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August 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

10 Worst Things About Living in Las Vegas

Well, you knew it was coming, and I must admit that this one was much easier to write.  It was so easy to write that I had to force myself to cut it short, somewhere over 5,000 words, and break it into separate articles.

Now, in fairness, I’m not trying to bash Las Vegas for sport.  I tried to love it.  Really, I did.

Think about it, I loved the town so much that I picked up and moved here at great expense.  I lived here for 4 years and tried everything I could (including moving 3 times within the city) to make it work.  Most of you out there who claim to love Las Vegas, and think that I am crucifying it for no reason probably cannot say the same.

I didn’t sit around talking about moving to Vegas.  I got off my ass and did it.  I came, I saw, I lived it, I immersed myself, and I experienced it all first-hand.

There is a portion of the population out there who simply prefer that the myth of Las Vegas stay intact.  There is another group that makes money by living in and/or promoting Las Vegas for their own financial gain.

Both of these groups hate what I do, and will probably be offended by this list.  That’s not my problem.  If you are solidly in the “I Heart Las Vegas” camp, then this is not Sunday reading in which you will want to partake.  Consider this fair warning.

For everyone else — take this list for what it is.

My honest, unabashed opinion.

1) The Weather

Far and away the biggest reason that I could not continue to live in Las Vegas.

In general, a planet must have three things to support life:  Liquid water, nutritious soil, and an energy source.

Las Vegas really only has one of the above … the sun as an energy source.

It only rains 4 inches each year in Las Vegas.  To put this into perspective, the national average for US cities is 40 inches … roughly 10 times the amount that falls in Vegas.  The lack of water combined with high heat makes life inhospitable for most carbon-based life forms.  I suppose this is why it’s called the desert.  It’s nearly deserted of natural life.

Sure, you can stay indoors in the air conditioning for 6 months out of the year … but then you must endure such pleasantries as constantly recycled air, nosebleeds, dry eyes, dry skin, and a general discomfort that just feels inexplicably “wrong”.  Humans weren’t meant to live in artificial climate bubbles.  I mean, John Travolta needs to do so for health reasons, but the rest of us need not endure such an indignity.

While Vegas winters are better, they are only moderately so.  You still have sunny, dry weather, but instead of heat — an omnipresent cold wind blows that makes outdoor activities almost as unpleasant as they are in the summer.

Hot, dry weather also negatively correlates to mental activities such as reading and writing.  I firmly believe that the weather explains the general “dimness” of the Vegas population and I don’t think it only affects natives.  After only a few years, I began finding it much harder to concentrate and maintain my own creative endeavors.  Las Vegas isn’t conducive to thinking or creating, it is conducive to partying, kicking ass, and mindlessly screaming “Vegas Baby!”.

I understand why tourists find the climate acceptable, and I myself find the weather perfectly tolerable for a few weeks at a time.  The novelty, however, does wear off.  Trust me.  105 degrees is cute for a week.  On the 90th straight day, it’s just oppressive.

There are 8-12 weeks out of the year where Las Vegas climate is “perfect” in the traditional sense, but these three months are simply not enough to balance out 9 months of misery.

Even if everything else in Las Vegas were great, the weather would have eventually made the town unlivable for me.

Your mileage will certainly vary.

2) The People

This competed for the top spot, but I had to give it #2 because I do still have about a dozen friends in town, and there are some good people in Vegas … although they are very few and far between.

Las Vegas’ reputation causes it to attract what I consider to be the bottom 10% of the US population.  These are basically people who could not be successful anywhere else, mixed with country/suburban folks who are convinced that they can wash away their unglamorous pasts by bathing themselves in the bright neon of the Vegas Strip.

Frank Sinatra once sang about New York that if you could “make it there, you could make in anywhere”, and to some extent, I agree.  New York is a highly competitive Darwinian place where you must try very hard to stand out from the crowd.  In general, posers and the untalented get weeded out quickly.

Las Vegas is the polar opposite of New York.  It tends to attract a demographic of people who simply cannot make it “there” — “there” being defined as any place that demands competence.

Lost your medical license in Chicago?  Get a fresh start in Las Vegas.  We’re so desperate, we’ll take anyone.  Buy one of our houses, please.

Fondled one too many underaged girls as a history teacher in Boston?  Get a fresh start in Las Vegas.  If you have a pulse, you can teach here.  Buy one of our houses, please.

Can’t make change for a dollar?  Come to Las Vegas where none of our cashiers can make change for a dollar.  You’ll fit right in.  Buy one of our houses, please.

Too lazy to learn the English language?  Hey, you’re just the type of person we’ve been looking for.  Buy one of our houses, then put a car up on blocks on the front yard.  Please.

People often move to Las Vegas to re-invent themselves, and while this may not seem like a bad thing, it leads to a city without an identity because so many people here have an identity crisis.

In addition to those seeking out a more glamourous existence for themselves, the city also attracts a very large number of people with “get rich quick” mentalities.  These people are convinced that they are going to come to Vegas and win a ton of cash right off the bat, and when this fails to happen (as it always does), they tend to become bitter, angry, and rude.

The last group of people that Las Vegas seems to attract is weirdos.

Now, there are generally two types of weirdos in the world:

  1. Introverted intellectuals, creative types, vegetarians, and the socially awkward;
  2. Creepy people of low intellect and stalker proclivities who seem like they probably have at least three decomposing bodies in their basement;

Las Vegas has a large number of weirdos, but absolutely zero of them are from category #1, and 100% of them are from category #2.

Places like Austin, Olympia, Portland, and Berkeley attract more of the former, while Las Vegas only attracts the latter.  I don’t know why this is.

Between the phony go-getter PR types, the aging degenerates, the third-world transplants, the scammers, the painfully illiterate, and the just plain creepy-weird … I was never completely comfortable in Las Vegas.

If you fall into one of the above groups, then boy, do I have a city for you.

Buy one of our houses, please.

3) Lack of Employment Opportunities

Las Vegas has a single industry, and currently, that industry is in trouble.  I read about a cattle call for a cocktail waitress opening a few months ago that drew nearly 500 applicants, and when 500 people are competing over a waitress job, you know that times are bad.

Perhaps the hotels will make a huge comeback, but even if they do, that still only leaves one industry.

Tourism.

While everybody loves the Vegas tourist corridor, I think it is unrealistic to expect the service industry to support a city as large as Vegas.  There simply has to be more diversity in industry for a major metropolitan area to thrive.

