My first TR.Bear with me as I stumble through this.This was my wife's first time in Vegas and we decided this would be a great place to come for our tenth anniversary to renew our vows. Flew out Seattle on SWA and arrived an hour late because they gave our plane to another flight and we had to wait for a replacement.Not only that,but they changed our gate,so that the whole Southwest cattle call all had to rush out to change locations.Sucks when you had a C pass and couldn't even sit with your wife on the flight down.Anyway,we get in and head to the Orleans.Cabbie seemed really pissed when I said "no tunnel".Sorry Bud,not my problem.Slipped the desk clerk a twenty for a high strip view and close to an elevator.Really worth it.Gotta say I like this place.Spacious room,very clean,friendly staff and easy to navigate.Only down side is I couldn't win anything there to save my soul at BJ or quarter JOB VP. That night we had primo tickets for Celine Dion,who my wife worships.I wasn't real gung-ho about it,but I have to admit the show was sensational,and needless to say,my wife was in heaven.Since my wife,who I'll call G,had never gambled,except to buy lottery tickets at home,wanted to take the plunge,I got her started on slots.G found this incredibly boring,so I taught her to play VP.Well,this was a lot better.Now she was making decisions on each play and she was hooked.I created a monster,but what the hey. Next day was our tenth anniversary.We had a package booked with the Little White Chapel,and were picked up by limo for the ceremony.A little bubbly and a great ride.The pictures,music and ceremony were tastefully done and G cried before it was over,just like the first time.Return limo ride was to the Mirage,where we had dinner at Kokomo's.An amazingly good meal.Hugest and best prime rib I've ever had.No way I could finish it,and believe me,I can pack it away.G went for a combo filet and breaded lobster tail.An incredible meal at "market price",which turned out to be $90!Ouch,but what the hell.Should have asked.By the way,the lobster bisque we had for starters was amazing.Anyway,how we managed the free dessert was beyind me.After dinner,it was over to the Venetian for a romantic private gondola ride,then back to the Orleans for a nice conclusion to the evening. Next day began the exploring of opulent strip hotels G had only heard about.If the hotel had a theme she loved it,especially Paris and NYNY.She had to ride the Manhattan Express coaster,which we both thought was pretty good.By this time G was getting really "Vegasized".It was like,"Where are my poker machines and bring on the White Russians". By the time the next day rolled around,G had a new favorite place.Believe it or not,it was the Tropicana.It was the comps that got her.For very minimal play,we ended up with free Rick Thomas tickets,free Folies Bergere tickets,two good quality t-shirts and a few coffee shop meal comps.By the way,we also checked out the show at the Comedy Stop.Three performers,and we laughed our bloody asses off at all of them.Highly recommended. Mingled in all this is the usual amount of shopping for the family souvenirs.How G got all that stuff into our bags for the flight home is beyond me.When all was said and done,I didn't really scratch my gambling jones,but the good news is that G is a convert,and it won't require arm twisting to get her back there.Flight home was much more uneventful.Now that I'm back,I'll have to feed my fever on the boards for a while. Random Thoughts Really liked the Orleans.Had a great half price weekday Mastercard rate that saved a good chunk of change.Their strip shuttle also ran very well. If I could get a good rate on a tower room,I'd consider the Trop next time.Friendly service with an old Vegas feel.Good comps. Never made it downtown.If I was going alone,I'm sure that is where I'd be.At heart I'm really not a strip guy.Down there,my party animal side would probably emerge. Is it just me,or does anybody else just want to slap a porn slapper?Man,are they annoying!It's tough enough walking the strip on weekend evenings without having to dodge that crap. Sorry for the long read,and many thanks to the board regulars from whom I've learned quite a bit in the last few months.Can't wait to get back.