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A couple of days in Reno - MtnVwPilot

Mar. 24th, 2006 08:06 am A couple of days in Reno

I've spent the past couple of days in Reno with my friend Jamie; sort of a mini-vacation in the middle of the madness of moving to San Francisco. She had a coupon for 2 free mid-week nights at Harrah's, and was good enough to invite me along.

Harrah's is fine, as casinos go. We've got a room in the east tower; the room is good (comfortable, clean, and in good repair), but clearly designed to encourage you to spend time elsewhere (such as in the casino): no view, not enough lighting to work or read comfortably, tiny table, no Internet other than dialup (with a hotel surcharge even for calling toll-free numbers), etc. They don't promote it, but somebody clued me in that there's free WiFi in the area around the hotel's 24-hour cafe and in-house Starbucks. ;-)

We had dinner last night at The Steakhouse at Harrah's. They claim to be the top restaurant in Reno for many years running, as well as one of the top 10 steakhouses in America; I'm not sure I believe that, but it was certainly excellent. I had a New York steak in a peppercorn brandy sauce, done medium, and it was perfect. And, compared to Bay Area prices, cheap; dinner for two, with drinks and tip, was just under $100; in the Bay Area, I would have expected to pay $150 or more. Almost worth the 5-hour drive just for the dinner... ;-)

"Perpetually Under Construction" best describes my impression of Reno, every time I've been here (a half dozen times or so, over the past 20 years). It always seems like 1/3 of the town is either vacant (gone out of business), or in the process of being torn down or built up. It has the feel of a construction project in progress; the landscaping isn't in yet, half the sidewalks are still blocked by chainlink fences around construction sites, etc. And, like I said, it always seem to be that way.

But anyway, it's been a great getaway: good company (Jamie), good movie (V for Vendetta), good meal (Steakhouse at Harrah's), good show (Balagan). Now I'm off to the hotel gym to work off a little bit of that "good meal" (and yesterday's other indulgences), then we're headed home this afternoon before the next snowstorm blows in.

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