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Happy Birthday VegasTripping!

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 3rd May 2005 1:05am
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One year ago today, after a drunken revelation over dinner in the Carson Street Cafe at the Golden Nugget, the VT crew plunked down some hard earned cash (about $15 bucks) for the domain name VegasTripping.com. The vision: create a website where both Vegas newbies and seasoned veterans could congregate, share information and learn stuff, in a non-skeevy, spyware and spam free environment that was nothing but fun and intelligent.

I must say that this past year has been one awesome fucking trip. We've made Vegas-loving friends all over the world, interviewed cheaters & card counters, shot the shit with casino executives, written 50-odd feature stories, recapped almost a hundred TV shows, posted nearly 500 news items, visited and reviewed nearly every joint in Vegas, not to mention buffets, casinos and shows, and still found time to redesign the website into the fabulous neon dreamscape that it is... all while still holding down a gosh-darned day job.

The highlights for me (in no particular order):

Interviewing everybody i've interviewed.
Visiting the flame kissed shell of the Moulin Rouge
Getting hammered on Gin & Tonics at Whisky Beach with Shamu Shadd and David 'Mr. Henderson' deMontMollin.
The day a guy in Belgium bought a "Vegas or Bust: VegasTripping.com" license plate ringer from our store. Right now in Brussels that car is buzzing around town with someone behind it saying (in whatever language they speak in Belgium) "Honey... lets go to Vegas!"
Reading the goofy posts in The Lounge Chit-Chat Room
The awesome 'thank you' email we got from Vic in Chicago
Trading posts in the Lounge with Hunter the night the Wynn opened
The day an autographed photo of Wayne Fucking Newton arrived in our mailbox
Reading the comments left by you guys all over the site
Watching VegasTripping's traffic skyrocket from nothing to something since we launched it in June.

There's more, but I won't waste any more of your time with this pseudo-sentimental bullshiat.

I just wanted to take the chance to look back in awe and look forward with excitement as well as to sincerely thank you the VT readers, for making this first year of VegasTripping an absolutely insane success.

-the chuckmonster



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