Monday, February 26, 2007

Arizona: Day 6 / Las Vegas: Day 1

Woke up early this morning and hit I-93 north to Vegas. A hour or two later, we grabbed some breakfast at a McDonald's on Route 66 in Kingman, AZ. An hour or two after that, we were driving across the Hoover Dam. Then it was on to good ol' Vegas. That's when the real fun began.

I headed towards the airport and drove out to where all of the rental car places are. But after driving through once, I never saw a Fox rental office. Confused, I looped around and drove through again. Still nothing. So I called Fox's number only to be told that Fox rental no longer has a location in Las Vegas, despite what the agent told me. I had even paid the $150 drop off fee to drive to Vegas. Heck, he even gave me directions there.

So I spent several minutes with the Fox rental district manager while he kept repeating fairly obvious and unhelpful things like "How can you be in Vegas? We don't have a counter in Vegas." I kept telling him that wasn't my problem since his own agent told me I could drop off in Vegas. Finally, he agreed to see if he could work out a deal with a rental agency here. After getting the runaround and being sent to a couple different agencies multiple times, we finally managed to ditch the car.

From there, we went straight to the Paris hotel where we were staying. Our room was quite impressive. We spent the rest of the night walking the strip, playing slots and even visiting downtown. I tried to show Denise the fountains at the Bellagio, but much to my disappointment, they were turned off due to "high winds." We finally went back to the room and crashed at around 4am.