Las Vegas is a special place that mostly sees people coming to town to party, take advantage of some shows, and even lose a little bit of money. But believe it or not, there are people who live here -- like, actually live here, and aren’t just here to party a lot. If there’s one thing out-of-towners are more fascinated by than the ability to drink openly in the streets 24/7, it’s the concept of people who call Sin City “home.” And boy oh boy does that come with a lot of dumb questions. Here they are, for your reference, so you can never ask them again.
"OH MY GOD, you live in Las Vegas???"
Yes. And I can actually hear the all caps and multiple question marks in your voice. Stop.
"So what's it like to live in Las Vegas?"
Like everything and nothing you would expect it to be. This is the most bizarre city in the world to call home. There are the casinos, and the casinos, and the casinos, and the casinos, and then... California? It’s a 24-hour-party kind of town, and you'd best believe that when you live here, you do get caught up in that culture (often whether you want to or not). But that aside, there are also the mountains and the active outdoor lifestyles they inspire -- hiking, climbing, canyoneering, rappelling, cycling, mountain biking, etc. -- that are a far cry from the Friday night Fremont freak show and tourists in matching Hangover shirts with yard drinks in their hands, high-fiving everyone they pass with vocabularies reduced to "WOOO."
Simply put: living in Las Vegas is a practice in having a dual identity.