First report here so bear with me. It's the wife and I, and a friend kev will be meeting us there. Flights Left out of Houston 640 am Monday. Return flight 540 pm Friday. Nothing out of the norm with southwest, on time and just the usual irritations. More on that later. Arrived, wife and i each put a $20 in a quarter reel while waiting for bags. After about 10 mins, I'm up thirty and wife up twenty. I say that will pay for cab so we cash out and head that way. hopped in cab to Nugget. Get rolling, look up, and you guessed it, we are headed thru the tunnel. I start in on the driver and he is telling me something in broken English about dispatch telling them what route to take to avoid traffic. I read out loud the sign on the back seat about it being illegal for drivers to take a route longer than necessary, but left it at that. $34 to nugget. I got his unit number and will report if for what good it will do. Too early to check in, so we leave our number, check our bags and head to the slots. First slot we walk by is Willie wonka, I sit at it and after about 20 mins I'm up a couple hundred. Things are looking good, but not for long. We continue to roam around for a few hours playing here and there. Too many different slots to list by name. $.25, $1, and penny. Reels and video. A little of everything. After a few hours we get our call, head to desk and check in. Room 1111, gold tower. The pool and the plaza was about all we could see. We unpacked and headed back down to walgreens for supplies. Water, snacks and hairbrush. I thought that was a standard for a woman's purse, but I guess not. After dropping off supplies and figuring out we are down about a grand we decide to take a walk. We stroll down to the east end check out the slotzilla. Thought about heading to container park but decided to wait for kev to getthere, so we drop into el Cortez. I use the restroom and on my way out I spot a $.25 reel and slip a $100 into it. The quarters start falling out of it, and I slap myself in the head. It's not the first time I've done this. While feeding a few quarter back thru, I glance over and see Paul Rodriguez sitting at a penny slot. He didn't look like he wanted to be bothered so I just gave a nod and "what's up" and moved on. A few minutes later some guy comes up and let's me know George Lopez was there. I looked the entire floor of the casino and didn't see him lying there so I assume he mistook Paul for him. It's now about time for kev to arrive, so we head back down towards the plaza, and meet up with him. I already had a few drinks in me and he wanted to catch up so we head to la bayou and get him a hurricane with an extra shot. His first time. I told him what I remembered about my first experience of four with the extra shot and told him he should probably stop at two. He didn't want to, but after two I got him to switch to beer. The wife headed to bed early, so kev and i spend the rest of the night watching the stages and people around them this is my favorite thing about being downtown. I like the 80s cover band that played on the west end stage but they weren't there this trip for some reason. You meet people from all over the world drunk and partying. I talked to some dude from France. He told me his English wasn't very good, which it wasn't. I asked him what he did for a living, you know what kind of work do you do? He got a shit eating grin on his face and told me he was a cougar. I laughed and said, you mean a Gigolo? he said yea, yea. Every time I went to the golden gate to use the rest room I would stop and put a nickel straight up on four numbers. I did this several times and only remember losing once. I never counted the chips in my pocket that night but I knew I was doing pretty good. It was getting pretty late and we were pretty drunk so we decided to call it a night. I headed to the nugget, played a few slots, then headed to the room, drank a pedialyte and went to bed. This is getting longer than I thought it would be, so I will return with more later.