By Judy Berman
Just mention you’re headed to Vegas, and immediately you get those knowing looks.
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” the stewardess jokes slyly as we board our flight out of Orlando.
“That’s what we’re counting on,” I respond with a smile.
We hardly fit the image of the characters in the 1996 movie, Swingers, who take a road trip to Sin City. Their mantra: “Vegas, Baby. Vegas!”
Nah, the gaming tables and one-armed bandits hold no appeal for us.
It’s the entertainment and off-The-Strip action we crave.
OK, we’re here to visit my brother, too. Hank waves front-row tickets he bought for all three of us to see the Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo. Score!
When we arrive, I’m nervous. Our seats hold a plastic, hooded, full-length cape that we’re expected to wear to avoid flying water, cake batter and other unexpected assaults.
During the concert, one Blue Man steps onto the armrest next to me and proceeds to hunt down his next victim/volunteer to pull up on stage.
Their skits are interactive, humorous and spot-on ribs at our culture.
It’s a “thrilling, energy-infused performance that introduces wildly inventive musical instruments, a humorous look at robots and creativity, and a mind-blowing (literally) tour inside the neural network of the human brain,” according to its website http://www.blueman.com/las-vegas/about-show
Mind-blowing? How about an Elvis sighting? No visit to Vegas would be complete without that.
Not only did we see him at Madame Tussauds, but Elvis offered me a ride in his car.
What a guy! Hanging out with the strong, silent type is right up my alley.
Dave lucked out, too. He bumped into Marilyn Monroe. What a doll!
Before we left the wax museum, we saw the 10-minute film, Marvel’s Super Heroes 4D.
The audience really is in on the action. Again, watch out for liquid spray from the screen, things that go bump in the dark and unknown things that race by your chair.
OK. Your heart’s pounding, but there’s no need to call for paramedics.
Forget Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay or Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden at the Mirage. You need something far more soothing than a voracious shark or a white tiger eyeballing you.
Head on over to Bellagio’s Casino. There you can enjoy the water works and the action from afar. The Fountains at Bellagio – there are more than a thousand of them in front of the hotel.
Depending on the time of day, you can be mesmerized by the dancing waters every 15 to 30 minutes. Light show and music are thrown in for free.
Then, it’s back to the Vegas’ best attraction: people-watching. It’s the best show in town.
And, if you’re feeling really lucky, scope out the casinos. As they said about confidence in Swingers: “You’re so money and you don’t even know it.”
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Video Clip: “Swingers” (1996) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlCprJPwBSI
Main Photo: Blue Man Group performing at Monte Carlo Casino, Las Vegas, taken by Judy Berman, June 7, 2014.
Photo: My brother, Joseph H. Fiet IV, and me at Mt. Charleston – about 50 miles outside of Las Vegas
Las Vegas photos taken June 7 and 8, 2014 by Judy and Dave Berman:
* Elvis Presley and Judy Berman. Madame Tussauds wax museum.
* Marilyn Monroe and Dave Berman. Madame Tussauds.
* The Hulk at Madame Tussauds.
* The Fountains at Bellagio Casino.