Another trip without a Royal. Ouch! This is getting depressing. March 2010 since the last one, I think that is now 18 trips. We arrived Friday on SWA and touched down at 11:45 AM. Hotel limo was waiting, luggage was quick and we were checked in at MSS in a suite and unpacked by 12:45. That’s the end of the good news for Friday. Except for a break for food we played until midnight for a grand total of two 4oaks each. The machines just sucked in the money! For at least the last 20+ years we are always in Vegas over Oct 17th for our anniversary, but this year we got a package from Boyd for the UNLV vs. Hawaii game, so we changed our flights. It included a tailgate party with free food, beer & wine. The tailgate started at 1 PM in the parking lot, then the buses were to load at 3 PM and the game started at 5 PM. Tickets were on the 50 yard line. So, what do the degenerate gamblers do? They wake up Saturday morning and go for coffee and start talking that if we go to the game, we are going to miss almost an entire day of gambling. We gave Jose the bartender the game tickets and went to the tailgate party for an hour. Why? So we could continue LOSING! BTW, the game didn't end until 9 PM. Except for a dealt straight flush I only had two 4oaks and my wife had 3 on Saturday. Now we are digging a very deep hole and I have to tap my LOC. We ate dinner at The Redwood (Cal) on Saturday and they were busy. I was kind of surprised with the game going on. Food and service were excellent, but food always tastes good on a comp! I am no fashion plate and I was wearing a nice pair of jeans with a polo. Vegas has changed and 20 years ago I would have never gone to dinner w/o a jacket and maybe even a tie back then. Anyway, we are seated next to a party of 3 couples. The women were dressed nice, but two of the three guys are wearing sleeveless T shirts (is that what they call a wife beater?) and the third has a regular T shirt on. All three wore baseball hats through dinner. I know I’m getting old but I just don’t see how you dress for dinner that way at a nice place. After dinner we wandered around Fremont. Very crowded but I didn’t see the problems others have mentioned. We didn’t wander past the canopy but not out of fear, we had to get back to MSS and continue losing and that didn’t disappoint. Sunday morning we went to the Four Queens to watch the Packer/Ravens game upstairs at Chicago Brewing Co. We made friends with the Sunday bartender back when we lived in Vegas, so we knew we could get the Packer game on the center TV with full audio, as long as the Bears aren’t playing. As posted on VMB (Buddha maybe?) we ordered $24 worth of food ($50 max) and then took the receipt to the Player’s Club. They then loaded $24 of free play on my card. We were playing VP, so our drinks were all comped, but if they aren’t, they include drinks on the FP. A very nice deal! We also took a card from another casino to the Club and they put an additional $10 on the card. That is a onetime only. I also was double booked at FQ, so that gave me another $40 in free play, not that it did any good. We played for about 4 hours during the game and not one 4oak. I went up to check out the room. It was in the north tower on the 10th floor. Our window looked out at the top of the FSE canopy. I can image how loud that is at night when the shows are on. I forgot to check if WiFi worked in the room. We met VMBer da1chifan at Four Queens. Nice person and we had some conversations in between plays. She mentioned it was the first time she had met someone from VMB. Walking back to MSS, we decided to stop into the Cal and play a little at the bartops at the San Francisco Bar. No more than ~10 hands in, I’m dealt this and draw the kicker!! It didn’t get me out of the hole, but it sure helped. Monday was a little better on the 4oaks. I had nine and my wife had 7. For the trip, $50,000+ coin in through the machines at Boyd, so I’ll keep Emerald for one more year since my card renews at the end of October. Overall, it was a losing trip and another trip w/o a Royal for me. March 2010 and the streak continues. Oh well, I’ll get them next month! Squidward told me I should say hi to bartenders Kelli and Jose at MSS, so I did. I described him as the Texan who usually plays on machine #2. Kelli seemed to know who that was and said it was nice. Jose’s reaction was priceless. He asked if that was the guy who works with telephone systems and I said I thought it was. Jose- “ oh yea, he drinks a lot!!!”. WIFI: Our room at MSS is always facing north, so never any free WIFI. We were on the third floor. But, by walking to the east end outdoor patio facing Main Street we were able to pick up the free Vegas WiFi. We could also get it right out the front door of MSS next to the valet. Good strong signal up and down Fremont, but nothing inside the Four Queens casino or bar. Slotzlila: Slowly making progress but not many people working on a Monday morning. I asked one of the workers if it had an elevator? Nope. I guess it’s not designed for a guy like me with bad knees. I’m not walking up ~4 flights of steps. They still don’t even have the wires strung yet. Bier Garden outside of Plaza. Not a lot of progress being made. Not really sure I’d want to sit outside on Main Street with all the traffic. Vegas Club- just depressing! Nuff said! We had a few hours to kill before our flight so rather than lowering my daily average, we both played on my wife's card. I really was just killing time and it has been a while since I played quarters. I don't think I realized that quarter DDB only pays 8/5 at MSS, vs 9/5 for dollars. btw Cal pays 9/6 for dollar DDB. We had a 2:50 PM flight out of Vegas on Tuesday, you know Tuesday, the slow travel day. Well the limo driver was early so we ended up at the airport at 12:30. We normally like to get to the airport 2 hrs before the flight and just relax with a couple of “cheap” airport drinks. You would not believe the zig zag lines for SWA, they put Disney to shame! Apparently they were having intermittent computer troubles at check in. We were in line for over 45 minutes just to check our bags. The line for outdoor check in stretched forever. Anybody who showed up an hour before the flight would have missed it. The lines at security were incredibly long. Boarding was very slow. I think there were 12 wheelchairs to load. I must admit they all did look like they needed a chair, so no comments that they were faking from me. Then the runway was stacked up between take offs and landings, so we left 40 minutes past scheduled time. There must have been a good tailwind going east, because we got back almost on time. I’m puzzled by this one. We always do the EB for the return trip. They were both booked at the same time and my wife ends up with A58 and I get B7 and it turns out there were 28 empty seats on the plane. Hope I didn’t bore you if you made it this far. With people like Flusher and Squidward and others writing those great, humorous reports, it can be intimating to write one. Back in 30 days for my birthday!