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Laughlin, Nevada

by Liv | Published on January 6th, 2007, 11:52 am | Travel
I figured I'd write about something different today. Since Saddam is Dead, Bush is powerless, and the Boro is quiet, I thought it would make more sense to tell you about some other place. Today I'm going to tell you about Laughlin, Nevada. Why? Because I can.

If you ever watch the weather during the summer, likely at some point the weather person has turned to the camera and said the hottest place in the US today is Needles, California. Needles California is across the state-line in an area geographically where California, Nevada, & Arizona all meet. I used to live 10 miles from Needles in the Arizona city of Bullhead City.

Bullhead City is an old western town which is named after a huge rock that sits in the Colorado River. It's growth is due to the city of Laughlin, NV which sits directly across the river on the other side.

Most people aren't familiar that besides Las Vegas and Reno, this little town has been famous enough to appear as a joke in the Simpsons, and is comically referred to where stars of old go to perform.

Laughlin consists of about 10 different Vegas style casinos. With higher payouts, and low-cost buffets, the city attempts to draw crowds from the Vegas Mecca. In addition to the Rock-Star has-beens drawing retirees from all over the west coast, the nearby dam and lake provide water recreation for the hundreds of drunk rednecks on boats and water-skis.

What Laughlin lacks in erupting Volcanoes or White tigers that eat their trainers, it makes up with, in it's 3.99 all-you-can eat buffets that include every possible food you can imagine. Laughlin also has shows and entertainment ranging the impersonators of Elvis to the washed up Olivia Newton John. But the money you'll save in Laughlin at room rates often starting under $20.00 will allow for daily expeditions into the Arizona Mohave Desert.

Just a few miles from Laughlin's casino drive is the town of Oatman, Arizona. I've written about Oatman before. It's been virtually untouched since the 1800's and includes gun fights, and shopping "old-west" style.
If that's not your thing, you can take a ride on a full size steam train around the Ramada Express, there, you'll read old Burma-shave signs, and get a tour of the old-west including the casino's very own Tombstone cemetery.

Day-trips in Gold-mining, Off-Roading, or visiting famous desert Hollywood filming locations are all reasonably affordable, although you might just want to play the slots in the air-conditioned casinos.

Now the bad part about Laughlin. Smoke. The place is filled with the stuff. Horny old men. It's filled with these to. Guy's on ventilators and oxygen tanks roaming around the casinos smoking, and drinking stumble upon anything with boobs, and suddenly the vulgarities start. Worst yet is no one under the age of 50 actually goes to Laughlin. Lastly it's hot. Real hot. If you've never felt 125 degree weather, then there is no possible way I could ever explain to you what it feels like. Take a cooler, and make sure you rent a White car. It makes a heck of alot of difference.

Lastly, fill up with gas before you get to laughlin. Even though discounted room rates can often be 10.00 and meals are buy-1-get-1-free, everything outside of the Casinos is mucho expensiveo. Laughlin has one gas station on the strip, often charging twice what normal gas prices are.

At night, a drive out into the desert, or up to the dam, is a romantic get-away on the cheap. Laughlin is a poor persons town. Out of staters often fly in to the Laughlin airport which is capable of handling large wide-body aircrafts the same Vega's Mccarran Airport, but without all the hustle and bustle. Drive up to Vegas, and return to Laughlin by night. It's a discount Vegas without the costs.
Liv wrote:Lastly it's hot. Real hot. If you've never felt 125 degree weather, then there is no possible way I could ever explain to you what it feels like. Take a cooler, and make sure you rent a White car. It makes a heck of alot of difference.

I love your insight into Laughlin! I might add that in my own experiance I have had all my nose hairs ignite walking from the casino back to my black car.

Please give me permission to re-post this gem, with due credit to you, Liv, on my blog, "What's Happening, Vegas?"?? Please? http://whatshappeningvegas.blogspot.com/
January 6th, 2007, 6:56 pm
Hey Liv.... have you ever heard of Randsburg or Red Mountain? Its just over in California out there in the Mojave desert. My dad used to be a gold miner in that area several years ago. I used to go out there and do some prospecting and some wind sailing on the dry lake beds. Lots of fun back then....
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January 6th, 2007, 7:25 pm
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January 6th, 2007, 7:27 pm
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So last night I was watching CSI on CBS and they ran a preview for an upcoming show next week. To my disbelief it takes place and is about a itsy bitsy town on the Colorado River. One that I used to live in. Greensboro can't even get it's self on the map, and here's Laughlin, Nevada, an old miner's town which partially used to be under water prior to the damming of the river, having it's own television series.

I've written about Laughlin before.

I spent a chunk of my life out there, and I never want to go back. Yes, I used to viva Laughlin. It's one of those cities you don't go to because you want to, but because you have to. It's called "Second-Chance Nevada" by it's residents and a good portion of people who live there either broke-down in the desert, gambled their return ticket or couldn't afford to leave. It's at least 40 miles from no where, situated in the middle of the Mohave desert.

Laughlin has been a long-time secret to Californians, many of which who've retired, moved there & can now say they "Viva Laughlin". Laughlin which has property costs 1% of Los Angeles has become a city of geriatric ex-hollywooders who've sold their mansions and moved to the desert. Those under 65 who come to Laughlin are generally criminal, uneducated, or vacationers who partake in the water-sport industry created by the damming of the Colorado river, and it's subsequent lakes. There's one behind the Bullhead City / Laughlin Dam and a more popular lake about 20 miles away.

