Day 24: Cliches Subverted

They say that Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps.

This is, however, patently nonsense. It sleeps in shifts.

If you go into a casino at 10 in the morning – as I did, in search of coffee after rolling into town after a horribly cold night in the back of the van in the desert – the average age is somewhere in the 60s, presumably on account of all the young folk sleeping off hangovers. Six hours later, the average age has dropped twenty years; another six hours later at night-time, it’s back down to the twenties. And then the next morning the cycle starts over again.

Vegas sleeps about as much as an army does.


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