vegas. But, on my fifteenth trip, I saw “Viva Elvis” at the Aria. Of all the Cirque du Soliel shows I’ve seen, it’s been my favorite. The guys in the photo above performed the best act. The walls and floors were all trampolines and they bounced around in ways that I can’t even describe.

It’s funny that this show didn’t last all that long. It was less-serious and less-poetic than most of Cirque du Soliel’s offerings (except maybe for “Zumanity“), and that’s probably why I liked it so much. It’s probably the same reason why I laugh out loud during the “contemporary” routines on “So You Think You Can Dance” while cheering on the jazz hands. I like emotion to be elicited naturally and not spoon-fed to me by someone who believes that they’re more sensitive than me.

But I digress! It was springtime and I booked with my sister Karen at Mandalay Bay. It was my first time staying there. Tracy and Roland booked at the adjoining THEhotel. Everything about the hotel was terrific except for my luck. We were assigned room #3333 which seemed like an obvious sign from the heavens that we were going to be lucky, I know, right? Of course, we weren’t. I couldn’t win to save my life. Then I couldn’t figure out how to get money out of my bank account. I didn’t realize that I needed to use my bank card to take a cash advance on my credit card. That was awkward.

Anyway, the whole resort was beautiful and I’d stay there again in a minute. The way it connects with the other MGM resorts nearby is nice. You can either ride the tram to Luxor and Excalibur or walk through the tunnel to Luxor. There’s a coffee place called the Orchid Cafe right at the bottom of the elevator bank for when you’re dying for caffeine first thing in the morning. The Border Grill is delicious and the House of Blues was wonderful for breakfast. I think that this was the time we saw “Dancing with the Stars Live” at the Tropicana, too. It was good, cheesy fun. Not Charo fun, but fun nonetheless.

THEhotel has just reopened as The Delano. I think I might stay there next time. I’m sure that my Mlife card will be upgraded to Platinum status by the end of this week, so I figure that I can go on the cheap for my birthday in January. I’d better get through this upcoming trip first. Five days to go!


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