It took me a very long time to accept living in a place called “Las Vegas”. In fact, I had to move away first before I could come back. The city is an eye-sore….along with the cookie-cutter stucco neighborhoods and strip malls. However, if you look beyond that, you see the beauty of the desert. Then you realize you can travel from the sanguine, sandstone desert for 45 minutes and be amongst conifers and mountains of snow……and then, you realize, if you have any kind of appreciation for it, how awesome it is to say you live in “Las Vegas”.