Back From Vegas

by derek on December 6, 2007 · 9 comments

Today is my first day back from Las Vegas and I miss it already, although it is good to be back home and see my wife and kids.
Unfortunately, I left the sunny warm weather in Vegas to come home to temperatures in the single digits and a car covered with a layer of ice and roughly 4 inches of snow. And wouldn’t you know that I had failed to throw a snow brush in the trunk!
Money, money, money
A trip to Vegas just wouldn’t be a trip to Vegas without a little gambling. The majority of my gambling was done at the sports book and all I have to say is thank you to the Baltimore Ravens!
The icing on the cake during the MNF game came while playing a little video poker at the bar. As we were ready to cash out and head to dinner, I hit the deal button one last time and landed four 2’s and an ace to win a few bills.
It wasn’t all good though as I was never able to hit the NBA parlay bets that I tried. I came very close to winning a 6-team parlay that would have won me roughly $400 but a missed free throw and an offensive shootout left me thinking about what could have been.
What do you mean my site is down?
While in Vegas, I had my laptop with me but I admit that I only had time to check email a few times and didn’t do much of anything online.
I had received an email from someone that indicated that my personal finance blog seemed to be having problems. I quickly checked it and everything looked good – although I failed to clear my cache on that first check and didn’t realize the site was in fact not rendering properly.
When I received the 2nd email yesterday morning, I finally took the time to really look at it and found that something happened that was causing the site not to render. The odd thing is that I haven’t changed anything on that blog in quite some time yet the pages were no longer displaying.
With a little assistance from David Pitlyuk, I was able to find the problem and test the resolution before departing for the airport. I’m still not sure why the problem occurred when the code had not been changed but it is what it is and the site is now rendering properly.
Scheduled Posting
For the duration of my time in Vegas, I had written posts ahead of time and scheduled them to be published each day. As valuable as I know this feature is to WordPress, I still find that I enjoy posting by the seat of my pants.
But I am very happy that I decided to schedule a handful of posts for my blogs because I never would have been able to publish anything while away. As much as I thought I might have time to keep up with everything, Vegas has a funny way of consuming your time with other activities that can be a little more fun than sitting at the laptop.
Hopefully everyone enjoyed the posts that I published while away and had a chance to read my interview with Darren Rowse.
Thanks for keeping the lights on while I was away, I am glad to be back!

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knupNET December 7, 2007 at 8:01 am

Gotta love Vegas Derek! I loved the Ravens too – unfortunate they didn’t win the game too.

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Home Recording Studio December 7, 2007 at 8:19 am

Yes the posts were read and kept the blog going. Nice to have you back though.

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Camera Dollars System December 7, 2007 at 12:30 pm

Derek, any photos to post while you are in Vegas… Would be interesting to see some of your activities…

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Marcel December 7, 2007 at 7:09 pm

You´ve been in Vegas?
I am from Germany and I would love to be in Vegas in my life. We will see if I will reach my aim 🙂

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derek December 7, 2007 at 10:55 pm

@knupNET :: Yeah, it would have been nice to see them actually pull off the upset.
@HRS :: Thanks!
@CDS :: I actually didn’t even take a camera with me so I don’t have any photos. I’m going again in May and will receive a Sony Cybershot as a conference gift so I can take some pictures with that. 🙂
@Marcel :: Where are you in Germany? I’ve got family living in various parts of Germany. I just returned from a few days in Vegas for a work conference. It is a fun place to visit but only for a few days at a time.

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ms danielle December 10, 2007 at 1:43 am

that’s awesome. did you run into any bloggers while you were there?

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Male Pattern Baldness December 10, 2007 at 3:15 am

Good to have you back. i too want to visit Vegas once at least. Have heard a lot about that city.

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beauty February 8, 2008 at 8:56 am

I’ve never been to Las Vegas! But that is my dream!

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Bailey@casinoslot April 2, 2009 at 12:21 am

Super site, you’ve got here. You’ve given me some ideas for my own site. “What do you mean my site is down” – it never fails!!
Baileys last blog post..Thu, 4/2: Penn and Teller Show (Penn & Teller Theatr…)

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