Introduction: The below is a section of my December 2013 Trip Report....which is unfinished. I'm posting it here because this group was helpful in my quest to convince the MGM Grand to throw themselves a 20th Anniversary Party. http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=100540 My gambling buddy Robin and I have an annual Vegas Photography Contest. I’ve been kicking his butt for years because I’m quicker with my Sony Cybershot than he is with his Cell Phone….and I’m more obsessive. This year Robin bought a professional Cannon DSLR with all the accessories. The competition just kicked it up a notch. Unfortunately for him, he’s much slower with his new Cannon than I am with my little compact Sony. He’s got a Cannon Backpack that he now lugs around with all of his interchangeable lenses and tripods and filters and spare batteries and SD cards. He’s like a Cannon Humpback. In order to compete in this contest, you have to be on the ready. I just pull my camera out of my top pocket and shoot. I’ve got to admit, he was a lot quicker on the snap than I expected….That's because he has a device that attaches his Cannon to his wrist like a prosthetic hammer and he still went to the cell phone on some shots. Scoring for this Year’s Contest is as follows: Wedding Dress—50 Playing Slots in Wedding Dress 50 Bonus Points. Bachelorette Parties with clear indication of drunkeness—100 Bonus Points. Boob exposed 250 Hide My Face Pics 50 Barf 32.5 Barfing +30 Bonus Hookers 50 Barfing Hookers 200 (Cannot be combined with Hookers, Barf or Barfing) Male Pattern Baldness 10 Hidden Parts of Casinos 125 Best Video 100 Fights 50 Bloody Faces 100 Plumber’s Crack 50 Animal (Non Human…and NO Birds don’t count either) 50 Any of the above at LINC or Downtown Grand + 75 Someone wearing one of our hats 50...(Note these are the Lucky Party Hats we made for the MGM 20th Anniversary) If you find any of the above offensive (Especially Vomit), you should probably stop reading. My little Sony has been abused for many years and it’s starting to fail. I cannot compete on picture quality although I occasionally snag a high quality picture…mostly outdoors. But this contest isn’t about quality. It’s about lame content and quantity….two areas where I generally excel. Without further ado…I give you … THE 2013 VEGAS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST ANIMAL PICTURES ALAN: I actually snapped this one from the car while driving on Flamingo. Then I sped up so Robin wouldn't have time to snag it with his telephoto lens. ROBIN: SCORE: ROBIN 150 AlanLeroy:100 MALE PATTERN BALDNESS ALAN: Crazy, eh? This one burned my eyes ROBIN: Newbie & AlanLeroy. We’re in evada. That's one of my favorite Lucky Hats. Running Score: Robin 160 AlanLeroy 120 WEDDING DRESS ALAN: This is Carol on Saturday at the Flamingo. She was staying on our floor and got married outdoors at the Flamingo Chapel. We met her Aunt Gerdie on Thursday in the elevator. Aunt Gerdie was drunk. I got her to invite us to the reception….but she nixed the bachelorette party. We just happened to meet the wedding women headed down to the wedding. I told Carol she looked beautiful and she gave me a wink. Ok…I just happened to be on the grounds at Flamingo when Carol said ‘I Do’. ROBIN: That's Aunt Gerdie in Black Running Score: Robin 310 AlanLeroy 270 WEARING OUR PARTY HATS ALAN: ROBIN: AlanLeroy Working the room Hey What’s that Smell? The Kid. Running Score: Robin 560 AlanLeroy 670 VIDEO: Note this is a ‘Best of’ category. Only one contestant scores. ROBIN: 100 Robin had a 10 minute professional full HD video of the entire new WHO show from the Fremont Street Experience ALAN: 0 I had a 10 second video of my shoe. Running Score: Robin 660 AlanLeroy 670 BARFING ALAN: We spent a night downtown. While on Fremont Street I saw a barfing woman. This was a delicate situation. I needed to get the shot without the men she was with beating me up. And this my friends is what’s known in the business as ‘THE MONEY SHOT’. I give you…barfing woman. Robin was crushed once again… FINAL SCORE: ROBIN 660 AlanLeroy 700 BUT WAIT! When Robin Reviewed his photos after submittal, he discovered this: While taking a picture of friggin’ Zoro He also captured Barfing Woman. And to rub it in, a zoom in shows real barf for an additional 32.5 points Adjusted Final Score: Robin 722.5 AlanLeroy 700 BUT WAIT AGAIN! A closer review of this photo shows this man is actually carrying…. His Dog! That’s my tail and I’m sticking to it. ABSOLUTELY FINAL SCORE: ROBIN 722.5 AlanLeroy 750 I called Robin and gave him the final results. I told him that ‘if it’s any consolation, you were just a butt crack away from victory'. It was no consolation. There's a lot more to this trip. Like how we snuck into the MGM Employee's 20th Anniversary Party and How I partied with the Lieutenant Governor of the Great State of Nevada at an entirely different party...but that's all for another day.