Realize this one's a little outdated but I'm new to this board and was enjoying the other TRs and figured I'd share my sordid little tale. October 26-28 past … little three day wonder to Bally’s which has become my home base – been there last three times. Was hoping to keep trip budget under 3k but brought 4k just in case. Took the early flight out (8:15), always fun getting up at 4:30 AM. I had a window seat in rear of plane. Center seat was … empty? Watched … waited … sure that each new person was headed there. Miracle of miracles … center seat stayed empty. I’m a big guy (6’3” 230 pounds) and this was huge (pun intended). Was actually able to doze a fair amount of the trip. Landed at McCarron … and is there a better feeling in the world than landing at McCarron? All that anticipation! Been planning it for months! And now – you’re there! Cab ride to Ballys, arrive around noon. $20 trick at check in gets me North Tower Diamond Floor. Is that a good upgrade? I don’t even know … but it feels good to think you know some insider trick. Doubtless someone will burst my bubble and tell me that an upgrade like that can be had free for the asking. Also checking in early, which is a plus. Of course, it IS a Wedensday and there IS a recession – no shock there are rooms available, eh? Checked in, time to call Gina. Gina I got to know through a third friend who is a photographer and who has shot her a fair amount. She did some adult work in the 1980s and in her 40s still slows the traffic considerably. First met her 3 years ago. We had talked about getting together in New York but kept missing each other. She was in a comped petite suite at TI and when I mentioned I NEEDED some Vegas time, she invited me to stay (course, I end up staking her to gamble and picking up meals, drinks, etc) – I hedged my bet in case I was misunderstanding her and got a room at Paris but am very pleased to say did not spend any time there. Pleasant stroll down memory lane over. Back to this trip. I decide I need a beer (I try not to drink on the plane and have to climb over everyone for the head) so over to Sully’s bar. Turns out I needed a few beers. Playing VP for quarters to manage budget (while I still can). Text from Gina … she’s almost there … but needs money for cab fare (shock!). Yeah yeah … I know what you are thinking but it is a very very pleasant thing to see a taxi stop and a girl get out with a face designed by the angels and a body designed by the devils – and hum Black Eyed Peas “Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night” to yourself.