From LA to LV

I’ve just delivered a morning session to the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Speakers Association at CBS studios, on the set of the Bill Maher show. (My wife was delighted to walk through the set of The Young and the Restless down the hall.) We had a great time with wonderful people and a pleasant stay at the Beverly Wilshire.

Now I’m writing from the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Tomorrow we begin the Six Figures to Seven Workshop at The Platinim Hotel and Spa a few minutes down the road. We’re seeing Cher tonight at Caesar’s after dinner at Rao’s.

Vegas is crowded (the traffic is always a nightmare) but not like it used to be. On a Saturday night the Bellagio had huge areas of gamine closed down, and you can get into virtually any restaurant in town on short notice (Rao’s used to be an impossible reservation, for example). We’re here for eight days, which is unusual, but the Mentor Summit follows 627, and the Million Dollar Consulting® College reunion after that.

You see some great beauty here, and some tawdry shocks. And I’m just talking about walking through the casinos. Last night, a woman in a short cocktail dress, high heels, coiffed and made up to within an inch of her life, was holding onto a guy with a tee-shirt, ripped jeans, and running shoes. (I know what you’re thinking, but they were a real couple.) I’m wondering what’s in store for the rest of their lives? He was no rock star.

We have a large suite in the tower, so we have a private check-in, lounge, and concierge, and miss all the lines and the turmoil. We even have a card that allows us to cut restaurant lines and limo lines. I always wondered who those obnoxious people were who were given permission to go to the head of the queue. Now I find that they’re actually very nice, gifted, likeable folks…..

Of some interest: This suite, with steam room, Jacuzzi, two bathrooms, three televisions, etc., costs LESS than a single night in a regular room in a hotel such as The Peninsula in New York.

© Alan Weiss 2009. All rights reserved.

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