Technology, finance, manufacturing … all of these things are missing in Vegas, and it is eventually going to lead to the collapse of the city.

When online gambling begins to devour brick and mortar gambling, and it will, two million people will not be able to pay their mortgages on the back of pool parties.  It simply cannot be done.

As of right now, there are literally zero employment opportunities in Vegas.  Hell, even strippers are fleeing the city.

Since major casinos more or less control the Las Vegas government, large corporations across the country (rightfully or mistakenly) are hesitant to move any of their own operations here because the city is viewed by the rest of the nation as a gigantic scam.  Nobody takes Vegas seriously as a “real” city.

Citibank moved some of their credit card operations to Las Vegas many years ago, but only on the condition that they did not have to use a Las Vegas street address.  Thus, “The Lakes, Nevada” was born.  Legitimate businesses are ashamed to be associated with Vegas, and it’s really hard to blame them.

Las Vegas’ reputation is not one that is likely to attract jobs in the future, and this will mean that more and more people will be competing over fewer and fewer jobs.  This demand/supply imbalance will lead to lower wages, less benefits, and greater employee abuse.

We are already seeing these effects today.

That $90,000 house in Henderson you have your eye on is not that great of a bargain if your income is $0.

In short, if you need a job to survive and don’t already have one or one lined up, it is in your best interest to stay as far away from Las Vegas as possible.

It’s bad right now, and it’s only going to get worse.

4) Healthcare

Even though housing is relatively cheap, the reason why I do not recommend people to retire in Las Vegas is because of our healthcare system.

With the depressing state of healthcare and the local media’s outright war on pain relief, you must be prepared to die slowly and painfully should you fall ill in this town.

When it comes to medical professionals, Las Vegas attracts the worst of the worst.  Think about it, what Harvard Medical Graduate at the top of his class would want to come to Las Vegas to practice?  Why would they be attracted to a gambling town in the middle of the desert?

The answer is, they wouldn’t be attracted to the town, and in general … they don’t move to Las Vegas.

I had a doctor’s appointment in early July, and the waiting room was like a scene out of an anti-communist propaganda film.  I was the only English-speaker in the room (including the staff), and the place was so filthy that I kept waiting for a live chicken to run by my feet.  When I finally saw the doctor, he listened to me for about 30 seconds, scribbled out an ordered test on a piece of paper, and promptly left the room.  That was the last I saw of him.  My insurance was billed $120 for the 30 second visit.  It was coded as a “Comprehensive Physical Exam”.

Why didn’t I complain about this visit in a previous blog article?

Because it was the best, most complete goddamn physical I have ever received in this town.

When I was hospitalized several months ago, I saw my attending physician once in the three day stay, yet was billed for 5 consultations.

Like most things in Vegas, healthcare is run as just another get-rich-quick scheme.  There is no “care” per-se, just massive amounts of billing for procedures that are either rushed or never performed at all.  If you’ve ever seen The Simpsons, you’ve seen a typical Vegas physician … Dr. Nick Riviera.  Sometimes art does imitate life.

We don’t get many top-notch cardiologists concerned about patient care in this town.  The only higher-end specialists generally interested in practicing in Vegas are plastic surgeons who can make a substantial amount of quick money firming butts, puffing lips, and lifting breasts.

If you want bigger tits, then Vegas is the right town for you.  If you have health needs that require frequent trips to a physician, you are better off moving to Cuba than Las Vegas.  I mean this with all sincerity and without a hint of sarcasm.

I turned 42 this year, and because of some specific ailments, it is likely that I will need more health care and pain relief as I get further into middle age.  The knowledge that I would not get adequate levels of either was another key decision in my own move.

Please, if you have any health problems at all, don’t move to Las Vegas.  I would even go as far as to advise you not to visit Las Vegas.

Don’t find out the hard way that I am right about this point.  By then it may be too late.

5) The Gestapo

The incident that happened to me on my way to the emergency room in March was probably the single largest event that caused me to turn against Las Vegas quickly.

The Trevon Cole (disclaimer: link to Las Vegas Review-Journal article) and the Costo (Erik Scott) shootings in the months that followed simply reinforced what I already knew.

Las Vegas cops are completely out of control.

Two weeks ago, when I encountered a newly-robbed lady crying in a Smith’s parking lot … it was sort of the last straw.

During the last several months living in Las Vegas, I became paranoid. I wrote a few negative articles about the Metropolitan Police Department, and I knew that I was probably on borrowed time.  It’s not hard to match a blog post up with a specific incident report, and after my emergency room visit, I figured that the LVMPD had pegged me through license plates and utility bills.  They were going to get either myself or my family, and it wasn’t a matter of “if”, it was a matter of “when”.

It also didn’t help that the people who lived in my house before me had (allegedly) been drug dealers.  We twice got a visit from law enforcement trying to serve an arrest warrant on the previous occupants, and on both occasions we had to present ID to prove that we were not the suspects.

This was going to escalate.  I was aware that, in Las Vegas, previous occupants being “bad” guys was more than enough probable cause to bust down my door at any time, and I knew that  a member of my family could easily be shot for making a “furtive move”.  I lived in fear of it.  I felt like a Neon Anne Frank.

At the moment, Las Vegas is overstaffed with police due to hiring increases made during the higher-flying days of Vegas, and these officers need to make busts and seizures to fund their operations.  Now that tax revenues have dropped, law enforcement has turned to “creative financing” to continue paying salaries.  This is the reason that cops are issuing $500 tickets to people rushing to the hospital.

Houses in the valley are being raided left and right (disclaimer: link to Las Vegas Review-Journal article), people are being injured and killed, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is actively encouraging citizens to “report” their neighbors if they see anything out-of-sorts. These “reports” are then taken before a judge who rubber-stamps “ICE Squad” no-knock raids.

It’s chilling.

I am making no exaggerations when I say that 2010 Las Vegas is a 100% police state.  Literally.  The police run the town and are able to do whatever they wish with complete impunity.  This includes killing people in cold blood.

The Las Vegas Police force is comprised mostly of out-of-town recruits who have no ties to the community whatsoever.  Most of them come to Vegas to train so that someday they may be able to join the force of a real city.  This makes the LVMPD a de-facto occupation force, and the people of the city are their guinea pigs.  Their training tools.  Their crash test dummies.

