I just successfully helped my daughter move out to Nevada over the past week. Here are my thoughts and observations.
- Nevada is HOT. I spent a few years there as a child and don’t remember it being that hot. 112 degrees Hot.
- I was astonished by how closely the real life Vegas follows the post apocalyptic scene in the game Fallout: New Vegas. I was expecting rad scorpions to attack at any moment.
- Someone built a bridge over the Colorado river near Hoover dam. All the traffic used to go across the top of the dam. Good job, guys.
- Even though I was in Vegas for 4+ days, I didn’t see a single slot machine until I went to the airport on my way out. I thought, “I’ll just empty my pocket change out for the fun of it”, and to get rid of pocket change, but that was no possible. All the slot machines were some sort of “ticket only” devices, or had dollar bill feeders. Too much trouble for me. So, I took a trip to Vegas and didn’t lose a single dime gambling. First time ever.
- GEEBUS!! there is an Indian casino every exit along interstate 40 from Oklahoma city to the Nevada border. When did this country get so much Indian land conveniently located at every interstate exit? And what’s the economics behind that? I would guess that there was some limit created by natural forces that would eventually saturate the market with casinos for the number of gambling available dollars in circulation. But that wasn’t the case. Even out in the great uninhabited wastes of New Mexico and Arizona, there were plenty of casino customers with enough disposable cash to support a Casino, even if they couldn’t support a truck stop.
- Stucky’s, that great American institution, famous for providing generations of road trippers with peanut brittle and clean bathrooms, is no longer around. Their iconic distinctive roof designed are mostly gone. A few still exist as porn shops and locations with signs out front proclaiming, COMING SOON!!! POKEMONATEA TRIBAL MUSEUM AND CASINO.
- Somewhere around Texas, the McDonald’s stopped being independent franchises and turned into collective franchises that included a gas station/truck stop thing. They also stopped carrying the McChicken and instead has a Spicy chicken.
- I had the bad fortune of needing to visit an Emergency room in Victorville, CA. It was a shock. 3-4 hour wait times were normal. They simply don’t have enough doctors. Victorville has 3 or 4 hospitals all with the same problem. Too many immigrants, and poor residents. Not paying taxes or medical bills or insurance premiums, but demanding services. And the hospitals looked like they haven’t been remodeled since 1965. Contrast with Virginia. In the Stafford/Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania county area, 3 new full service hospitals have been constructed in the last 5 years and 10-15 doc in the box locations added. There seems to be something seriously wrong with the way California does things. The result is, even if you have the best gold plated health insurance, or a suitcase full of cold hard cash, if you have a medical emergency in California, you will likely die waiting in the waiting room before the overworked doctor, who is only there because he is still paying off his student loans, sees you. This is the cost of socialism. The poor get marginal access to health care at the expense of EVERYONE else having an increased chance of death. Good bargain, if you are young and healthy. Remember all those commercials teaching you how to identify a stroke and how important it is to get immediate medical attention to salvage as much of your brain as possible? Well forget it. You could already be in the emergency room when you notice your stroke and you are STILL going to suffer from it just like you would if you were isolated out in the desert. When I was a kid, there was a series on TV called “Emergency”. It was a bout a EMT team, back before they called them EMT. And back before they had 9.1.1 systems. They would rescue people and send them to the emergency room where White doctors and nurses would be waiting and save them from heart attacks and table saw accidents. That shit doesn’t happen any more. So, when you are looking for a new place to live, fine a place where emergency room wait times are low, or plan to not survive.
- Las Vegas and California look like third world countries already. Gated and walled front yards. Bars on the windows. Street vendors. Boarded up store fronts in what should be affluent commercial districts.