06/21/02: I had a very nice birthday yesterday. First, I went to the pool and tried to get a better tan. Then I came back up to our hotel room and called Jordan. He finally answered after like the 6th time I called. He said he has a surprise for me when I get back. Oooh, I wonder what it is! We had a nice little talk, and then I had to get ready to leave. We walked to a hotel called Mandalay Bay and ate dinner there. I had mini corn dogs that were sooo good. Then we went to a shop and I got a really cute necklace and bracelet. After that, it was time to go to the Luxor hotel, which is this huge black pyramid. I met my brother there and we went to see the Blue Man group. It was so freakin’ awesome! It’s a lot more than just beating on drums. It’s actually more of a comedy act. I really enjoyed getting to do that on my birthday. Then we met my parents outside of the theater and walked to the Excalibur and then to the Venetian, which is the most expensive hotel on the strip. We took some pictures, and then we took a cab back to the hotel. Oh yeah, and two really strange things have happened. First, there was this one song I was thinking about the whole day and when we walked into Pizza Hut to eat, that song was playing! It was the day we went to the Grand Canyon. Then last night, I burst into song every few minutes and when we walked into a casino in one of the hotels, the song I had been singing was playing. I was like, wow – that is so freaky. Anyway, there is this one show on MTV that I watch a lot called The Real World. I’ve watched the show ever since I was about 13 years old. Every season takes place in a different city. The one they are showing now was done in Chicago, and it’s cool watching that because I was just there for New Year’s. I had gone up to the top floor of the Hancock building, and the people on the show did the same thing. Since I’m in Vegas, I was wondering if they’ve ever done a season here and realized they haven’t. I figured it might be one of the next seasons. Last night my family and I were driving around in a cab, and all of the sudden our driver asked if any of us ever watch The Real World. I told him that I watch it all the time, and he told me that the next season will take place in Vegas! He said he drove two of the girls from the cast around in his cab! Then he went on to tell us what hotel they stayed at and everything. I think it’s weird that I’ll get to see everything I just saw here on TV. Well everyone is yelling at me to get ready, so I better go!
Later: Today we went to the wax museum at the Venetian hotel. It has many different celebrities like Michael Jackson who are all made out of wax. It was really cool because there was so much detail and it really looked like the actual person. Then my sister and I went to Mandalay Bay to see the Shark Reef. It had eel, turtles, fish, and lots of different sharks. Oh, and I also got to pet some stingrays. We came back around 5:00 and had to go back to Mandalay Bay because we had dinner reservations. We ate at a restaurant called The Rock Lobster. As we started to leave, I had major stomach pains. It was really bad and I didn’t want to use a public bathroom, so I decided to wait until I got back to our hotel. It was a really long walk in the heat, and I was extremely uncomfortable. My stomach felt really big and when I looked down at it, I was scared that I was pregnant or something. I think it was just because I’ve eaten tons of food this past week but haven’t gone to the bathroom at all, if ya know what I mean. When we got to the Monte Carlo, I let it all out and now I feel much better. My stomach isn’t huge anymore. Anywho, it’s our last night here, so I’m going to try and find something to do!
Commentary: Omg, TMI on the stomach pains situation. Why would I even write about that?! I still remember the song that was playing at Pizza Hut – “Adrienne” by The Calling. I also remember that seeing a place I had just been to on TV was such a huge deal for some reason. I love old school seasons of The Real World – it was definitely my favorite show in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Las Vegas turned out to be one of my favorite seasons, and I recently purchased the DVD set and watched all of the episodes again. I really wish more seasons were on DVD! Today’s photo is of myself and Jimi Hendrix at the wax museum.