In my opinion, the LVMPD treats the citizens of Las Vegas with the same general mindset that American Troops treat the citizens of Bagdad.  With contempt, suspicion, and a low value on their life.

I’ve had several encounters with Las Vegas police officers during my tenure in the city, and every single encounter was nothing less than unprofessional.

I suppose the arguement could be made that I was the problem, but I think that this is an erroneous assumption.  When I am in the presense of police officers, I do the whole “yes sir, no sir” Eddie Haskel routine.  I’m as polite and deferential as they come.  Also, contrary to popular belief, I don’t hate police because I’m a criminal who has been repeatedly busted.  I’ve gotten a couple of tickets, but I’ve never actually been arrested.  I don’t dislike cops because they have interfered with my crime sprees.  I don’t really commit crimes.

Las Vegas cops really are hostile, insecure, severely unintelligent, violent people.  Perhaps not all of them, but certainly every one of them that I ever met.

In my opinion, the presence of a police state should be a deal-breaker, and a barrier to any intelligent person even thinking about calling Las Vegas home.

6) Transit

I tried for years to use my own shoe leather to get around, but Las Vegas is just not a walkable city on any level.  The blocks are a half mile long, many do not have crosswalks, and both drivers and cops are outwardly hostile toward pedestrians.

For instance, on many occasions, I’ve seen police set up jaywalking stings on ultra-long blocks that did not have crosswalks.  In order for someone to cross the street, they would literally have to walk half a mile to a mile to the next stoplight, and the police knew that these folks would try to dart across the street instead of taking the 10-20 minute detour.  It was like shooting fish in a barrel.  Instead of convincing the city to come out and paint crosswalks for public safety, the LVMPD decided to use poor municipal planning for revenue instead.  It’s a typical Las Vegas solution to a typical Las Vegas problem.

I’ve also tried riding my bicycle to get around but here again … it was not feasible.  Most Las Vegas drivers are transplants from suburban or rural areas, and they react with overt hostility at the sight of bicycles.  They honk their horns at riders, scream out of windows, throw things, and the whole endeavor is just too dangerous to sustain.

What this means is that the only alternative to automobile transit in Las Vegas is the CAT bus system.

Unfortunately, CAT buses are among the least reliable I have ever ridden.  I am not trying to be mean, but the number of wheelchair-bound people that use the bus on a daily basis renders the system useless for all able-bodied people trying to get to work or quack appointments on time.

In addition, when it is 110 degrees outside, waiting at a bus stop is just not something that is possible unless you want to arrive at your destination smelling like Courtney Love’s unshaven armpit.

Of course, there is always the monorail, but unless you live near the 3 mile system (less than .1% of the Vegas population), you are similarly out of luck.

Simply put, there exists no dependable method of mass transit in Las Vegas.

This is unforgivable for a metropolitan area of 2 million people.

7) Education

To call Las Vegas schools “education” is probably an insult to the word “education”.  In reality, Vegas schools are taxpayer funded babysitting services where 19-year-old Filipino women are paid in banana peels to stand guard over 9 year old girls wearing tight pants with the words “Cum Slut” embroidered on the ass because mommy figured it was never too soon to prepare them to work the pole.

Seriously, while some far-flung suburbs have the odd decent school … overall … Vegas schools are so bad that they’re laughable.

Like doctors, you have to wonder what would make a teacher pack up and move to a gambling-only destination like Las Vegas to teach.  Also like doctors, the answer is that they are probably too under-qualified to do so anywhere else.

Nevada ranks dead-last in High School graduation rates.  51st out of 51 (including Washington DC).  Only about 4 in 10 students graduate.  In every other education metric, Nevada consistently ranks at or near the bottom.

Since there are few “thinking” jobs in Las Vegas, there is little or no motivation for kids to learn.  Also, for the same reasons, there is little to no motivation for the state to teach.

This town needs bartenders, waitresses, strippers, dealers, and maids … not rocket scientists and pharmaceutical researchers.  We need “baby mommas” who will push out as many little Hectors as possible so that the Encore doesn’t run out of minimum-wage dishwashers.  Las Vegas is a very, very anti-intellectual town and we have no use for book learnin’.  As such, we do not invest in that which we do not need.

Las Vegas schools exist to provide public daycare for casino workers, and to churn out new generations of poorly-paid hotel and casino workers.  That’s it, nothing more.

In this respect, they fulfill their goals flawlessly.

If such a life for your children appeals to you, by all means move here and enroll them in one of our babysitting services.  If you expect them to learn how to read, write, or make change for a dollar … move as far from this town as geographically possible.

8) Housing

In 2005, I considered buying a house here.

Seriously.

Fortunately, before signing a contract, I did what I’ve always done.  I became highly skeptical.  I threw away academia, I threw away the advice of “experts”, and I analyzed the situation using my own best judgement.  This has always served me far better than following the advice of supposedly smart people and “experts”.

I drove around, looked at the miles and miles of vacant land sitting only 3 miles from the Strip, and realized that a scam was afoot.  Las Vegas real estate was being spammed to idiots like the Nigerian lottery, and if a single homebuyer had bothered to spend a few days honestly assessing the situation, he/she should have been able to deduce that everything they were being told was a lie and a fraud.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned, Las Vegas does not attract the best and the brightest.  It attracts the greedy and the stupid.  Nowhere is this more evident than our housing market.

After my own research, I decided that there was no way in hell that I would buy a home in Vegas.  Supply greatly outstripped demand.

Of course, everyone told me that I was crazy.  “They aren’t building any more land!” people SCREAMED.

Why did they scream this?

Because people like to live their lives by clichés.  It’s tidy and it prevents them from having to think.  Cute clichés prevent people from having to justify their own irrational behavior.  As long as the cliché sounds wise, most people don’t question them.

Every time people told me that no more land was being made in Las Vegas, I replied “they don’t need to, there’s more than enough empty land in the Mojave Desert to last for the next 10,000 years.”

Even though my words made perfect sense, nobody listened to me because my rebuttal made for a shitty cliché.  Remember, cliché > reason.  Always.

By 2007, I remained the lone naysayer in Vegas as it pertained to real estate, and I received the exact same reception.  “You’re negative, you’re a misanthrope, you just don’t want to listen to the experts, etc, etc, etc.”

Well guys, it’s 2010 … where are your “experts” now?  Are they still standing beside you, smiling while stroking your cock and telling you what a genius you are for investing in Summerlin?

