Testing Your Self Control While Living In A City Of Sin by Paulette Thomason
Every day in Vegas is not only an adventure, it's also a test. This is especially true when public drinking and weekend long parties are the norm.
There are lots of temptations waiting to present themselves to every unsuspecting visitor. But what's even harder is being a full time resident. It's so easy to lose everything, including your mind, if not kept aware of the dangers that await the resident who dare act like a tourist. Time is easily lost in a blur of free drinks and grocery store gaming machines.
Although, for the cautious Las Vegan, this can be one of the best cities in the world. This is especially true for the folks living in Henderson. This is a beautiful town just east of Vegas that boasts the most public parks per resident. The Pavilion Arts and recreation Center is an outstanding facility with free shows that feature celebrities and authors performing on stage. The best part of Henderson though, in this author's opinion, is the District at Green Valley Ranch. This area is like a small town in and of itself.
But as family friendly and exciting as these places may be, getting caught up as a regular gambler or drinker will bring these perks and niceties to a screeching halt. I've seen plenty of decent family men accidentally win a couple thousand dollars while passing by a video poker machine in the local 7-11. Then watched in amazement as that same lucky bastard loses every penny of the couple thousand, plus every penny in his bank account, plus every penny he could borrow from every resource imaginable. Finally he loses his family when they pack up and drive back back to from where they came. Leaving the former hero of the family struggling for motel fare and buffet coupons. Lots of people have lived on the free popcorn at Slots O' Fun.
You see, even though everything under the sun is possible and available in Las Vegas, moderation and self control is essential. Not every beer offered must be consumed every night. Not every line needs to be snorted until it's gone. And not every spare dollar needs to be run through an electronic machine in hopes of transforming one dollar into three.
Success really comes from staying healthy and enjoying clean entertainment at least 80% of the time. The trick is to survive for years, not to burn out in months. There is a lot of money to be made by the hustler who is sharp and in control. Let the impulsive morons spend all their capital, drink till they puke, and spend all their daylight hours in bed. It's the disciplined resident who will claim the biggest jackpots for sure.
All it takes to prove my point is a quick stroll through any locals casino, grocery store, 7-11, or laundromat. Take a good look at the faces sitting in front of those machines. Not one of them are joyful. In fact, this is the most miserable group of losers you have ever seen. Every one of them are slouched over, chain smoking, pale as ghosts, and stuffing every last penny into a robot that eats cash and shits nothing.
As a part time adult entertainer I am presented with offers of party favors and temptations to gamble every day. At first, I would give in often and indulge. The thinking was that as long as I was going to be up all night, why not make it worth the trouble? And sometimes it would help the night to go faster. Trust me, it's damn hard to communicate with a room full of drunk guys and not be drinking yourself. Other times I would be with friends who are buying $500 bottles at an exclusive spot. When cocktails turn into bottles, over indulgence is almost guaranteed. This was all fun for a while, but I started to notice that rolling out of bed the next morning was getting harder. And sometimes the bed I was rolling out of wasn't mine! Then I started to notice my personal responsibilities and chores were no longer getting done. But when my money started disappearing I knew the only solution was to pull my head out of my ass and gain control of my actions and thoughts.
Changing bad habits, as I quickly learned, happens in a split second. Desire for a healthier life has now led me to one of the most successful and rewarding periods of time in my life.
Failure is not a geographic affliction where Las Vegas is concerned. Failure only comes from weak character, poor self control, and a refusal to use the brain that you were blessed with to lead you to your dreams.
Las Vegas is a mysterious lady who rewards all who respect her wishes. But lose your mind and rub her the wrong way? She will burn you like trash and leave you to die in the desert.
By Paulette Thomason
contributing author – www.adultlasvegasescorts.com