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Carol Perkins: What happened in Vegas

Comparing Las Vegas to Edmonton, travel writer Carol Perkins finds the food pretty good and a fair value, but on the real issues, the price and value of a spa - Edmonton/Glasgow wins hands down. As usual, Carol Perkins fulfills a compulsion in all of us to know what's down the next road, how's the eats in another location, and what the natives are like elsewhere(s). *(Continued as footnote - this column is too interesting interrupt any longer!
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By Carol Perkins

Our annual trip to Las Vegas for a trade show for Guy and pleasure for me was, as always, relaxing and busy.

This year we stayed at the Mirage, once famous for the white tigers but now display white cubs. Remember Siegfield and Roy? Home of some of the best food on the strip, I managed to enjoy samples of most of it.

The weather was so nice I read by the pool while others sunbathed. I walked the shopping areas and windowshopped. In Vegas, window shopping is a hobby for those of us who don't indulge in Prada, Gucci, and all the other high end delights. There are no outlets on the strip.

A $100 meal at Wolfgang Puck's Spago

Each year one of Guy's associates take a group of us to dinner and to a show. This year we ate at Wolfgang Puck's Spago. We start with an appetizer, move to a second coarse, and then the main dish. My meal was over a hundred dollars. Thank goodness I wasn't paying. Honestly, the food was good but not THAT good.

Like all events, something funny or quirky always happens. One of the ladies in the group never is pleased with anything. She didn't want the sparkling water because it had bubbles. The waiter removed her glass and brought her tap water, but the waiter in charge of drinks refilled her glass with sparkling water and once again, she had to have new glasses.

Her squash didn't taste like squash so the manager ordered her a new type of dish but this even tasted like potatoes so she wouldn't eat it. Her lamb was too salty so she picked at it. I had the pleasure of sitting beside her.

Got to see 'One,' the Michael Jackson show

We then saw "One" the Michael Jackson show. For Michael fans this was the ultimate next to seeing him. For people like Guy, it was too loud and he didn't know any of the music. Since he wasn't paying for the tickets, I just smiled when he turned to me and rolled his eyes. Although I didn't know most of his later music, songs like "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and "Man in the Mirror" were enough to make me happy.

One day I decided to have a massage. For $150 I could have a fifty minute massage. For $90 I could have my hair done. In Edmonton I can get a wonderful massage for $50 and a perfect hairstyle for $20. I passed on the spa.

Missed the Jimmy Buffet show by a day

The weather was wonderful, the rest was much needed, and the flight smooth. I look forward to riding on Guy's coattail to Vegas each year and never bore while there. I do regret that Jimmy Buffet was in town the day we left or that I didn't get to see an Elvis impersonator while I was there. If I'm lucky, this time next year maybe I'll get lucky. - Carol Perkins

Carol Perkins, the writer of this popular column, is an author, weekly radio talk show Host on The Hoss, 99.1 FM, on the Tuesdays at 10amCT, Susan (Chambers) & Carol (Perkins) Unscripted and is owner of Main Street Screenprinting PO Box 1051 601 S. Main Street Edmonton, KY 42120. Call 270-432-3152 or 270-670-4913

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*Continued as a footnote from beginning of this column: For many who used to see the signs at Memorial Auditorium on S. Fourth Street in Louisville, KY, too drowzy from dining on prime rib from Kunz' or delicacies from the Taylor Pharmacy lunch counters or gorging on rolled oysters from Mazzoni's, we were wanted to - but were hesitant to do so - see a Burton Holmes Travelogue on the evenings he gave one of his famous lectures there. Or maybe it's the envy in all of us wanting to be another Duncan Hines. Whatever, Carol Perkins is living the life we all envied in Holmes and Hines. gives all an insight on other locales without having to go there. Including Las Vegas, Nevada. Why go there? After all, what happens at the Beulah Vista in Sulphur Well or at the Wigwam stays there, too. But it appears that Nevada is catching on - so CM will go with the flow and not judge those who go there - even though the music is too loud there. - CM

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