THE FACTS Hubby and I made our annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage (tee hee) from Thursday through Sunday. We left around 0600 on Thursday and got into town around 1030. We left Sunday morning around 0800. Traffic sucked, even at that hour, so we didnâ€™t get home until after 1330. It was pretty cold at night and windy, but the days were clear, sunny and beautiful. As you may know from my previous reports, we are not high rollers and a little past our major partying days. Our Vegas trips are much more about taking it easy. Also, weâ€™re slot players (penny slots, at that), so if youâ€™re looking for major action, move on to the next report. The gambling budget was $1,000, but we ended up doubling that. No great hardship for us, but unexpected. THE ROOM We were comped at the Flamingo for a GO Luxury with View room and to our amazement the room was ready when we got there. We had never stayed at Flamingo before, and I know the reviews have been rather mized. Room 25086 was very nice, about half way down the hall from the elevator. The elevators let out right into the lobby and very close to the casino which made for a very quick walk to our favorite games or to the outside when we wanted to venture to other properties. Itâ€™s actually surprising how nice this convenience was and may entice us to stay at Flamingo again in the future even if we can get a comp elsewhere. The view was great; we looked directly out over Caesars and just to the left we could watch the fountains at Bellagio from the settee in front of the window, which we did no several occasions. The room included a small refrigerator (we stocked with water and Gatorade) and a coffee maker, for those who keep track of that sort of thing. There was what looked to be a pretty nice sound system as well, but we didnâ€™t actually use it. The bed was very comfortable with a large flat panel TV on the wall and a small TV built into the mirror in the bathroom, which seems like a nice feature, but really takes up a big chunk of the mirror at just the right level for my height (5â€™5â€). The bathroom has only a stand up shower, no tub, but that is not a problem for us. We really liked the retro-modern dÃ©cor, the striped wallpaper, the white leather headboard and the pink and brown color scheme. I wouldnâ€™t decorate my house like that, but it was cool for vacation. We had no problems with our room, but the â€œdo not disturbâ€ sign (it actually says â€œGo Awayâ€) kept getting stolen from our door and there seemed to be a shortage of them. We had to ask the housekeeping lady twice for a replacement. And the guy next door came in one night around 0330 and started playing video games with the volume at full blast. We called security, who came and talked to him, but he didnâ€™t really stop until 0800, when we were getting up for breakfast anyway. THE FOOD We usually eat Thanksgiving dinner at the buffet at Harrahâ€™s, but since we were staying at Flamingo, we decided to try it there. We ate at around 1430 and the line was minimal. The Thanksgiving food was very good, but there was little variety other than that. It worked out fine, though, since we were full from the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and such, plus several good deserts, although we didnâ€™t see any pumpkin or pecan pie. There was another section with Asian food, but we didnâ€™t try any of it. Iâ€™m not sure what this buffet is usually like when they have â€œregularâ€ food, but it seemed very small compared to Harrahâ€™s and Rio at least. We ordered room service for breakfast on one morning around 0830, it took about an hour to come up, but they told us that in advance and it was really good. We had continental breakfast and the Flamingo breakfast which is eggs, sausage, hash browns and toast. The quality was better than I expected with eggs cooked perfectly and fresh pastries. We had never been to Margaritaville, so we tried that one evening. We ordered the nachos, which were really good, we could not finish them, the pile was so huge. Highly recommended if you enjoy that sort of artery clogging fare. We sat for a few rounds of drinks and watched the beautiful-woman-slides-down-the-volcano-into-the-blender show twice. Luckily the blender does not actually seem to be working; that would be macabre. Her little dance ended right by our table and we chatted with her a bit. What a nice girlâ€¦or I was drunkâ€¦or both. We were too full to order anything else and I couldnâ€™t listen to even one more Jimmy Buffet song so we left after that. We breakfasted at the Paradise CafÃ© on the second morning. For some reason, the food was not as good as what we had from room service the morning before. I got an omelet, which was massive and I couldnâ€™t finish, but the eggs were overcooked. Hubby got French toast, which he said was fabulous, though, so maybe it was just me. We decided to go up to KGB at Harrahâ€™s for burgers on Saturday night. We had the BOGO coupon, but when we got there, we just couldnâ€™t deny ourselves the sliders. We ordered them (six come in an order) and the mac nâ€™ cheese sticks, which were very tasty. Both are on the appetizers menu, but are plenty of food for two people to share for a meal. Those sliders are just so darn good. We ordered with caramelized onions and mushrooms added and ate every bite. That was it for the food, except for a coffee and very good croissant for the road from the coffee bar in the lobby on Sunday morning. THE GAMBLING I donâ€™t know what it was, but this trip we spent some marathon sessions in front of the machines and, as I mentioned, doubled past our $1,000 budget. The upshot is that we finally made Platinum. We played Goldfish Race for the Gold and Lord of the Rings at Flamingo a few times and we wanted to play some other games we saw there, like Bombs Away, which looked really fun, but for some reason the Flamingo casino floor was super busy and we rarely got to sit down at anything we wanted to play there. Likewise at Harrahâ€™s, where we waited for a bit trying to get seats at Lord of the Rings and when a chair finally opened up, some guy pushed past us and sat down, so we left there also. We played Lord of the Rings at Caesarâ€™s one evening. The drink service as spotty and the bathrooms are so far away in that casino. We had great luck getting seats at Lord of the Rings and Wizard of Oz at IP, however. For some reason, the games just didnâ€™t seem as busy there. We were trying not to play there as much because it is our â€œhomeâ€ casino and we want that to be switched to somewhere else so we get more offers from a different property, but thatâ€™s the way it worked out. We had great fun, the drink service was good (except I hate those plastic cups) and talked to some really nice people. Absolutely no big wins to speak of (hence the major budget adjustment), but a great time anyway. We also spent a little time on two nights playing video black jack at the Geisha bar. I feel like you donâ€™t see video blackjack in most of the casinos very much anymore. It was fun after we had a few drinks, but it gets boring pretty fast, I think. Talking to drunk people at the bar and listening to the Dealertainers sing is much more entertaining at that point. Anyway, thatâ€™s about it. Thanks for reading.