This Little Piggy Went to Vegas

This Little Piggy Went to Vegas

Ever since our kids were born, my wife has engineered the annual, memorable Malgeri summer vacation adventure, reported in this case, well into the fall. While the early days are remembered for Mikey’s FAA violations (disorderly conduct at 35,000 feet while in diapers), subsequent years found us racing through the desert, snorkeling with dolphins, riding an amphibious vehicle through Boston, and insulting French Canadians for not having English restaurant menus (can you say, “Dominique Malgeri?”).

This summer was no exception.  After months of careful planning we made it to Bryce and Zion Canyons with a final stop at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.  Along the way we saw our talented niece deliver a Tony worthy performance in the “Putnam County Spelling Bee,” caught an enchanting outdoor performance of Aladdin under the desert stars of Ivins, Utah and marveled at the Hoover Dam…that is one dang dam!

Unfortunately, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Case in point is LisaBelle’s broken foot (OUCHI!), which, given the choice, she’d have happily left in the wave pool at Mandalay Bay. I contemplated suing the hotel for having water in a pool and fracturing her piggies, but figured bogus lawsuits aren’t good for the soul. When we made it back home the doctor said it would be 6 to 8 weeks before she could resume her 400-meter hurdle workouts. She missed the Olympics but made a 100% recovery.

If you haven’t been to Bryce and Zion, we highly recommend it. You’ll walk away singing “Oh beautful for spacious skies…” and with a wonderful appreciation for our magnificent country. If you haven’t been to Vegas, it’s definitely worth a trip…just be sure to watch your piggies.

Editor’s Note: Along with “On Dad’s Watch” Michael writes a series of books he calls “Bedtime Stories about Capitalism,” which teaches kids about honest profit making. Visit You can write to him at


Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at

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