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  • I got married to my husband in the year 2000. We wanted to do it just for ourselves, not having to deal with our families. They are partly dysfunctional on both sides.

    So we decided to save up and go to Las Vegas and do it. We had very low incomes by then, so we saved and saved for over a year, until we had about 40.000 SEK. Today, that would be about 5.600 USD, but unfortunately, this was a very bad year for the swedish currency, and it was only worth about 4.000 USD, for which we had to pay for the tickets to LA, all domestic travel within USA for a month, hotel, food and of course the wedding.

    On this budget, we had to stay in motels like the Down Towner’s Motorlodge in Reno, were bikers laid passed out on the stairs. We could only afford to eat at places like McDonalds on special occasions, but there was a 1USD-meal at Jack in the Box that was more in our price range.

    We walked everywhere, unless it was impossible, then we took the Greyhound Buses, or used the local public transport system. But not if at all possible to avoid. Hollywood to Santa Monica i.e. = a walk. Hollywood to Long Beach = subway.

    When we got to Las Vegas, we walked up to the Little White Chapel, where we eventually got married on another day (on that day we took a cab). Or was this the day we walked to Downtown Las Vegas? Anyway, on our way back in the desert heat, we had a really lousy moment. We walked in to a dusty, almost empty, dark bar, to get something to drink. But they wouldn’t take our cash, because they didn’t accept dimes, only quarters.

    Now last Friday afternoon, I walked into a local restaurant to get pizza, and realized that it had decayed over the years, and suddenly looks exactly the same as that dusty joint in between The Strip and Downtown Vegas. I’m thinking of celebrating our anniversary (which would be a first in itself) by having dinner there, and bringing nothing but coins to pay for it.
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