My wife Julie and I moved from Florida to Las Vegas in 2007, and Laura visited several times over the years. I’ll never forget her first visit, when her reaction to everything she saw — the fountains at the Bellagio, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, the volcanoes at the Mirage — was, “It’s crazy!” She aptly described the Venetian as “Venice in a box.”
True to her careful nature, she stuck to the $1 blackjack tables for her gambling, playing a reasonable facsimile of basic strategy. She also played a little nickel video poker, but only on full-pay machines. Jay’s national convention of athletic trainers was held a couple of times in Vegas since we moved there and he brought Laura and later Maddox with him for very enjoyable family reunions.