When we first moved to Bullhead City, the town on the directly opposite side of the River in Arizona, Laughlin had 1 gas station and 7 casinos. Today it's grown, but not by much. The win percentage is higher than Las Vegas. The food is cheaper, and you can spend a fairly elaborate weekend in a casino in Laughlin for $300.00. Visiting Laughin sounds like fun, but Viva Laughlin? Living there? That's another thing.

Don Laughlin, of whom the town is named for still owns, and operates Laughlin's original casino: Riverside. Not only did Don Laughlin build the town's first casino, he's also responsible for the airport across the river in Bullhead. He occasionally strolls through the casino with a smile on his face. It's a surreal, Casino-Boss attitude similar to what you'd see on CSI. Dining, many days in the downstairs restaurant where we could get breakfast for .99 cents, locals gasped at his wealth, and his Hollywood elite as he landed his personal helicopter on the heliport outside of the restaurant and escorted them in.

While I may sound jaded about my 2 years in the the town across from Laughlin which we nicknamed "Hell", I imagine there were some good times. We had a town-home whose balcony overlooked the river and the "Laughlin strip". Fireworks on the 4th of July were amazing. However the spousal and child abuse we heard through the walls of our neighbors, the police, and the landlords from hell are what really give me a bad taste in my mouth.

But would I go back to visit? I don't know. Dad is actually leaving in a day or so on his "Man-Vacation" from mom. While I could sit here and question how weird that is, I'm just going shake my head in mis-understanding. Anyways, as I mention; I'd have to get over the fear of getting stuck there. I'm not kidding. We tried to leave Laughlin about 10 times in the 2 years we were there, and every time something stopped us. One time we made it about 50 miles up I-40 towards Barstow when the head gasket blew on the car. We were near an exit called "Water road" which ironically has no water, nor a California call box that functions properly. We sat stranded for about 45 minutes until a car pulled off for it's occupant to urinate. Luckily, they had a cell phone. I called Dad, and about 1.5 hours later we were back in Bullhead. Viva Laughlin my butt, the place has a curse. About 3 months later, we tried again... same car, same road, and the camshaft in the new head popped out of position and the valves stopped working.

There's some days though I'd kill for an Edgewater casino buffet. For like six dollars they have a buffet with steak, eggs, omelets, salads, french waffles, etc. The food is great, that's atleast if you don't blow your entire winnings in the casino. Yes winnings. You will win... Laughlin has high payouts, but will you lose it all after that? Viva los gambling addiction?

Some inside secrets in Laughlin are this. The best buffets are at Edgewater and Harrah's. Driving across the short bridge into Bullhead City means you have a Del Taco, Carls JR, McDonald's, & Burger King. It's more expensive than the Casinos, but if you've got the late-night munchies, it's about your only option. Certain times of the year the "river-fly" or "nats" swarm around the Casino. Rent only a "white car" during the summer; believe me, If you've never sat in a black car with it's windows up in 130F weather, you're in for a treat. Even at that crack your windows. Glass shatters in these tempetures.

As far as a show, I'd have already written Viva Laughlin off as another crappy show, but I've got to say I'm a bit interested now. To see Hollywood glamorize this town which became popular because one man set up a couple games in a rundown shack, and posted a sign on the interstate ".10 hot-dogs", seems silly to me. Your impression of the place, never having gone there might get you itching to visit Laughlin. Just remember once you viva laughlin, you never really get out.
October 12th, 2007, 7:39 am
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Hey, my daughter and I watched CSI last night. We're fans, especially since they've cleaned it up a little. Interesting story - thanks. Joel
October 12th, 2007, 2:09 pm
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Viva Laughlin

What it’s about: Based on a BBC series called Blackpool, Viva Laughlin is about a guy who opens a brand new casino in a smaller city in Nevada. Did I mention that this is a musical?

What’s good: Oh sweet Lord, how I love this show. If you’d told me that CBS was going to put on an Americanized remake of an interesting but not great Brit-drama and that the characters would spontaneously start singing, I wouldn’ve told you that sounded like certain disaster. To have it turn out to be the best network show of the season (or at least my personal favorite – by a very wide margin – is damn near miraculous.

It’s important to note for the skeptical (though this might not allay any reservations) that the songs are not original compositions, but pop tunes spanning the last 40 or 50 years. “Viva Las Vegas” and Blondie’s “One Way or Another” are some notable ones. The characters don’t lip synch or merely sing…they sing along with the original track, so you can hear both at once…an interesting and confident stylistic choice.

Cast is also great. Lloyd Owen, a british actor with a long career behind him plays the lead, and he’s got just the right amount of smarmy confidence and, when the story calls for it, abject fear. And, somehow, they got Hugh Jackman (Wolverine from Oklahoma!) to play the bad guy! Melanie Griffith makes an appearance as well as a sort of washed-up femme fatale.

Viva Laughlin is totally ridiculous and extremely fun to watch. It reminded me a lot of the early seasons of Nip/Tuck, only without the mean-streak and pretentious aspirations. Oh, and with singing.

What’s not so good: Hell, I don’t know. I just really, really love this show.

Will it be a hit? FOR SURE !!!!!!
Viva Laughlin Preview - New Series From CBS

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VIVA LAUGHLIN, the new mystery drama with music, will have a special preview on Thursday, Oct. 18 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) following CSI before moving to its regular Sunday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on Oct. 21 to take advantage of a two week window in the schedule without football overruns.

Thursday, Oct. 18
10:00-11:00 PM VIVA LAUGHLIN (Special Preview)

Sunday, Oct. 21
8:00-9:00 PM VIVA LAUGHLIN (Time Period Premiere)
October 13th, 2007, 1:08 pm
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