Las Vegas

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Iain and I are in our room at the New York New York hotel in Las Vegas.
Great room!
It’s reverse-L-shaped with the door at the top of the L.
Two complete sets of drawers, and a view of the roller coaster and the mountains.

The bad news is my PowerBook won’t boot properly.
Leopard acting up again.
So I am using Iain’s MacBook, which is quite a nice machine.
I love the built-in iSight.
Much better than lugging around a separate bulky camera.

Yesterday we were in Death Valley, and one spot we visited was “Artist’s Pallette”.
The reason for the name is the incredible variety of colour in a small area.
Reds, yellows, blues, purples.

I decided to climb up to a higher hill than I should have.
When I got to the top i definitely felt dizzy, much moreso than the climb itself could cause.
Dizziness is one of the symptoms of heat stroke that you are supposed to be watchful for,
so I headed back down and found some shade, where I rested a while.
But then the coughing started.

Basically I had a bit of an asthma attack, which I’ve never really had before without being really sick.
At the time I thought it was strange that it would happen in such a hot, dry place.
Later I rememebered that one of the ways you make coughing go away is to sit in a humid room,
so really it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all.

It was very worrying for a bit.
I got back to the parking lot and stood in the shade of the toilet there, waiting fro Iain to come.
I had to really concentrate to breathe, but since I wasn’t exerting myself at all, I was sure I was going to be okay.
It wasn’t a pleasant 5 minutes though.

When Iain came to the parking lot, I hoarsely asked him to open the car.
I think I freaked him out a bit.
It’s times like this that I wish they taught American Sign Language to us all in school!
He seemed a bit confused, since the windows were open so I could have gotten in myself.
So I rasped out that I wanted the A/C on, and he sprang into action.


To make a long story short, I got better, and stayed in the car at the next spot — Badwater salt flats.
But I was able to get out and see the next spot after that okay — Dante’s View.

For more fun, I took over the driving from Dante’s View to Las Vegas with my left eye stinging and red.
I proabably shoudl have asked Iain to take over the driving, but since it was pretty monotonous, straight driving
I felt like I could handle it, and I did.

So today here we are in Vegas, and it’s 1:30pm.
I’ll probably go out for a bit to grab some lunch and some Diet Coke, but I won’t see as much as I would like to have.
I feel like I’m still recovering a bit from yesterday.
Ah well.

Luisa suggested that we go to the Star Trek 40th anniversary, which is in town this weekend.
Our flight doesn’t leave until 11pm tomorrow, so we could maybe squeeze it in,
but we will be spending the day visiting areas around Vegas like Mojave, so I don’t think we’ll be quite organized enough to get around to it in time *and* make it to the airport.

Good times.

entertainment, friends, Reid.

About rae

I'm a long-time Mac and iOS developer. I'm also a big fan of Ruby on Rails and relational databases. I tend to work remotely, in my basement with occasional trips to the office. I'm also a big videophile, both TV and film, and can't wait for a good, inexpensive home 4k solution.

8 comments on “Las Vegas

  1. Jeff K

    Congratulations, you have made for an uninterrupted line of folks I have told that air-conditioning is absolutely necessary driving the Mohave, who have ignored me, and come back with horror stories of heat. πŸ™‚ You had me worried that I would be wrong when I heard you were using a convertible. πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear about your 5 minutes of discomfort.

  2. Iain

    Apart from Reid’s adventure up the hill the heat was never a problem. We had the top down for the entire trip. I loved it. Heat, without the humidity, is not bad at all. We were will into the 100’s.

  3. Jeff K

    By a strange coincidence, G,M,J & I were all on vacation in the western US at the same time you were. Our experience was about 100F in southern Utah, and freezing (1C/34F) in northern Wyoming during the 2 nights we were up there, with 70-77F in Yellowstone and 80F+ elsewhere during the day as we drove back south to Salt Lake City. While in Arches having a picnic, dump-trucks were kicking up dust near the parking lot near the picnic area. The kids like playing on the laptop while I drive, so top-down is not an option. Which brings me to another piece of advice: Make sure you’ve got a DC inverter that can handle more than 150 watts if you’re using your laptop adaptor in the car. I wanted to travel as light as possible, and my tiny 140W inverter wasn’t up to the task. Also, a DC socket splitter was also useful, so I could run the GPS & charge the cellphone at the same time (and in the future, run the laptop too). Btw, some hotels have safes big enough for laptops in the room, and some planes have AC power on them even in steerage now, although I wasn’t lucky enough to get one on this trip.

  4. Jeff K

    When we got to Salt Lake, I checked out Bonneville’s site and by a stroke of luck, it was “Speed Week”, so we headed out to the Bonniville speedway on the salt flats and saw all sorts of cars and motorcycles taking timed runs on the salt flats. It was quite interesting, although I should have brought binoculars — at 200mph those guys disappear into the distance very fast! (It’s no drag race mind you — they’re all geared for high speed, so at the start line it doesn’t have a race feel to it). The participants have to wait in a huge hours long line up to get their chance to run down the track. The line-up included a lot of completely stock vehicles, besides the purpose built racers.

  5. Jeff K

    Only 1700 photos and 1 hour of HD video for the week, but I concentrated on HD video while at “Speedweek”. Technically speaking, I did shoot 2000 additional shots while making a time-lapse movie in the desert, but it wasn’t too good (I just put the camera on the dash and let it shoot a frame every 2 seconds for about 4000 seconds, then I used Sony Vegas to string them into an HD movie (drag & drop — very slick). Since I was driving and my production assistant was asleep, my directorial input was limited on that one. My time lapse movie of a lake and clouds in Algonquin park came out better).

  6. rae Post author

    I agree with Iain that, except for my brief episode, we didn’t really need the air conditioning at all. But with the top down all the time, we *did* need sunscreen, and lots of it.

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