Writing About Negativity In Las Vegas by Jay Rankin & Giveaway
My background is in psychology so in some ways it’s natural for me to try and see what’s between the lines, what’s below the surface. Las Vegas is certainly a place where people have a lot of fun. Most of the people whom I came across were having a blast, blowing steam and I’m sure feeling a wonderful sense of freedom. I know that the marketing depicts Vegas as a place where you can live out your fantasies, be treated like a king or queen and experience all the town offers.
All that being said, I also witnessed and experienced the pitfalls that can come with this kind of freedom. Remember I was in a position where the guest is always right even if the guest hadn’t slept or was drunk. It was important for me to constantly stay on my toes in this environment because my job depended on it. I saw what a Vegas weekend could do to some people. Many went way overboard, lost much too much money and crossed way to many of their own boundaries. The alcohol never stops, the chemistry and electrical charge is very potent and some people just couldn’t handle it.
It occurred to me that I should be taking notes on some of the experiences I had seen. After a couple years of my writing some of these stories, I then began to realize that I too, was a story to be told. The book became a bag of story pieces like a puzzle. The placement of these pieces slowly became my book.
I never planned my story to be negative but I did feel there was another side of Las Vegas that should be told. I felt it was important for people to be aware that no matter where you are in life it’s always important to keep your center so you don’t bring on too much damage to yourself. I too have partied in Vegas many times and other than a nasty hangover, usually had a great time.
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This gripping true story is about a Las Vegas doorman who works the graveyard shift at the MGM Hotel. The sights and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey down, down into the belly of the city that never sleeps. We watch as this doorman begins to emotionally break and wonder if he will become broken seeing his friends, his wife, hotel guests, and himself cross too many lines in a city without boundries.