One of the more interesting things about our brief visit to Las Vegas was how diverse the place seems to be.
In my walks navigating through the throngs of people up and down the Strip — which is a pretty good place for both walking and people watching — I saw people of all colors, shapes, and sizes (and, frequently, degrees of inebriation) taking in the sights. The shirts people wear tell you that the place is a magnet for bachelorette parties, family reunions, conventions, and other small-scale get-togethers for people from all over, and you’ll hear lots of people speaking other languages as you walk by. Las Vegas is like a microcosm of the American “melting pot” idea, reduced to city size.
Which raises the question: why are so many different people drawn to a place like Las Vegas? I’m sure that a lot of people just like the prospect of gambling, drinking, and otherwise cutting loose in a place that is legendary for its consequence-free, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” mentality. More broadly, though, I think many people are seeking a little spectacle and energy to break the routine and spice up their lives. Las Vegas — with its neon, and fantastic buildings, and “anything goes” ‘tude — supplies it.