2012 comes to its end tonight and I am reflecting on what a wonderful year its been for me.
2 years ago I started NEONVACTION.COM as a hobby and tribute of sorts to the greatest city Ive ever lived in or visited. The goal of starting the website, all along, was to help others enjoy Vegas as much as I do.
2011 was my test year. I spent that first year confused and frustrated as to the ins and outs of maintaining this site.
During the 2nd year, I believe Ive got some of the constant maintenance and content issues down or at least under control.
I still have huge plans and great ideas for the site. I am still confused quite a bit but what I want to reflect on is the great year I’ve had because of the effort.
In this past year Ive met some of the most amazing people due to the similar passion for this city. I would try to name every interesting person during the past years travels but I will miss one or two names and that would make me feel terrible. Instead I will throw everyone in a large nutshell, you will know if I am speaking about you.
In no order of importance, I have had the pleasure of meeting other website owners and operators, my favorite podcast personalities, magazine and newspaper writers, radio celebrities, television personalities and television producers. On many trips I have had lunch, dinner or just drinks with some of my favorite hotel and casino workers including dealers, concierges, desk attendants, security guards, bartenders, and room service employees. Ive sat down with some of my favorite bar and restaurant owners, great store owners, museum operators, awesome art directors, and even those that run the “behind the scenes stuff” of Vegas shows, large and small. Ive had opportunities to talk with authors, actors, singers, comedians, dj’s, professional gamblers, strippers, hookers and even (ex) mobsters. I cant tell you how I got lucky enough to meet these people, just that every single story told was interesting.
I have met Vegas admirers in my hometown of Minnesota and visited them in theirs.
Ive made great friendships and all of this is due to the same thing; we all enjoy the city of Las Vegas and believe its great.
As I move forward with this passion of mine, I have twice as many trips planned for the upcoming year, hope to make this the best website I can and hope to meet even more interesting Vegas enthusiasts along the way.
Thank you, Las Vegas, for all the friendships.
Happy New Year everyone.