725-867-8495 WWW.ASKEROTHLAW.COM MARCH 2020 GROWING UP (AND WORKING) IN LAS VEGAS
Although I wasn’t born in Las Vegas, I spent a majority of my life here in southern Nevada. When I was a few months old, my parents moved to Las Vegas and brought me along. I spent my entire childhood growing up in the Valley. Contrary to what a lot of people think of Las Vegas, it was a wonderful place to grow up. I learned many important life lessons in my early youth, including the importance of hard work! When I was younger, my friends, family, and I would do all sorts of fun things all over town. We would ride our bikes down to Wet ‘n’ Wild, the old water park that used to be right off the Strip. We’d go exploring and catch lizards out in the patchwork of desert areas interspersed throughout the Valley in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Sometimes we would catch a bus down to the Flamingo Hotel and sneak into the pools during the summer. The lifeguards always looked the other way.
location that used to be over on Jones and Desert Inn. I knew the owners of the restaurant, and I begged and pleaded for them to give me a job when I turned 16, and they finally relented. I was hired and worked as a fry cook. It was my job to sit in the back and prepare, bread, and fry chicken all day. I usually worked after school until about 8 or 9 at night most days of the week. I absolutely loved it there. I even convinced a lot of my friends and some family to come work at the restaurant with me, which made it even more fun. My best friend and a few of my cousins all worked there at the same time. We even convinced a couple of girls from high school to come work with us. We also had some famous regulars. We often saw football player Randall Cunningham and local tennis celebrity Andre Agassi. During one of Randall Cunningham’s visits to Farm Basket, my best friend, who also worked at Farm Basket, told Cunningham that he should return to the NFL because he was the fastest player in the league. Shortly thereafter, Cunningham went back to the NFL after a short break. To this day, my friend tells everyone that he is the reason Cunningham returned to play football! That first job, although it wasn’t very glamorous, was an amazing place to work and taught me a lot of valuable lessons that have stuck with me to this day. All of us employees were friends, and we truly enjoyed working together as a team. Through that experience, I learned the value of hard work, how to be a team player, and how important it is to surround yourself at work with positive people. Working at Farm Basket taught me that having happy employees results in better service to customers.
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We would often find interesting ways to keep
ourselves entertained. Decades ago, before the city had flood control measures in place, flash floods were a common occurrence in the Valley. My friends and I would build rafts, grab our inner tubes, and go floating down Flamingo Road or one of the many other roads that would flood and turn into raging rivers. (This was highly dangerous, and I do not recommend the activity!) Las Vegas was a fantastic place to grow up!
Tom, happy to be working at his first job!
When I was younger, my favorite local place to eat was Farm Basket, a fried-chicken place that used to have several locations around town. I frequented the
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