Just got back from my trip with the family to celebrate my 50th. The good: The biggest pleasure was going with the kids (who are both young adults). They've heard a lot about it and seen it in movies so now they got to see some of it. The flights in were good. Due to using frequent flier miles we had to split up. My wife and daughter were USAir, my son and I JetBlue. We were right on time, the USAir flight about an hour late. We were traveling from Rochester via Charlotte and NY JFK respectively. We stayed at the Mirage which is always nice with a killer pool. Saw the comedy show at the Riviera and the Mystere show at TI, sat in 202 DD both were excellent. Saw most of the hotels and many of the free attractions. We did go downtown one night for the laser light show after Mystere. The Bad: Where do I begin? The Mirage. Although I love the Mirage recent renovations seems to have made it lost it's identity. The tropical theme remains up front, but the Caribbean theme is gone in favor of mostly Asian or Oriental acoutraments. Then in the back is the Revolution bar which is a 60's neon decorated bar. The three competing themes just don't blend well in my opinion, but the cleanliness, service and location are great. The Kids. My apologies to all that think the only way they can see Vegas is to bring their pre-teens. But to be perfectly frank, if I want to hear kids in strollers screaming while I try to eat lunch I'll go to Disney World on vacation. I was amazed at the number of people that feel it's never too early to expose your kids to smoking, drinking, gambling, late hours, and streets filled with pictures of hookers. I personally don't like having to compete with strollers at midnight trying to watch the Bellagio fountain or the volcano. Someone brought a toddler to the Mystere show and sat right behind us talking almost incessantly. Girls 2 You: They've become much bolder since last time trying to hand out cards for the escort services. We were there as a family of 4 and they would try to hand one to each one of us. A couple times I got pretty mouthy with them when they wouldn't back off. The bus: Cheaper than a cab but be prepared for an hour ride to downtown, a long line then another hour ride back to the strip. The ugly: The gambling. I'm not a big gambler. I do mostly 25Â¢ or $1.00 VP and $5 or $10 BJ. I generally play a little everywhere and by the end of the trip either win a few hundred or lose a few hundred but I always get plenty of playtime. This time all I heard was the sucking sound of my money leaving my wallet. I would throw in a $20 and pfff, gone in minutes. In 3 days I think I grabbed 2 four of a kinds, other than that I never won a BJ hand and just watched my money disappear. That makes for less than a fun time. JetBlue: Cancelled my return flight Thursday afternoon due to rainstorms in NY. We ended up on the redeye that evening. One long afternoon with no money and no hotel room. Got home on time the next morning but man was I tired at work.