52 States in 8 Months

Five missions in Vegas … or “What mission?”

Posted in Las Vegas to El Paso by Ulf on April 14, 2009

When we visited Hawaii last November, we were accompanied by Ania, a cheerful Pole who lived in California. During our east coast trip trip, Mila was with us. She could do everything — except speaking Standard German ;-).

Unfortunately we did not have such a nice female company for our trip to the south west. In fact, we had no female company at all! Foreseeing our desperate situation, the Sri-Lanka-Canadian Mascha made an effort to help out. She tampered with Paul’s baggage, we found her surprise on McCarran Airport in Paradise, NV.

Paul and I immediately opened Mascha’s package, and we found a list with several missions. It turned out that Mascha wanted to torture us and planned to make our lives miserable ;-). We were supposed to spend our time in Vegas doing weird stuff instead of earning a fortune in the casinos.
But there was no way around it since Mascha promised a treasure in a box which we were only allowed to open after completing all missions. Full of enthusiasm, we tried to fulfill the first mission right after arriving at our hotel:

Task 1: In Vegas there are a lot of single, highly-intoxicated girls. You must get three girls to give you boys their numbers.

We had picked up some literature on our way to the hotel which turned out to be quite helpful.
In just a few minutes we had the numbers of more than ten girls! Some of them claimed to be college students, other said they were nurses. Most of them pretended to have no silicone, but we didn’t really care about that.

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Excited about our first success, we immediately went out to do the second task. For this one, Mascha gave each one three little…

Task 2: Glow Sticks. No party is complete without a glow-stick dance party. I’d like you boys to have a glow stick dance party in the middle of the streets. Music is not necessary.

During our Stratosphere elevator ride from floor 106 to the lobby we put on the glow sticks and danced straight along the gambling machines and outside on the Las Vegas Boulevard – “The Strip“.
In every other place of the world we would have looked like complete idiots, but not in Vegas. In a city where you can enter the casinos wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts, nobody cared about our glow sticks. The Strip is so full of fluorescent lights in every imaginable color, it seems probable that they haven’t even been noticed at all. But this made us dance even harder ;-).


(The video was in fact filmed a bit later on. I might seem to be a little drunk. This has something to do with the fourth task.)

Having left the casino and being outside now was good, because our next mission involved being on the street, along with some…

Task 3: Playing cards and chips. I’d like you boys to play a “friendly” game of poker, on the sidewalk preferably, sitting.

In full excitement of being about to fulfill the third of five missions, we decided that a sidewalk just wasn’t enough. We wanted to play right on the street. And not just any street, our gambling had to take place on the Strip itself. So this is what we did — we crossed half the street, sat down and challenged our luck.


It turned out that we were not the best players. Especially after we figured out the provided gambling chips were made of chocolate, it did not take long until we ran out of money. After eating so much chocolate we needed a drink. Luckily we found a liquor store nearby. And this was exactly what we needed to do the next task, because Mascha had also given us some…

Task 4: Shot glasses on a necklace. You must wear these the whole time ya’ll be in Vegas. You must also take a shot of 151 out of them!

Okay, the four of us entered the liquor store. For me it was actually the first time that I was in a liquor store in the US, and the wide choice of bottled booze overwhelmed me. It took quite some time until we found the Bacardi 151. Luckily they were not only selling this rum in a large bottle, but also offered two smaller sizes (there was no fire arrester on those).

Right after leaving the shop we poured our 75.5% alcohol into the shot glasses, but we were told to leave the parking lot before drinking it. Since almost everything seemed to be legal (or at least “accepted”) in Vegas, we decided to drink it on the sidewalk.

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We had enough 151 to fill 5½ shot glasses. Paul and I took the first ones, then Matthias and Andi followed. I drank another full shot, and Paul finally emptied the bottle. The stuff it not as bad as it sounds. When drinking, one doesn’t feel the difference between a shot with 25% alcohol and one with 75%. Or two shots with 75% ;-).

Since 151 has about the same composition as any other antibacterial detergent, our fingers and our stomachs where covered in red. It turned out that the color came from the coating inside of the shot glasses.

