es dating I know what you’re thinking. EDC Vegas is hell? – What?
No, EDC Vegas is Heaven on Earth, if there ever was one. It’s the trip getting there that was Hell.
This is a rather long story, and it will be broken down into multiple parts for your visual digestion. There are some tricks and ideas in each story, so read with intent, maybe you’ll learn something. I’ve written it with short explanations throughout the trip itself. There’s even a story within a story.
When I look back at it all, the trip just getting TO Las Vegas, and the entire trip itself, ending with a Funeral in LA after nearly 2 weeks in Vegas, it’s slowly coming back to me from a blur to spots of epic good times capped by one day of sadness, then “book ended” with a few days at Disneyland before coming home to Va. When I mean “Trip”, it’s a Trip. Almost like an adventure.
This adventure starts with a delve into a sleepless hell. It’s almost like I asked for it in having this blog. I always want a story to write, and well, I got one.
recherche site rencontre canada gratuit Christmas night, 2013, I’m on the phone with American Airlines, changing a flight from Vegas in January, to Vegas in June. I was supposed to go to Vegas alone, with my girlfriend in January. I have a lot of really nice long sleeve shirts that you just can’t wear out to clubs in June in Vegas. However, the girlfriend and I talked about spending New Years in Walt Disney World for New Years and a few days after. We also needed to check out the crowds during that time for a big family trip we’re planning on having at the end of 2014. So that’s where this all really began.
In my moment of being depressed about not being able to go Vegas for my Birthday in January, I also had a moment of brilliance. I thought, Hey! While the girlfriend is on the phone with American Airlines to book her flight down to Orlando, I can inquire about changing my flight to June for EDC! Bam! Done! Now I’m ahead of the game.
mujeres solteras en cerro largo January 2014, pre-sale tix are announced via emails to all of the previous EDC Vegas attendees.
Myself included. It was announced that the prices had gone up this year from last year, because of the bigger production value we’d be getting from Insomniac’s ally Live Nation.
I’d heard bad things about Live Nation, how they are overly commercial. I don’t really know what that means, since this is a HUGE production anyway. I do know that the price went up from $500 to $600 for a VIP wrist band. That was upsetting. And what we got from the production wasn’t nearly as good as 2013. – More on that later.
http://inspirationbygod.net/firet/5886 March 2014, presale sales dates are announced. I get my email from Flavorus.com about it.
I haven’t budgeted any money for EDC Vegas yet. This turns out to be bad.
quitter les sites de rencontre April 2014, Presale day! – YAY? Not really. The car needed some work, bills needed to be paid, and credit cards were a little heavy. We were in the middle of a financial re-work and budget reallocation process. The worst possible time, but hey, at least my flight is booked!
the girlfriend and I talk about this trip, starting this blog to justify spending all this money, and me doing ALL of the EDCs in North America next year in 2015. The conversation ends well.
Our Budget rework ends up being a great thing. Still I hold off on purchasing my VIP pass until later, in the hopes of saving money for the trip ahead I tried to NOT get the pass. Oops!
A few weeks later the GA passes are sold out. So I’m like “Oh shit! I better get my VIP pass before they’re gone too!” So a few days later, I log back into the Flavorus.com page and find that ALL of the VIP passes are sold out too. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…
http://hongrie-gourmande.com/frensis/4807 Douglas Adams once wrote in his famous book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, “Don’t Panic.” I took this to heart. Here I am, nearly freaking out that I can no longer go to EDC Vegas.
But not really though, because I’ve done this before, the past 2 years in a row, I’ve managed to wait ‘till the last minute to get a VIP pass and it has so far, always worked out. So I calm down.
The next several months are some tense times, as I put out the feelers trying to see what prices I could get from resellers, and individuals alike when searching the interwebnets for passes.
I got a bunch of feedback. People that know me on facebook even started a page or two in the hopes of people who wanted to sell their pass(s) could do so, to people who were adamantly looking to get a pass before they couldn’t any more.
This worked out great!.. Until nearly every single one was a dead end for me. Until this wonderful young Asian girl in Boston named Tammy got in contact with me. She was very nice and very reassuring to me that she was legit, and that her VIP wristband was for real. Still, I’m skeptical about wiring someone $600-$700 over PayPal and not even having a Money Back Guarantee.
In the end everything worked out. Fortunately too, because the way the shipping arrangements were made, she send the wristband UPS, which was fine, however at the time, I was on a Vacation in Orlando at Walt Disney World for 13 days, and I wouldn’t be home to get the little package. We had it set up that UPS wouldn’t deliver ANY packages to the house until after our pre-set return home date. When we got back home at 10:30 pm, I notice a package sitting on the stoop next to the door. it’s a plain, manila envelope soft pack. It’s been there for 5 days!
I nearly flipped a shit over this. However, my excitement was nearly overwhelming and I was now actually far more happy to even HAVE the wristband, than I could ever be mad at UPS. Unless of course someone had ganked it off the stoop there and made off with my $700 VIP wristband. USP would have been buying me a new one, by then certainly more than what we paid for it.
May was an exciting month for me. At the end of May I got to spend 13 days at Walt Disney World with the girlfriend. She had a big conference down there so we took a week long vacay with a nearly week long conference as well. Again, here I am feeling spoiled as all get out, because I get to spend 13 days in Disney World, and then 8 days after I get home to Va. I get to fly out to Vegas on the 18th of June. I have a sick life!
June 2014, 3 weeks before EDC Vegas, I’m relaxing in my hotel room with my girlfriend in Disney World. After a beautiful Sunset, several Pints of beer at the Rose & Crown Pub in Epcot, I’m feeling pretty OK. I have a chat with Tammy about when and how she’s going to send my VIP wristband. We work out the details and, well, you’ve already read what actually happened. Crazy, for sure. I’m SO glad that thing was there when I got home. She was true to her word, and I am thankful. I’m sorry Tammy could no longer go to EDC Vegas, hopefully next year she’ll make it and have the time of her life. Thanks Tammy!
I get home from WDW, tried to chillax for the next 8 days, but we all know THAT wasn’t going to happen. From the moment I got my VIP wristband, nothing was the same. I knew what this meant. I knew what I was in for, things were finally coming together. All I had to do was get there and get checked into my room and life would be perfect.
I have a great friend out in Las Vegas who has all the VIP connections to clubs and hot spots and everything else Vegas has to offer. He knows I’m coming. We chat before I leave to go to Vegas, and decided that I should stay with him for an extra weekend after EDC to check out all the spots how they normally are and check out some of the new clubs I still hadn’t been to. Cool, I call American Airlines, again, thinking “they’re going to hate me…” However, the girl on the phone was amazing! I had also done my homework. I got online and looked at the flight schedules. Oh, I failed to mention that I was flying First Class on Points.
Last year I had flown enough to gather up over 67k points. I looked into flying on points so I could fly First Class, for FREE. Yes, FREE First Class! As it turns out, I was actually able to pull this off!
I got a new flight, even a better flight! From DCA, instead of IAD – a 35 min drive in the car to IAD vs. a short Metro ride to DCA. The convenience and flight times and having the rental car set up for me when I landed ensured me a smooth day of travel.
On the Vegas end, I was supposed to be on the ground by 12:45pm Vegas time, have my car and then promptly go directly to IN N OUT Burger and stuff my face with a Double Double – Animal Style, of course. Maybe two! You see, I plan things ahead on purpose now. I get all my Ducks in a Row, so if something bad happens, I don’t have to worry about it, because I’ve already got things handled. Which turned out to be a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious idea in the long run.
That’s what was supposed to happen… The 18th of June, the Travel Day from Hell!