For the past two days of our Las Vegas trip, I’ve mainly been focusing in on specific topics – Cleo at SLS Las Vegas and Heroes of the Dorm 2017. But, I’ve done some other stuff and taken other photos apart from just those two events, so I decided to spend today sharing those. I personally think gambling is one of the stupidest things you can do. People tend to look down on children and teenagers who want to spend money on online games to purchase microtransactions, even though the cost of these items are usually average out to around US$10.00 or less for a majority of items. But, you see today’s middle-aged adults – the very exact adults who supposedly cannot comprehend their children’s desire to spend money on games – dumping money on gambling via slot machines and lottery tickets. Because of my strong opinion against gambling and my negative beliefs about it, I have never been to a casino before (and this was my first time in Las Vegas). I obviously wasn’t here to gamble, but it’s literally impossible to go anywhere in Las Vegas without seeing slot machines, so I decided to embrace it for at least while I was here. Obviously NOT by actually gambling … but by photographing the slot machines and lights. These are slot machines from SLS Las Vegas, the hotel in which I stayed during my stay. Part-way through our dinner at Cleo, one of our friends who had lots of travel and airline problems finally landed in Las Vegas and was arriving at the hotel. Two of my friends, Matt and Karen, accompanied me in walking out to the front entrance in hopes of greeting him upon his arrival. We were unsuccessful in finding him, but we were successful in finding this mirror room, so we snapped a photo. Yesterday, during Heroes of the Dorm, I got to sit up on the media balcony away from the crowd so I could conveniently take notes and produce content while the tournament was going on. Karen had access to the media balcony as well, so she sat next to me. Next to her was world class esports journalist Travis Gafford. This is a photo of Karen excitedly clapping her Thunderstix while Travis attempts to get some work done on his laptop. Earlier today, we went walking around Las Vegas. One of our stops was at the Taco Bell Cantina, a Taco Bell that sells alcoholic drinks. Although I personally don’t consume alcohol, most of my friends walking with me did, so we stopped by the restaurant (and even then, I was still curious to see what it was like, even though I wouldn’t be ordering a drink). Across the street from Taco Bell is the Veer Towers, my favorite highrise condominium complex on the Las Vegas Strip. The Veer Towers are two neighboring towers that lean slightly off at an angle from each other, with the motto “Some choose to follow, others are born to veer.” Some units in the Veer Towers are around average for a condo on the Strip, while others are extremely expensive due to the view of the Strip and the water show to the north. If I end up amassing enough money, I may end up living in that building some day. The style of design is an ultra simple and modern style that I like, and I enjoy the feeling of being high up in the sky, looking down at bustling activity on the ground, while peacefully having a quiet area to myself to relax and observe. After stopping by Taco Bell, we went to one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. I wasn’t hungry by that point because I had already eaten, and the prices were a bit too high for my comfort zone to just order something anyway, but because we were touring the city as a group, I still went to the restaurant and sat at the table with my friends. We sort of got unlucky with a bad waitress, who, among other things, was miserably slow, tried to recommend a meat dish to my vegetarian friend, never refilled our water, spilled water on my phone when we called out to her for water refills, then proceeded to try and charge a mandatory gratuity for a “large party” when half of us didn’t even eat. Needless to say, I didn’t want my friends or I to suffer from the unfairness, so I complained in order to pass on the mandatory tip that she didn’t deserve. Waitresses are obviously not a reflection of the food, though. Although I personally didn’t order a dish, I photographed a friend’s asparagus dish with the biggest asparagus I had ever seen in my life.