Which will it be, which will it be???….Wheels touching down in exactly 1 week - I'm going to try my best to do this live in its entirety. My first ill-fated live TR attempt fell flat on its face about ¾ of the way through my trip as my beloved city left me cursing, sniveling, curled up in a fetal position, & sucking my thumb…it was definitely the worst gambling beatdown I had ever received. That was this past January… The Preamble to the Gamble This August trip wouldn’t even have been possible if it weren’t for my stupidity last December when I booked my January 2016 flight. A large group of us meet up in Vegas mostly like clockwork each January for the NFL Conference Championship weekend. In past years, our trips coincided with MLK weekend. I must have missed the memo, but instead of making sure of the actual date of the games, I booked a flight which turned out to be one week before said games and when the rest of the group would be in town. Two days before my flight, I see an email about the following weekends activities that list dates that don’t match this weekend……F!!!! In a panic, I check Southwest’s prices / availability for the following week, all sold out or 2x what I paid…….double F!!!!! I really didn’t want to book on another airline since that would mean more $$$ out of my bankroll, so I seriously thought about going on the trip as planned - but as luck would have it, I managed to book some ridiculously low price via Frontier. It worked out to around $59 each way . Triple F Yeah!!!!! Fast forward to late July….my wife says to me one night out of the blue, “Why don’t you use that credit from your cancelled January Southwest flight to go to Vegas solo in August before it expires…." Whaaaaatttt??? For once I was pretty speechless…I finally managed to tell her “Thank You!!!– are you sure???” So here we are, a trip out of hot & humid H-Town in a mere 7 days via Southwest. Thursday 8/25 - Sunday 8/28, “officially” staying at Aria for 3 nights comped, $300 in FP and $100 in resort credit. Rental car via Alamo / Costco travel. Plans – besides the obvious (gambling, drinking & eating) – I plan to try and spend down a bunch of my MLife express comps that I’ve accumulated over the years, hitting up the Cosmo (thanks to Kevin Sweet for hooking me up on some freeplay - he couldn't help on a room for this trip), visiting some of my other favorite properties like the M, GVR & MSS and spending some time with my cousins family out in Henderson. I’ll try to report most events as they happen - but the main objective is to avoid another kick in the crotch gambling trip. I'd love to hang with any other VMBers that are in town during this time for a beer, gambling and some BS-ing. Thanks for following along!