Well, my trip started out in a rough fashion. I was due to leave at 2:05 PM from San Jose on SWA. When our inbound plane arrived, we were told that the oxygen container in the cockpit was low and needed to be repalced. They didn't have one locally, but one was being flown in from Phoenix, and the new departure time was 3:30PM. Now, I was going to miss my connecting flight to Philadelphia anyway and the next flight from Midway (Chicago) to Philly was at 5:45 the next morning. It just so happened that they needed 3 "bump volunteers" for the Chicago flight. Since we weren't gonna make it into Philly on Thursday anyway, me, a professional volleyball player and another guy took them up on the bumps. The net-net was that they gave us $800 in vouchers, and a hotel room in Chicago which the 3 of us skipped on because the plane was due to arrive at Midway at 2AM, and the next flight was 5:45AM. So, the new itinerary was SJC-LAX, and LAX to Midway. The flight from LAX to Midway was completely full, and I was given seat B45 to that flight. I had no intention of sitting in a middle seat for 4 hours, so I upgraded to A5 for $40.00. I also had to let Les know what was going on, and that he needed to stay in Philly overnight since CET wouldn't let him check in on his own on my reservation. I also had to cancel one night on my reservation in AC. Both things were taken care of. Now I just needed to get to Philly. Same thing from Midway to Philadelphia, except that the charge was only $30 and I got A2. Finally arrived in Philly at 8:15AM. Picked up my car and off to pick up Les. There was a crash on the bridge into downtown Philly, where Les was staying, so i was delayed in picking him up. We finally got to AC at 10:30, and I crashed. Got up at 11:30 and went down to have lunch with Les and another friend that we were meeting. Had lunch a Kwi Noodles. We separated and I played to make 1000TC, getting beaten pretty badly, and even thought there was no "play expectation", how many of you would ever had done that? I wasn't doing very well, but then again, I spent a lot of my time in the High Limit Slot pit. This was the best that I hit in the first session: Les and I met back up and we had "dinner" at the Diamond Lounge at Caesars. All of the posts about AC Diamond Lounges were right!!! A decent buffet spread. Les and I ate ourselves full and didn't need dinner. We didn't get to the 7* lounge this trip, but I took pictures of the menu. Well, the pictures turned out like crap, so here's the menu: Soups Baked Potato Chowder Chicken Noodle Soup of the Day Salads Country Fried Chicken Salad Chef's Winner" Salad Mozzarella and Tomato Caesar Salad Appetizers Fonduata Beef Satay Asian Vegetable Dumplings House Smoked Salmon Carpaccio Shrimp Cocktail Mezze Sandwiches BLT NY Deli Wrap Kalbi Cheese Steak Slider Ham and Brie Panini All AMerican Burger AC Seafood Roll Tuna, Chicken, or Egg Salad From the Hot Line Chicken Marsala Stuffed Sweet Potato Cheese Tortellini Penne Pasta Pan Roasted Salmon Braised Short Ribs Desserts Carrot Cake Warm French Apple Strudel PB&J Ice Cream Sandwich Chocolate Cake Ricotta Filled Cannoli Freshley Baked Assorted Cookies Ice Cream and Sorbet Cheese Plate Fruits, Berries, and Cream Sugar Free Cheesecake Liquid Desserts Irish Coffee Bailey's Chocolate Martini Tastes Like a Thin Mint Cookie Italian Coffee Liquid Biscotti Our schedule for Friday was still open, and the one thing on the casino agenda was a trip to Borgata. We went to the comp booth and signed up. I had a myVegas Match play and they upgraded me to Black Card. Borgata upgraded me and Les to Black card level, and I got $100 free play. I told Les that he should upgrade since, as a 7* companion, he has a 7* card and maybe they would upgrade him as well. So, I sat down at a Wolf's Run machine. Playing $4.00 on a penny machine, I saw 4 wilds on each of the first three columns. Eventually, I hit a handpay. After the first three columns were wild, then the fourth I was (internally) getting very excited!! OK, so I made back what I had lost and then some, so now I'm feeling better about the trip. Having made back some money, I decided to go for 2500TC. It ended up costing me about all I was up, but I had a 2500TC day and down just a little. I was physically beat. Time for bed. End of Day 1.