No.

I’ll tell you where they are … they are out there telling a new class of suckers what a GREAT DEAL your nearly-foreclosed home is.  The exact same person that sold you your house is waiting for you to get thrown out onto the street so that they can stick another California slumlord in the back of their car and take them on a “Foreclosure Tour” to make another 6% commission.

While I was busy being negative and misanthropic, your real estate agent was busy blowing smoke up your ass.  She was grinning, cheerful, and she told how your house would appreciate while your kids attended GREAT schools.

Do you still think optimism is a virtue, or like most other things in Las Vegas, do you realize that it’s just a tool to separate you from your money?

Now, since I have been proven right on just about … well, everything … have any … ANY of the optimists who shit down my neck come back and said “you were right”.

No.  Not one.  Not one, single, solitary one.

Nobody wants to admit that the “experts” were a bunch of naked emperors.  People don’t easily concede their own stupidity and gullibility.  Instead they just chalk it up to “bad timing”.  It’s far more digestable.

Most of the houses in Las Vegas are still owned by California trend-slaves who never met a geographic area they didn’t take a massive shit on before abandoning it in like yesterday’s MacBook.

I recently cruised back through my old West Side neighborhood, and the place looked like a McMansion ghetto.  “For Sale” signs were on every fourth house, and there were 5 cars crammed into 3 car driveways.  The middle-class is not moving to Las Vegas, and larger investment properties in the valley are often occupied by 2-3 lower income families.

If you want to buy a house to live out the rest of your life, Las Vegas now offers a relatively high bang for your buck.  The caveat is that your neighbors will still be absentee California fuckwipe landlords who still have three shakes left in their pecker before they are finished pissing all over Las Vegas.  Forget the notion of a real neighborhood.

If you are even remotely considering buying property in Las Vegas for short-term or investment purposes, then bend over.  You’re about to get gleefully butt-slammed by the most friendly lady you ever met.  You’ll probably fall for her spiel too.  After all, we’re not making any more land.

History shall repeat itself with the Las Vegas housing market.  It will once again be hyped up, and it will once again crash.

When thinking of Las Vegas real estate, remember the wise words of George Walker Bush.

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me … you can’t get fooled again.

9) Crime

My car has been broken into, my home has been burglarized, and I’ve had so many things stolen in Las Vegas that I just stopped keeping track.

Once, while playing in a poker tournament at the Hilton, I came out to find that all of the reflectors had been stripped from my bicycle.  Reflectors are roughly 25 cents each, yet not even these cheap items were off-limits to thieves in Las Vegas.  While I was preparing to move, I took a small bag of my boxer shorts out to the driveway, went back inside so that I could get the keys to open my car, and when I returned … the bag was gone.  Someone literally stole my used underwear from my driveway in under 2 minutes.  Theft in Vegas is rampant.  If you take a shit on the sidewalk and turn your back for 5 seconds, chances are high that someone will steal your fecal matter.  It’s really that bad.

Las Vegas is a desperate city, and as the local depression worsens, it’s only a matter of time before people begin robbing each other on city sidewalks.  In some areas, this already happens.  Mark my words, as McMansion Ghettos continue to sprawl outward, this crime will eventually spread to places like Summerlin and Henderson as well.

Las Vegas does not post official crime stats that would place it among the most dangerous cities in the USA, and in my opinion, this is because the overwhelming majority of crimes in the city goes unreported.  Of all of the thefts I have been the victim of in Las Vegas, I’ve never reported a single one of them.  I don’t think I am unique in this respect.  When the cops are bigger criminals than the criminals themselves, who do you turn to?

In Las Vegas, the answer is “no one”.

Las Vegas has all of the drawbacks of anarchy without any of the benefits.  There’s really no central protection authority in the city, but if you dare attempt to protect yourself, the Gestapo will throw you in a cage or shoot you in the face.

Las Vegas works for casino owners, local government employees, and the very wealthy, but everyone else is pretty much on their own.

If you are middle class or below, and you live in central Vegas long enough, you will be the victim of crime.  Probably multiple times.

Hopefully, like me, most of it will be petty crime … but you have to stay alert and vigilant.

The LVCVA won’t tell you this in their slick promotional marketing, but it’s something you need to know.

10) English as a Second Language

If you have ever read the story of the Tower of Babel in the Big Book of Delusional Fiction (sometimes referred to as “The Bible”), you will get a hypothetical example of why “diversity” is not all it’s cracked up to be.  If people in a specific geographical region cannot agree on a common language, then the entire society becomes a confusing mess.

Frankly, I’m not sure why this problem exists anywhere.  Assuming you have a population which is all but the most severely of retarded, the solution is obvious.  Instead of people having to learn 12 different languages, one specific language should be assigned to a geographic area, and everyone with the intent of living in that area should learn to speak that language.

It just makes good common sense.

I remember going to a bakery on Desert Inn Road and asking the clerk if the turnovers in his case contained fruit.  He continously shrugged as I repeated the word “fruit”, “fruit”, “fruit”, and before giving up, I decided to try the Spanish version of the word … “frutas”.

As soon as the word came out of my mouth, he lit up and said “si si frutas!”.

He thought it was kind of funny, but I felt that it was nothing short of sad that a fellow citizen could not understand what I was saying until I added “as” to the end of a common English word.  In my opinion, it was just plain lazy, and an outright disgrace.

If I moved to France, I would learn French.  If I moved to Korea, I would learn Korean.  If I moved to California, I would learn to interject the word “amazing” into as many sentences as possible.  Adopting a local language instead of expecting locals to learn yours is just the right thing to do.  I cannot believe that any rational person would dispute this notion.

Unfortunately, due to an addiction to cheap, exploitable labor … this third-world, intellectually void language mish-mash is not only accepted … but it is actively encouraged in the City of Las Vegas.  In many parts (possibly the majority) of the Vegas Valley, it can be quite challenging to find someone who speaks even the most basic English.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if Las Vegas tripled the quality of its healthcare, it would be indistinguishable from Mexico.

So there you have it.

Since this list was rather long, allow me to summarize.

If you are considering moving to Las Vegas, please consider the following:

There are no jobs, our schools rank last in the nation, our healthcare is quite possibly the worst this side of Bangladesh, our occupying police force is constantly looking for people to kill, we have no usable mass transit, our streets are perpetually clogged with depressed and drunk people, panhandlers and bums are appearing everywhere, we have a corrupt government which will never be held accountable due to our transient population, our power monopoly constantly rapes us with the blessing of our corrupt government, and there is only one industry and that industry is failing.

