Homer's Travels: Travels, Day 6

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Travels, Day 6

Mom's account continues:
Date: 6-24-72
Place: Las Vegas, Nevada
"We drove to the Las Vegas today - arrived about 2:30 to a KOA camp. We all swam in the pool and lay in the Sun, The temperature was about 95° with a brisk wind. Tonight we drove uptown to see the lights - Quite a sight! Like to be the neon sign maker. We went to 'Caesars Castle' Casino and watched the gambling - one table had $100.00 bids - Money flows free. We tried the slot machines - broke about even.
Never been in such a place - Really felt out of place - What a waste of money!!!"
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Las Vegas is not an exciting place when you're eight. Sure the lights are dazzling and all but when it was time to go into the casino, my brother and I were stuck outside. We were both too young to enter the casino so we spent the time standing around. I remember not being very happy and a little bored as well.

I've never been much of a gambler. I think I get some of that from my parents. Mom wasn't much impressed with the free flow of cash. $100.00 bids are pretty small now a days. It also sounds like her luck at slot machines hasn't changed much in thirty-seven years as, when she does go to a local casino, she often breaks even. I seem to have inherited her luck as I often break even as well when I play the penny slots.

I've been there several times since then. Five or six times. The draw for me today are the shows. I rarely gamble more than $20 while there making the days a little dull waiting for the evening to arrive so I can go to another show.

One question that this entry begs: When did Caesar's Castle become Caesar's Palace?


  1. Okay...Caesars Palace....castle, palace...same thing. Minor detail.

  2. Mom: Actually I thought it might have been named Caesars Castle back in '72. I assumed you were correct. For once I wasn't being sarcastic.

  3. Really not sure if I wrote it wrong or not...probably did.