Logic at the Park Theater in Las Vegas -- July 2018
I was super excited when my mans surprised me with FLOOR TICKETS for Logic in Las Vegas! I know what you're thinking, "Hailz, why did you drive to Vegas when Bobby is literally playing in Chula Vista?" Uh, because I freaking hate the Mattress Firm ampitheater in Chula Vista. Without getting too off-topic, back in 2013 I went to XFest at this ampitheater. I was stoked because Blink-182, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Jimmy Eat World were playing. Well, it was a great time, but it took us 4 hours JUST TO LEAVE THE PARKING LOT. When you're tired, a little drunk, and 30 miles from home, it's not a good time. I vowed I would never go there again.
Luckily, though, Louie knows me better than anyone and we decided to make a trip out of it. We decided to drive just because 1) flying is expensive and 2) I also hate flying. I'm terrified of it. A coworker of mine was telling me how she gets so stressed out by flying, but it goes away when she gets to her gate. I was like, "lol, I'm stressed out 'til I get home..from my destination" Just a part of who I am, ha! Louie and I both had to work on Friday, but the drive up was only supposed to take 5ish hours. So as soon as I finished work, I zoomed home and started packing (did I mention I'm a procrastinator when it comes to this type of thing too?) and getting our condo ready for my best friend who was kind enough to dog and house sit for us! Once all of that was done, we were off!
It actually didn't take too long to get to the Air BnB! I was pretty happy about that. We did get there around 11pm, and it was dark. Louie and I hadn't eaten dinner and I was dead tired from work that week. The plan was to go to a few bars after we had gotten there and eaten...but we ended up falling asleep at midnight hahaha.
We didn't really mind though, because we had a big day ahead of us on Saturday! Mine and Louie's friends Zach and Tyrone also came along with us--they're two of my best guy friends and Louie has known them since middle school! We were staying in an amazing loft right in the heart of downtown, directly over Fremont Street. It was bustling and happening, without the pressure and intensity of the Strip. I preferred staying there than on the Strip, honestly! But, it really just depends what you're in Vegas for. After we were able to get ready and feel awake enough, we headed out to the strip.
One of Louie's favorite places in the world is White Castle. I don't know why, I don't know how, but he had to go there. It was literally his only request (what can I say? I lucked out with a man of simple and attainable pleasures). I had never been here before, I didn't really know what to expect. It was surprisingly not crowded, it smelled delicious, and I was starving, so I was ready.
Louie, Zach, and Tyrone were confident they could eat (at least) 10 sliders each... It didn't quite work out like that. I tried to remind them that we're 24, and not 18-21 year olds anymore. But alas, they decided to get a "Crave Case", or, 30 individual sliders. Check out the progression below hahahah.
Zach (left) ended up eating 12, Tyrone (middle) had 7, Louie (right) ate 10, and I had 5 (I got my own meal + helped them by eating 1 of their 30 hahaha). After that, we weren't feeling so hot (obviously) and needed to get some cardio in. Since we were on the strip, we decided to walk down to some shops (because why do we need to start drinking at 11? We're adults hahah) and check out all the boujie designer stores. Louie was thiiis close to buying a Versace ring, and Zach was ready to drop a few hundred on something if it jumped out at him. In short, we were feeling some type of way.
After the huge meal we had, walking close to 4ish miles, and being on the crowded strip, we decided to go back to the AirBnb to chill before Louie and I had to get ready for the concert!
We napped for a couple hours before it was time to get ready. Louie and I had early admission to the venue, but accidentally forgot to use it. It didn't really matter though because I've already seen Logic 3 or 4 times before this, and I wanted to make the most of my time with Louie anyway. We picked up a (stupid expensive) fifth of Tito's and some Sprite and cranberry juice to mix--again, we're simple people. After two drinks I was already drunk, and realized I hadn't eaten since White Castle. I started to eat pretzels because I was convinced it would be enough hahaha. Spoiler, it wasn't.
At about 6 (when the doors for the show opened), Louie and I grabbed a Lyft and headed to the venue. Our driver was actually from San Diego, and liked Logic, so he got 5 stars and a fat tip from me (you're welcome Brett!), he can thank my combination of drunkenness and excitedness 😂
Bobby (I feel like we're on a first name basis) was amazing as usual. His energy and ability to control a crowd never ceases to amaze me. Especially knowing everything he struggles and deals with daily. I'm so happy for him, because I've seen him at shows with 500 people or less. It's so inspiring that he's doing what he's doing! Gotta love Bob.
I'm not going to lie--I was extremely drunk at this concert haha. I wanted to have a good time, because the night prior was pretty restful. This concert was the reason I was in Las Vegas, and I wanted to make the most of it. Louie and I purchased large Tito's drinks when we got in (because why not) and it was VERY expensive. But again, didn't really matter because of how much fun we were having and we budgeted for this. Hashtag responsibility am I right? But yeah, I basically don't remember much after finishing that large drink (the bartender told us it was expensive but worth it because there was 3 1/2 shots in it 😅
After the concert, I was starving. That's actually an understatement. I was RAVENOUS. We still hadn't eaten since White Castle and I remember (I was blacked out at this point lol) feeling like I was going to puke if I didn't eat anything. So what better way to satisfy my drunchies than the infamous new Taco Bell Cantina right on the strip. It was so bright, so loud, and unlike any Taco Bell experience I've had before--but I think that was their goal. I'm going to assume after we ate, we hopped in a Lyft and went home, but I literally don't even remember leaving the Strip hahah.
The next morning, I surprisingly woke up and felt great. No hangover, I was just tired. I knew we were leaving that day so that also excited me. (Like I said, I'm stressed out THE WHOLE TIME on the trips I go on. It's just me). I had made a plan to meet up with one of my greatest friends in college and his fiancee! It was her birthday and I hadn't met her before, so it was definitely a much-needed break from the chaos of the night prior.
We went to Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris hotel and their food was to DIE for! And for Vegas, the prices weren't too bad! Louie got a breakfast sandwich (his favorite) and I got a Salmon Benedict. I don't like eggs, but I love a good benny!
It was so awesome catching up with one of my closest friends in college and meeting his new fiancee! They are great together and I can't wait to see what is in store for them. We had to move somewhat quickly through brunch because Louie and I had a long drive home. We said our goodbyes and hit the road at about noon.
It took us damn near SEVEN HOURS to get home. It was pretty painful. I had a couple anxiety attacks on the way back because, well, I am who I am. Though now Louie and I know that flying may be a bit more expensive, it is worth not sitting in 2 hours of pointless traffic and driving through the desert all day.
We had an amazing time. I would definitely recommend staying in Downtown Las Vegas over the strip, just based on price and vibe alone. Unless you're the "Strip" type, then more power to you! My other recommendations? Live it up while you're out there. I guess "whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!" Check out my Instagram for more photos and details from the trip1