Win One, Lose One
Yesterday Las Vegas tied an all-time high of 117 degrees. I’ve actually seen 120+ in the valley before but the official numbers are recorded at McCarran Airport, which is a slightly higher elevation (the entire city is on a slant from Red Rock Canyon to Lake Mead).
With my roof A/C having a history of tripping the circuit in 100+ temperatures, I installed a second window unit and plugged into the 20-amp outside yesterday. I came home to a wonderful freezing-cold RV — now, minus the potential fire hazard.
This was a pleasant end to a lousy day. Once again, my scooter had been broken into. This time, the battery was stolen. Las Vegas is a city of thieves and I accept that risk. What I don’t accept as a proud employee of the Venetian is the lack of security in the parking garages. While other casinos have security guards on bicycles patrolling their garages, ours is surprisingly lame. I’ll make at least a small effort to escalate the awareness of this situation. And I’ll replace the battery and try again.
Lately I’ve been working on a list of lifestyle priorities. For instance, it’s important to be less exposed to crime and the angry/aggressive drivers in east Las Vegas (I stay in a respectable resort surrounded by less-desirable neighborhoods). It’s important I hang onto only a minimal amount of debt and earn a certain salary each month. It’s important that my new business ventures are fun and inspirational. It’s important that, within 3-4 years, that I have complete freedom to travel anywhere in the U.S. (including the eastern half) rather than having to come back to Vegas several times per year. The list is long…
Once I’m satisfied I’m going to reorder the list based on the importance of each item. I’m then going to cross-reference my lifestyle priorities with my list of business ideas and work opportunities. I’ll then determine how I’m going to proceed with my career to best suit my lifestyle. I’m certainly on the right track with my seasonal poker gigs and cheap lifestyle — I just think it can be even better!