Aside from these issues, Las Vegas is an excellent place to live.

Please consider moving here and buying one of our houses.

Thank you.

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136 comments to 10 Worst Things About Living in Las Vegas

  • Jonathon

    I am currently studying computer science and going on to pursue a bachelor of arts degree in computer science after completing my AAS this May. My lover is from Hawaii and, as you know, many people from Hawaii move to Las Vegas. We went there for Christmas from Illinois and pretty much fell in love with the city, I had been there many times before as well. We are planning on saving $10g in the next two years and moving to Summerlin as soon as I graduate, worrying about employment after we move (we HATE the midwest!) . Do you feel that I will also have trouble finding a job, especially with my degree? I assumed that it would be quite easy to find an IT job in a casino, or in their corporate headquarters…We really want this badly, aren’t planning on moving permanent though; probably five years and then move again. I just need to get this out of my system, I am 35 BTW. Thanks for any advice. I found a LOT of job listings on monster in Vegas in my field, there are none here and I can’t deal with this small town, Vegas fits our moral values much better than the bible-belt. It just sucks here! What kind of apartment can you get for $800 month, is that possible even???? Will they rent to us if I pay 6 months in advance and have not yet found employment???? I simply cannot afford $400 a pop to fly back and forth looking for work, that is why we plan to just go for it!

    • Karen

      I don’t know if anyone else has replied to you. I moved here from Chicago with Harrah’s and haven’t looked back. Summerlin is awesome. The job market here is pretty bad but as an IT person, you may/ may not find a job. The reason why 500 women apply for cocktails jobs is because they make anywhere from $120-$150K a year. Depending on the hotel they work at,of course, but can verify this through many friends that do cocktails. Renting will be affordable and can even rent a nice home. The writer of this article lost me when he stated that he rode his bike to the casino and that the Bible is fiction. WHO DOES THAT ? Especially if you are are at the Hilton which is not the best area of town so no wonder he is so negative. After almost 15 years here, I am ready for a change. I met a lot of great people here at school and chucrch. And by the way, my sister, a doctor, a back specialist, moved here because it was affordable to open up a practice. I have never experienced a doctor appt. like what he visited. Good Luck !

  • Frosty in Philly

    Considering a job and move to Vegas. There are a few interesting points I will be considering. The weather here in Philly is cold, it’s in the 30’s now but usially in the winter the 20’s and wind chill factors in the teens are not out of the question. So weather in the 100’s seems like a paradise to me. Crime concerns me but isn’t crime everywhere? Living in Philly the crime rate is crazy. I think a street-smart kid like e can handle it. Ans someone stile reflectors off your bike. Really? That’s your complaint? Try living on the east coast. Healthcare concerns me. But to wrap things up, not sure about your complaining and over-velous and occasional venomous comments, if you really have any valid points I should be alarmed by.

  • Jeff

    I was into your article, thought you had some good points. Then the reference to The Bible. I realized your arrogance is not from confidence but rather insecurity. As much as Atheists hate believes publicly praising their beliefs, believers have the same feeling for comments like you made. It’s a shame cause your a great writer, your just wrongly inconsiderate. Maybe It was from living in Vegas.

    • My article offended people who believe in the Bible did it, Jeff?

      That certainly was not my intention.

      I mean, sure the Bible advocates slavery:

      However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

      If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.’ If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6 NLT)

      And sex slavery:

      When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

      That’s the old testament, though, right Jeff?

      Surely the New Testament put an end to all of that nastiness:

      Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

      Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

      The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.” (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)

      And you are offended that I disparaged a book with the following views on women’s rights:

      Corinthians 11:3 – But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God.

      Corinthians 11:7 – 9 For a man indeed ought not to cover [his] head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

      Corinthians 14:34 – 35 – Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

      Ephesians 5:22 – 25 – Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
      (Wives must submit themselves to their husband, afterall he is the head of the wife)

      Colossians 3:18 – Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

      1 Timothy 2:9 – 15 – In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

      Romans 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to [her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of [her] husband.
      (woman bound to her husband for life)

      Titus 2:3 – 5 – The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

      1 Peter 3:1 -3 – Likewise, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation [coupled] with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

      1 Peter 3:5 -7 – For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

      Genesis 3:16 – Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

      Leviticus 12:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.

      Leviticus 12:5 – But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.

      Esther 1:22 – For he sent letters into all the king’s provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that [it] should be published according to the language of every people.
      Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or , how can he be clean [that is] born of a woman?

      Ecclesiastes 7:26 – And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart [is] snares and nets, [and] her hands [as] bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

      Deuteronomy 22:5 – The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.

      Surely the good book treats innocent children a little better, eh Jeff?

      Numbers 31:17-18 “Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.”

      Isaiah 13:16 “Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.”

      I’m sorry that my article offended you, Jeff.

      You are right to be upset by my article.

      I think you’re right. I think living in Las Vegas caused me to lose my enthusiasm for slavery, sex slavery, the degradation of females, and the violent abuse of children.

      Hopefully, with some time away, my passion for these things will return.

      • Jonathon

        I too find the bible to be utterly repulsive. In fact my abhorrance toward religion is another reason we find the midwest un-liveable. I find it refreshing to know that others feel the same as I regarding this oppressive way of life. Kudos for your reply on the subject.

      • Jess

        You Sir, are awesome!

  • AJ

    After trying to live in Vegas for the 3rd time (left about 14 months ago), I could probably have a different, overlapping top 10. It would never be as interesting of a read.

    I just found the place to be depressing. The house I rented had an HOA. They didn`t care about the swarm of mosquitoes from the abandoned house-next-door`s pool. But if my garbage cans were in view of the street at any time, I would get a picture sent to me with a fine.

    Bums with signs walking around in traffic are a buzz kill. So are the circus-fat wheelchair people. And, there`s nothing but the same strip malls and rubber-stamp housing everywhere.

    It`s like Giulianni`s “broken windows” theory. Crap begets crap. Garbage and graffiti hurts businesses and homes. People who can move away do. I did, and so did a lot of people I think were better than the average Las Vegan.

