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Love Trips: A Gentleman in Sin City


Love Trips: A Gentleman in Sin City

When thinking of Las Vegas, boobs, lucite heels, shots of tequila, and hangovers come to mind. There is also the memory of a conversation about hair between me and my friend, Chloe, during our first trip to Sin City.

“The lack of humidity makes my hair look great,” she said. I nodded in agreement as my curls were also extra controlled and frizz free.

“I think I may move here,” Chloe stated sarcastically.

Leaving New York City for  Las Vegas was something she had never considered before. And though I knew she was joking we chatted about what life in Las Vegas would be like.

“Fake boobs!” I shouted.

“Stripper friends,” Chloe added.

“A shittier love life than the one I currently have in New York City,” I concluded.

Chloe agreed. In a city that celebrates partying till you drop (or drop it like it’s hot), and where most men are on vacation and looking for a good time, Las Vegas doesn’t feel love-friendly. What would be the likelihood that I’d meet a resident of Las Vegas who didn’t have an addiction to women and booze? Or date a non-stripper with small bosoms? Or wine and dine me and open doors?

Slim to none.

Hence, my uncharacteristic indifference toward meeting Paco, a resident from Las Vegas whom my sister, Adriana, insisted I meet during my last trip to Vegas, where I attended the Latina Lifestyle Collectives Conference. Yes, Paco was cute (my sister showed me his photo on Facebook). Yes, my sister hyped up Paco (“He’s sooo niiiiiice!” – Adriana) like he’d win me over like Cristian Bale (my celebrity obsession). Still, I walked outside of the Tropicana Hotel with female friend and escort in arm (the bloggers thought I’d be kidnapped; it is Las Vegas) thinking, “This is a non-date.”

When Paco approached, my friend, Ani, loosened her grip and whispered, “He’s cute!” I nodded, seemingly unaffected, though I felt a surge of mingled hope and calm. I shrugged it off to spending three days with blog talk, brand talk, and too much estrogen.

“This is a non-date,” I reminded myself, replying to Ani’s girlish excitement.

Shortly after, Ani returned to the Tropicana and Paco and I walked side by side toward the MGM. I was pleasantly surprised when he opened the door. When we arrived at Diego Restaurant, he opened the door once again and asked for a table for two. At our table, Paco stood by the chair I had mentally designated for myself. I guess he wants to sit there, I thought. As I inched myself toward the other seat, he pulled out my chair so I could sit down.

I was stunned. I thought these gentleman acts only existed in movies and 18th century novels. Paco didn’t seem to notice my confusion. And I began to take notice of him.

He has a great laugh. And we laughed a lot. He has dimples and, when he smiles, his eyes crinkle. His wit and sarcasm seemed to match my own, and though I am much more energetic in nature, Paco wasn’t intimidated. We spent three hours together at Diego Restaurant and I enjoyed my time immensely. Paco was cute and “sooo niiiiiice,” just like Adriana claimed. He was thoughtful enough to take me to a Latino restaurant where salsa played in the background. He even opened the passenger door of his car and drove me to a club where I’d meet my blogger friends from the conference.

How we left it off was as nonchalant as how this non-date turned date began. “We’ll hang out when I come to New York,” Paco said. I hoped it to be true.

Then, my gentleman from Sin City drove off into the strip. I found my girlfriends at the club and enjoyed myself, but kept thinking of him. As I danced the night away with new friends, I ignored the advances of drunken men. I tried not to trip on the lucite heels that surrounded me, if only to avoid being buried by enormous fake breasts. I thought about the gentleman in Sin City and hoped for another open door.

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.


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