I know you're not supposed to start your trip report until the day you leave, but I'm leaving the house at 7:30 tomorrow morning and I am NOT getting up early just to write here. I need my pre-vegas sleep. We're off tomorrow for my wife's birthday trip. It wasn't planned as a birthday trip, but when her birthday arrived yesterday and I hadn't bought anything, it suddenly changed. My wife was happy to take her gift in a Fashion Show Mall IOU. This is not going to be cheap. This is also our first time travelling with another couple -- my brother Pat and his wife. He's been for business before and she's never been. Hopefully that will go okay. Before every trip I like to talk out my plan, if only because it amuses me later to see how different it turned out from what I intended. We're arriving just after noon tomorrow and we have a suite at the Mirage. Show plans are for Zarkana on Friday night and Elton John on Saturday. Dinner is Julian Serrano on Friday and currently unplanned for Saturday. I figured maybe I should leave something up to my brother. The gambling plan is standard over-aggressive. I've got $4500 for the two nights. I'm going to start by buing in for $1000 at craps and betting quarters...we'll see how it goes from there. I like to take a shot early so if I hit I have a buffer for the rest of the trip. Usually that just means I'm chasing the rest of the way. I also want to play some VP this trip and am looking to try $1 three play DDB. So yeah, I'm going to have some variance. I could be broke by noon on Saturday. This will be my last trip for a long while because I'm headed for Afghanistan in July for a year. So why not blow it out?