  • Gambit

    I read this blog thinking it would be funny, it came across to me is a very bitter person writing about how his life isn’t what he expected it to be. I have lived in Vegas on and off for 10 years, I move to Florida to be with family and back to Vegas because it pays better in my profession. You can just change the name of the city on most of the reasons for any where in the country. I have heard people use all 10 reasons for South Florida too, just a little tweak here and there and it is the same bitter rant.
    Here are some rebuttals to you 10.
    1) Weather- No Snow, not that cold in winter. 90 isn’t hot and sticky it is very nice. It is really only too hot 3 months a year not 9 and just like almost every part of the country you get 3 bad months, either too cold, too rainy, to humid so live with it.
    2) People- they are stupid and obnoxious everywhere just in our home towns we know what to expect.
    3)Lack of Employment Opportunities- Turn on the NEWS, this is a country wide problem right now, Vegas was one of the last areas hit and will be one of the first areas to recover, everyone wants to take a vacation once they get back on there feet and it is a city of dreams.
    4) Healthcare- You do have a point there but it isn’t that far from states with good heath care for something major.
    5) The Gestapo- Watch youtube, cops are out of control everywhere.
    6) Transit- I drive so I can not give a good comment on this but I do know many people that use it and do not complain too much. As for driving the roads are in good shape and what Vegas people consider bad traffic I consider light.
    7) Education- I travel a lot and everywhere I go cashiers can not give change. Also just follow politics a bit, even out politicians are morons just listen to what that crazy Governor in AZ says, now that is one dumb bitch.
    8) Housing- AGAIN turn on the NEWS, Nation wide problem.
    9) Crime- Every city in the country has high crime, I can say I would rather walk down the worst street in Vegas then any bad neighborhood in Miami, NY, LA , Tampa, New Orleans that I have been to. Every City has Crime, I lived in a waterfront house on a quite street and had my car broken into in a small town in Florida.
    10) English as a Second Language- Seriously? Go to LA, Miami, San Diego and then back to Vegas.
    You just seem like you want to go back to your old home town, somewhere that you feel comfortable and every thing is familiar.

  • SV

    I wanted to read about what people have to say about living in Vegas because it’s somewhere I really want to move. I visited the place three times last year and definitely plan to go back to visit again. Yes, visiting is different, but you get to talk to people who live and work there and they will tell you what it is straight up. I got 50/50 responses. Some people like it, some people don’t, but you know what I came to realize? It’s not Vegas – it’s what YOU make of it. If you have no ambition, no drive and you don’t put all of your effort into making sure that it works out for you, it doesn’t matter whether you are in Vegas, NY or Miami – you will still be left with crap. Education? You shouldn’t want to be stupid; if you are, that’s all on you. People can’t hold your hand forever to make sure that things work out for you.

    I’m from NJ and let me tell you, it’s garbage here now. Housing prices are great but the housing market is for real estate sharks that buy foreclosures; the good stuff is either too expensive or not available. The language? I work in an area where people don’t even speak English, so if you don’t know their language, you are pretty much out of luck.

    Gambit had a great point – we know what we have in our hometowns and that’s why it pisses us off. There’s garbage and there are issues everywhere.

    I have a master’s degree and speak 7 languages and you know where that has taken me in the wonderful world of NY/NJ area? Nowhere. I am a legal assistant as I have been for the last 7 years. And let me tell you; I have applied at government agencies, went to interviews and have done everything else possible. It’s not just Vegas that has no employment right now; it’s everywhere.

    I’ve been to Miami – they don’t have anything going on either. But people choose to live a dreamy lifestyle there. Everything that happens – it’s a choice.

    I am not defending Vegas all the way because I am an outsider and I am looking objectively at both sides. However, there needs to be a realization that the grass is ALWAYS greener on the other side. That’s why people have front yards and back yards – so they can pick which side they want to be on. But at the end of the day, you have to learn to work with what you got. And make the best of it, and the best will only come if all the effort is put in by the person.

  • Jill

    Stumbled onto this article looking for some advice on living in Las Vegas. I live in the Pacific Northwest now and have all my life. I’d be interested in an article on the 10 Worst Things about living here. Maybe I’ll write one. I love both Seattle and Portland but not seeing the sun for 9 months can cause those suicidal thoughts and actions like you hear about in drug commercials. Those kill me. Especially the ones that warn of the risk of death. “You may bleed out your butt, be blind in one or both eyes or maybe even die, but your leg won’t hurt.”
    Anyhow Rex, I found your article both very funny and somewhat informative. I intend to read some of the other ones when I get time. You know how you have those name associations? Like, my husband thinks that every woman he meets named Lynn is gay because he knew one once. I know one guy called Rex. He confided to me that he tried using a belt sander to masturbate. It didn’t work out very well and the healing process took weeks. We are still friends.
    Thanks for the Vegas info!

  • Glad to be out of Vegas!

    I lived in Las Vegas for 2 1/2 years (2008-2010) and found it to be the most BORING city I’ve ever lived in! Sure, the Strip is over the top… for a few days, maybe a week. After that it’s BORING! I couldn’t find work except for working conventions as a temp for LOW pay (and I’m college educated with lots of great work experience.. as were most of the other temps I worked with who couldn’t find real jobs either). ALL the salaries are low. If you’re getting $15/hour you’re rich! I agree that the place attracts the scum of the earth, the lowlifes of all colors and ethnic groups, ghetto blacks… white trash… skin heads… gang members…most on drugs, crystal meth, you name it. They make up the majority of the Las Vegas population. And they’ll just as soon stab you as look at you. And they’re out for a free ride, though I don’t know how they do it in Vegas since Nevada has little to no benefits for freeloaders, or for anyone. The “normal” people, who are getting fewer and fewer, have no personality, they’re very DRY. If you say “hello” they just stare at you, so don’t even bother saying “Have a nice day.” I used the bus for transportation and found it reliable, but then I only lived a few blocks from the Strip so I didn’t have to be on it long. But some of the characters who rode the bus were very scary. It’s true about the handicapped using the buses a lot. What really pissed me off though was the people that COULD walk that used those scooters anyway, and I saw that a lot. Certain areas of Vegas are extremely dangerous and I stayed the hell away from there. North Las Vegas by the Nellis Air Force base is one of those places and another is anything on Martin Luther King Blvd. I couldn’t stand Las Vegas and I’m thrilled to be back in Southern California where the people still smile. I’m so disgusted and DISAPPOINTED with that place that I never even want to go there for a visit. Anyway who needs to? We’ve got big casinos within half an hour from here in all directions, as nice as anything on the Strip. And I’m not “bitter”, in case someone accuses me of that. I just don’t like Las Vegas because I’ve seen better and I know better. If you haven’t then I’m sorry for you. Las Vegas is not what it used to be and it’s certainly not what I thought it would be.

