This morning as I got out of bed and went to turn on my computer, I also turned on my cell phone and got a test message that no parent wants to see. I had planned on an easy day of catch-up on a day off and I read “…I’m praying your kids and their families are all safe in Las Vegas with this shooting that went on…” So, I immediately went to my newspaper as I usually do in my morning routine, but instead of going straight to the paper I started to read the headline blurbs to see what I had missed from the night before. A horrible incident had occurred and I thought about my two children and my five grandchildren that live out there.
My first thoughts as I was reading, is that my children do not work at Mandalay Bay, but I have taken the families to the Shark Reef there and we have eaten at a couple of restaurants there with them. I also thought that, because it was an out-door concert, perhaps they might have gone just for fun and an outing, but I also know that they are not country music fans, but you never know. I thought of how my Bride and I have dined at Alain Ducosse’s Mix and at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole. I was devouring the news and hoped that there would not be a problem. I called and left messages and also left text messages and just let the minutes tick by. It is hard to concentrate or to even enjoy simple pleasures until I knew the truth. My son works at one of the shops at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace which is quite away from the incident, but my son-in-law works at one of the restaurants one property removed. My son was fortunate in that his area was not in lock-down mode, and my son-in-law was off that day, otherwise he would have been suffering under a lock down mode, and as I write this he would still be under that situation; I say this because my daughter told me that one of her cousins had just left three minutes prior to the problem and another cousin was still sequestered one of the casinos.
I am just devastated by the news and I think that I have been enjoying Las Vegas since the early ‘70’s and I have thankfully never encountered such an event. I still lament that Vegas is no longer the Vegas of my youth and yearn for when it was a “family” owned city that would have never tolerated all the garbage that now proliferates on The Strip. I came to write this article, not that I would mention food or wine per se, but to allow it to be cathartic for the emotions that I dealt with this morning. My little blog is my safe haven from the craziness that seems to be the norm in today’s world and I am not looking forward to the potential politicizing that will occur from all avenues and agendas. Las Vegas used to be glamorous, now it is just as grungy as the rest of the world. I pray for the souls of the innocents that died and I also pray for all of those that have been shot or injured and for all of their families.