Well, I already miss Las Vegas.
I knew I'd miss the weather and the casinos, but I also miss the American TV I would watch down there. For some reason, Canadian TV insists on showing a lot of hockey games and a lot less football and basketball.
In addition to USA, TNT and some of these other networks that we do not get in Canada, there were local Vegas cable channels on my TV which showed local and gambling-oriented stuff. One channel called the Player's Network ran a reel of gambling lessons showing you how to play blackjack, craps and other fun games. I suppose they were trying to show you how to lose less of your money.
Another channel showed something called The 702 Scene, a show about all the coolest places in Vegas that was hosted (left) by that wholesome all-American girl next door Alison Waite. She was the Playboy Playmate from May 2006 and is one of the many Playboy women who have overrun Las Vegas (ie. Holly Madison, the bunnies at the Palms, etc.).
Alison reminds me a lot of Samantha Harris and Thea Andrews for some reason -- seemed like a natural entertainment reporter, someone who could fit in on the red carpet. Watching The 702 Scene, Alison seemed like someone who should be a correspondent on some big entertainment news show on TV. As it turns out, she is a correspondent for Extra!. Holy moley, Alison! Her demo reel is on the Web and it's pretty good -- it gives you a good idea not only of what I saw on TV in Vegas, but also shows off some of the things I actually saw in Vegas, like the Miracle Mile. Check out Alison's reel. Who knows, maybe you have a good job in TV to give her.
Surprisingly, there wasn't much poker to watch on TV. I don't know why not; you'd think there would be a market for it down there. There was plenty of UFC coverage on Spike TV, though, which also showed lots of reruns of CSI.
Oh, and for the record, -- yes, I saw Elvis. He was right there on the street, waving at people.
That's it for my rants about Las Vegas; I have a couple of Reject Report columns coming your way in the next few days, so look out for that.