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#Vegas Strong

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posted on Oct, 18 2017 @ 03:22 AM
I don't know what that really means. Vegas Strong.

For the record, I was born and raised in Vegas so I have a unique perspective not just about the shooting but about living in Vegas.

I just got back from my local watering hole after a conversation with someone who's a ex-Marine and probably has PTSD from his three years there and now he's all messed up after what happened here. He didn't witness it but he was close enough to hear it happen.

He can't talk to his wife, as she seems to be not getting it, so he opened up to myself and another guy at the bar. He's frakked up and going to lose his wife because they can't seem to be on the same page.

Vegas is fractured because of this. We don't know what to do, what to think, how to live our lives after this. Coupled with all the lies and obfuscation by the people in power we don't know what to think. How to think, how to understand and deal with this.

All I can really say is we are being as strong as we can but the meme pisses me off. We are totally messed up because of the shooting and it will take many years before we can live our lives and really be strong.

Just don't give up on us, we may live in Las Vegas but we are people and say what you want to about Las Vegas, we will persevere, we will get over this and live like other people do but it ain't going to happen overnight. It will take a long time to just process the event and while it may seem like business as usual here, it's not. There's no six degrees of separation here, it's one degree for those who live here and seeing a large, burly man cry into his beer tonight was nearly a devastating moment for me. The big strong man can't handle what happened, so what does the 95 pound weakling that I am do? Give meaningless advice? Did he even hear anything I said?

I'm not even sure if anything I just typed up makes sense. I hope it does and that the rest of this country understands that we aren't all degenerates who deserve this. Maybe we are #Vegas Strong in that regard but those words seem hollow two weeks after the shooting.

Thank you.

posted on Oct, 18 2017 @ 05:49 AM
Among other thngs, Vegas represents legal theft by gambling. What else you think they are doing out there in the desert?

Usually people can pretend its just a vacation, only fun. See the sights, get a steak, take in a show...

All a come-on to get_your_money. Like drugs and alcohol, it is addictive, what they are counting on inside the Casino portion of the "Hotel / Casino".

But we blindly go there, drop a few dollars, come away poorer, all in good fun.

The fun part, the draw, the dream of riches at the tables kind of got torpedoed.

Who wants to go to a show now? Who wants to go up into a hotel and enjoy the view?

I bet the people that do go are there to get their selfies in front of the Mandalay Bay. Some tourist attraction, for now.

Don't worry though, Americans memory span is shorter than their attention. Things will return to 'normal' soon enough. After all, like alcohol, gambling is addictive.

posted on Oct, 18 2017 @ 06:18 AM
a reply to: TheSpanishArcher

You don't know what Vegas Strong means??

I watched the opening ceremonies of the Vegas Golden Knights and the acknowledgement of the first responders and the reaction of the Las Vegas citizens. It was heartwarming.

The number of brave people who responded to this evil act, showed compassion, assisted the wounded is amazing. One evil act invoked literally dozens if not hundreds of acts of kindness.

This is no different than natural disasters and other acts of evil. Immediate and unquestioning response in an emergency situation by total strangers without regard to their personal safety.

I find it profound. Goodness always responds almost overwhelmingly to evil. It is in the DNA, apparently.

Vegas Strong? It is, in fact, Human Strong. A tribute to that quality.

So 'man up'. Deal with it and move on. THAT is your duty. Just my opinion, though.

posted on Oct, 18 2017 @ 06:24 AM
a reply to: TheSpanishArcher

It's a riff on 'Boston Strong' which was the tagline they used the year after the Marathon bombing.

posted on Oct, 18 2017 @ 08:24 AM
a reply to: TheSpanishArcher

I understand what you are saying 100%.

I'm not from LV, but I lived there for 22 years.

posted on Oct, 18 2017 @ 09:25 AM
a reply to: TheSpanishArcher

Thank you for this!

And you are right for some of us this is going to take a long time to process let alone for the whole country which seems ready to move on to the next big tragedy...

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