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A wedding in Las Vegas
July 5, 2008 - Frank Robinson
I recently returned from a wedding trip in Las Vegas.
Not my wedding. It was for Rick Pompeo and Cheryl Shinosky of Cortland.
It was my first trip to Vegas, and it was pretty much everything people had told me to expect. I saw lots of gambling, many, many $100 bills flying around on the tables and the slots and a lot of people having a good time.
It was hot and crowded, just like I expected. On Sunday it hit 111 degrees. The flight going out involved a miserable, five-hour layover in Milwaukee, but it didn't dampen the spirits, too much, of the group I was traveling with.
The wedding was a nice one. The bride was beautiful and the groom was buff. Elvis was not involved. For some reason, I had anticipated a circus-like atmosphere but it was a civilized, honorable and dignified ceremony. An entire group from this area made the trek to witness the occasion. I am told there were about 70 people in attendance from all over the U.S. Many people from the the Trumbull County area were in attendance.
One thing stood out during this five-day trip. There were lines for everything, and everything was expensive. That didn’t seem to slow people down at all. It was obvious to me that people still are willing to pay whatever it takes to have fun. To look around Las Vegas, one would never think the economy is hurting.
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Rick and Cheryl Pompeo at their wedding reception at the Flamingo in Las Vegas