  • Tommy

    I miss my life in Las Vegas. I lived there from mid-2004 to the end of 2009. If I ever get a nice job offer I would definately move back. Or I would retire there. I love the desert weather. I get tired of all the Seattle rain sometimes. I own a telescope and I can hardly use it here because it’s always cloudy. My peppers and tomatos grew well in the Vegas sunshine. Not here. Lots of great hiking and camping nearby. I never saw so many stars in my life when we camped out in the middle of Mojave one time.

    Crime in Vegas is a problem. My car was broken into twice and my bike stolen three times. Once as I left it in the yard to change clothes. Five minutes later and my bike was gone!

    Never had any problems with cops.

    I loved my jobs in vegas. One of them was a delivery driver. I drove all over the city all day picking up and dropping off stuff. Could just listen to music and smoke and not have to worry about a boss.

    The busses suck. One of the few times I rode it took me and hour and a half to get from Eastern/Tropicna to Summerlin. My roommate hated it because weirdos would stare at her.

    The Mexicans were a pain. It felt like I was in Mexico a lot of the time. They squirt out lots of kids. They keep shitty neighborhoods. Graffiti everywhere. The government lets it happen so what’re you gonna do?

    Overall, I enjoyed my stay there.

  • Andy

    Interesting read have been thinking about moving there, what about the outskirt towns? I have lived in NY and Atlanta and I found living 5-10 minutes away from the city and the atmosphere is completely different.

  • GoldUSA

    Gee wiz, I am currently living in the Mid-South and being old like I am (68) am preparing to move to my retirement spot. After an exhastive google search (like 6 months of effort) I arrived at Summerlin as my spot. As the day nears for me to make the big move, continuing research on opinions of living in Las Vegas have shaken me somewhat, then today I read your 10 reasons and was really buying into them until I came across your statement of “If you have ever read the story of the Tower of Babel in the Big Book of Delusional Fiction (sometimes referred to as “The Bible”) and now must re-evaluate everything you have said – you see I’m a born again Christian and know the Bible is the “truth of this life”.

  • mcblackjack

    After reading the comments to your article I am inclined to believe every word of item #2.I have reaped the benefit of your depressed economy by getting dirt cheap airfare and rooms when I flee the hideous Midwest where I ply my trade. I work in the energy industry and you can rewrite this article replacing Vegas with “oil and gas town” and be just as factual. Anyone in North Dakota will agree. I don’t live there either but am forced there by my job.
    I have thought about picking up a nice house in Vegas with future retirement in mind. I just returned home after trying to experiencing the REAL Vegas. I got away from the strip and Fremont St. I checked out some real-estate, got in an altercation with drunken idiots, was a potential victim of a pickpocket, had money stolen right off the table in a major casino, was treated like criminal after reporting a malfunctioning ticket kiosk that was dispensing free $100 bills in another major casino. I’m really starting to feel like a local when I come to town.
    I vacation there twice a year just to play blackjack. Sadly my culture trip never went farther than from my room to my favorite gaming table. I don’t know if things are getting worse due to the economy or if I have been around long enough to open my eyes. I have decided Vegas is not a happy place to live even though I will be back to exploit the towns suffering during my next vacation.
    P.S. I got the Bible comment even if it offeneded both sides. God bless and Amen!

  • JLouise

    It seems that the New Economy in Las Vegas will be able to support far fewer people than in the past. But where will the excess people go? I remember when I lived there people would lose everything or almost everything, and get so low that they were not able to move anywere else. Las Vegas is NOT a good place to be when you’ve lost it all. I moved away in 2004, several years before the economic collapse, and it was problematic at that time–so I can only imagine what it’s like there now. I still want to move back someday, but Las Vegas is going to deteriorate much more before it reaches the New Normal, and that shaking-out stage isn’t going to be pretty.

  • Jon

    I’ve read everyone’s comments, and of course the main article, and while I have some mixed feelings, I don’t know that I agree with anything BUT the statement on the weather. I grew up in NYC, but have lived in L.A. for 15 years. I’m a college professor at the University of Southern California. I recently received an offer at UNLV–same salary I’m earning now, and the real drawing point is that the cost of living is much MUCH lower than that of Los Angeles. In fact, that’s what I’m finding that I love about Las Vegas, and Nevada in general. The cost of living is lower. A person can certainly get much more for his money. I’m 39, and I’ve been teaching for almost 19 years. Earning in the upwards of $100k per year, I still can’t afford to buy a home here in L.A. It’s simply out of my budget because the least expensive home you can buy is $400,000, and located in a TRULY crime afflicted neighborhood–I’m not talking about the petty thievery you mention in your article.

    I also enjoy Vegas because of the shopping and dining available. I enjoy upscale shopping, which is in no short supply in Vegas, and I like regular fine dining, also in no short supply in Vegas. The parking is free, unlike New York and L.A., and I think all of this surrounded by the desert landscape, albeit tough for sustaining life, is breathtaking.

    As for healthcare, not a clue, but it is the fastest growing city in the U.S., so I’ve read, and has a large retirement community. That said, I can’t see healthcare being less substantial than in somewhere in the middle of the U.S.

    ESL? I teach it. I’m a linguist, and I’m also multilingual. I can deal with that.

    As for drawing the bottom 10% of the world, lacking intellect and class–Well, I have Ph.D., and I’ve hobnobbed with the elite of L.A., and Vegas is drawing me in. Vegas offers the symphony, museums, not to mention the fantastic titanic exhibit at the Luxor, art galleries, and again–shopping, dining and entertainment all in one place, some of which you can’t even find in NY, LA, or anywhere in Europe. So how can this city, in your opinion, lack class, intellect, and draw the bottom 10% of the world?

    What you say, frankly, doesn’t seem to make much sense to me. You have the freedom of choice to dislike where you live, but you’re making blanket statements that lack support. Living less than four hours away, I’ve spent so much time in Las Vegas, and from what I’ve always been able to see, everything in the world you could want is all right there. The city’s infrastructure is constantly growing, the population is growing which means the economy is on the rise, and the mayor herself (after reading her page) has lived in the city for nearly 50 years and has a real passion for the community. That speaks volumes to me.

