I can stay just about anywhere in Vegas and get my entire visit comped If I really wanted to but I find that I rather just be around good people who I like. Someone I adore once told me Community > Commerce and I’ve taken that to heart. Besides, it completely vibes with my position on business in general so the advice checked out.
Viva Las Vegas
I’m in Vegas quite a bit. So much, that I should really buy or just rent a place there. However, I’ve been actively looking into San Diego for a few months which is where I will likely end up buying my next place as the climate is really close to where I live now. Plus if I live in San Diego, I can continue to visit Las Vegas a few times a year, maybe more!
On my last trip, I decided to stay at the Red Rock Casino. A casino host at another hotel I frequented, let’s call her “Maya” recently started working there and I had heard good things about the resort. Maya, has always been a genuinely nice person to be around, definitely more than I deserve. Now I’m sure some of you cynics will say that it’s a casino hosts job to be nice, but I’ve known her for a while now and she is just an incredible person. Super funny and huge heart. You can’t help but love her total vibe. I’d stay where she worked even if I couldn’t get a comp. Being near people I appreciate and like will always trump whatever money I spend, which leads me back to community over commerce.
As our world becomes more and more virtual, people are naturally craving unique personal interactions and experiences. It delivers a sense of community. Think about your favorite bar, restaurant or even park. You likely have a connection to it because of a physical experience or interaction. It could be bartender, waitstaff, other patrons or even information that is disseminated to you while you are there. All of these things is part of the larger community which you are experiencing. In my case, I’m lucky to have found someone that I vibe with that creates an incredible community experience for her guests and friends wherever she is at. The hotel generates commerce (most of the time) from my love of roulette!
If you enjoy podcasts – here is one about 2 kids from LA that grew commerce through community back in 2003. It’s a good listen.
Tres Leche Cake & Watery Eyes
When I arrived at the hotel, Maya, greeted me even though it was her day off. She got me checked in and walked me to my suite. On the table sat this incredibly awesome cake pictured below. It was my birthday the week before.
I’ve never been big on celebrating, most of my friends don’t even know when my birthday is. For whatever reason, this years bday was a bit tough for me and this gesture got my eyes watery. I wish I had more time to hang out with her on this trip but I was only in town for a day and she worked. I did meet a few interesting people though and we ate the cake and washed it down with some good tequila. They didn’t speak much English but we got along with Google Translator and had a blast. They also taught me that the type of cake we were eating was called Tres Leche. It’s been about a week and a half but I’ve had a few conversations with them, mostly about the cake and tequila and the fun we had. I find it cool that they still wanted to stay in touch even though we have a bit of a language barrier and we only hung out for maybe 3 hours.
I’ve always had an easy time meeting people wherever I go. I seem to meet the best people in the oddest of places. I can add the Red Rock Onyx Lounge to the list.