Sick Boy

(Las Vegas, NV) She’s an Asian woman who doesn’t speak a ton of English, but I imagine her conversation in the housekeeping room of my floor goes like this.

Housekeeper #1: The boy in 012, he sick boy. He have problem.
Housekeeper #2: It’s Vegas, everybody has problems.
Housekeeper #1: No, he sick boy! He masturbates! He cokehead! All day long!

I couldn’t blame her for making the assumption that I’m a chronic masturbator and hooked on coke. On days when I can’t clean up my room before I run out to work, I leave behind at least one empty bottle of lotion and a Kleenex that may or may not contain evidence of a nosebleed. There are days I should just keep the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.

The simple fact is, the evidence is confusing. I’m too tired to pleasure myself, and I don’t use cocaine (the one thing I don’t need in my life is another addiction). In truth, no matter how much water I drink, I can’t stay hydrated. No matter if I drink no booze for 48 hours, I can’t stay hydrated. The result is lizard-like skin and frequent nosebleeds. Nothing I can do.

This is not for a great effort to remain healthy in an environment that caters to being as unhealthy as possible. I’m even betting on how healthy I can be.

The main source of food during the 16-hour workdays here is something they call The Poker Kitchen. Cold food involves wraps and salads. Hot food ranges from burgers to stromboli. Last year, I pretty much ate one piece of over-cooked pizza a day. This year, my first day on the ground, I accepted a bet from Pauly that I couldn’t last the full seven weeks without eating a slice. To this moment, I’m good. However, this is the first day I have been tempted.

I’m $30 to the good in what Pauly calls “Throwing Things” prop bets, in which one or the other of us tosses something (water bottles, matchbooks, a Milwaukee’s Best show girl) into a container. Also so far this year, I have accepted no prop bets that require me eating or drinking anything. Last year, I made hundreds of dollars on those (note: crayons are easier than daiquiris and crackers).

In a dream world, I could set up a staged scenario in which the housekeeper walks in on me, Pauly, and six of our friends from South America. The room would be a snowstorm of cocaine and an oil slick of Jergens.

My first question to the maid would be, “Would you eat two Keno crayons for $400?”

“You sick boy! Sick boy!”‘

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Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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3 Responses

  1. You coulda at least shared the video of the Keno crayon incident with the world. I mean, the five people who haven’t yet seen it.

    Hee, hee.

  2. We do have that Pizza bet… don’t forget.

  3. Can’t believe I missed the Keno crayon thing. Hope it all came out okay in the end, and I’ll bet it was colorful. I always thought they made those things non-toxic for the sake of innocent children who don’t know any better. Now I know the real reason is to ensure no liability for foolish grown men who gnosh on them to win a bet. Sick boy, indeed!

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