10 Perks Of Winters In Vegas

10 Perks Of Winters In Vegas

Many don't realize that living with snow is harder than it looks.

If you live in Las Vegas, you probably feel cheated during these chilly winter months because you don't get the full winter experience. You don't get to experience the "winter wonderland" that our fellow east-coast dwellers get the privilege of having. However, if you're like me and have experienced the ice hell that the east coast turns into, you begin to appreciate the less severe weather that the west coast has to offer. We definitely have the better end of the stick here, and here's why:

1. We can see the snow without having to struggle through it every day for months on end.

Big Bear, Brian Head, and Mt. Charleston are close, and allow you to get a dose of the winter experience.

2. We aren't stuck with the daily task of scraping ice off of our windshields and driveways.

Oh, and the five feet of snow.

3. We don't have to heat up our cars 10 minutes prior to driving them.

4. We can wear winter clothes, but we don't have to dress in 20 different layers with 10 lb snowboots...

... therefore ending up looking like a walking marshmallow.

5. There aren't sneaky patches of ice waiting for us to bruise our tailbones every 10 steps.

6. Don't forget that we don't have to drive through blizzards...

If there's one thing we should be grateful for, it's that!

7. We don't have to worry about getting snow chains on our tires.

8. We don't have to worry about the brutal, biting, -5 degree weather that the east coast has to offer.

9. We don't have to deal with the unsightly, brown, mushy snow that people tend to forget the white stuff turns into.

10. We don't get snow days!!

..... just kidding. That's not a positive. But I'll take the lack of snow days over shoveling my driveway any day!

So if you ever feel like you're missing out because you don't live in a place that has a true winter, just remember that it's not a life as dazzling and picturesque as some people make it out to be.

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7 Walt Disney World Secrets You Have Never Heard Before

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When you go to Disney World, it feels like you've been transported into another world. Here are some secrets about how cast members and imagine-ers keep Walt Disney World so magical.

1. The smell of Main Street U.S.A.

When you walk into the Magic Kingdom, the first thing you see and smell is Main Street U.S.A. The scent of freshly baked cookies fills the air and many wonder how does Disney do this? It's actually piping that pumps the smell throughout the street.

2. Liberty Square's Authenticity

When you walk into Main Street U.S.A., not only will you smell cookies but you'll see a lot of patriotic spirit. The street is filled with American flags, but have you noticed that they are never at half mast? All the flags in Disney except the main flagpole American Flag are either missing a stripe or a star. This is to avoid having to raise and lower every single flag when the government says to have all flags at half mast.

4. The Haunted Pickle Jar

So the story goes as follows. Back when Tower of Terror was being built, apparently the imagine-ers had a joke about a pickle jar. It kept showing up when they were working and one person brought it in on the wrong day. They put the pickle jar on the table and it was gluing day. Because it was permanently stuck to the table, it is still a part of the ride to this day.

5. Tower of Terror's shape

There is a reason why the monorail doesn't stop immediately at the front of Epcot. Originally, Epcot was supposed to be two separate parks, Epcot's Future World and Epcot's World Showcase. The monorail was going to make two separate stops, but because of the marshy swamp lands in Florida, the ground wouldn't support the second station. If the monorail would've had two stations in Epcot, there would be five Disney parks throughout Walt Disney World.

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Connect Transit Is The Way To Go To Get You Where You Need To Be

Save some money, and take the bus.

When it comes to being a college student, life can be pretty stressful. There are classes, tests, internships, jobs, social clubs and a social life to worry about. On top of that, we also have to worry about getting to these places. Sure there are friends and Ubers that you can call on to give you a ride somewhere if you don’t have your own car, but what if your bank account is low and your friends are busy? What do you do then? Well, don’t worry about finding a solution because I’ve already done that part for you.

Ride Connect Transit!

Connect Transit is Bloomington-Normal’s public transportation system that can take you anywhere you need to go within the area! If you’re a student at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan, or Heartland, all it takes is the swipe of an ID card and you’re good to go. Community riders will have to pay a fee of $1. Now, I know taking public transportation might not be ideal. Trust me. If it were up to me, I would have my own car by now, but in all honesty, taking public transportation has changed my life.

Even figuring out the bus system has saved my life. After downloading the Connect Transit app and getting the hang of the routes, everything else was a piece of cake. I transferred to Illinois State knowing nothing about the area, the people, and especially nothing about the public transportation here. Using the connect transit app helped me learn more.

My first day riding with Connect Transit was one to remember. I was definitely intimidated, but after greeting the bus driver and swiping my card, I knew I could handle it. Everything was so much easier than I thought, and the ride didn’t last too long either! All it took was one simple pull of the cord against the window to take me where I needed to be. Getting to my destination wasn’t the hardest part. It was the getting back part that I really struggled with.

After the daily twenty minute walks from campus to my house, I had finally had enough. I knew there was a way for me to get back if I figured it out with Connect Transit. One day, I decided to figure everything out. After finding the opposite route and speaking with the bus driver, I knew I was in the right place to get home.

Riding the bus is only as scary as you make it. Have some confidence in yourself, take the bull by the horns and take an adventure with Connect Transit by mapping out your day. With the touch of a button, you can map out your destinations and ride with Connect Transit to take you where you want to go. So say goodbye to Ubers and carpooling and say hello to Connect Transit where riding is simple!

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