October 2, 2016
I had time to kill before I took off for St George, Utah so I took a walk along the strip in Las Vegas. I had spent some time in Las Vegas a few years back and was impressed with how ghetto Las Vegas got a block from the strip. On this trip, I was struck by how there was now a beggar on every corner and on every on ramp. Now I am here to report that the strip has turned into a sewer. I saw more homeless people, some without clothes, sleeping on the side walks of Las Vegas Blvd. I witnessed a man in a fight with a bus driver. After a couple of miles of that I wrote off Las Vegas. While the casinos are still somewhat safe, I expect that they will not be so for much longer. I never was a fan of Las Vegas any way, so it is not big loss to me.
I hopped in my car and headed 120 east to St George. St George is everything that Las Vegas is not: Clean streets, clean air, nice people, beautiful scenery. I started shopping for a house before I even got all the way into town.
I did check into my hotel and got checked in as a participant at the convention center. I intend to play softball for my neighborhood team, the Woodbridge Wolverines, and then run track in the shorter events. I found out where and when my events would be held and then got around to the mundane task of doing laundry and grocery shopping. I don’t play ball until Monday afternoon so I have some time to kill in the morning. Either way I am calling step eight complete.