13 Things You Know Only If You Grew Up In Vegas

13 Things You Know Only If You Grew Up In Vegas

Here's what it was like to grow up in the real town that never sleeps.

I truly love the city I live in; the fact that it's a small town but a big city mesmerizes me. I am born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada; and every day I find out new things that make me love my city even more. But like I said, it's a small town, so we all grew up the same. Here are 13 things you know if you grew up in Vegas.

1. Walking down the strip and your parents tell you not to look at the ground.

I don't even need to explain what this means; you just know.

2. When it's November and you can still wear shorts.

What is winter? Never heard of her.

3. Everyone somehow knows everyone.

You will never not find someone without a mutual friend; it's impossible.


Snow is, like, a myth to us, but we all remember exactly what we were doing that one time it snowed over eight years ago.

5. Going out of town and hearing, "so what casino do you live in?"

*sips tea* *pats lips with napkin before resting it back on my lap* *clears throat*

"The Bellagio, b*tch."

*leaves table*

6. Road work.

Always. There is never not road work. Never.

7. Seeing grass.

"What is that?"

8. When it's lower than 80 degrees:


You know the rest, you know you do.

10. If it doesn't take less than 20 minutes to get there I'm not going.

What do I look like driving for that long?

11. Seeing people on the news complaining about 90-degree weather.

Girl, that's winter weather.

12. The following places were the move in middle school.

Adventure Dome, Town Square, Kids Quest, bowling at any casino, and South Point $5 movies on Tuesday are still the move.

13. Everything is 24/7.

Want a latte at three in the morning? You got it.

Craving chicken nuggets at midnight? Done.

Have a cut that hurts and need some Neosporin at the butt crack of dawn? Easy.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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A Letter to My Classmates After We’ve Graduated

Once a Jag, Always a Jag


Dear Fellow Classmates,

We did it! We finally left GVHS and entered the real world, whether it be college, the workforce, community college or the military.

Each and every one of you has had an impact on me one way or another, regardless of whether or not you know it.

Like everyone said, we've been through a lot of changes. A schedule change (granted by 5 minutes, but still), 3 different class sponsors, the loss of some beloved security guards and so much more.

I wish you all the best of luck in your futures, regardless of where they might take you.

One a Jaguar, always a Jaguar!

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