It’s interesting to think that decisions we face can completely change the rest of our lives. We make choices based on a variety of reasons. You can’t go back or live in regret. The weather this past weekend couldn’t decide if it wanted to be nice or disruptive with spurts of rain and cloudy skies, broken by the hours of sunshine. With five days until my birthday extravaganza, I thought it would be best to take it easy. It never works out that way does it? I ended up making the choice to go out, experiencing some new things and revisiting some from my past.
Friday night was the Adam & Eve Love Charity Auction at Lavo Nightclub. The annual event raises money for New Vista, a non-profit organization that develops programs to meet the needs of intellectually challenged children. New Vista chooses local bachelors and bachelorettes that are auctioned off with date packages, some being valued over $5,000. I was nominated to participate. It’s hard getting up on stage and having to see how much I may be worth. I thought it if I could get a minimum of $1,000 I would be happy. I was pretty nervous before I went up, but I was grateful to have the support of my roomie, a friend, and a little liquid courage. I ended up raising $1,100, which I was very happy about.
After, we went up to First Food & Bar. This place doesn’t get enough exposure for the quality of food and drinks it has on its menu. It is higher priced than your average restaurant, but the items are unique making it worth the value. We ordered Philly Cheesesteak Dumplings, BBQ Pulled Pork Eggrolls served with Buttermilk slaw, Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce, and Lollipop Chicken Wings served with Maytag bleu fondue. The food was gone in matter of minutes. The portions aren’t huge, just right to satisfy. The best thing on the menu to try is the Late Night Skittles Martini that is only $5. It’s Skittles infused in Absolut Vodka in every flavor, mixed with citrus juice and agave nectar. It is so good, literally tastes like you’re drinking a big bag of skittles, but not overwhelming sweet. It would be pretty easy to overindulge because you can’t taste the alcohol at all. We settled up the bill and decided to head over to Tao Nightclub for a bit. I haven’t been to Tao in years. As much as I enjoy the club, it tends to overwhelm me with the multiple rooms and dark walkways. The club has been open for over 6 years, and it was still popping with a massive line wrapped around into the Canal Shoppes. Lucky my friends used to work there so we got right in. We made a quick round to say hi to past coworkers, have a drink, and left to get some rest as I was wiped out.
Saturday I had a friend in town for Seattle. Brunch is one of my favorite things to do especially on the weekends. I wanted to try the brunch at Double Helix inside Town Square. The brunch is only $15 with a three course meal. There are three to five items from each course, and you choose one from each. The portions are decent so you can get all three choices. For the first course I got the Crusted French Toast that was really good, the second a veggie omelet, which was average, and for the third the Nutella Banana Panini, which is really rich but good. There are a lot of items on the menu that are very sweet, but I would’ve liked to see healthier choices. Even though the third was good, I wasn’t really interested in trying any of them after having the French toast. Double Helix also has breakfast cocktails to enjoy for anyone of you day drinkers. I opted for unlimited mimosas, which I didn’t know were unlimited until she brought me a second one without asking. It was only an additional $15, which is actually really good because most places charge $20.
Later Saturday night, I had plans to go to Krave Nightclub. Aubrey O’ Day was hosting there and my roomie’s friend loves her so we got a table. Not everyone that works at Krave is gay, and it’s pretty easy to figure out which ones aren’t. I haven’t been to Krave in about five years and honestly had the best time. It was nice being in a club without having to ward off being hit on all night and observing the crowd with good friends. I couldn’t help but smile at the go-go dancers shaking their tight bodies in briefs. The dance floor had amazing energy screaming with “We Found Love”. I would say Krave definitely has the most sexual atmosphere than I have experienced at any club. There were a lot of girls getting grind from behind by their friends.
With very little sleep I woke up on Sunday and headed to Encore Beach Club with some of my girlfriends. We kicked off the day with mimosas that were being handed out until 3 p.m. with an open bar for ladies. We hung out upstairs at a bungalow when it started raining. The rain felt so good, and it was fun to see the large crowd below react to it. The rain didn’t last long and my roomie and I left to head over to Rehab to visit some friends. I only visit Rehab once a summer and I couldn’t believe how long the process was to get it. The Sunday pool party was still very popular. We headed over to the DJ booth where without my knowledge, Timbaland was spinning. I love his tracks, and it was awesome being right next to him seeing him pump up the crowd.
When evening hit, it was time to go, and my body was exhausted from the long weekend. When I got home I headed straight to bed. I laid there reminiscing over the things I’ve experienced the last six years in Vegas. I wondered where I would be if I had decided to not to move here. I would’ve missed out on so much and such great people I’ve met along the way. I can’t say my life would’ve been worse or better if I hadn’t moved here, but the choice made my life different. It made me realize I can’t regret the choices I’ve made, no matter how they have affected me, and my impulse decision to move to Las Vegas was one of the best I’ve ever made.
Join in on the celebration of my birthday at Haze Nightclub, Friday July 20 and Liquid Pool Lounge, Saturday, July 21 with free entry when you get on the list. Open bar for ladies at Haze Nightclub from 10:30-11:30 p.m. and Liquid from 11 a.m. to noon.