Just Got to Be Aware of It…
Late this afternoon, because it is 110 degrees outside, Kris and I went down to the Resorts World hotel complex. Just finished a year ago, three major Hilton brand hotels in the same massive building. The reason was to walk and get exercise without going to a gym. And there was a small restaurant there that we wanted to try for dinner when done walking.
If you walked into the lobbies of all three hotels, then back along the casino and then up and back in the huge interior mall that’s bigger than Fremont Street and then back, it was a one mile lap. Fun people watching and very nice.
At one point off the mall, there was an elevator going down to the Boring Company Station for the Resorts World. It just opened and will connect the massive convention center to the hotel with Teslas in underground tunnels. Last year, in major conventions, the transportation system just between the two halves of the convention center transported about 24,000 passengers a day. The Resorts World station is the first of thirty stations along the Strip, Allegent Stadium, Reed Airport, and downtown. It will, when fully open, be a point to point transport system, all in Teslas, all underground, and move about 450,000 per day and more.
A ride that now takes $50 by cab or Uber and 40 minutes from downtown to the airport will take 14 minutes, have no stops, and cost about $12.
They will have the entire system done in three years. Tesla’s. All self-driving in tunnels. All approved and going to happen.
It dawned on me as we rode up the escalator from the station that I was experiencing science fiction. This was a future I could have not imagined when I first arrived in Vegas in 1972.
Then, Kris and I decided to try a restaurant we had both been wanting to try for a while, when we heard it was opening in Resorts World, but it only opened a month ago. So we walked up and got in.
Now most of you know that Kris has a massive milk allergy, among allergies to mold and perfumes and things like that. So to make it easier, we just go to a lot of Vegan restaurants. Now, if you have not experienced the new world of Vegan, you will be amazed. And this is a high-end vegan restaurant.
I had a scallops dish as an appetizer and Kris had a cheese plate. Both were very yummy and totally dairy free. This entire restaurant was Vegan. I then had a stunningly good main meal of sausage in a sauce I can’t even describe it was so good. (Sausage, vegan, made in the restaurant.) Kris had a chocolate dish for desert that was so rich I could only taste it. Wow.
And it dawned on me once again I was experiencing science fiction. Not that long ago Vegan meant eating a salad. Not anymore. And imagine the uses of this kind of food in long space flights. All science fiction.
And then, in our last lap about the place, we stumbled on a vegan ice cream shop. Almond and cashew ice cream.
I am just glad I have lived long enough to see some of this mind-blowing future things. Most certainly fun.
And as a science fiction writer, I can’t even imagine what’s next.
And tomorrow the first targeted image of the James Webb telescope comes out, after todays first amazing picture. And that picture is just as if you held up a grain of sand over your head. That’s how big the picture of the sky with all those galaxies in it. A grain of sand. Not possible for the human mind to grasp the scale. Or the distances.