Song titles and phrases will used in lieu of providing possible incriminating and/or blackmailing information. This is mostly for the end of the trip. I'll try to do this in installments. It can be a lot to read. Enjoy. Preface: 22 years old, ready to escape reality for a week. Ever since my first trip, a 4-day enlightenment to Las Vegas in july of 2009, I have had an insatiable urge to come back for a longer vacation. In December I booked the Rio for 44 dollars a night, sun-thurs. what a deal for 7 months in advance. It was to be my best friend, myself and a possible 3rd person since the room had 2 beds and a couch. I also had planned on booking a downtown property for the weekend. About a month before the trip I booked main st station for 101 $ for Friday and Saturday including taxes. I know its downtown, but thatâ€™s still great for a weekend anywhere. Things were set or so I thought. A week before we were scheduled to make our way to Sin City, my friend informed me he could not make the trip, due to financial obligations with school, car and his band. I was not surprised it happened, but I wished he had been more realistic earlier in the process, not just for himself, but for me as well. I was now out 175 for rooms, but Im not gonna hold him to it. For those that remember my TR from last year, I had a 3rd â€œfriendâ€ who bailed 2 nights before., the one with the free room at wyndham grand desert that we never got to use and ended up at Stratosphere , but that turned out to be a great time, so Iâ€™m not complaining about the lack of timeshare rooms. I think next time, Iâ€™ll try gather 5 or 6 people to commit, that way i think at least 3 will make it. The main concern was that I wouldnâ€™t consistently have someone behind me at the tables making sure I was being somewhat responsible with my money. The upside was that I wouldnâ€™t have to lug around anyone who doesnâ€™t want to do the same things as I do. I wouldnâ€™t be alone too much either, I planned to meet up with several family/friends which ended up being more than half the time I was out there. My bankroll for the entire trip was just under 3k, not including airfare, but pretty much everything else. TRIP Friday July 9th- Virgin America Flight left on time at 930 out of JFK. Had an open seat in between myself and the person with the window seat. Im a large guy (not Kevin smith large though) so this is always one of my favorite little pleasures in life. It is a newer airline, but the plane was not that big. Less than 30 rows including first class, the aisle is less than 2 feet in width. The purple lighting was easy on the eyes, and the flight was pleasant for the most part, not much turbulence. I had a $10 sandwich, which made for my brunch, since my stomach wasnâ€™t acting so well that morning. Arrived about noon Vegas time. Because of all my painstaking research, and the amount of time I spend on this message board, I took the 108 or 109 bus to downtown form the airport, for a WHOPPING 2 dollars. Sure beats what would be a 30 something dollar cab ride. Of course the bus took 45 minutes and also picked up many locals who looked tired of Vegas. Didnâ€™t matter, I got to MSS around 1pm. Got the odd numbered room I asked for at check-in, which is good for a view of downtown and the stratosphere, but it was only the 3rd floor, so I also had the pleasure of a back alley area and piping view. The room was not big, but it had one more bed than I needed and the bathroom was decent sized with a separate sink area from the toilet and shower. Anyone whoâ€™s ever been to main st station knows that if youâ€™re over 5â€™6 , the shower head placement looks like it was made for midgets and children. Otherwise, it still got the job done. I settled in, made a few calls, and went to the 777 brewpub. Got the 5 beer sampler and 24 chicken wings as well. 12 were honey mustard type wings, the other may have been teryaki. The Sauces and dressings for dipping were excellent. After leaving the brewpub, I played a little $5 blackjack at MSS and the California, winning $40 I think. I went back the room to shower and change clothes. I got a call from fellow VMBer Whodeyleisure. He was at the Monte Carlo, and I had no plans to meet up with anyone else on Friday anyway, so I took the nearly hour long deuce bus ride (traffic) from downtown to the Monte Carlo. There was an unsavory local who got on around treasure island, smelling bad, and talking crazily about bodies being dug up and then burned, never to be found. When the bus reached Monte Carlo, i got off. The crazy guy said to wait up, i made sure i didn't stick around for that to happen. Met up with Whodeyleisure and his buddies in his room, we drank some beers and Jaeger shots. I threw in 10 for drinks since it was nice of them to have me. I was feeling pretty good. We went down the casino, I won a quick 70 bucks on blackjack. After that we went back to the room to drink some more, discussing going out to a club and watching titanic, I was really beat. I had been up for almost 20 straight hours and got little sleep the night before. After winning a fast 20 on casino war without help from cousin eddy, I decided to head back downtown. I crossed the street around pHo, bought some water, and caught the bus. I stopped in the Golden Nugget since it was on my walking path back to MSS. Dropped a quick 60 on blackjack. Impulsively I played some BJ at MSS before going to my room, winning back 30. still up for the day, and more money in my wallet than when I left with, even after food and travel. I grabbed a bbq type of burger from the brewpub, came with fried onions on it, pretty good. It was about 1230am, and I was ready for bed after being up 21 hours straight. I need my sleep.