I was also lucky to have made a friend from the new hire class who is working nights and loaned me his car to go for my initial needs when I moved in. Another wonderful place to shop is online. I bought so much from Overstock.com. Everything arrived on time or early. The one real problem I had was handled better than I expected. I ordered a small canister vacuum. When showing it to Elena on Skype, I showed her how the power chord pulls out and when I pressed the retract button nothing happened. When I called their customer service and told the problem, I was told they would ship me a new vacuum the next day and I had 30 days to return the defective one. When I told her I could not print the return label since I did not have a printer yet, she told me she would email it to herself and mail it to me. I also mentioned one of the plates in the dinner set I ordered has a small chip, but I had lost the invoice, she looked up the order and then placed an order for a replacement plate. To me, this efficiency was something I had not seen in years.
About life here in Las Vegas, for me there is not a lot. I work long hours and if I take a day off, I do errands. I do go out after work on Saturday nights with 2 co-workers to a Fridays in the Orleans Hotel and Casino, which is on the way home. We sit at the bar, joke with the bartender and just relax. I do not have too many margaritas to relax for health reasons. The health problem from drinking is being too relaxed and inebriated driving my little scooter.
If you have never been to Las Vegas in a long time as me, or never visited, the city has expanded. Vegas has built out to Henderson on the east, all the way south, west and north. In the past, all the activities and better dining was at the hotels on the strip or downtown and those general vicinities. Now there is stores, restaurants and businesses for the locals to have a more normal life. It is not totally like anywhere else, gambling is most everywhere. Most of the convenience stores and gas stations have slot machines. Even supermarkets have a side room with those machines.
Since I do not have a lot of free time after work to putter around in the kitchen and cook, I either have a frozen meal or pick up something on the way. I have found some good and reasonable restaurants nearby my apartment to pick up something to eat. In Davao I had learned to eat until I am not hungry instead of eating until I am full. That is how I lost 50 lbs the first year there. With this eating style, most items I buy for dinner lasts me 2-3 meals.
Another item that first excited me and now is not a happy thought was being able to see American TV shows when broadcasted instead of the few reruns you get in the Philippines or having to download shows to watch on the computer. Well, with my hours, I am asleep when they are showed and even recording is not the answer since I have little free time to watch anything. I even miss most news broadcasts since I look at the TV too early for the normal news. I am up at 1:30-2am and leave for work at 3am, then I get home by 4 and talk to Elena until I need to get to sleep around 6-7pm.
I am hoping once Elena gets here and starts working we can adjust our schedules to have a more normal life. I look forward and am excited to show Elena Las Vegas and American stores and places she has only heard about or seen on TV and in movies. I might be kind enough to breakdown and take her to Jollybees or Chowking here in Las Vegas for an old fashioned Filipino fast food meal.
Thanks again for all who still follow my little site.