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In fact, 151 could not only dissolve the color of the shot glasses, it made also our inhibitions and self-control disappear. But this was just fine, since courage and cockiness were just what we needed to do our final task:

Task 5: Sharpie. Vandalize something! Pay homage to your fellow Sigma Tau Kappa’s in some way, shape or form! Go big or go home boys!

Mascha had given us a permanent marker, and it did not take us very long until we found adequate places for our graffiti. Paul decided to decorate the railing in front of the Wynn hotel, one of the most expensive places along the strip. I left my first στϰ note in front of the famous Bellagio just before one of their amazing water fountain shows started.

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We’ve also gathered some video coverage from our graffiti tour. Well, since I was a bit drunk, we don’t have any coverage from the drawing itself. But we’ve at least filmed the excuse ;-).

Later on we realized that our graffiti was a bit to small, so Paul draw the στϰ logo onto the mirror of our bathroom, as large as he could. This is a good place to leave messages behind, since the service staff does not clean mirrors, even in expensive hotels.


At some other point during this night, we decided that our solution for the first task was a bit to simple. We thought that Mascha’s intention was that we met real girls. Luckily, there were some girls from southwestern Ohio who were bored by some Irish guy (Was he Irish? I’m not sure anymore.). Anyway, we spent a couple of hours together (including a breakfast at about 2am), and we finally got the numbers from Kristi, Megan and Maria:

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Here is the proof … well, at least an anonymized version of it ;-).


Mascha, Thank you, this was really a great surprise! We had great fun while solving your missions :-).


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  1. Sven said, on April 14, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Tja Ulf, 5-10 meilen ist ja ne ewige strecke. 600m unter der detonationsstelle muss man gestanden haben. naja vielleicht auch nicht. Museum war sehr eindrucksvoll. Habe gelesen, dass du hier gross auf frauenjagt bist. habe heute eine ganze maedchenschule an die fenster getrieben. Waren so 4 Stockwerke um die 50m lang und ploezlich hingen alle an den fenster winkten mir uns riefen auf Japanenglisch in meine richtung. Ein winken von mir und schon ging das gekreische los. So musst du das machen, nicht nach den nummern fragen…

  2. Pingu said, on April 14, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Sven, unser Frauenheld *g* Jetzt wissen wir endlich warum Du /wirklich/ nach Japan gegangen bist.

    @Ulf: zum Liquor-Store, stimmt das wirklich? Hast Du in Miami Beach wirklich draußen gewartet und nur die anderen einkaufen lassen? ;-)

  3. Ulf said, on April 14, 2009 at 8:57 am

    @Sven: Geil geil geil! Ich frag mich ja wie Caro es bei so viel Andrang noch schafft, deine Aufmerksamkeit zu kriegen :-D.
    Hast du ein Foto von der Maedchenschule?
    Oder hast du mit jedem einzelnen nen Fotoshooting gemacht? ;-)

    @Pingu: Oh, I guess you’re right. That was the second US liquor store which I’ve seen from the inside ;-).

  4. Mascha said, on April 14, 2009 at 10:00 am

    you boys make me soooooo proud! Even though I thought the initial completion of task one was innovative, I’m so so so so so glad that ya’ll completed it with real girls! And cute ones too! By Golly, I can’t stop smiling!

    Totally worth waiting for my birfday to see all this!

  5. Pingu said, on April 14, 2009 at 10:02 am

    By the way, what was in the box? You didn’t mention that … shame on you :)

  6. stefan said, on April 14, 2009 at 10:45 am

    paul really looks happy upon receiving the number :)

    great story!

  7. Martin said, on April 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    OMG, wie geil!!!!So ROFLMAO!!!

  8. Tommy said, on April 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    yeah, what was inside the box???

    p.s. did you guys check if the girls’ numbers
    coincide with those from the pictures above?

    p.p.s. she IS hot! …

  9. Ulf said, on April 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    1. Yes, the numbers do match.
    2. They might be hot, but two out of three were married.
    3. The box contained yummi German Kinderschokolade :-).

  10. Mascha said, on April 14, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    and Wall-e candy!

  11. Tommy said, on April 15, 2009 at 1:38 am

    lol … ulf, i was talking bout the pics from abooooove! ;)

  12. Ulf said, on April 15, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Haha, now I got it!
    We have not checked that, but since most of the numbers from above had a Nevada area code, I don’t think so.

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