At 6:30AM (EST) yesterday, I sat in my recliner, saddened and paralyzed as I watched the news concerning tragedy in Las Vegas.
It’s not that Houston, the Florida Keys, and especially Puerto Rico still didn’t need our attentions, but Las Vegas had meaning to me personally. I have visited more than 30 times over 20 years. It’s a place where you can escape, play, enjoy fine dining and great shows. It’s the place of great memories, bringing friends for their first taste of “Vegas.” I’ve stayed at over 30 different hotels, had great moments with friends and family, and seen some the greatest natural sites, such as the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, Mount Charleston and the Grand Canyon.
The carnage yesterday won’t change my feelings for the city, Clark County, the surrounding areas and its people. But today I am stopping to pray for those who were taken, hurt, or were related to the victims. My heart breaks for all involved. Thank God for the police and early responders.
Pray for the innocents. It’s been a rough fall across our country. There is no better place than Las Vegas to deal with change and tragedy. It overcame the 1980 fire in MGM Grand (now Bally’s) and the recession or 2007 – it will overcome this in time.
Viva Las Vegas.