November 16th, 2005

Rocky Horror

Viva! Viva!

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The power is back on at the Stratosphere hotel-casino and the surrounding neighborhood, after crossed wires shut down a circuit for more than an hour Tuesday evening.  Riders on the X Scream, a thrill ride that juts 27 feet off the edge of the Stratosphere tower, were stranded on the ride while crews tried to pinpoint the problem.

Whoa.  That would have to suck.  The view from the top of the Stratosphere is great, but I suspect that it gets old fast when you're stuck there, for over an hour, suspended 866 feet over the sidewalk.

Nevada Power spokesman Gabriel Romero said 215 customers, including the Stratosphere, were without power for about an hour and fifteen minutes.  During that time, emergency generators kept the lights and slot machines operating inside the hotel and casino.

Wait a minute ...  people are stuck dangled off of the top of the tower, but the slot machines are connected to the emergency generators?  Nice choice of priorities...

The outage was triggered when a telephone wire crossed a power wire, Romero said.  "It could have been wind related.  We don't know how it happened," he said.  "All we had to do was go out there and get it powered back up."  A Stratosphere spokesman did not immediately return calls for comment.

I wonder if the comment people sought was in answer to questions like "Shouldn't the emergency generators have been set up to bring people back onto the building?"  I mean, I love Las Vegas and all, and I'll be hitting the Stratosphere again on my next trip if I can, but that's a pretty fucked-up set of priorities.  I hope the people who were stranded got some kind of recompense.