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“Phantom of the Opera Resort” Christopher Smith, 1990s

The iconic resorts that line the Las Vegas strip are mini theme parks in their own right, whether they’re themed as a medieval castle, an Italian lagoon, a big top circus, or the City of Lights. Themed entertainment developer Gary Goddard and his team were tasked in the 1990s with creating a new resort to join these behemoths, this time themed to the smash hit musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Featuring a facade inspired by the Paris Opera House, this massive resort would have featured luxury guest rooms, casino space, a super-sized version of the musical, and a gondola dark ride scored by the musical’s composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. This attraction through the catacombs would have presented the musical’s story, but from the perspective of the Phantom, featuring music-box-like animatronics and vignettes along the way.

Art ©️Landmark Entertainment/The Goddard Group

Today, I fucked up... by going on a date with a recovering alcoholic

This FU happened a few days ago, but just now I learned to accept the shame.

I met a girl on POF and after a few days we agreed to go on a date. We are both locals who live in Las Vegas. I invited her to go out for dinner and a walk through the gardens at Bellagio.

Day of the date arrives I get dressed up, pick up the girl. As on most 1st dates there was a bit of jitters. Get to the casino as leave the truck. I thought I would take her to “The Paris Hotel & Casino” for dinner as we would have to walk by the fountains. (READ: thought it may set the mood)

Get to the place where we have dinner. This is moment I started to fuck things up.

I ordered for both us a bottle of wine. We take it slow and are finally hitting things off by the end of dinner things are going great. Leave there and while walking back across the street to the Bellagio the girl spots one of the tourist bars.

At these tourist bars they sell these souvenir plastic bottles that look like the eiffel tower. In these bottles they add a slushie and the alcohol of your choosing. Well the bartender asks if we are tourist and we respond we are not. The girl states that we’re on a date. The bartender then gives me a wink while shes not looking. this guy added about ½ a bottle of vodka to this thing. Then fills up the rest with slushie.

We sit down at a table just talking. Clue one She says one charm on her bracelet is to remind her not to forget. Being stupid I don’t follow up on it. 15-20 minutes later I see shes half way down the drink. I figured her for a party girl so I thought she could handle it. 10 minutes later the eiffel tower is empty. Now in my head I’m thinking I should take her home as this was not my style.

We cross the street and shes tipsy. Not bad shes holding on to me so I kinda like it. Just then the water show starts. We stop and this 8-10 minute fountain show is what fucked me over. This gave the alcohol in her system more time to screw her up.

The show stops and now shes losing her balance a little bit more. Im doing a more lifting and trying to get her home ASAP. We walk to the casino and we have to take an escalator which will take us to the shoppes, through the gambling area which leads to the elevators which finally reach the parking garage.

Mission begins NOW!

So we get to the escalators and start going up. I am one step behind holding all her weight at this time. People are staring and I’m just like she’s had a rough night ect. Now I have no idea why but she moved to the other side of the escalator. While in motion she lost her balance and tumbled down the escalator. Every time she would try to get up she rolled a few more steps. Now other people on the escalator are trying to stop her from rolling back to the bottom. Im climbing down the escalator to get to her. At the top of the escalator someone hits the emergency stop button and I lose me balance. I almost fall but I grab on to the railing and save myself. I help the girl up and shes laughing. I ask if she needs a dr or wants to go to the hospital. She refuses and at this point I’m bright red. Everyone is starring at us. We reach the top and we continue walking.

Mission FAIL NOW

No even 4-5 steps from leaving getting off the escalators she tips over and hits the marble flooring. She’s not getting up and now hotel employees are coming by. 1 minute later security shows up and asks her not to move. Now there’s a crowd watching and Im just standing there. Paramedics show up and put her on the gurney and I tag along. In the ambulance going over routine questions I mention she has been drinking quite a bit.

This is when the Paramedic looks at me…he grabs her hand shows me this charm, and says, “ Well I wonder how long she was sober ;this is a sobriety charm they give at some AA’s”

I leave UMC catch a cab pick up my truck and head home.

TL ;DR go on date give alcohol to girl who is in recovering and i got to ride in an ambulance

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