Moving from a "have not" to a "have" and watching things become exponentially easier as life and career progressed gave me the perspective that I should be making things easier for others even as the effort made life a little harder for me. Part of what kept me motivated through the 18 days downing energy drinks as fast as calculus was the motivation to one day leave behind an heir who didn't have to work as hard; part of what keeps me from taking my hard-earned, but unfairly gained, advantage and living a life of excess is the motivation to one day leave behind a society that doesn't have to work as hard as my heir.
The allure of the Strip faded, hasn't it? It took, what, two months? Maybe you were pretty persistent and the allure held on for four or five months, but the end result is the same: You're a local now, and fuck neon lights. So, what now?
My advice? Travel.
The best thing about Las Vegas isn't Las Vegas Boulevard, but it's the centrality of the the entire Midwest, and cheap nonstop airfare to almost anywhere you could want to go in the United States, makes it a perfect place to live for those of us with the travel bug, which after a few weeks into the summer, will be all of us.
So, here are ten must-do items for every new Las Vegas resident.