    You’re finding much more negative than positive, and I’m not sure why, but again, it’s your right….it’s also your loss.

  • Nico

    I think it’s ironic (to me) that the worst thing about Las Vegas to Rex was the weather, and then he decided to move to Seattle. The only place I’ve ever lived where the weather was the worst thing about the city. I appreciate his insights about Vegas though.

  • DanTos

    On treating women…

    Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

    Husbands are to love their wife as Jesus loved the church and even died for it. Husbands are to have the same kind of love that to die for their wives.

    Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

    1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

    Husbands are to show honor to the wife. they know she is week but are to consider her a equal.

    Eph 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

    On children….

    Psalm 127:3-5 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

    Matt: 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

    Eph 6:4 -Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

    *Proverbs 1:8-9 – Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, (9) for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

    On slavery……..

    Back then people were slaves of war, when conquered. Also, a lot of people sold themselves into slavery (bond servants). It was obviously a different time, and civilization was much different.

    In Eph 6:5-9 Paul reminds masters of their responsibility to treat their slaves with respect, noting that they too have a Master in heaven.

    I mean these conversations can go on and on, but I guess the main point that Jeff was making is that your additional comment was unnecessary. It was one thing to reference the bible, but the added jab and insult to it wasn’t needed. It would be like a Christian writing a review on Vegas and mentioning how it is full of heathens (AKA those devil worshipping sinners who are going to hell) or something to that point. Just really adds nothing to the main topic.

    • On treating women…

      So what about the other stuff?

      It’s either in the Bible or it isn’t.

      If one chapter says “Kill that guy, rape his wife, and behead his child.”

      And the next chapter says “But make sure to give him a hot meal every day.”

      You’re good with that?

      I stand by my reply.

      I mean these conversations can go on and on, but I guess the main point that Jeff was making is that your additional comment was unnecessary. It was one thing to reference the bible, but the added jab and insult to it wasn’t needed.

      Wasn’t needed?

      You mean like the NFL, NBA, American Idol, Burger King, Mountain Dew, iPhone, Spotted Owl, Comic Books, Cooper Mini, stuffed-crust pizza, and Las Vegas?

      There’s nothing in this world that’s necessary but food, water, warmth, and oxygen. If that’s your litmus test, what the hell are you doing online? The Internet itself is hardly necessary … yet … here we both are, arguing over necessity.

      Funny how that all worked out.

      It would be like a Christian writing a review on Vegas and mentioning how it is full of heathens (AKA those devil worshipping sinners who are going to hell) or something to that point.

      Oh HELL YES … that’s what I’m talking about! Please tell me you can make that one so. If someone wrote that up, it would be the first Vegas review that I might actually read.

      Just really adds nothing to the main topic.

      I see, well, let me fill you in on how this blog stuff works.

      It’s mine, I write it, I pay for it, you don’t, the main topic is whatever the hell I say it is.

      I hope this adequately addresses your concerns.

  • Johnny

    I live in Las Vegas and I love it here. I moved here from Southern California. As far as the weather goes yeah it gets cold in the winter but not as cold as the east coast and yeah it gets hot in the summer but its a dry heat and not as bad as humid places like Florida. As far as people goes you have crazy people in every part of the world. As far as jobs I’m in IT and I’ve had much more success finding jobs here than in california. California is saturated with IT workers and from talking to agencies IT workers are scarce in Las Vegas. As far as crime goes there are some bad areas but has the author ever been to Los Angeles, Chicago or other major cities in America. They all have crime. Las Vegas has some really nice areas like Summerlin, Henderson, Spring Valley, etc and the houses are much much cheaper than comparable areas in California. Last but not least I’m bilingual so people speaking spanish here doesnt bother me. i think the author is just too sensitive and/or was living in a crappy area of Vegas. Where I live in Summerlin its safe, quiet and crime is rare. Last but not least if you dont like the gambling dont go to the casinos. California has just as much gambling. In california they sell lotto tickets and scratchers at every liquor store, donut shop and supermarket. California even has scratchers that are 10 dollars now. Gambling is everywhere not just vegas.

    • As far as crime goes there are some bad areas but has the author ever been to Los Angeles, Chicago or other major cities in America.

      Oh, I think he has.

      I have it on good authority that the author has lived in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Seattle.

      i think the author is just too sensitive and/or was living in a crappy area of Vegas.

      The author lived in The Lakes, and in Beverly Green (strip adjacent).

      He’s never heard The Lakes described as “crappy” before, but hey, it’s your comment.

      Personally, I think the author is a transvestite midget fornicator, and that’s why he doesn’t like Las Vegas. I mean, it’s as good a theory as any.

      He couldn’t possibly have just called it as he saw it.

      Oh no.

      No no.

      That’s just crazy talk.

  • Enlightened

    I was considering moving to Vegas. I believe you – I have now changed my mind. Thanks for saving me from making a really big mistake.

  • Jon

    Ok, so what REALLY happened to you in Vegas that has you so burned?

    Raped?

    Fired from your job?

    Was YOUR home foreclosed upon?

    Did one of the K-12 school children, who are so poorly educated, insult you with ill-witted banter? Did you have children in a Vegas school?

    And you’re wrong…if people are leaving Las Vegas, then this recent article from CNN Money stating it’s now the 6th fastest growing city in the nation with a population growth of 43.5% since 2000 is REALLY going to light you up. The city’s population increased from 478,434 in 2000 to 583,756 in 2010. The metro area as of 2012 is estimated at 1.9 million. http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/real_estate/1204/gallery.US-Cities/6.html

    Jokes aside, because I don’t mean to insult you, but even with the stats your pulling, the personal accounts your citing, of everything I’ve read, you seem like you’re really in the minority with all of this.

    Me, I have no children, and the salary I was offered to teach at UNLV was equivalent to what I’m being paid in Los Angeles. The cost of living is lower. The desert landscape is a welcome change to me in contrast to the fog and chill or the California Coast. But that’s just me. You have your reasons for leaving, and they’re respected, but since the population IS growing in Southern Nevada, I have to question where you’re coming from.

  • JudalRat

    Thank you for your article. I appreciate getting both sides. You are a talented writer, but as others have said before me, you seem quite bitter. I think I will continue visiting Vegas to get the best perspective for myself. Again, I appreciate your article.

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