NetFlix has a 14 day trial offer : NetFix offer. Well, I am sure most everyone is on the DVD bandwagon now. As such, you are likely to have been renting from either BlockBuster or Hollywood. If you are a frequent movie watcher, $4 a pop can really add up. That is why NetFlix seems like a good option with $20 a month for movie rentals through mail. The catch is that you can only keep 3 movies at a time and as you return them, NetFlix will send out the next movie on your queue. However, I have been noticing a couple of potential gotchas depending on your luck as a subscriber. They are as follows:
- Your turnaround may vary depending on how long the post office takes. This can be around 3-4 days if you are in San Jose. It can be as long as 7-8 days if you are across the country.
- NetFlix's check-in turnaround may be slow.
- Miscommunications and possibility of DVD loss through mail will affect your account unfavorably. Since they have your credit card number, you will be charged for the DVD and there is no way to prove to them that you DID return it. I.e. you are liable for each DVD rented.
If anyone has experience or have heard of experiences with NetFlix, please comment because I and many others would be interested.
Nelly played at the HardRock cafe and casino last night. Her opening act was Citizen Cope. Citizen is a two man band and played rather conservatively for 45 minutes. The audience was pretty nice considering that they had to wait 40 minutes between sets. Nelly didn't appear until 9:20 in her pink top with white sweat pants and started rocking the house.
True to form, Nelly's concert was fun with lots of blasting dance energy. Quite obviously, the popular song "I'm like a bird" was the centerpiece and got played in the middle of her song set. She showed off some versatility by picking up a guitar (both acoustic and electric) and played with the band in some of her songs. Towards the end, she enlisted the crowd in audience participation by inciting them to wave their arms and to sing along with her.
The economy stimulus package got canned today. That spells bad news for everyone. Particularly bad are those local economies relying on tourism. Here, in Vegas, I talk to local folks who work in the Casinos and they are just afraid of the continuing phases of the layoffs. Visitors to the Strip are down in numbers as you can see the once busy street devoid of people.
A cousin of mine who has a sushi restaurant business in Orlando, Florida also attest that visitors coming to visit Mickey in the sunny state are also down. He is a savy businessman so he knows how to tweak efficiency to compensate for profit. I can only imagine how hard hit these local economies, so heavily weighed towards the service industry, will become.
Have we hit bottom? I fear not.
Would you believe that snow can fall in Vegas? I didn't except for the past couple of days. It has been extremely cold and you can see icecaps forming in the mountain tops. Closer to home, these fountains that are in the entry way of the apartment complex are frozen solid.
Unfortunately the color didn't come out right in the picture because the angle of the sun wasn't quite right.
Las Vegas has beautiful landscape. As I was driving down the newly opened 215 beltway between Tropicana and Charleston, my eyes could not help but gaze into the distance. The empty desert stretches out very far and in the distance, mountains provide a background much like a surreal painting. The highway is quite empty on this weekend which was a big contrast to me, having come from Silicon Valley. Being able to stretch my eyes across the vast empty space gives me a sense that I can finally breathe in comfort. This scene, the yet-to-be developed part of Las Vegas, is a stark contrast to the hustle-and-bustle of the Strip. In my opinion, I think it is this dual-faced dichotomy of Vegas which makes it an interesting place. To be both near everything and yet also far from everything. Furthermore, both could be achieved within a short 30 minute leisurely drive.
My girlfriend and I decided to pick up tickets for Nellie Furtado. She is coming to Vegas and will be playing at the Hard Rock Cafe/Casino on February 8th. Ok, this is my first trip here and I was surprised that this Casino (despite its notoriety) is not located on the Strip. Outside the casino, palm trees were planted in rows surrounding the area. Upon entering the casino, I couldn't help but act like a tourist gawking at all the Rock & Roll memorabilia strewn all over the place. Like anything and everything in Vegas, themes were blown out of proportion with the intent of presenting the viewer with a "Wow" impression. I must admit, even after seeing Vegas several times already, I am still in awe whenever I come across something new.
Unfortunately my girlfriend and I didn't linger long as our intent was just to drop by for the tickets and go. However, my curiousity was peaked enough that I made a mental note to come back and linger a little longer to soak up the atmosphere. It may be a little while before I can act like a local but that's ok. For now, I am still enjoying the little surprises that Vegas is dishing out for me.
I decided to start to write with this theme in order to capture some of the more memorable aspects that I have come across. Usually during an experience, I only have enough time and attention to just digest it. It is only later, when there is more time to digest and look at the experience in retrospect do I realize how memoriable the experience is. Some experiences are big, some are small.... it really depends on how you look at it.
Seeing as I just recently moved to Las Vegas, many of the sights and sounds of the city are truly new to me. But aside from the touristy things, I am hoping to capture some of the nice things about being a local also.