Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Harrahs, with a "P"

I loaded at 16. A very old couple. Probably the oldest couple I have ever seen in Vegas. Old man was in a wheelchair and the lady was using a walker. They had a sky-cap helping with their bags. I get out and help him load them as well as the chair and walker. They get in and the old lady gives me the destination.

Take us to Harrahs


Sure thing, buckle up please


Normally I would just go down Koval, but it was slow so I decided to take Trop up to the strip and take it all the way down.

Along the way I heard stories about the old Vegas. All of which are somewhat interesting to me. I mean these people have been coming since before the Flamingo was even open. On one hand I like hearing about old Vegas from people who experienced it. On the other hand I can only hear so much about how it used to be next to nothing cheap.

I never understood why people complain about how expensive Vegas is. I hear that all the time. If you really think that way, then what are you doing here? How is it possible to have any fun on vacation when you're constantly pissed that you just paid 5 bucks for a 12oz bottle of water? I don't get it. If you're that worried about cash you shouldn't be anywhere near Las Vegas. Go on a fishing trip to Montana for your vacation. Go to another country where the exchange rate is grossly in your favor. Or better yet, go to Branson, Missouri. According to them, they have better entertainment than us anyway.

Just as we're a pulling into the tunnel entrance at Harrahs the lady who was sitting behind me taps my shoulder:

Excuse me.


Yes?


Where in the fuck are you taking us?


It took me all of a minute to stop laughing before I could contemplate my confusion.

Sorry?


I told you to take us to Paris. Why are you going this way?


I could sense she thought I was trying to rip them off which I assured her that I most certainly was not and I simply miss-heard her destination as Harrahs. I went on to explain that I would get a price quote from a supervisor over the radio to determine what the fare should have been and that's what they should pay me. No big deal. I did however take away two things from this.

1. Realize, that we drove right past the Paris on our way to Harrahs, perhaps that might have been a good time to question me.

2. I don't care what anyone says, when a 90 year old lady says "FUCK" it's funny. Every time.

13 comments:

eSub said...

Nice story, old people cussing is the best... especially unexpectedly. Have you been to Branson? Prettymuch sucks balls if you're over 13 and under 60 (unless you're mormon maybe). It REALLY IS Las Vegas if it were run by Ned Flanders.

G.S. said...

Great story - gave me a laugh!

Anonymous said...

It is safe to say that she did not offer you any milk and cookies?

Ad Blaster said...

Bachelors know more about women than married men, if they didn't, they'd be married too "H.L Mencken"

Anonymous said...

Whast is the best route to go from airport to casino royale on a thursday night around 10pm? i would like to avoid the strip if at all possible. been there and done that. im flying in for my b-day on friday ;)

thanks!

MrFunkMD said...

-Take Paradise(aka-swenson) NB. out of the airport. 2miles
-Make Left (WB) at light on Harmon 1mile
-Make Right (NB) at light on Koval. 1.5miles
-Make left (WB) into Harrahs/Venetian back door entrance. Go straight,entering neither Harras or Venetian, splitting them. YOu look like you're going into a back alley that dead ends..just keep going, go under harrahs entrance sign, then their entrance will be on your left, keep going straight though another 50yards. Then make a right into the parking garage that appears on your right, go 20 ft, then quick left and your right at the door to Casino Royal, w/o touching your tires on the BVLD.

Anonymous said...

i appreciate the response, ill tell the cabbie to take koval to casino royale. thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Hey, your past your due date for another story, we're impatiently waiting.............

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MrFunkMD said...

You're right, I am past due. I was never good with deadlines. *See driving a cab occupation*

Anonymous said...

great story again, but where are you???? I am, and are sure many others have been sat here eagerly waiting another update of the LV cabbie chronicles :) Hope all is OK :)

Lisa said...

still laughing.........

e x

Anonymous said...

I would not agree that Branson is a big zero. Of course you have to like the area....like the lakes...and if you are a trout fisherman Lake Tanneycomo is the 4th highest rated trout fishery in the U.S. Yes there is not nudity, gambling etc...but it is a fun place to go..I love Las Vegas, but also like other parts of the country to see.

MrFunkMD said...

I know your not sticking up for Branson on my shit are you?






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