I worked at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Saturday (9/30) & Monday (10/1). I was assigned to work there for the NetApp Convention until Wednesday evening. To avoid paying for parking ($15/day), I parked down at Tropicana Hotel which is at Tropicana Avenue/Las Vegas Blvd. To avoid parking so far on Sunday, I was dropped off and picked up. Each time whether I was walking or driving, I had to pass the Route 91 Country Festival, go through the Mandalay Bay and make my way to the Conventuon Center. While walking by, I noticed happy people in their cowboy/cowgirl attire saying hello & locking eyes with me as they passed. After working at Sheplers for one winter season some years back, I’ve learned to appreciate a great pair of authentic Western boots :). It was such a great crowd of people at this event.
On Sunday at approximately 8pm, I just had this bad feeling and knew something wasn’t right. It also seemed as if everything was getting in the way to stop me from attending my 6am shift Monday morning. I woke up several times in the middle of the night & only had about 4 hours of sleep. I officially woke up to check the time on my phone. It was a little after 5am. I had a Facebook notification that said one of my facebook friends were “safe” in Las Vegas. When I saw this, I sat up, became alert & a bit worried about the possibilities. I then did a google search in Las Vegas. The most devastating news was in the search engine. “40 dead, over 400 injured deadly shooting.” I saw the words Mandalay Bay & Route 91. Yes the worst happened.
All I could think of is how these people were having a great time. How I passed this festival alone and how we were stuck in the busy Strip traffic with my children in the car. I thought of how all the madness taken place in this world, the country festival, which I’m positive promoted great vibes was the place this massacre took place.
What was this man’s motive? What would make someone to get a hotel room on the 32nd floor overlooking the event and open fire on an outdoor festival with over 20,000 people present??? What in the hell ticked this guy off? Why at one of the most EVER peaceful event on the Las Vegas strip??? From my experience, here’s my thoughts:
People are unsure where this world is going. Many are finding out that we’ve been living in a big fat lie where in America. Inflation is almost at its peak, cost of living keep rising, social media was a great thing until many found a way to spread a negative message causing people to live in fear more than ever, what we used to consider food isn’t food anymore, politics are corrupt and living out there own agendas, the American safety net is disappearing,