Finishing Up in Vegas

I am currently sitting in the Vegas airport waiting to board my flight back to Philly. I was in Vegas for eight days and I spent basically all of it at Average Broz Gym (which is housed within CrossFit Las Vegas) working on some information collection for hookgrip. I didn’t really spend any time on the strip because I stayed at the Palms and ABG is located around Warm Springs & Dean Martin. So the closest I got to the Vegas partying stuff was driving by on I-15.

Actually, I should comment on the Palms. I can’t quite figure that hotel out. On the one hand it’s a pretty crappy low-end casino compared to the Wynn, Bellagio, Palazzo, Aria, Cosmo, etc. I know it’s older than most of those but it’s been kinda crappy since the beginning. And of course the Palms is not on the strip. It’s not in a better location than Gold Coast, The Orleans, etc. But, for some reason, the people who are there seem to think they are at a real Vegas hotspot. Tons of Jersey Shore wannabes, girls with 50-60% of their ass hanging out, guys walking around with girls who are clearly escorts and so on. You don’t see any of that if you’re at places like South Point, Gold Coast, The Orleans, etc and the Palms is really barely nicer than those places I just listed off. I don’t get how it gets that status except for the Maloofs being good at marketing (my friend thinks it’s all their marketing ability plus things like the Real World being filmed there and so on). The only reason I stayed there was because it was almost the exact same price as the crappy hotel/casinos that I mentioned above and staying at a nicer place was going to be minimum $1000 more for the week. Which didn’t seem worth it when I wasn’t using the pool, wasn’t going to be spending much time in the room, etc. I ended up being put in Palms Place which was pretty spacious and nice.

So, one downside to this trip is that I missed all of the NFL games last week and, because I’m flying during the day today, I am going to miss them all this week too. Of course I catch up on highlights and such but overall this is now A LOT of NFL that I’ve missed this year. This is probably the least NFL that I’ve watched to this point in a season for a very long time. Maybe since high school. I was kind of tempted to do some NFL betting while I was here but, when I looked at the lines for last week (I can’t bet this week, I wouldn’t have been able to collect because I was leaving), I realized I had no idea about which side I liked for most of the games. Usually, watching games allows me to get a feel for a team and their strengths/weaknesses and it’s usually not that difficult to figure out who is for real and who is getting lucky/unlucky. I don’t have that feel for teams this year at all. Oh well, I just need to grind some NFL replays on NFL network, watch some highlights and get caught up as best I can.

In other news, I am possibly planning a trip up to Toronto in a few weeks. I’m still working out the details but I have a few friends up in that area and it still isn’t cold enough for me to be put off of going up there. I am kind of torn on deciding between driving and flying though. We’ll see what happens.

So, moving on from travel stuff. I recently made a pretty awesome purchase. On my flight over to London for the Olympics, I happened to be on the same flight as the President of Eleiko Sport USA — the company that made the equipment for the weightlifting at the Olympic Games. Eleiko is well-known as the maker of the best barbells in the world for Olympic lifting. No one even really disputes their supremacy as far as barbells go. While Eleiko’s plates (ie, the weights on the barbell) aren’t really at the same level as their barbells, the plates are pretty high end as well. So I stayed in contact with the guy who was on my flight and, after about 15-20 emails with people at Eleiko, I managed to buy a full competition set was used at the Olympic Games. A competition set consists of two bars (one 20kg, one 15kg — for men and women) and two of each plate (25kg, 20kg, 15kg, 10kg, 5kg, 2.5kg, 2kg, 1.5kg, 1kg, .5kg) and two collars (the things to hold the plates on the bar — they weigh 2.5kg also). It’s a lot of stuff and it says London 2012 all over it. It’s a very unique set and I’m really excited to own it. It wasn’t cheap but it also wasn’t really too ridiculously expensive given that this stuff is very expensive equipment even when it doesn’t have the added coolness of being used at the Olympic Games. I’ve already agreed to sell the 15kg barbell simply because I don’t have much of a need for a women’s bar and it’s worth north of $1000. So there’s no point in holding onto it. Either way, I should get the set in the next few weeks and I’m really excited to get it!

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